Soundcraft Vi1 digital console – 32 in (64 with stagebox) 27 out

Soundcraft Vi1

Soundcraft Vi1 rear

 

The Soundcraft Vi1 delivers the sound quality and functionality of the Vi4 / Vi6 with a more compact footprint that is ideal for corporate events and theatre. With up to 64 channels and 27 outputs available on a surface that is just over a metre wide the Soundcraft Vi1 also makes an excellent monitor mixer. We usually supply our Soundcraft Vi1 complete with a Soundcraft Compact Stagebox, which adds 32 analogue inputs and 16 analogue outputs to the local ins and outs to achieve the maximum 64 channels, although the Vi1 can also share the inputs on the Vi6‘s stagebox when used as a monitor console. The Compact Stagebox can be situated remotely and is wired using CAT5 cable.

With the Soundcraft Vi Series now firmly established as a firm favourite digital desk on both the touring, broadcast and installed sound scenes, many users have asked for a smaller, lower-priced desk that still has the acclaimed VistonicsTM user interface, and of course the now-legendary optimal sound quality established with the Vi Series.

So here it is, the Soundcraft Vi1. A complete standalone console package with 32 channels of analogue input to 27 analogue outputs, plus 6 digital inputs, 4 Stereo FX Returns and 6 digital outputs in one chassis. As standard, Input to mix capacity is 46chs, but by adding a stagebox (compatible with the existing Vi racks), simultaneous channel count increases to 64. Channels are routable to 24 multifunction busses, plus LR and Mono Mix busses.

Up to 8 of the busses can be configured as Matrix mixes, each with up to 16 sources.

The surface is just over a metre wide, and includes 16 motorised channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, 8 output/VCA faders and 2 master faders.

What’s really cool about the Vi1 though, is the new Widescreen Vistonics interface, which will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s driven a Vi6 or Vi4, as well as retaining the same ‘walk-up’ user-friendliness of the other Vi consoles. This new development displays all parameters for 16 channels side by side, on a single 22″ Vistonics touch screen. The upper half of the screen handles the Output section control as well as Cue List or Menu displays. Parameter control is via two rows of 16 rotary encoders. Exactly the same channel functionality as the Vi6 and Vi4 is available here, along with all the same core snapshot, talkback and monitoring facilities.

Naturally, the Vi1 inherits many of the facilities of its larger siblings, including Soundcraft FaderGlow™, 4 stereo Lexicon effects engines, BSS Audio graphic EQs on all output busses, and integral dynamics on all channels. The desk is also compatible with Vi2, 4 and 6 show files.

Soundcraft ViSi Remote app for iPad

Soundcraft ViSi Remote is an iOS application that allows remote control of Soundcraft Vi Series, Si Compact, Si Performer and Si Expression mixing consoles wirelessly from your iPad device using no additional hardware other than a wireless access router connected to the Harman HiQnet® Ethernet port of the console.

With ViSi Remote you are free to roam your venue and adjust mixes and other audio parameters directly from the iPad.

The Soundcraft ViSi Remote app is a free download from the Apple App Store.

Applications

• Optimise the front of house mix from anywhere in the room
• Adjust monitor levels while standing next to the artist
• Use to extend the fader count of an existing control surface
• Use in standalone mode for familiarisation with console functions
• Control a network of consoles (e.g. FOH and Monitor)
• Provide a separate surface for DMX functionality (Si Performer only)
• Allow multiple users on the same console to control their own mixes

 

I/O capabilities

The following I/O is available and can be patched to any channel input, direct output, bus output or insert point as required:

Local Rack Inputs
32 mic/line inputs
2 pairs AES/EBU inputs (=4 channels)
1 pair SPDIF inputs (= 2 channels)
1 Talkback Mic input

Local Rack Outputs
32 line outputs
2 pairs AES/EBU outputs (= 4 channels)
1 pair SPDIF outputs (=2 channels)

64-ch CAT5 MADI card for stagebox connection or recording fitted

 

Channel Processing

Inputs

Analogue gain (remote control of stagebox or local mic preamp),
Digital Gain Trim (+18/-36dB),
Delay (0-100ms),
HPF (variable),
LPF (variable),
4-band fully parametric EQ,
Shelf mode on HF/LF,
Compressor,
Limiter plus Gate or De-Esser,
Insert point for external processing,
Pan – LR or LCR switchable,
Direct Output, patchable to any I/O and with selectable tap-off point.

Outputs
HPF (variable),
4-band fully parametric EQ,
Shelf mode on HF/LF,
Compressor,
Limiter,
Delay (0-1sec),
Insert point for external processing,
Pan (Output bus to LCR) – LR or LCR switchable,
Bus Feed feature – allows switched routing of one bus to another,
Assignable Graphic EQ 1/3-octave,
Assignable Lexicon Multi-FX processors x8.

 

Specifications

Frequency Response
Local Mic input to Line output +0/-1dB, 20Hz-20kHz
AES/EBU In to AES/EBU Out +0/-0.2dB, 20Hz-20kHz

T.H.D. & Noise
22Hz-22kHz
Local Mic In (min gain) to Local Line Out <0.003% @ 1kHz
Local Mic In (max gain) to Local Line Out <0.020% @ 1kHz

Mic Input E.I.N. <-125dBu (150Ω source)
22Hz-22kHz bandwidth, unweighted

Residual Noise -95dBu
Local line output; no inputs routed, Mix fader @0dB

CMRR 80dB @ 1kHz
Local Mic input

Sampling Frequency 48kHz

Latency
Local Mic Input to Local Line output < 2ms @48kHz

AES/EBU Input Sample Rate 32–108kHz (with SRC enabled)

DSP Resolution 40-bit floating point

Internal Clock
Accuracy < +/- 50ppm
Jitter < +/- 5ns

External Sync BNC Wordclock

Input & Output Levels
Mic Inputs +25dBu max
Line Outputs +22dBu max
Nominal Operating Level 0dBu (-18dBFS)

Input & Output Impedances
Mic Inputs 2k7Ω
All other analogue Inputs >10kΩ
Line Ouptuts <75Ω
AES/EBU Outputs 110Ω

Oscillator 20Hz to 20kHz/Pink/White Noise, variable level

Channel HP Filter 20Hz-600Hz, 18dB per octave
Channel LP Filter 1kHz-20kHz, 18dB per octave

EQ (Inputs and Bus Outputs)
HF 20Hz-20kHz, +/-18dB, Q= 0.3-8.7 or shelving
Hi-Mid 20Hz-20kHz, +/-18dB, Q=0.3-8.7
Lo-Mid 20Hz-20kHz, +/-18dB, Q=0.3-8.7
LF 20Hz-20kHz, +/-18dB, Q= 0.3-8.7 or shelving

Metering Internal 11-segment LED bargraphs plus 4-segment gain reduction meters for all inputs and Outputs. Peak hold variable from 0-2s.

Mains Voltage Operating Range 90-264V, 47-63Hz, autoranging

Mains Power Consumption
Control Surface 100W

Internal Mass Storage 4GB Compact Flash Card

Temperature/Humidity Range
Operating Temperature Range 0°C – 45°C (32°F – 113°F)
Relative Humidity 0% – 90%, non-condensing Ta=40°C (104°F)
Storage Temperature Range -20°C – 60°C (-4°F – 140°F)

Dimensions & Weights Without Flight Case – Vi1 Control Surface
Height 394mm (15.5″)
Width 1034mm (40.7″)
Depth 711mm (28.0″)
Weight  37kg  (82lb)