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Soundcraft announces Si2 digital mixer
Harman’s Soundcraft Studer team has announced another addition to its Si Series of digital mixing consoles. The Soundcraft Si2 is a smaller partner to the Si3 launched last September, designed for those who want a compact and highly-featured digital console at a competitive price.
The Si2 comes in a smaller footprint than its bigger brother and has 48 mic inputs mapped onto 24 faders. The larger Si3 features 64 inputs, but this is where the differences end and the similarities begin. Like the Si3, the new Si2 has four dedicated stereo line channels, four dedicated FX returns from the four stereo Lexicon FX processors and eight-each balanced insert sends and returns. The Si2 has 24 group/aux busses available at all times, eight matrix busses and a full complement of monitor talkback and main bus outputs. Like all Si Series desks, every input and output on the Si3 has its own dedicated socket on the back panel.
The new Si2 uses a combination of rotary encoders and OLED screens on every channel so the engineer mixes at source, without recourse to a central screen, an interface used on the Si3 that was welcomed by many engineers. Four assignable onboard Lexicon effects engines supplement four stereo inputs to provide a powerful mix package in a width of just more than 4.5ft. All input and output connections and power supply are onboard, so the Si2 can simply be dropped in where an existing analog console sits, using existing copper cable snakes and splitter systems.
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