Oct 01, 2012

Musicians & Bands

Soundcraft Si Performer Console Turns Any Café Into a Concert Hall

POTTERS BAR, United KingdomIncreasingly, cafés, restaurants and even retail outlets are looking to improve their customers' experience by featuring performances from live musicians at their locations. Taking that to its next logical step, HARMAN's Soundcraft recently introduced a digital console that can turn any café, restaurant or store into a concert hall: the Si Performer. The first audio console to ever include lighting control, the Si Performer's ease of use and compact size enables a single operator to function as both the sound and lighting engineer. The Si Performer simultaneously simplifies the tasks of controlling audio and lighting while also offering unmatched sound quality.

"We've all seen and heard a jazz trio or singer/songwriter while having dinner in a restaurant or grabbing a cup of coffee at the neighborhood café, and while ‘atmospherics' have proven to have a significant impact on the customer experience, the Si Performer can take this experience to a whole new level without dramatically raising the owner's overhead expenses and making it easy for anyone to operate a professional-quality audio and lighting console," said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Mixing, HARMAN Professional. "The Si Performer is perfect for anyone who wants to add a professional-grade audio and lighting system to their establishment at a fraction of the cost or purchasing and operating two separate systems."

The Si Performer has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models. The built-in I/O does not disappoint: Si Performer 2 with 24 mic and eight line inputs, and the Si Performer 3 with 32 mic and eight line inputs, plus the four FX return channels. The provision of two option card slots allows I/O expansion via any of the Soundcraft stageboxes and option cards from the Soundcraft ViSi Connect range, giving the possibility of patching up to 80 inputs to mix, or from CobraNet, AVIOM or AES inputs via the appropriate cards.

The unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control. The first release of software provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers, individual colour intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders with an overall master level fader, which itself may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels. To automate the process, DMX settings may be stored alongside audio settings in the snapshot system, so both may be recalled automatically by a single button press or via an external MIDI command. With selective isolation, snapshots with just audio or lighting parameter changes may be recalled.

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