The Melweg music and arts centre in Amsterdam is the first installation purchaser of Harman’s new Vi7000 digital mixing console, after having tried it out at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

The Soundcraft Vi7000 is an extension of the Vi6 digital console, offering optional 96kHz processing and upgraded channel counts.

“Most importantly, the Vi7000 sounds good,” says Lenno Maaskant, first engineer at Melkweg.

“Also, we have a lot of visiting engineers and they vary from 16-year-olds who only know digital desks to veteran engineers who don’t have any experience with digital. The setup of the Vi7000 is so logical that any mixing engineer will understand it right away. Everything on this desk is one-to-one translated from analog to digital and everything you need is at your fingertips.”

The Vi5000 and Vi7000 offer a choice of compact control surfaces with new local rack and active breakout box hardware, delivering simultaneous mixing of up to 128 inputs and 32 mono/stereo busses with up to 384 inputs and outputs in the I/O system allowing unlimited record feeds from all channels.

Harman will continue to sell the Vi6 and Vi4, although customers wanting to upgrade to the Vi5000 or Vi7000 will be able to pick up an upgrade package from a local Soundcraft distributor.

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