HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer Console Adds Unprecedented Flexibility for Facilities by Combining Audio and Lighting Control

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Whether it's a hotel, cruise ship, large boardroom or school, the new Si Performer from HARMAN's Soundcraft enables technical directors to dramatically improve performance and efficiency while saving money for the facility. The first mixing console ever to combine audio and DMX lighting control, the Si Performer enables one operator to handle multiple functions from a single desk that is the same size—and price—as a small audio console.

It takes something completely different to make a digital audio console appeal to people from outside the audio domain, but this console does exactly that by adding lighting control options to excellent sound, with an easy and intuitive user interface and clever design.

"There are a variety of markets—including hospitality, corporate and education—where the businesses or schools often rely on a single person to handle all of its technical operations, including sound and lighting," said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Mixing, HARMAN Professional. "The Si Performer's integration of audio and lighting into a single console not only saves money and space, but it also makes that operator's responsibilities significantly more manageable on a single user-interface, reducing space, cabling and cost."

The Si Performer has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models. The built-in I/O does not disappoint: Si Performer 2 with 24 mic and eight line inputs, and the Si Performer 3 with 32 mic and eight line inputs, plus the four FX return channels. The provision of two option card slots allows I/O expansion via any of the Soundcraft stageboxes and option cards from the Soundcraft ViSi Connect range, giving the possibility of patching up to 80 inputs to mix, or from CobraNet, AVIOM or AES inputs via the appropriate cards.

The unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control. The first release of software provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers, individual colour intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders with an overall master level fader, which itself may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels. To automate the process, DMX settings may be stored alongside audio settings in the snapshot system, so both may be recalled automatically by a single button press or via an external MIDI command. With selective isolation, snapshots with just audio or lighting parameter changes may be recalled.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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