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Soundcraft Dual-Mode Console Family Extended with MH2

(June 10, 2005)

Soundcraft has taken advantage of this year's InfoComm Show to unveil its new MH2, the latest model in the manufacturer's popular MH Series of dual-mode performance consoles.

Aimed at touring companies and installations of all sizes, the eagerly anticipated MH2 fits in at a very affordable price point and is one of the few consoles at this level to offer VCA grouping. The MH2 is bound to find favor with churches, theatres, nightclubs and other similar installs due to its high channel count within a compact frame, generous matrix, VCA groups and LCR panning. Touring companies will further readily appreciate the MH2's ability to minimize inventory expenditures thanks to its multi-purpose design.

Alongside its bigger brothers, the MH3 and MH4, the MH2 is similarly capable of dual-mode (FOH/monitor) operation and features eight subgroups, ten auxiliary busses, eight VCA groups and six mute groups, as well as an integral 11x4 matrix.

Available in 24, 32, 40 and 48 mono channel frame sizes, all with four comprehensive, full function stereo inputs as standard, the new console benefits from a monocoque chassis with individual channel PCBs, providing a rugged yet cost-effective mixer solution for applications in touring sound, theatre, corporate events and installations that demand both a large number of channels and small footprint.

As with the MH3 and MH4, the MH2 can be switched from FOH mode to monitor mode, whereby ten 60mm faders can control the auxiliary outputs instead of the groups for monitor use. In FOH mode, these faders normally control the eight group outputs plus two of the auxiliary sends.

Four stereo returns are provided, each with a four-band EQ section, feeding the main mix busses.

"Our customers asked for a console with the sound quality and ergonomics of our successful MH3 and MH4, but in a smaller footprint," comments Andy Brown, Soundcraft's tour sound product manager. "The new MH2 delivers exactly that and will undoubtedly find favor on budget- or space-restricted jobs, both in installations and on the road."

There seems little doubt that the MH2 will prove popular in touring sound seeing that the MH3 and MH4 have gained fans at high profile companies like Britannia Row and Adlib Audio. MH Series desks have also shown up in a wide array of notable installs, including The Cavern Club in Liverpool, Utah Symphony's Abravanel Hall and Toronto's Queensway Cathedral. Most recently, an MH4 was used to mix sound for the hit television series American Idol.

Suggested US retail pricing on the new MH2 is as follows:

24 mono + 4 stereo channels: $11,595
32 mono + 4 stereo channels: $13,495
40 mono + 4 stereo channels: $14,995
48 mono + 4 stereo channels: $16,950

Soundcraft is a leading British manufacturer of professional mixing consoles and devices for live, broadcast, theatre, recording and DJ markets. The company's products are distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America (HPNA), which also distributes products for Studer. HPNA is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries.

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