Founded in 1973, Soundcraft first made its mark with the launch of the Series 1, the first mixing console built into a flight case to cater to the needs of touring bands and groups. Since then it has produced digital and analogue consoles for touring artists, theatres, performance venues, and studio recording applications. The brand is currently owned by Harman and has a product line consisting of mixers, stageboxes, option cards, recording interfaces, plugins, and a few mobile applications.
Their small-format mixers suitable for cafes, four-person bands, and home studios are a bestseller at MusicMajlis. Soundcraft is known for their quality analogue mixers, with USB in/outs and an easy to use user interface. Notably, the Notepad 5, Notepad 8FX, and Notepad 12FX are Soundcraft’s selection of compact mixers. The Notepad 5 is the most affordable solution with one input, Soundcraft’s quality preamp, plug and play audio interface, channel strip layout that includes EQ, Aux send, master level and rotary headphone volume control, and a durable metal enclosure that’s built-to-last. The two more expensive editions, the 8FX and 12 FX, have a higher number of inputs and Harman’s digital signal processing including iconic Lexicon reverb, echo and delay, and a ‘ducking’ feature which automatically lowers background music when it detects speech. If you’re looking for a device with more input/outputs, a higher degree of audio control, and a device with a slightly better-designed user interface with screens and LEDs, the Signature lineup is a noteworthy option. With four models in offer - Signature 10, 12, 16, and 22 - each has a common bed of features and components like Ghost preamps, Sapphyre Assymetric EQ, free downloads of the Lexicon MPXL native plug-in and Ableton Live 10 Lite, premium-quality faders with GB Series audio routing that has flexible pre/post switching on each Aux, and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options with dedicated outputs. The key differences are the number of channels, number of preamps, versatility of the effects engine, and other input/output variations. These devices are supported by Mac and PC, with USB compatibility.
The other professional ranges under Soundcraft’s hood are - Vi Series (standalone console package with either 32 or 48 channels of analogue inputs), Si Series (digital and with a built-in automated lighting controller), Ui Series (remote-controlled digital mixer with wireless controls), Signature MTK Series (no-nonsense analogue console with all high-end Soundcraft specs), GB Series (for audio-visual applications), and the EFX Series (low cost, high-quality Lexicon mixers with multiple input/outputs).