Soundcraft Rolls Out MH3

Jan 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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British console manufacturer Soundcraft has launched the second in its new range of multipurpose live performance mixers, the MH3. The desk's design follows that of Soundcraft's MH4 and brings the benefits of dual-mode operation to a lower price point.

Available in 24, 32, 40, 48 and 56 mono channel-frame sizes, all with an additional four stereo channels as standard, the MH3 features eight groups, 12 auxiliary buses, the same new mic amp and EQ designs as the MH4, eight VCA and eight mute groups with snapshot automation, true LCR panning and outputs, and an integral 12x4 matrix.

The mode in use is determined by the output controls; there are a dozen fader-controlled outputs and eight rotary-controlled outputs. In FOH mode (groups under fader control), there are 12 mono auxes, four of which can be paired as two stereo sends, and eight individually assignable group buses, which have the ability to be panned over pairs of groups. Groups 1 through 8 are under fader control (as are auxes 9 through 12), with a auxes 1 through 8 under rotary control. In Monitor mode (assignable for each output from 1 through 8), all 12 auxes become monitor sends under fader control, with the group buses available on rotary controls.

Each output section also features a stereo FX return with 3-band EQ, with routing to the main mix outputs or to whichever signal is under fader control. For example, a stereo reverb FX can be applied to a stereo in-ear monitor feed. Alternatively, the EQ can be switched into the output fader path where it can be used to provide additional sweetening on in-ear feeds or subgroups.

The integral matrix has four outputs with input feeds coming from the eight group buses; L, R and C mix outputs; and an external line input. The matrix can be expanded to 12x8 by using an optional module, which also has four mono inputs and would replace an eight-way mono input section. Each mono input module features 4-band EQ with two parametric mid sections and swept high and low sections.

Preliminary U.S. retail pricing on the line is: 24 mono + 4 stereo channels, $15,495; 32 mono + 4 stereo channels, $18,495; 40 mono + 4 stereo channels, $21,495; 48 mono + 4 stereo channels, $24,495; and 56 mono + 4 stereo channels, $28,995.

"The success of the MH4 has shown that people really want this multi-mode flexibility, and by bringing out the MH3, we are offering that flexibility to a wider section of the market," said Soundcraft product manager Andy Brown.

For more product specs, visit Soundcraft online at

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