Soundcraft Ui24r Review: Ideal Choice for Musicians on the Move
The Ui software far surpassed my initial expectations. The way the user can page from managing preamps, to working the main mix, to adjusting an aux bus is easy and natural.
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For years, I’ve been using Soundcraft mixers, and it was the console in the first studio I worked in. It was also my brand of choice, when I bought my first console.
When given the opportunity to review and use this new digital rack mixer, my biggest question naturally was, “Does this sound like a Soundcraft?”
Good news! It is a faithful Soundcraft mixer, just in a less conventional form factor. It sounds great and also has several nice features, that makes it a good choice for churches, coffee shops and bands.
This 24-input console has 20 Studer-designed preamps, 10 aux outs, and a direct-to-USB drive recording feature. Plus, it has excellent, name-brand processing by Lexicon, dbx, and DigiTech.
The Soundcraft Ui24r would be an ideal choice for musicians on the move. For example, the unit can be put in a rack, but it is built tough and can be set up as a stage box just as easily. Setup for a guitar, singer, and powered speakers only takes a few minutes.
Unlike some rack units that require either a physical connection to a computer, AVB switch, or WiFi access point, the Ui24r has a built-in WiFi network, eliminating some of that extra equipment and IT know-how. Plus, the inclusion of physical main output volume knobs was a great convenience for quick adjustments.
It’s called the “Ui” series and certainly the user interface was a main focus here. I was a bit apprehensive that the software, being browser-based, rather than a dedicated mobile app. Without any physical controllers on the mixer out than headphones and main out volumes, I was concerned about the speed of navigating the system.
However, the Ui software far surpassed my initial expectations. The way the user can page from managing preamps, to working the main mix, to adjusting an aux bus is easy and natural.
Without consulting the manual or help videos on the website, I was fluidly setting my levels, loading presets, customizing effects, and mixing the show.
The Ui focuses on big faders, big controls, and many levels of navigation. This spreads the information out to form easy, at-a-glance controls. Where some manufacturers jam as much information on one screen as possible, that design can slow down the experience of quickly and accurately running your mixer.
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