Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Soundcraft launches Compact Stagebox at PLASA 2010
At the London PLASA 2010 show, Harman subsidiary Soundcraft launched its new Compact Stagebox for Vi and Si consoles with a high density of I/O connections in 4RU of space. The standard modular unit offers as 32 mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, eight channels of AES/EBU outputs and two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards. The D21m is the I/O architecture for Studer as well as Soundcraft digital mixing systems and allows connection to most popular digital formats, including CobraNet, AVIOM A-Net, EtherSound, ADAT and RockNet. A MADI recording interface can also be accommodated.
The Compact Stagebox connects to the host console using either Cat 5 or fiber-optic MADI, just as Soundcraft’s larger 64 mic/line input Vi6 is hooked up. The unit includes twin redundant power supplies, thermostatically-controlled fan cooling and full LED status monitoring. As well as the flexibility of the D21m option card interface, the Compact Stagebox also uses the same mic/line I/O modules found in the Soundcraft Vi1 console, allowing moved or shared modules between console and Stagebox should a different configuration of I/O be required. An eight-channel GPIO interface is also provided.
The Compact Stagebox is ideal for existing owners of Vi consoles as a cost-effective method of expanding the input capability (for example, in conjunction with the DSP upgrade available for Vi6, which adds 32 mic/line inputs to the 64 of the basic console) or as a partner for the Vi1 and Si range of consoles for remote I/O capability in conjunction with the optional MADI interface cards available for those consoles.