The thing to like most about this portable PA head is it's portability, weight, and definitely it's sound quality. The pre-amps are very clean and punchy, the eq's are fixed at intuitive frequencies, and this guy just looks cool! For some reason I just can't help but imagine some sort of vintage submarine sonar gear when I look at this guy! It's drawbacks are few but here they are:
1-the fan is loud! It's not going to be heard over the music but it's pretty loud.
2-it has a delayed power on function, so if you've already got mics hooked up make sure you either mute or turn the mains or the channels down before you turn it on!
It comes in it's own little integrated rack case which is cool and the channels are quite clean even with extreme gain and the individual as well as the graphic eq's are engineered and balanced well. It's not hard to get a good sound from this guy!
The price is only ever so slightly higher than the competition and you get cleaner pre-amps and great looks in return. Soundcraft is a very reputable company and this unit lives up to their reputation.
As I've said the pre-amps are nice and clean and the eq's are well engineered. Also the actual power amp section is very clean as well! There is very little unwanted noise or hum from this unit and it's adequately powerfull to run even a pair of 1x15, 1x12 + horn tweeter rig!
I've used many different portable PA heads and I've liked a good many of them but the Soundcraft has that extra little bit of cleanliness and quality that sets it apart from the crowd. It's a solid investment for the gigging musician or band!
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van-van's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
What one enjoys is the sound (associated with peavey pro speakers, it is back in the table above song, electro-acoustic guitar and keyboard) and effects that are sufficient for now. The next laptop in his bag is useful for déplacements.Et then he has a beautiful face!
The knobs are cheap (plastic), there is no Mid control per track, and the eight tracks do not all have the same input level, attention! Noted that one can enter directly without an electric guitar amp intermediate we tried ... and we do not make again!
Before this model, we played on a yamaha emx660. The yamaha power mixer is nice also, but the sound is better defined on the GigRac. We hesitated with the Yamaha EMX312SC who had the advantage of compression on first 4 channels and we finally chose the reputation and the sound of that soundcraft.
The value for money is worth up to € 500 in my opinion, beyond that, there are a lot more competition.
With experience, one remake that choice.
With a larger budget, we would turn to the GigRac 1000 and other brands to better individualize returns.