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TYPICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Response
XLR Input to any Output........................................ +0/-0.5dB, 20Hz – 20kHz
T.H.D. and Noise
All measurements at +10dBu............................................ <0.006% @ 1kHz
XLR In to Direct Out ........................................................... <0.01% @ 10kHz
XLR In to Mix Out............................................................... <0.006% @ 1kHz
......................................................................................... <0.01% @ 10kHz
Mic Input E.I.N.
22Hz-22kHz bandwidth, unweighted .................... <-128dBu (150Ω source)
Residual Noise
Mix Output; no inputs routed, Mix fader @ 0dB ................................... -90dB
Bus Noise
Mix Output; 48 channels routed,
input faders @ -∞, Mix fader 0dB ................................................... <-84dBu
Grp Output; 48 channels routed,
input faders @ -∞, Grp fader 0dB ................................................... <-84dBu
Aux Output; 48 channels routed,
input sends @ -∞, Grp fader 0dB.................................................... <-85dBu
Crosstalk
1kHz, +20dBu input signals
Input Channel muting...................................................................... >102dB
Input fader cutoff ............................................................................ >100dB
Input pan pot isolation ...................................................................... >60dB
Mix routing isolation ........................................................................ >102dB
Group routing isolation ...................................................................... >88dB
Group-group crosstalk ...................................................................... <-90dB
Group-Mix crosstalk ......................................................................... <-90dB
Mix-group crosstalk .......................................................................... <-95dB
Aux send off..................................................................................... <-93dB
CMRR
Mono input ............................................................................ -85dB @ 1kHz
Input & Output
Levels
Mic Input ................................................................................ +26dBu max.
Balanced Inputs...................................................................... +21dBu max.
Balanced Outputs ................................................................... +21dBu max.
Nominal Operating Level ...................................................................... 0dBu
Input & Output
Impedances
Mic Input .............................................................................................. 2kΩ
All other Inputs ................................................................................. >10kΩ
Headphone Output ............................................................................... 50Ω
All other Outputs ................................................................................ <75Ω
Oscillator
63Hz to 10kHz/Pink Noise, variable level
HP Filter (Mono Input)
30-400Hz, 12dB/octave
EQ (Mono Input)
HF ............................................................. 1.2kHz - 20kHz, ±15dB, shelving
Hi-Mid .................................................. 750Hz - 12kHz, ±15dB, Q=0.5 - 3.0
Lo-Mid................................................... 75Hz - 1.2kHz, ±15dB, Q=0.5 - 3.0
LF ................................................................ 35Hz - 550Hz, ±15dB, shelving
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Metering
Overbridge, 8 VU Meters monitoring Group/Aux/Matrix,
+ 3 VU Meters monitoring Left Mix/AFL/PFL, Right Mix/AFL/PFL
& Mono (centre) Mix
Each meter has a peak LED set to 3dB below clipping
Mono & Stereo Inputs, 12-LED bargraph + Peak LED
Power Consumption
48 Ch Console, each 17V rail takes 6.5A (nominal)(measured
without Littlites connected)
The 8V rail takes 0.5A (nominal)
Operating
conditions
Temperature Range............................................................. -10ºC to +30ºC
Relative Humidity........................................................................ 0% to 80%
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supplied hereafter. E&OE 01/04
This equipment complies with the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
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Note: These figures are typical of performance in a normal electromagnetic environment. Performance may be degraded in severe
conditions. All measurements refer to electronically balanced inputs and outputs with VCAs enabled. Input and output transformers may
affect these specifications.
LIVE PERFORMANCE CONSOLE
Dual-purpose.
Totally modular.
And equipped to handle
16 separate monitor mixes.
Dual-purpose. Totally modular.
And equipped to handle 16
separate monitor mixes.
In the modern world, live sound mixing
demands a level of versatility way beyond
anything previously imagined. Sound
contractors and venues alike must maximise
their inventory investments to accommodate
a wide variety of different events. However
mixing consoles designed for use in both
Front-of-house and Monitor positions have
always been a compromise, with the allimportant Group and Auxiliary bus structures
presenting a daunting learning curve.
The Soundcraft MH4 changes all that.
With external styling every bit as
innovative as its internal design, the MH4
delivers an intuitive, uncomplicated and
sonically superior mixing solution for
engineers working on concert tours, the
performing arts, theatre productions and
corporate events.
In short, the Soundcraft MH4 is ready for
anything.
