Soundcraft has released a significant update to the operating software for the acclaimed Soundcraft Vi6™ and Vi4™ Digital Live Sound Consoles, adding powerful new facilities and further security in the event of power failure. It will be demonstrated at AES New York and will ship on October 5th.
V2.0 of the desk software not only brings the eagerly awaited Copy/Paste facilities, but also a new Library function.
The Copy/Paste function allows the settings of any channel, bus, FX section or processing element to be copied and pasted to any number of other channels, saving set up time and helping eliminate errors. The last paste operation can be quickly reversed with an UNDO function. Blocks or individual parameters within a channel are selected for copying via touch screen selection on the same intuitive Vistonics™ II screens that are used for audio control functions.
The new Library functionality allows a user to select any set of parameters in use on the desk, for example a single channel EQ setting or a group of channels set up for a drum kit, to be stored in the internal library and recalled at will. The libraries can be exported to, or imported from, the USB memory stick allowing users to build up their own portable channel and processing libraries that can easily be transferred to any Vi console they have to work on. This is done independently of the Show Files, which already allow entire desk settings to be exported.
Within the new software are a number of useful libraries of EQ and Dynamics settings to suit common applications.
Other important enhancements are that the Master output graphic and parametric equalizers can now be linked for easier LR or LCR EQ adjustments, while on stereo input channels the Pan and Gain controls are now individually adjustable on left and right.
A new auto-backup system ensures that in the event of mains power to the surface being interrupted during a show, the last settings of the desk will be retained and restored automatically when power is restored, meaning no changes to the audio.
The new release underlines Soundcraft's commitment to expanding the development of the Vi Series, taking on board feedback from the already extensive user base, and forms a platform for further enhancements planned for early next year, such as support for dual stageboxes, snapshot filtering and offline editing.
The easy method for software updates via Soundcraft's secure web portal ensures today's users will quickly benefit from this and future upgrades.