ISE 2013: New Soundcraft console is star Performer27 December 2012
The inclusion of integrated DMX functionality in the Soundcraft Si Performer mixer range adds lighting control options to the existing audio featureset.
The Si Performer builds upon the Si Compact range, to which it bears a likeness, providing almost twice as much DSP power and increased functionality, with an input capacity of 80 inputs to mix on all models.
The built-in I/O delivers the following: the Si Performer 2 with 24 mic and eight line inputs, and the Si Performer 3 with 32 mic and eight line inputs, plus the four FX return channels. Meanwhile, the provision of two option card slots allows I/O expansion via any of the Soundcraft stageboxes and option cards from the Soundcraft ViSi Connect range, giving the possibility of patching up to 80 inputs to mix, or from CobraNet, Aviom or AES inputs via the appropriate cards.
Core lighting control is offered by the integration of a DMX512 port. The first release of software provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers. Individual colour intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders with an overall master level fader, which itself may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels.
To automate the process, DMX settings may be stored alongside audio settings in the snapshot system, so both can be recalled automatically by a single button press or via an external MIDI command. With selective isolation, snapshots with just audio or lighting parameter changes may be recalled.
Audio features include fully parametric four-band EQ on all input channels, as well as BSS graphic EQs on all bus outputs. This is in addition to the already standard filters, gates, compressors and delays on all inputs, and compressors and delays on all outputs.