Key Features
live console: FOH, Monitors,
• Dual-purpose
or Monitors from FOH
• Totally modular for flexible layouts
sizes 24 mono/4 stereo,
• Frame
32 mono/4 stereo, 40 mono/4 stereo,
48 mono/4 stereo, 56 mono/4 stereo
flexible Auxiliary Bus structure
• Completely
with up to four stereo sends for in-ear
monitoring
group busses and 12 aux busses in FOH
Mic Amp design with high headroom
Integrated control of BSS Audio
• 8mode
• New
•
and outstanding CMRR
Varicurve™ and dbx DriveRack™
busses (configurable as 16
• 16mono,monitor
• New EQ design with focused response • Optional bargraph output meterbridge
12 mono/2 stereo, 8 mono/4
• LCR panning on inputs
stereo) in Monitor mode
8 VCA groups and 8 Mute
•
All
Aux
outputs
under
fader
control
•
groups with snapshot
automation and MIDI control
• Integral 20x8 matrix
mic splitter outputs from
• Semi-parametric EQ on stereo aux outputs • Passive
each channel
Clearcom™ compatible talkback
• Integral
system
Ready to go anywhere
RENTAL: Gighire, UK
INSTALLATION: Palladium Palace, Russia
CHURCH: Canyon Hills, USA
CLUB: Cubby Bear Club, USA
Khabarovsk City in Siberia has opened the Palladium
Palace, a substantial entertainment centre which doubles
as an ice-rink stadium and a concert hall. In ice-rink mode,
the Palace is used for competitions, training, and social ice
skating activities. With a few modifications, the venue can
be turned into a 7,000-capacity concert hall.
As part of a complete system upgrade, Ideal Productions
have supplied Chicago’s Cubby Bear club with two MH4
consoles to handle front-of-house and monitor mixing.
“Intuitive ease of use was the first thing that attracted us to
the MH4. It’s well laid out and elegant in its simplicity. It’s
also very flexible, admirably functioning as either a front-ofhouse console or dedicated monitor board offering eight
separate wedge mixes plus four stereo in-ear mixes.”
For the main events, when the Palladium Palace is turned
into a sizeable concert venue, PAL Systems has provided a
portable control system, consisting of a Soundcraft MH4 at
front-of-house, a Soundcraft MH3 on monitors, and mobile
racks of amplifiers.
Todd Petersen, Owner - Ideal Productions
When Pacific West Sound commenced work on a complete
re-structure of the audio system at Canyon Hills Assembly
of God Church in Bakersfield, they turned to Soundcraft for
a comprehensive mixing solution.
South London-based Gighire are now into their third MH4
desk - part of a systematic upgrade programme.
“As a mid-sized company we implement an ongoing
programme of stock replacement,” said Jon Pickett, partner
at Gighire. “The MH4’s versatility was important to us. In
addition, it represents exceptional value and build quality and it also sounds absolutely great. The EQ has the familiar
feel of Soundcraft, and the meters are really accurate.”
“The MH4 sounds great. Its mic pres are warm and the
British EQ is very pleasing to the ear. Console layout is
extremely straightforward and after a minimum of training,
everyone in the church’s audio department was able to
capably use the desk. The modular design was another big
plus, as was its dual functionality as a front-of-house and
monitor mixer. 16 aux’s eliminate the need for a dedicated
monitor board. All in all, the MH4 is a very cool console.”
Jon Pickett, Partner, Gighire
Brent Milton, PWS
INSTALLATION: Horizon, USA
FESTIVAL: Montreux Jazz, Switzerland
An MH4 console performed front-of-house duties at the
Montreux Jazz Festival in 2002, and again in 2003.
Horizon Christian Fellowship recently finished a complete
upgrade of its sanctuary sound system, which is now
capped off with the installation of a Soundcraft MH4
mixing console which provides both front-of-house and
monitor mixes for the 700-seat room.
INSTALLATION: Music Bank, UK
FESTIVAL: Bruck Music, Germany
Music Bank, London’s premier rehearsal facility, has
undertaken a major expansion programme resulting in new
East and West studios. Designed to attract medium-sized live
bands, both studios boast a 40-channel MH4.
“The MH4 is very intuitive and simple to operate, which is
important in an environment like this where volunteers
often have to run it. When you mute a channel, everything’s
muted - you don’t have to worry about double-checking
your auxes, and the board is also nice and quiet, not to
mention very forgiving.”
