Soundcraft Full Of Good Spirits

US The all-new multi-format low-cost Spirit E Series mixers      18/11/02

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The new Spirit E series from Soundcraft keeps the emphasis firmly on quality build and audio performance, with an easy to understand control surface uncluttered by unnecessary facilities, and Soundcraft have brought new technologies and ideas to this cost-effective range. Surface mount technology is used throughout, using close-tolerance components for high accuracy and repeatable settings for EQ and gain controls. The new highly-transparent Mic amp features high-resolution adjustment over a wide gain range of 55dB, and provides a stunning +22dB headroom through the console. True professional 48-volt phantom power caters for condenser microphones of all types. The E Series is available in 4 standard models: 6, 8 and 12 mono inputs (each model featuring two stereo inputs) and a unique model, the ES. The ES caters for set-ups with multiple stereo sources that require simultaneous connection, such as keyboards, samplers and computers, and has 10 full-function stereo inputs as well as four mono inputs (for microphones and other mono sources). Two of these stereo inputs are equipped with RIAA–equalised inputs on RCA Phono connectors so that record turntables can be plugged straight into the mixer for DJ music production. Each stereo input has three band EQ, as does the mono input on these models. The ES will also find favour with touring keyboard players as a submixer. All models have 2 auxiliary buses, configurable to work the way you do, and all main connectors are professional XLR-type and ¼” metal jack sockets for reliability. RCA phono connectors are provided for disc and stereo playback inputs and record outputs. EQ on the standard mono input is 3-band with a swept mid, while the standard stereo input has two band EQ. All mono input channels have TRS insert sockets and inserts are also provided on the mix output. Ten-segment LED output metering, intuitive and comprehensive solo system and a headphone output are also part of the E Series feature set. The monitor output and headphone output work in parallel so that performers can still listen on phones while an engineer is listening on studio monitors. The AC mains inlet for the integral universal switched-mode power supply is recessed underneath the console, allowing the mixer to be put against a wall with the ac cable routed under the sculptured side cheeks or mounted in a rack without the AC cable protruding on the top. All models can be easily and quickly converted for rack mounting, simply by removing the side cheeks and adding the optional rack rails. The E Series will find itself in many applications including live music, recording, houses of worship and multi-speaker installations. Further details on the Spirit E Series range is available from:
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