Soundcraft COMPACT Line Brings Performance, Flexibility to Computer Music Recording

Jan 9, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Soundcraft’s newest micro-mixer, the COMPACT 4, is suited for many applications that require simple mix facilities, as well as for recording vocals and music onto a computer using a soundcard.

To route an input straight to the record output, users need select the Record button on the channel. Other features of this 4-input mixer include a wide variety of input sources, including microphone, line and a special direct input (DI) for guitars and keyboards, plus stereo inputs for keyboards, CD/tape or turntable (with RIAA equalization). This DI input matches the input impedance of the mixer to the output impedance of the instrument. In addition, listening while recording is made easier due to a special Blend control that allows users to control the mix of the computer playback and signal of the track being recorded, which are blended for the artist headphone output.

Using an external analog mixer for computer recording means zero latency monitoring. For example, musicians can listen to their tracks being recorded simultaneously with the playback from the computer.

Other standard features on the COMPACT include 3-band EQ on the inputs, along with professional 48-volt phantom power for condenser microphones, dedicated balanced and unbalanced record and playback connections, independent engineer and artist headphone outputs, and monitor outputs. All monitoring is in true stereo, rather than mono-summed.

A larger model, the COMPACT 10, is also available and features four mono and six stereo inputs, with additional 1/4-inch line input jack sockets on four of the stereo inputs.

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