“We’ve got Soundcraft desks (SM20 and SM24) in the South
and North Studios,” explained Music Bank’s Nunu Whiting,
“and we’ve always found them to be very acceptable to the
professional engineers.” It was this popularity that convinced
Music Bank to invest in the MH4 consoles.
Michael Mendoza, Head Audio Engineer, Horizon
Nunu Whiting, Music Bank
A revival of Cole Porter’s Broadway hit Anything Goes at the
Musical Festival at Bruck has proved extremely popular.
Eventtechnik provided sound reinforcement and invested in
a 48-channel MH4 for front-of-house.
Erich Kulicska recalls, “We immediately loved the MH4. It’s
extremely good value for money and offers all the features
and sound quality expected of high-end pro-audio.”
Erich Kulicska, Manager, Eventtechnik
Dual-Purpose Flexibility
While traditional in its module signal flow layout, the
MH4’s bus structures have been designed to make the
console as user-friendly as possible, while allowing the
possibilities of using the desk either at front-of-house or
monitor positions. You can even split the functionality in
one desk and achieve both FOH and monitor control from
one location (such as would be used in regional theatre
performance).
The GLOBAL MODE switch on each of the 4 stereo Grp/Aux
output modules determines how each pair of Grp/Aux
busses behaves when used as FOH groups or Monitor
sends.
The first 8 mono aux sends are active in either FOH or
Monitor mode, and are routed to the respective aux
outputs and controlled by faders.
FOH Mode
In monitor mode, true mono/stereo switching lets you take
maximum advantage of the console’s 16 busses, giving
configurations of 16 mono, 12 mono/2 stereo and 8
mono/4 stereo auxes. A stereo aux becomes a true stereo
monitor send, with level and pan controls for each pair.
The 1-2 group routing does not function in this mode.
If stereo Auxes are being used, powerful stereo semiparametric equaliser sections on the outputs provide
major assistance when creating in-ear monitor mixes. All
Auxiliary outputs are controlled by 60mm faders, colourcoded to match their corresponding input feeds.
This flexibility is enhanced by the MH4’s totally modular
construction, which means that you can lay out the
console inputs to your own requirements, including
positioning the stereo input modules at any location in the
desk where you need them to suit the type of incoming
signal. This is made simple because each module has an
integral connector panel.
With such a variety of stereo sources nowadays, such as
effects returns, CD inputs, computer-based WAV files, you
often need more stereo inputs than you think - four are
included as standard in addition to the full complement of
mono inputs.
Improved signal path performance
In FOH mode, the console provides 12 mono aux sends
and 8 groups, while in Monitor mode there are 16 monitor
busses, configurable as 16 mono, 12 mono/2 stereo or 8
mono/4 stereo.
The stereo Grp/Aux sends are very simple to utilise. In
FOH mode, each pan control mixes the channel signal to
the odd and even groups, selected by familiar push-button
routing. This also means that each pair of groups has its
own pan control, rather than a single pan deriving all the
group image settings in parallel. Four upper level controls
now feed another 4 mono aux busses (aux 17-20).
Monitor Mode
EQ Curves
The MH4 signal path has been closely examined and
optimised for modern live sound applications. As a result
the MH4 has a very low noise floor and headroom has
been increased.
True LCR panning
Each module has a stereo pan control, plus an LCR mode
switch which provides true LCR panning across the three
main outputs.
Integral matrix to maximise efficiency
In installed sound systems and on corporate events,
signals are typically fed through distributed loudspeakers.
The MH4’s comprehensive 20x8 matrix means that
groups, auxes, main outputs and bus injects can all be fed
to numerous loudspeaker positions. Each output module
features its own matrix feeds.
Mic Preamp & EQ
Reliability
Many modern microphones have the
capability to produce high output
levels, so we designed our mic pre to
be able to handle this, and at the
same time improved the CMRR to a
noise-defeating 80dB wide band. This
means that the console is much less
susceptible to interference from
lighting lines and stray mains fields.
In designing a console for today’s
hectic road-life, we’ve taken
advantage of the technology again to
produce a lighter, cooler desk. Thanks
to SMD* technology, we can reduce
weight and keep internal
temperatures well under control. We
estimate that an MH4 is 20% less in
weight than similar sized consoles.
Soundcraft EQ design has always
been revered. The MH4 provides a
smoother EQ response that can be
more closely focused on individual
sounds and instruments. This new
design is a result of extensive
research carried out with leading
sound engineers around the world,
and produces a response that is well
suited to both smooth sound
contouring and tightly focused
dynamic optimisation.
