Three years ago, Soundcraft introduced it’s Digital 328 desk. This year at NAMM they rolled out another incarnation with enhancements designed to cater for the DAW.
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Designed for use straight out of the box, the 328XD control surface needs little explanation, and virtually all functions are easily accessible through the mixer’s unique ‘E-Strip’. This can act as a horizontal channel strip, controlling EQ and aux sends, or a dynamics control panel, or as level controls for the tape returns.
The 328XD also boasts a new dynamics feature set, including: a Gate and Compressor/Limiter on every channel; configurable direct outputs that provide more opportunities for recording feeds; two high-resolution Lexicon effects processors; the ability to route effects to groups for recording; total status recall at power-up; and improved connectivity. For instance, the S/PDIF output can be available on Optical port as well as RCA/Phono. Wordclock termination is available for systems using multiple clock connections, and the console may be synchronized to embedded ADAT wordclock as well as numerous clock sources.
While the 328XD is an outstanding controller with legendary sonic performance for recording and mixing, its ability to control desktop sequencers and synths – and, in turn, be controlled by them – makes it possibly the most versatile console in its class.
In fact, the 328XD has built-in interface capabilities to virtually all digital formats: ADAT™ and TDIF™, plus S/PDIF and AES/EBU stereo in/out. The combination of all of these features will reassure discerning producers and engineers around the world, who have come to rely on the audio quality of Soundcraft’s electronics design, that the 328XD embodies a truly no-compromise approach.
Preliminary US retail pricing for the 328XD is set at $5,999.95.