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Soundcraft Si Expression Buying Guide

The Soundcraft Si Expression line is ideal for those moving from analog to digital for the first time, or for the seasoned pro who still appreciates an analog approach to mixing. Powerful and versatile, the boards are ready for any situation: broadcast, houses of worship, theaters, touring companies, and more. Each console has identical features and functionality such as bankable motorized faders, multiple effects on each channel, four onboard Lexicon effects processors, and of course Soundcraft sound quality, performance, and construction. All you need to consider is how many faders and preamps you require!

Onboard Effects

Lexicon Is in the House

Each input channel has dedicated processing for highpass filter, input delay, gate, compressor and 4-band EQ. And of course, each Si Expression console has four integrated stereo Lexicon effects processors providing a deep variety of effects with user adjustable parameters and dedicated tap-tempo keys. And because the effects are hardware based, utilizing the effects does not inhibit any of the other processing in any way. All dynamics, EQs, filters, delays, and GEQs remain available across all channels.

EMMA™

DSP Processing Power

As you would expect from a Soundcraft mixer, the capabilities are extensive and feature their legendary audio quality. They’ve included their latest generation of the EMMA™ DSP processor on the Si Expression boards. This is the same DSP that has made their Soundcraft touring consoles series so renowned.

Analog Workflow

Makes Going Digital Smooth

Those making the transition from analog to digital will love the way Soundcraft has made these mixers easy to navigate and taken a direct approach to assigning functions to a single button, fader, or knob, without layering. (This means no confusing navigation menus.) Of course, the digital advantage is clear when you experience its comprehensive automation, bankable, 100mm motorized faders, and responsive color touchscreen, while still enjoying a workflow that feels just as you would expect.

FaderGlow™

Clearly See All Mixing Details

The Si Expression series also incorporates FaderGlow™ from Soundcraft touring consoles to color-code and clearly define Effects, Stereo, Linked Mono, GEQ, POST Fade Aux, and PRE Fade Aux. Not only are they visually stunning, but they make it easy to know where you are in the mix, at a glance.

iPad Remote

ViSi App

Control the console from anywhere in the venue using our ViSi Remote iPad App (ViSi: Vi and/or Si series remotes). Or you can even allow musicians to mix their own monitors onstage from multiple iPads. Optimize the front of house mix from anywhere; adjust monitor levels from the stage; control the input, aux, and output levels, as well as graphic EQ settings; and much more. All this power and high-end audio quality is combined with reliability, flexibility, and usability, making the Si Expression the digital mixing choice for discerning professionals.

Expandability

Connectivity to Integrate Seamlessly

Flexible onboard and expansion I/O options ensure your Si Expression integrates seamlessly and powerfully with other system components by using optional cards for AES, FireWire/USB/ADAT*1, AVIOM™, CobraNet™, BSS Digital Audio Bus (BLU Link)*1, Dante™*1 CAT 5 or optical MADI. The MADI card allows you to interface with multitrack recording systems and enables linking to the Soundcraft or Studer stageboxes to extend the I/O power and flexibility of the Si Expression.

Si EXPRESSION

SiExpression 3

32-channel Digital Mixer

The Expression 3 is a 32-channel digital mixer that delivers incredible power and control in a compact, amazingly affordable package.

Features:

  • 32 mono mic inputs; 4 line inputs; AES in and out
  • Responsive color touchscreen interface
  • Up to 66 input processing channels
  • Motorized 100mm faders with FaderGlow
  • 4 stereo Lexicon effects engines

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SiExpression 2

24-channel Digital Mixer

The Expression 2 is a 24-channel digital mixer that delivers incredible power with a smaller footprint than its big brother.

Features:

  • 24 mono mic inputs; 4 line inputs; AES in and out
  • Responsive color touchscreen interface
  • Up to 66 input processing channels
  • Motorized 100mm faders with FaderGlow
  • 4 stereo Lexicon effects engines

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SiExpression 1

16-channel Digital Mixer

The Expression 1 is a 16-channel digital mixer that packs incredible power into a small format that can also be rackmounted.

Features:

  • 16 mono mic inputs; 4 line inputs; AES in and out
  • Responsive color touchscreen interface
  • Up to 66 input processing channels
  • Motorized 100mm faders with FaderGlow
  • 4 stereo Lexicon effects engines

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Mini Stagebox

Mini Stagebox 32 for Soundcraft Boards

  • 32 Expression mic preamps
  • 8 line outs and 4 AES pairs
  • Dual Cat 5 MADI or dual port optical
  • Compatible with Soundcraft Si Expression, Si Compact, Si Performer, Si series and Vi series consoles

An easy stage-connectivity solution, the Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32 is a 3U chassis providing 32 analog mic/line inputs, eight analog line outputs, and four pairs of AES outputs, for a total of 32 inputs and 16 outputs. And with their internal PSUs, they are completely self-contained for stage-side placement and are ideal for a wide range of live environments.

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Mini Stagebox 16 for Soundcraft Boards

  • 16 Expression mic preamps
  • 8 line outs and 4 AES pairs
  • Dual Cat 5 MADI or dual port optical
  • Compatible with Soundcraft Si Expression, Si Compact, Si Performer, Si series and Vi series consoles

For easy stage-connectivity, the Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 16 is a 2U chassis that has 16 analog mic/line inputs and eight outputs. Their integral PSUs make it a self-contained solution for stage-side placement and ideal for a variety of live environments.

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Soundcraft ViSi Connect

Optional I/O cards provide access to audio networks, DAW recording, personal monitoring systems, stageboxes, and more.

Any of the Soundcraft ViSi Connect option cards can be placed in the 64×64 card slot, enabling Si Expression mixers to be configured specifically for any additional applications as needed, including the use of personal monitoring systems, multichannel DAW recording, or interfacing with audio networks such as CobraNet®, RockNet, or Dante.

Si series option cards include AES, FireWire/USB/ADAT*1, AVIOM™, CobraNet™, BSS Digital Audio Bus (BLU Link)*1, and Dante™*1 CAT 5 or optical MADI. Option cards are also available for connection to a range of ViSi Connect stageboxes, offering users a choice of I/O capacity.

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