Soundcraft announces that it will be unveiling the multi-format, low-cost E Series, its latest addition to the Spirit range, at the 2003 Winter NAMM Show in January.

Surface mount technology is implemented throughout using close-tolerance components for high accuracy and repeatable settings for EQ and gain controls. The new highly-transparent mic amp features high-resolution adjustment over a wide gain range of 55dB and provides a stunning +22dB headroom through the console. Professional 48-volt phantom power is available to accommodate condenser microphones of all types.

A unique feature of the new range's signal monitoring is the Peak LED. This uses multipoint signal take-offs to watch for overload in several parts of the channel strip, and the LED lights more brightly as the signal approaches the peak point. For smooth and accurate channel control, the E Series has the same long-throw 100mm high quality faders as other Soundcraft desks.

The E Series is available in four standard models: six (E6), eight (E8) and twelve (E12) mono inputs - each model featuring two stereo inputs - and a unique model, the ES.

The ES caters to setups with multiple stereo sources that require simultaneous connection, such as keyboards, samplers and computers, and has ten full-function stereo inputs as well as four mono inputs for microphones and other mono sources. Two of these stereo inputs are equipped with RIAA-equalized inputs on RCA phono connectors so that record turntables can be plugged straight into the mixer for DJ music production. Each stereo input benefits from three-band EQ, as does the mono input on these models. The ES will also find favor with touring keyboard players as a submixer.

All models have two auxiliary buses, each individually pre/post switchable, and all main connectors are professional XLR-type and 1/4" metal jack sockets for reliability. RCA phono connectors are provided for disc and stereo playback inputs and record outputs. EQ on the standard mono input is three-band with a swept mid, while the standard stereo input has two-band EQ. All mono input channels have TRS insert sockets and inserts are also provided on the mix output. Ten-segment LED output metering, channel mutes, an intuitive and comprehensive solo system and headphone output are also part of the E Series feature set.

Soundcraft's Spirit E Series will no doubt find itself at home in many applications, including live music, recording, houses of worship and multi-speaker installations. Preliminary US retail pricing is as follows: Spirit E6 - $354.95, Spirit E8 - $399.95, Spirit E12 - $489.95, Spirit ES - $599.95

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Soundcraft, a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and recording markets, is distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International.