New MADI ways for Soundcraft Vi series with sonible ml:mio

July 13, 2017 | Case Story

The mixing consoles of the Soundcraft Vi series rank among the most popular in the world. The most compact desk of the series is the Vi1. Because the Vi1 has only one MADI interface which is used for stagebox connection, it can particularly benefit from the flexibility, the sonible MADI converter, splitter and router ml:mio has to offer.

“The sonible ml:mio is a fantastic way to add virtual soundcheck capability to our consoles, particularly to those with only one expansion slot such as Vi1, SiCompact and Si Expression, as well as acting as a general MADI problem-solver. Soundcraft fully endorses this product.”

Andy Brown, Product Manager, Soundcraft

If you run a Vi1 desk with a stagebox you can use the ml:mio to establish another MADI connection for recording or for virtual soundcheck. If you’re already using an optical stagebox, you can directly connect the ml:mio between the desk and stagebox and connect your recorder to the ml:mio’s coax connections. If you have a TP stagebox (which is the most common with Vi1), you will need to exchange your TP MADI card at the desk end for an optical one, available from your Soundcraft dealer.

You can then connect the ml:mio to the Vi1 desk via a short duplex SC cable and the stagebox to the TP port on the ml:mio. The coax ports on the ml:mio can then be used to provide a split of the mic inputs coming from the stagebox. With the source switches you can easily switch the console inputs between stagebox sources and playback source, for virtual soundcheck.

Vi1 and ml:mio setup for additional MADI recording or virtual soundcheck (Cat 5 stagebox)

  1. Connect stagebox to TP port on ml:mio via TP cable. Set Soundcraft/Studer mode and set RX/TX mode to peripheral mode.
  2. Connect ml:mio optical port to Vi1 optical MADI card* with a short SC-SC duplex cable
  3. Connect MADI interface for record/playback to BNC in & out
    *optical MADI card is available from your Soundcraft distributor.

Audio setup for Soundcraft desks with virtual check option

ml:mio switch setup for recording

  1. Set ‘TP out’ to ‘Opt in’ source
  2. Set ‘Opt out’ to ‘TP in’ source
  3. Set ‘BNC out’ to ‘TP in’ source (to record stagebox mics)

ml:mio setting with Soundcraft desks for live mixing and recording

ml:mio switch setup for playback

  1. Set ‘TP out’ to ‘Opt in’ source
  2. Switch ‘Opt out’ over to ‘BNC in’

Note: Do not press reconfig, or restart the Vi1 when in this mode, otherwise Stagebox patching will disappear and playback will have to be patched in via ‘MADI’ patch.

 ml:mio setting with Soundcraft desks for virtual sound check

Vi stagebox MADI AUX port for simultaneous recording and in-ear monitoring

  1. Connect TP MAIN port of the Soundcraft stagebox to Soundcraft mixing desk
  2. Connect TP AUX port of the Soundcraft stagebox to TP port on ml:mio via TP cable. Set Soundcraft/Studer mode and set RX/TX mode to peripheral mode.

Audio setup for Soundcraft desks with in-ear system and redundant recording

You can connect up to three independent devices to the BNC and optical outputs. e.g.

  1. Connect MADI recorder 1 to BNC out 1
  2. Connect MADI device for in-ear monitoring to BNC out 2
  3. Connect redundant recorder 2 to optical out

ml:mio switch setup for recording and in-ear monitoring

  1. Set ‘Opt out’ to ‘TP in’ source
  2. Set ‘BNC out’ to ‘TP in’ source

ml:mio setting for in-ear system and redundant recording

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