September 26, 2004
Launched in January of this year, Soundcraft's GigRac family of powered mixers for gigging bands and presentation systems has now been joined by the most powerful version yet--the stereo GigRac 1000st, which delivers 1000 watts output power (500 watts per channel into 4 ohms).
The new model sports the same styling of the GigRac 300 and 600, but is a more powerful, full stereo version featuring expanded three-band EQ on the inputs, two seven-band BSS Audio graphic equalizers, and ten preset digital effects. Although slightly taller than its siblings at 5U (8.75 inches), the still-ultra-compact GigRac 1000st combines power and performance with the ability to be slung over a shoulder and carried to a show.
As with the GigRac 300 and 600 models, there are two output signal paths: one for the main front-of-house output and one for stage monitors. In normal stereo use, the two power amps each deliver a full 500W of power to the main (FOH) outputs, but the 1000st can also be switched to provide 500 watts to the main output and 500 watts to the monitor output.
Other additional features include pan controls for the inputs to the stereo bus, a stereo graphic EQ on the main output and seven-band mono graphic EQ on the monitor output, 12-segment bargraph meters for both main and monitor outputs, a stereo playback input (for CD playback, for example), and a stereo submix input. In standby mode, all channels are muted until the band is ready to play, while the playback input remains active for interval music. In order to not break your back, the 1000st features a lightweight switched-mode PSU derived from years of switched-mode designs at Soundcraft and BSS.
Shipping in October, the GigRac 1000st carries as US retail price of $749.99. Soundcraft USA also announces that it has reduced the prices of its two other GigRac models by $50.00 each to $599.99 for the GigRac 600 and $379.99 for the GigRac 300. There is a dedicated GigRac website at www.gigrac.com.
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