We also use the proven Soundcraft CPS800 PSU as used
on the well-known SM20 and Series FOUR consoles. Dual
redundancy is of course available. The CPS2000 PSU, as
used on the Series FIVE, is also available as an extra cost
option.
Rest assured that the MH4’s modular concept adds to the
console’s serviceability should anything fail.
*SMD - Surface Mount Device technology. This employs
sub-miniature components and a special soldering
process to give reduced size and weight and increased
reliability over ‘conventional’ circuit board technology.
Comprehensive VCA and Mute groups
Channels may be assigned to any number of 8 VCA groups
for master control, and also to 8 mute groups. The scene
changes for the channel mutes and VCA assignments may
be controlled by the console’s own Scene Control
automation, and triggered by external MIDI control
systems.
The MUTE button may also be used to trigger an external
sampler. For example - as you unmute a channel using a
MIDI NOTE command.
Clearcom™ compatible interface
The desk has an integral comms interface using standard
mic and headphone connections, also compatible with
the Clearcom™ system.
automation and solo functions, plus a standard audio
multicore for bus linking. The consoles can even
automatically identify the Master/Slave relationship.
Phantom Power
Integral mic splits on each module
Each input module has a parallel output feed to act as
split for mics from stage to FOH.
Truly Intelligent console linking
Linking two MH4 consoles (or an MH3 and an MH4) is
easy, with just one umbilical cord providing synchronised
Phantom power in operation is
confirmed by an LED next to each
input connector, whether that power is
from the console or being received
through the input cabling.
Mono Input Module
Stereo Input Module
switches. Note that, unlike a conventional FOH console, the panning to these
Groups does not follow the main channel Pan pot, but each pair has its own
Pan, using the bottom of the adjacent dual concentric pot. This arrangement is
designed to give more flexibility in routing, as even though the Group busses
are routed in pairs, it is now possible to route to any individual bus without
tying up the main mix bus pan pot.
New high performance input pre-amp
This totally new design features a high headroom and
outstanding CMRR performance. The XLR input can handle
signals up to +26dBu, with a gain range of +15dBu to +60dBu
and a 20dB gain change switch. A Peak LED indicates internal
signal levels in excess of +18dBu.
Alternatively, up to 4 stereo subgroups could be created, each with its own pan
settings from the inputs.
Polarity Reverse and Phantom Power switching is provided, with
the 48V LED indicating the presence of phantom power on the
XLR socket, and it will also illuminate if phantom power is
applied via the other end of a multicore. The Split Output XLR
carries a parallel passive split from the signal connected to the
input XLR, for output to a FOH console if the MH4 is being used
in Monitor mode.
As a bonus in FOH mode, the top knobs of the dual concentric pots become an
additional 4 mono Aux sends, numbered A17, 18, 19 and 20. These can be
used for additional FX sends, and can be switched pre- or post-fader by the
PRE switches. The masters for these sends are rotary controls located on the
Stereo Group module.
Balanced Insert Points with INS switch
Four stereo input modules are fitted as standard to all frame
sizes, but more can be added by replacing mono channels.
The integral backpanel and common fader panel mean that
individual stereo inputs can be fitted anywhere within the input
section of the console.
The signal is sent to the stereo mix bus and the mono (C) bus using the MIX
and C switches (illuminated).
The PAN control, which gives 3dB centre drop, operates on the stereo mix bus
signal, unless LCR panning is engaged.
EQ and HI-PASS Filter
This new design retains the traditional Soundcraft response, but sounds even
better with steeper slopes on the HFˇstage focussing the control where you
want it, and some carefully tailored overshoot on the LFˇband, which
automatically controls the muddy lower-mid frequencies when boosting lows.
The all-important high-pass filter is variable from 30Hz - 400Hz with bypass if
required.
The EQ section is four band, with shelving sweep high and low frequency
sections, and fully parametric high-mid and low-mid bands. The frequency
ranges are 35Hz-550Hz (LF), 75Hz-1.2kHz (Low Mid), 750Hz-12kHz (High
Mid), and 1.2kHz-20kHz (HF), with +/-15dB of cut or boost available at any
frequency. The Q is variable on the two mid bands from 0.5 to 3.
