HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Free Soundcraft Notepad 1.09 Feature Update at NAMM 2018

January 24, 2018

First major firmware update includes highly-requested “Ducker” feature, updated control panel functionality and more; now shipping worldwide

NAMM (Booth #14811), ANAHEIM, Calif—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the first major firmware update for Soundcraft Notepad mixers is now available.

The free firmware update for Notepad-5, -8FX and -12FX desktop mixing solutions includes the highly-requested “Ducker” feature, a broadcast-style side chain compressor that enables content creators to select up to four mic preamp channels as threshold triggers to “duck” the USB audio return when they are speaking.  The update also includes a firmware updater and a control panel that allows users to select which inputs feed the USB bus while connected to computer workstation software. Offering a streamlined design, exceptional value and versatile performance, Soundcraft Notepad mixers enable musicians, podcasters and audio professionals to meet today’s audio workflow challenges in a powerful and compact package.

“We’re excited to showcase the first major firmware update for Soundcraft Notepad mixers at NAMM 2018,” said Scott Wood, Mixers Solutions Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new firmware includes the “Ducker” feature, which is one of our customers’ most requested features. Now podcasters and content creators can play music on their computer during interludes or breaks, and when they speak the Notepad automatically ducks the USB audio return. This is a professional broadcast feature normally only found on high-end mixing consoles, and we’re proud to include it our line of compact desktop surfaces that meet the budget of any musician or content creator.”

Soundcraft Notepad mixers include professional microphone preamps with excellent audio quality for a variety of uses, XLR combination jack mic/line inputs for easy connection with professional audio gear, and 1/4" balanced inputs for connecting keyboards, playback devices and more. USB I/O connectivity enables easy recording and playback with digital audio workstations or video editing workstations. In addition, users of the Notepad-8FX and Notepad-12FX can also enhance their audio using renowned HARMAN Digital Signal Processing (DSP), including Lexicon reverb, chorus and delay with tap tempo control.

Soundcraft Notepad mixers are designed for exceptional convenience and ease of use. A traditional channel strip layout provides fast and efficient access to desired channels and sends. Up to three EQ bands per channel are perfect for simple audio shaping on incoming audio signals. An Aux/FX send makes it easy to feed audio signals to external devices or built-in Lexicon digital processing. A master fader with LED metering provides XLR stereo output level control. A rotary headphone level provides simple control for master mix or aux output levels.

Soundcraft Notepad mixers are now available from authorized HARMAN resellers worldwide. The 1.09 update is available at www.soundcraft.com/software.

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