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Soundcraft Compact 10 (2004)
« on: March 30, 2015, 06:01:18 PM »

Now that computer workstations have evolved such powerful and comprehensive mixing facilities, there's rarely any need for large analogue consoles unless you prefer the sound or the tactile experience of mixing through them. Indeed, most systems can operate quite happily with a small general-purpose mixer, though that often involves compromise and you still may be paying for features you don't need. What Soundcraft have done with their new Compact range is develop a small desktop mixer specifically for use with computer-based systems, leaving off all the frills that aren't needed and adding some dedicated features that actively benefit computer users.
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What Does The Computer User Need From A Mixer?

So, what does a typical computer user need from a mixer? Firstly, you need a small number of mic preamps which can be routed into the input of an audio interface or soundcard. Most users with smaller systems rarely record more than one or two tracks at a time, so only a handful of mic channels are necessary. While software instruments are getting better and computers are becoming powerful enough to run several at once, most people still have a few favourite hardware synths or samplers that they'd like to run alongside their computer tracks, so the ideal mixer needs to be able to accommodate these too.

And then there's the latency issue. Most modern computers will run with a latency small enough that most users won't notice it. However, there are many older computers still in service, and some musicians are also particularly sensitive to latency, so a zero-latency monitoring option is still good to have. Soundcraft provide this by allowing the user to route the channel being recorded directly to the monitor outputs while recording (this works only for recording audio, not for software instruments, of course). The mixer also has other tricks up its metaphorical sleeve, but first lets get an overview.