Harman Professional Solutions announces the new Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i, offering customers multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Soundcraft Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console.
The new rack-mount stageboxes are also equipped with Studer-designed preamps.
Additionally, Harman is releasing a free firmware update for the Soundcraft Si Impact mixing console in April that enables up to 80 mix tracks when used in conjunction with stageboxes. The update allows Si Impact owners to add a stagebox for additional inputs, while simultaneously using the existing console inputs.
By adding a second MADI option card to the console, customers can add a second stagebox and select which inputs to assign to the 80 mixing channels.
In addition, with up to 80 total mix tracks, customers can now handle more complex mixing scenarios, like adding an optional Dante card for receiving from a house router, or outputting to either the back of their console or the stagebox—all while recording up to 32 tracks over USB to a connected digital audio workstation.
“The new Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are perfect for live sound engineers, houses of worship, bands, club owners and corporate customers that want affordable remote-controlled I/O for their Soundcraft Si series console,” said Scott Wood, solutions manager, Mixing at Harman.
“Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i deliver the input power, versatility and sound quality of large-scale traditional mixing solutions—all at an incredible value. Combined with the new Soundcraft Si Impact firmware update, the new stageboxes make the Si line more compelling and more flexible than ever.”
Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i provide multiple channels of MADI I/O via standard Cat5 cabling, eliminating the need to run expensive and heavy analog snakes from the stage to front of house mixing positions.
Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i feature a streamlined design that provides essential connections and features, including a MADI over RJ45 connector built right onto the chassis. No local hardware configuration or option cards are needed or required—engineers can simply plug in, power on, select inputs and control remotely using a Soundcraft Si console.
Dedicated XLR mic pre inputs allow 32 or 16 simultaneous channels of external analog input. Mini Stagebox 32i offers twelve analog outputs, while Mini Stagebox 16i offers eight analog outputs for easy connection to house and stage monitors and broadcast or streaming feeds.
Mini Stagebox 32i
— MADI over RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
— 32 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
— 12 XLR analog line level outputs
— 3U Rack mount design
Mini Stagebox 16i
— RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
— 16 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
— 8 XLR analog line level outputs
— 2U Rack mount design
Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are expected to be available in June 2017. Pricing: Mini Stagebox 32i: $1,873.75 (MSRP), Mini Stagebox 16i: $998.75 (MSRP)