United Kingdom - HARMAN’s Soundcraft
today announced the introduction of its incomparable Vi3000 digital live sound
console, offering a host of state-of-the-art features including the
groundbreaking internal DSP Soundcraft® SpiderCore, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, Dante
compatibility and more.
“The new Vi3000
represents a massive leap forward in digital console design and functionality,
while also keeping the best elements of the Vi4 and Vi6 consoles,” said Andy
Brown, Vi Series Senior Product Manager, Soundcraft. “We have a totally new
internal core based on the highly successful Studer Vista 1 and a completely
new, more efficiently designed surface running updated operating software.
Compared to other consoles in its price range, the Vi3000 offers more input
channels, more busses, more faders, and a user interface like no other. We are
proud to say the Vi3000 is simply unparalleled in its category.”
The Vi3000 utilizes
the new internal DSP SpiderCore based on the company’s Vista 1 engine, with
Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software, while adding a fourth
24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels.
The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles,
providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000
features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing
for superlative sound quality.
The Soundcraft Vi3000
features an all-new appearance with a more efficiently designed control
surface, 36 faders, 24 mono/stereo busses and a sweeping black screen panel
with four Vistonics II™ touch screen interfaces with sleek, updated 3D
graphics. Because the Vi3000 has four touchscreens, it’s the only console in
its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time.
parameters and easy access to them are the most important features a console
can have,” Brown noted. “When something unexpected happens—as it always does in
live sound—being able to see a lot of settings quickly is a massive advantage.”
The Soundcraft Vi3000
offers extensive rear panel connectivity. In addition to a full complement of
analog and digital inputs and outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB,
Ethernet, DVI out, Dante/MADI record feed outputs, redundant power supply and
other connections. The Vi3000 has two expansion bays that can be fitted with
MADI Stagebox cards, to connect multiple Soundcraft Stagebox input expander
modules. The Vi3000 can also accommodate the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a hardware/software
unit designed in collaboration with plug-in manufacturer Universal Audio that
provides access to 74 industry-standard UAD plug-ins. The Vi3000 is the first
Soundcraft console to incorporate a Dante interface as standard, for seamless
digital audio networking with Dante-enabled devices.
Along with its
greatly expanded functionality, the Vi3000 retains all the features that have
made the Soundcraft Vi Series the consoles of choice for live sound engineers
worldwide, such as FaderGlow™ illuminated faders that display different colors
according to function, the ability to store and recall snapshots and cues,
compatibility with Soundcraft’s ViSi app that allows remote control from an
iPad, built-in Lexicon reverb/delays, dbx compression,effects and more.
designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio
solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a
recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands
including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®
and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is
admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading
professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25
million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last
twelve months ended December 31, 2013.