At an exclusive press event at the company's HQ last week, Soundcraft unveiled the latest addition to its acclaimed Vi series, the Vi3000 – a console designed for both live productions and installations.
"It's been eight years since we first launched the Vi series and since then we've gone on to sell thousands of Vi consoles and it's re-established the Soundcraft brand in the live market, cementing our position as a serious brand," commented Soundcraft product manager Andy Brown.
"With the Vi3000, we want to build on the strengths [of the Vi series] while moving forward."
The new console fits into a unique position in the Vi range sitting beneath the popular Vi6 large-format mixing system, and is aimed at everyone from touring groups to rental companies, houses of worship, theatres, and corporate AV and other install scenarios.
One of the most exciting features of the new Vi3000 is the powerful new integrated DSP and I/O engine called Spidercore, which has been developed based on technology used in the Studer Vista 1.
The Vi3000 is also the first Soundcraft console to incorporate a built-in 64x64 Dante interface, opening up options for direct recording/playback via Ethernet connection to PC or Mac-based recording software while also enabling the Vi3000 easy integration into an existing Dante network.
The official unveiling of the new Vi3000
The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers full on-board mic and line I/O, and is configurable up to 48 mic line inputs and 16 line outputs using combinations of 16 channel XLR modules in four rear-mounted slots.
The console also includes two 64 channel expansion slots for the addition of MADI-based Stageboxes while an optical MADI interface lets users either record feeds or connect to the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in processing engine, allowing access to the full range of Universal Audio UAD-powered plug-ins in realtime.
When designing the Vi3000, Soundcraft focused heavily on creating a new look with dramatic cosmetics and industrial design changes, as well as a modernised version of the popular Vistronics user interface technology previously seen on Soundcraft’s Vi4 and 6 consoles.
The Vi3000 also hosts patented features such as Faderglow, VM2 microphone monitoring, and Vistonics for user-friendly mixing with sound quality taken care of by the 40-bit floating-point DSP environment running STUDER, BSS, Lexicon, and dbx algorithms.
UPDATE: Check out the video below for even more details...