The Soundcraft GB Series has gained another new member, the Soundcraft GB2R.
This 19-inch rack-mountable mixer is available in two variants, and offers either 16 mono inputs to a stereo mix output, or a 12.2 version with 12 mono inputs, two full-feature stereo inputs and two group busses, each model having six auxiliary sends.
As always with Soundcraft consoles, emphasis has been placed on operational simplicity, clear and intuitive layout, and the highest possible audio performance. The Soundcraft GB2R inherits both the GB30 mic preamplifier and GB30 equalizer designs from the larger GB4 and GB8.
For ease of installation, the connector section is contained in a rotatable pod, allowing cable access from the top of the mixer if sat on a tabletop or from the rear when mounted in a 19-inch rack.
On the stereo inputs of the 12.2 model, connectors are provided for both mic and line inputs. With mic signals routed to the local channel, the line inputs are available as stereo returns to the main mix bus. Two stereo returns and a two-track (CD replay, for example) input are provided, which means that the GB2R-12.2 model can offer up to 26 inputs to mix in a mixer just 19 inches (485mm) wide.
Every input has a pre/post switchable direct output for recording or effects sends, while an internal universal voltage PSU avoids external power supply connections.
The whole GB Series carries the high quality hallmark with which Soundcraft is synonymous, with engineering and design as one would expect from this high-end manufacturer. Careful attention has been given to the mechanical construction, to ensure reliability and ruggedness under strenuous conditions, with all input modules being constructed with individual vertically-mounted PCBs fitted to the steel chassis front panel with individually-nutted potentiometers.
The GB Series also shares the stylish looks of the professional range, including the MH4, MH3, MH2 and LX7ii consoles, continuing a strong family look and feel across the range.