Soundcraft LX7ii

Mar 18, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Soundcraft announced the NSCA Expo launch of its LX7ii live mixing console, an upgrade to the LX7 desk with new features such as improved mic preamp and EQ sections, both designed by Soundcraft founder and electronics guru Graham Blyth. Designated the GB30 Series, these new designs coincide with Soundcraft's 30th anniversary.

"The GB30 mic pre on the LX7ii brings together some of the quality and precision of the mic pre’s we use on our biggest touring desks while retaining the cost-sensitivity demanded at this point in the market," said Blyth. "We're conscious that we must provide the finest possible audio quality at the best price for the customer—we do not allow compromise—and it starts at the mic preamp."

The LX7ii's 4-band EQ with sweepable mid sections is based on the company’s MH3 and MH4 circuitry. Blyth added, "The GB30 EQ, owing its heritage to the work we did on the new MH range, gives a steeper-than-usual slope on the fixed LF and HF sections removing unwanted mid-frequency ‘mush’ and delivering a clearer sound. We've essentially created a unique cost-effective design that brings high-end EQ into an affordable mixing console for the first time."

On the cosmetics side, the LX7ii borrows its stylish new looks from the MH3 and MH4, and includes a new frame, end cheeks, module ID graphics and colored pot caps. Other standard features include frame sizes of up to 32 mono inputs and four stereo inputs/returns with four groups, main stereo output and a dedicated mono output for center clusters. There are direct outputs on the first 16 inputs, suitable for multitrack recording, and six auxes for flexibility for effects and foldback. The LX7ii mixes to seven outputs: four subgroups, plus the main Left, Right and Center (mono) mix outputs.

The 16-channel version is available for a U.S. MSRP of $1,899.99 and will be available in late April; the 24-channel retails for $2,349.99 and will be available in later this month; and the 32-channel has a MSRP of $2,799.99 and will also be available in late April.

For more information, visit Soundcraft at NSCA booth #1915 or online here. For more new sound reinforcement products, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_products/index.htm.






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