Soundcraft announced during Prolight + Sound that the first install purchase of the company’s new Vi7000 digital mixing console has gone to the Melkweg music and arts centre in Amsterdam.
Already the owner of a Vi4 and Vi6 in its 700 capacity Oude Zaal (Old Room), Melkweg added a pair of Vi7000 consoles as its FOH and monitor consoles for the 1,500-person capacity Max hall. The consoles were purchased through Audio XL, Soundcraft’s distributor in The Netherlands.
The Soundcraft Vi7000 is an extension of the Vi6 digital console, offering optional 96kHz processing and upgraded channel counts.
The Vi5000 and Vi7000 provide a choice of control surfaces with new local rack and active breakout box hardware, delivering simultaneous mixing of up to 128 inputs and 32 mono/stereo busses with up to 384 inputs and outputs in the I/O system allowing unlimited record feeds from all channels.
Ultra-low noise microphone amplifier designs and 96kHz 40-bit floating point digital audio processing promise superior sound quality, with digital implementation of the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ adding to the channel processing armoury. There are eight independent Lexicon multi-FX units and a BSS graphic EQ is featured on every bus output. Both consoles feature an additional dedicated 64-channel MADI interface for the Realtime Rack. Also included is a new extension to the Vi’s VM2 radio microphone status monitoring feature, with Shure ULXD systems now recognised alongside AKG’s DMS800 and WMS4500 systems.
“I really enjoy having all the effects at my fingertips,” remarked Lenno Maaskant, first engineer at Melkweg. “Also, I can work on the outer screen on the right without interfering with the mixer who’s working on the console. So if you’re hosting a festival and somebody is mixing the band on stage, you can still jump on the board and set up the band that’s coming on next.”
“Most importantly, the Vi7000 sounds good,” he continued. “Also, we have a lot of visiting engineers and they vary from 16-year-olds who only know digital desks to veteran engineers who don’t have any experience with digital. The setup of the Vi7000 is so logical that any mixing engineer will understand it right away. Everything on this desk is one-to-one translated from analog to digital and everything you need is at your fingertips.”