Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Music Gear Monday: Soundcraft Console Does Stage Lights Too

Just like audio, it's been years since stage lighting has moved from the old analog days to complete digital control. In fact, a typical stage lighting console is now quite similar to a digital desk or controller. That's why the new Soundcraft Si Performer console is so cool, as it's a digital audio console that also incorporates a DMX port to handle the stage lighting as well.

This is one of those "Why didn't they think of that before," moments as far as I'm concerned. If you go to most small or medium venues, the soundman is usually tasked with doing the lights as well as the audio, and therefore has a a lighting console set up beside the audio desk. With the lighting control now built into the sound desk, the scene lighting not only be at the soundman's fingertips, but be tied into the audio automation as well.

The console is on the expensive side at $8k for a 24 channel console and $10k for 32, but this is still a nice evolution in sound reinforcement console design. The video below doesn't really tell us about many of the details, but it'll give you a bit of an overview of the Si Performer.



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