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Soundcraft SI Expression 3


$2,295.00 $3,629.00

Si Expression 3

Powerful cost effective digital console

 

More than a decade of experience in the field of digital audio mixing, the Soundcraft® Si Expression exploits some of the newest DSP, component technology and manufacturing techniques to deliver our most powerful cost effective digital console ever! Each console in the range is identical in its feature set so your only choice is how many faders and local mic amps you want. With a range covering the super portable 19″ rack mount Expression 1 to the mighty Si Expression 3 with its 30+2 faders and 32 mic/line inputs there is a model to meet all needs.

The Si Expression 3 features 32 recallable mic pre amps (16 on Si Expression 1 and 24 on Si Expression 2) plus 4 line inputs, 4 internal stereo FX returns, AES in, and a 64×64 expansion slot offering more than enough scope to use every one of the 66 input processing channels. Every input processing channel has dedicated processing for high pass filter, input delay, gate, compressor and four band EQ whilst keeping it under control is a comprehensive automation system augmented with four mute groups and FaderGlow™ to light the way so you are never lost.

All Si Expression consoles have busses, output processing and connectivity to match the versatility of the inputs; the 14 aux/group mixes can be configured as 14 mono mixes, 8 mono plus 6 stereo mixes or almost anything in between, whilst the 4 matrix mixes can be mono or stereo as needed. The bus and matrix mixes are complemented with four more mix busses dedicated to the internal Lexicon FX processors all in addition to the left, right and centre busses. Each bus mix features a compressor, 4 band EQ, BSS graphic EQ and delay always available all of the time. Output connectivity is comprehensive with all models featuring 16 balanced line outputs, headphone monitor out, AES out and of course the 64×64 option slot.

To complement the channel and bus processing all Si Expression consoles integrate four stereo Lexicon FX processors based on the MX400 providing a wealth of sounds, user adjustable parameters and dedicated tap-tempo keys. As the FX are hardware based, use of all the effects, even on the most demanding programmes does not affect other processing in any way and all dynamics, EQs, filters, delays, and GEQs remain available regardless what you are doing.

Flexible onboard and expansion I/O options ensure your Si Expression integrates effortlessly with other system components utilising any of the ViSi Connect™ Si series option cards including MADI USB Combo, BSS Digital Audio Bus (BLU Link), Dante™, CAT5 or optical MADI, AVIOM™, CobraNet™ and others. The MADI card, as well as being an interface to multi-track recording systems or plug-in systems like the Soundcraft Realtime Rack™, enables users to link the Si Expression to any of the Soundcraft or Studer stageboxes to extend the I/O power and flexibility. Adding a stagebox to an Si Expression actually increases the number of channels you can mix at once not just how many inputs you have available to choose from! It is said ‘Power is nothing without control’ and here the Si Expression excels with a comprehensive but ‘simple to use’ control surface incorporating a dedicated control for every parameter, a row of global mode encoders and colour touch screen ensuring operation is quick and easy.

As you would expect from any Soundcraft digital mixer the facilities are extensive and include legendary audio quality courtesy of the latest generation EMMA™ DSP processor, the same DSP platform that has helped propel previous Soundcraft Si series consoles to fame. All this power united with reliability, flexibility and usability puts the Si Expression in a class of its own.

 

Features

  • 32 (16 – Si Expression 1, 24 – Si Expression 2) mono mic inputs
  • 4 line inputs
  • 66 inputs to mix
  • 1 ViSi Connect™ option card slot for 64 x 64 input/output expansion
  • Freely assignable faders and patching
  • Pre/Post selection per input per bus
  • AES in and out
  • Global mode encoders
  • Soundcraft FaderGlow™
  • GEQ on every bus
  • 20 sub-group / aux busses
  • 4 FX busses
  • 8 Matrix busses
  • LR and C Mix busses
  • 4 Stereo Lexicon Effects engines
  • Delay on inputs and outputs
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • Freely assignable insert loops
  • Harman HiQnet integration
  • Colour touch screen interface

 

