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The Art and Craft of Sound Design- Interview with Bishwadeep Chatterjee

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LIVE SOUND CONSOLES

Mix Matters


PALM Technology is back with its Live Consoles Part II featuring another line-up of some more remarkable desks. The listing is a window to some popular live sound consoles that have ruled the Indian market.
This feature does not endorse any product and is meant only as a guide.

Allen & Heath dLive S7000


The S7000 is the largest control Surface in the dLive family, with a whopping 216 assignable fader strips. It features 36 faders over 6 layers, dual 12″ capacitive touchscreens and the innovative Harmony UI for the fastest workflow in the industry.

Main Features include:

  • 36 faders
  • Fully assignable layout – 216 fader strips
  • Harmony UI integrates screen and wrap-around controls
    • Gesture control – pinch, swipe, drag ‘n drop
    • Dedicated multi-mode EQ view
    • Configurable widget areas for Scenes, meters, FX and more
    • 3 pages of 6 assignable rotaries per screen
  • 26 assignable SoftKeys
  • Engineer’s Wedge and IEM fader strips
  • Comprehensive multipoint metering
  • Daylight visibility
  • USB stereo recording and playback
  • 8 XLR mic/line in, 8 XLR line out
  • 2 digital st AES3 in, 3 digital st AES3 out
  • Connection hub
    • Dual redundant GigaACE gigabit link to MixRack
    • 1x redundant DX link for I/O expansion
    • 2x I/O Ports – 128 ch 96 kHz each
    • 2x Network ports
    • Wordclock BNC I/O
    • Video output
  • Dual redundant, hot swappable power supply

Technical Specifications:

  • Mic/Line XLR Inputs: Balanced XLR, +48V phantom power
  • Mic/Line Preamp: Fully recallable Dynamic Range 110dB
  • Input Sensitivity: -60 to +15dBu
  • System Signal to Noise: -92dB
  • Analogue Gain: +5 to +60dB, 1dB steps
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 30kHz +0/-0.8dB
  • Maximum Input Level: +30dBu (PAD in)
  • Headroom: +18dB
  • Output Impedance: <75Ω
  • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
  • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
  • Residual Output Noise: -92dBu (muted, 20-20kHz); -90dBu (muted, 20-40kHz)
  • Width: 1325 mm
  • Depth: 728 mm
  • Height: 413 mm
  • Weight: 41kg (90lbs)

Harman Soundcraft Vi3000


Soundcraft Vi3000 features an all-new appearance with a more efficiently designed control surface, 36 faders, 24 mono/stereo busses and a sweeping black screen panel with four Vistonics II touchscreen interfaces with sleek, updated 3D graphics. It offers extensive rear panel connectivity.

Main features include:

  • BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ - This acclaimed industry-standard DEQ is built in as standard with 8 instances available for inserting on any input or output channel.
  • Copy/Paste channel bus and FX settings: Dedicated Copy and Paste buttons on the surface allow the settings of any channel, bus or FX section to be copied and pasted, dramatically cutting down the setup time.
  • Copy/Paste processing elements: Operators can drill down to copy and paste even single processing elements, and the last paste operation can always be quickly reversed with an UNDO function.
  • Advanced events integration: Cues can trigger or be triggered by MIDI or GPIO events, including MIDI timecode. Harman’s HiQnet Venue recall function is tightly integrated within the Cue List.
  • Automated microphone mixing: STUDER vMIX processing is built-in, with ability to seamlessly process up to two separate groups of 16 inputs, with clear and intuitive metering showing gain reduction.
  • All busses to stereo: All busses can be turned to stereo without tying up two busses, providing a massive 24 stereo mix capability.
  • Auto-increase of ambient mic levels in monitor mixes between songs: Vi3000 has the facility to externally control the Gate or Ducking processing from a bus in the console.

Technical Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 0/-1dB, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
  • AES/EBU Input Sample Rate: 32-108kHz (with SRC enabled)
  • Mains Voltage Operating Range: 90-264V, 47-63Hz, auto-ranging
  • Mains Power Consumption: 300W
  • Height (Console Only): 351mm (13.8”)
  • Width (Console Only): 1446mm (56.9”)
  • Depth (Console Only): 803mm (31.6”)
  • Weight (Console Only): 54kg (119lb)
  • Height (with standard shipping carton): 595mm (23.5”)
  • Width (with standard shipping carton): 1580mm (62.2”)
  • Depth (with standard shipping carton): 950mm (37.4”)
  • Weight (with standard shipping carton): 96kg (212lb) T

Avid Venue S6L


VENUE | S6L has gain unprecedented processing capabilities with over 300 processing channels, unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design. Mix faster and easier through modern touchscreen workflows. And work with way more plug-ins and Pro Tools track counts than ever before. When you need to present the best mixes possible, S6L delivers unmatched power, clarity, and customization to meet the demands of any gig.

