Soundcraft Upgrades LX7ii for NSCA Release

Mar 19, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Soundcraft announced the NSCA Expo launch of its LX7ii live mixing console, an upgrade to its LX7 desk featuring recent enhancements in sonic performance and appearance. Soundcraft is located at NSCA booth #1915.

The LX7ii gains 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," says 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 highly acclaimed circuitry of the MH3 and MH4 touring consoles. Blyth adds, "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."

Other standard features of the new model 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 LX7ii continues in the tradition of the LX7 by being extremely well-suited for touring and installed systems for churches, theaters, nightclubs and other venues where a compact-sized console needs to provide a large number of inputs and maximum output capability. Studio recording applications are also easily satisfied by the LX7ii.

The 16-channel version (MSRP: $1,899.99) will be available in late April); 24-channel ($2,349.99) will be available in late March; and the 32-channel ($2,799.99) will be available in late April.

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