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HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 24 Digital Console Delivers Powerful Performance for Australia's GenX Productions
SYDNEY, Australia — Founded in 2007, GenX Productions is a prominent sound and lighting contractor that specializes in live sound, corporate and private events. Founder and Managing Director Alan Jurcan has worked with notable Australian artists including Richard Clapton, Dave Leslie of Baby Animals, Sister2Sister, Tiffany Wood and many others. Jurcan recently made the move from analog to digital with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 24 console.
"I have owned and used Soundcraft analog consoles for more than 10 years and have been very happy with the sound they produce, as well as their reliability," Jurcan says. "So once I decided to move to digital I naturally looked at what Soundcraft had to offer, along with competitors' models in the price range. I felt the Si Compact 24 outshines its competitors in many areas, especially when it came to user friendliness, and it had all the features and power one could ask for, especially considering its affordability. It also sounds great—clean and smooth, with that signature Soundcraft audio quality."
The first thing Jurcan noticed when taking the console on the road was how easy it was to set up. "The console is really 'hands-on,' there's a knob or button for just about every function and no confusing menus to go through," he says. "I really like the fact that I can save everything I do on the console and recall all the settings at the next show. Whether it's the front of house mix, monitor mix, EQ settings, compression settings or even just the track names, the Si Compact 24 will remember everything. This has really cut down on setup time, especially for those artists I work with on a regular basis. Thanks to the Soundcraft Virtual Si computer software, I can pre-configure the settings for a particular artist or show before I even take the console out of the road case."
At first, Jurcan felt slightly uneasy without all his usual outboard gear, but the Si Compact's built-in processing has simplified his patching and dramatically cut down on setup time. "I never run out of DSP power and the Lexicon reverbs and effects in this console are just magical," he notes. "The compressor section is superb. You can compress pretty hard and never get the unwanted artifacts you sometimes notice with other compressors. In fact, two days after we received the console we brought it to a show without our usual racks or outboard effects. A gutsy move, but the console delivered the goods."