Main features include:

  • Gain more I/O flexibility: With the latest VENUE software release, you can now use Avid Stage 16 remote I/O boxes in addition to your Stage 64 rack, give more networked I/O distribution flexibility.
  • Get better insight into your mix: With the new Meters view on the Master Touchscreen, users can now get an uninterrupted continuous view of your channel metering across all of your S6L console screens.
  • Access key commands faster: The latest VENUE software adds two new fast-access buttons to the Master Touchscreen. With the System button, you can quickly access such system commands as Shutdown, Info, Update, Lock, and Clear System.
  • Mix theater productions with ease: Add any of the 96 aux sends to your snapshot Scope. Gain greater efficiency with numerous snapshot advancements.
  • Mix faster, the way you want: The latest VENUE software for S6L provides many new control surface and software workflow enhancements to simplify and let you customize your mixing experience.

Technical Specifications:

  • Control Surface: 12-inch daylight-visible touchscreens
  • Faders: 48 + 2
  • Analog inputs: 8 XLR mic/line inputs with 48V and signal present LEDs
  • Analog outputs: 8 XLR outputs with mute and signal present LEDs
  • Digital inputs: 4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)
  • Digital outputs: 4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)
  • Headphone outputs: 2 independent 1/4” TRS stereo headphone jacks
  • Height (front, rear): 3.6, 15.3 inches (91, 388 mm) 3.6, 8 inches (91, 205 mm)
  • Width: 76.1 inches (1,934 mm)
  • Depth: 31 inches (787 mm)

Digico SD12


Main features include:

  • 72 Input Channels
  • 36 Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR Master Buss
  • 12 x 8 Full Processing Matrix
  • 119 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 48/96 kHz Sample Rate
  • Control integration for Klang Immersive systems V

Technical Specifications:

General Specifications

  • Faders: 26 x 100mm touch-sensitive, motorised
  • Screens: 2 x 15” LCD high – resolution touch screens
  • Input Channels: 72
  • Sampling rates: 48kHz / 96kHz
  • SD12 Dimensions: 1124 mm (w) x 795 mm (d) x 389 mm (h)
  • SD12 Weight: 42Kg / 96lbs.(130Kg / 287lbs. with optional flightcase)
  • SD12 Flightcase: 1270 mm (w) x 570 mm (d) x 1150 mm (h)
  • SD12 Power Requirements : 90V-260V, 50-60Hz, 150VA. (140W) Audio Specification
  • Sample rate: 96kHz or 48kHz
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.6dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
  • THD: <0.05% @ unity gain, 10dB input @ 1kHz
  • Channel Seperation: Better than 90dB (40Hz – 15kHz)
  • Microphone Input: Better than -126dB Equivalent Noise
  • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
  • Maximum Input Level: +22dBu: M

Yamaha CL5 Digital


The Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console represents a new level of refinement in live sound mixing. It offers an evolved experience in accessible mixing, plus sonic purity with sound shaping capabilities that will give the most imaginative engineer unprecedented creative freedom .

Main Features include:

  • Input channels: 72-mono, 8-stereos.
  • Mix/Matrix Buses: 24 mixes / 8 matrices (Input to Matrix supported)
  • Fader configuration: 16-fader left section, 8-fader Centralogic section, 8-fader right section, 2-fader master section.
  • VCM models of the renowned Neve Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter developed with Rupert Neve Designs
  • Stainless steel stay for iPad support.
  • Built-in meter bridge.

Technical Specifications:

  • Mixing Capacity:
    • Input Mixing Channels: 72 mono + 8 stereo
    • Mix Buses: 24
    • Matrices: 8 (Input to Matrix supported)
  • Input Channel Functions
    • Digital Gain: Yes (-96dB ~ +24dB)
    • ATT: -96dB ~ 0dB
    • HPF: 20Hz ~ 600Hz, -6 or -12dB/oct Selectable (CL V1.51 or later)
  • Sampling frequency rate:
    • Internal: 44.1kHz / 48kHz
    • External: 44.1kHz: +4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0% (±200ppm), 48kHz: +4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0% (±200ppm)
  • Signal delay: Less than 2.5ms, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Fs=48kHz
  • Total harmonic distortion: ess than 0.05% 20Hz-20kHz@+4dBu into 600Ω, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
  • Frequency response: +0.5, -1.5dB 20Hz-20kHz, refer to +4dBu output @1kHz, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT
  • Dynamic range: 112dB typ.: DA Converter / 108dB typ.: OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
  • Hum & noise level:
    • Equivalent input noise: -128dBu typ., Equivalent Input Noise, Input Gain=Max.
    • Residual output noise: -88dBu, Residual output noise, ST master off
  • Crosstalk: -100dB*1, adjacent OMNI IN/OMNI OUT channels, Input Gain = Min.
  • Power consumption: 170W: Internal Power Supply / 200W: Simultaneous use of Internal PSU and External PW800W
  • Dimensions (W*H*D): 1053mm (41 1/2in)* 299mm (11 3/4in)* 667mm (26 1/4in)
  • Net weight: 36kg (79.4lb)

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