Si Expression 3 Highlights

  • Massive mix capacity – 66 inputs to mix in a small format live sound digital mixer
  • 1 ViSi Connect™ option card slot for 64×64 expandsion of digital I/O including the MultiDigital Card (Firewire/USB/ADAT), BSS Digital Audio Bus (BLU Link), Dante™, CAT5 or optical MADI, AVIOM™, CobraNet™ and others.
  • Assignable Fader Layers – Customise each of the four fader layer pages to meet your needs or add/insert faders to accommodate that additional mic that was not in the patch list!
  • 1 Control = 1 Function – With each control dedicated to a given function there is never any ‘layering’ of controls or navigating through screens; this allows the Si Performer controls to be labeled on the surface just as they would have been on an analogue mixer.
  • TOTEM™ – The One Touch Easy Mix; press a single key to mix to an AUX, FX or Matrix bus, the surface and monitoring instantly reconfigure to allow instant mixing to your chosen bus on the faders.
  • Soundcraft FaderGlow™ – Illuminates the fader slots according to function with clearly defined colours for FX, Stereo, Linked Mono, GEQ, POST Fade Aux, PRE Fade Aux; you’ll never be lost again!
  • BSS® GEQ – With a BSS GEQ on every bus there is never any need to assign from a pool of resources and you will never ‘run out’ of processing.
  • Security Lockout – Lock the whole console or just selected elements, manage the security with the users and profile settings.
  • Personal Monitoring Interface – When used with the Si BLU link option card, the Si Performer is a perfect partner to the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitoring System , using simple Cat5 cabling for easy setup.
  • D.O.G.S. (Direct Out Gain Stabiliser) – Prevents manual change of a mic gain control affecting direct out levels, perfect when 2 consoles share a stagebox or when recording the channel direct outputs.
  • Global Mode Controls – A row of rotary controls above each fader assignable at the touch of a button to be GAIN, PAN or HPF for all of the inputs allowing instant access to the core functions.
  • Copy & Paste – Copy whole channels, busses, mixes, Lexicon™ effects, a single part such as the EQ or multiple parts like the channel gate and compressor.
  • Instant Access Keys – Dedicated keys on the front panel for STORE, RECALL, NEXT, MUTE 1-4, TAP TEMPO and more negate the need to dive into screen & context menus.
  • Function Focus – Whenever a control is moved or SELect key pressed the screen displays information about the channel identifying the absolute value of the controls and the channel name, number etc.
  • Everything Everywhere – All channels and busses have a full complement of processing, nothing to assign or configure.

Free Si Expression V1.8 Build 0012 Firmware Update Now Available

Now available and free for all registered Soundcraft Si Expression users, the V1.8 Build 0012 firmware update enhances usability of Si Expression systems. This current firmware version optimizes performance by clarifying terminology when routing to or from stage boxes.

Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 41 × 27 × 11 in

Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Specs

Mixer
Number of Analog Input Channels 32
Number of Mic Preamps 32
Faders 30
Signal Processing
Gain/Trim Range Mic:
-5 dB to 58 dB (in 1 dB Steps)
Line:
-10 dB to +16 dB
Gate Parameters Threshold: -60 to -6 dBFS
Depth: -60 to -3 dB
Attack: .1 ms to 200 ms
Release: 20 ms to 500 ms
Compressor Parameters Threshold: -52 to -6 dBFS
Ratio: 1:1 to 20:1
Attack: .1  to 200 ms
Release: 5  to 900 ms
Makeup Gain: 0 to 24 dB
Sidechain Filters Gate:
High-Pass: 22 Hz to 2.5 kHz
Low-Pass: 160 Hz to 20 kHz
EQ Parameters 1 x HF Shelf:
±15 dB at 800 Hz to 20 kHz
2 x MF Notch/Peak:
±15 dB at 22 Hz to 20 kHz, 6 to 0.3 Q
1 x LF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 500 Hz
Graphic EQ 28-Band 1/3 Octave,  31 Hz to 16 kHz
Filters High-Pass: 40 Hz to 1 kHz
Audio Delay Adjustable Up to 500 ms
Digital Audio
Sample Rates AD/DA Conversion:
Up to 200 kHz
Bit Depth AD/DA Conversion:
24-Bit
DSP 40-Bit Floating Point
Jitter ±7 ns
Word Clock Input 48 kHz ±7 Hz
Latency
Performance
dBFS Reference Level +21.5 dBu = 0 dBFS
Frequency Response Mic/Line Input:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.5 dB
Max Input Level Mic Input:
+22 dBu
Line Input:
+22 dBu
Output Level Mix Output:
+21.5 dBu (Max)
Headphone Output Power 300 mW into 150 Ohms
I/O Impedance Mic Input:
3 kilohms
Line Input:
10 kilohms
AES3 Input:
110 kilohms
Output:
150 ohms (Balanced)
75 ohms (Unbalanced)
Word Clock Output:
50 ohms
Word Clock Input:
47 kilohms
AES3 Output:
110 ohms
Crosstalk Adjacent Channels:
Adjacent Inputs:
-100 dB at 1 kHz
-85 dB at 10 kHz
CMRR -80 dBu
EIN -84 dBu at Unity Gain
-126 dBu (150-ohm Input)
Noise Floor
THD
Connectivity
Analog Inputs 32 x XLR Balanced Mic Input
Power
AC Input Power 88 to 264 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption 130 W (Maximum)
Lamp Power 12 VDC at 100 mA per Socket
Physical
Operating Temperature 41 to 113°F / 5 to 45°C
Operating Humidity 0 to 90%
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions 6.7 x 36.5 x 20.5″ / 169 x 928 x 520 mm
Weight 46.2 lb / 21 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 59.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41 x 27 x 11″

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