Harman Soundcraft’s Polish distributor ESS Audio has fulfilled the first of its first batch of orders for the new Soundcraft Vi3000, with the first two companies to take delivery being W Sound of Szczecin, run by Mariusz WęgieŁek, and Modussound of Sieraków Śląski, headed by Artur and Lukasz Kedzia. And both confirm they already have the consoles out on tour.
ESS Audio demonstrated the features of the new console to its customer base and at the same time staged an open day for the Vi3000, which coincided with the European premiere of JBL Professional’s VTX V20 loudspeakers and included two days of training. The event was supported by Oskar Tarczynski (from ESS Audio) and Ed Jackson (from Harman Professional).
The Vi3000 offers several new attributes. In addition to access to Universal Audio’s plug-ins (via the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack plug-in processing engine – which also integrates with the rest of the Vi Series consoles), the console also provides an analog infrastructure via the I/Os on the back and has built-in MADI and Dante, as well as an upgraded SpiderCore DSP and new “3D” Vistonics graphics.
In addition to the Dante/MADI record feed outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB, Ethernet, DVI out, redundant power supply and other connections.
According to W Sound’s Mariusz WęgieŁek, “The Soundcraft Vi3000 is the ideal solution for medium-sized touring companies such as ours. The capability of the board, the price of the controller and additional peripherals like the stage rack or expansion cards, make it impossible to look at any alternatives.”
“The immediate driver for the purchase was to acquire a console that would meet most of the riders from the middle range of touring artists—and after almost a month of use, it has been a big hit,” WęgieŁek continues. “The response from our sound engineers could not be more positive, and our Vi3000 is working almost every day, earning us money.”