Mono Aux Sends
There are 8 dedicated mono Aux sends, these are intended as FX sends in FOH
use, or mono mixes for monitoring. Each pair of mono Auxes can be switched
Pre- or Post-fader by the adjacent PRE switch. The default Pre-fade signal for all
Auxes is Post-EQ but can be changed to Pre-EQ via internal links (both feeds
follow the channel mute).
Direct Output
A balanced direct output XLR is available from the channel, using Aux 8 when
switched to DIR. The source is controlled by solder links as follows:
Solder links
DIR switch pressed (level control from Aux 8)
pre-EQ (default)
post-EQ
DIR switch not pressed
post-fade (default)
pre-EQ
Groups and Stereo/Mono switchable Aux sends
The dual-purpose FOH/Monitor capability of the MH4 comes from the way in
which the lower bank of Aux sends and Group routing switches can function
differently depending on the setting of the GRP global mode switch (located on
each of the four Stereo Group modules).
‘Monitor’ Mode - Global GRP mode NOT SELECTED
In this mode the four dual concentric sends function as Aux sends 9-16. These
are mono/stereo switchable in banks (A9-A12 & A-13-A16). Up to 16 mono
auxes can be configured while stereo auxes are ideal for use as In-Ear or stereo
wedge sends. The top knob controls level, with a gain of 5dB at maximum,
while the lower knob controls Pan, with 3dB centre drop. Sends are switchable
Pre or Post fader in banks (A9-A12 & A13-A16), with pre fade signal following
the global module links for pre- or post-EQ (default = post-EQ).
‘FOH’ Mode - Global GRP mode SELECTED
In this mode the busses which are used in Monitor mode for Auxes 9-16, now
become Subgroup busses, with fixed routing via the 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
The Mono bus (C) is always fed directly with the post-fader signal, unless LCR
panning is engaged.
LCR Panning
The LCR switch changes the mode of the Pan pot from normal left - right
panning with a 3dB centre drop, to 3-way LCR panning, requiring both the
mono (C) bus and stereo mix bus to be routed, and the pan pot panning from
left to C, and C to right. When the pot is physically centred, there is no output
from the left and right mix bus outputs.
Fader
A high-quality long-throw 100mm fader controls the level to
all busses, and has 10dB of gain when fully up as well as an
expanded scale around the critical unity gain area for
maximum resolution.
MUTE
The MUTE switch mutes the signal to all busses, including
pre-fade Aux sends. The mute circuit can also be activated by
the mute group system, a SIP mute signal, a VCA mute signal
or internal snapshot control from the scene computer. A
Preview mode allows editing and checking of mute groups
and snapshots without disturbing the audio passing through
the desk, and Mutes can be set ‘Safe’.
The same new high performance pre-amp offers the same
gain range of +15dBu to +60dBu with Phantom Power
switching and polarity reverse on the left channel. The peak
LED indicates signals in excess of +18dBu, while two
MONO switches cut either Left or Right channel, feeding the
alternate channel to both module paths, or if both are
pressed a mono sum of L and R to the module paths.
Balanced Insert Points with INS switch
Separate jacks provide a pre-EQ balanced send and return,
at a nominal level of 0dBu. The INS switch switches the
insert return into the signal path. The insert send is always
active, even when INS is not on.
VCA Assignment
Each channel can be assigned to any combination of 8 VCA subgroups, using
the SOLO button on each channel, in conjunction with the VCA Master SOLO
switches in VCA Assign mode. Once assigned to a VCA group, the channel’s
fader level, mute and solo button come under the control of the VCA master
controls, but can still be operated locally.
SOLO
The Solo button provides a PFL feed to the engineer’s headphones or monitors,
or triggers a destructive solo in place, depending on mode selection at the
master section. The solo button can also be activated remotely from a VCA solo
when assigned to a VCA group, giving Stereo AFL. Intercancel or additive
soloing is possible, with or without input priority, and solos can be cleared with
a single button press at the master section.
Routing and Balance
The signal is sent to the stereo mix bus and the mono bus using the MIX
and C switches.
The BAL control allows the left signal to be faded down to zero level when
turned fully clockwise, and vice-versa for the right signal. In the centre
position, both channels are fed at unity gain to the Mix bus. The balance
control also affects the signal balance to the stereo Aux sends or group
busses, as described above.
The C (mono) bus is always fed directly with a mono sum of the stereo
post-fader signal.
Fader
EQ and HI-PASS Filter
This new design incorporates the same design
enhancements as the Mono channel. The High-pass filter is
fixed at 80Hz, with bypass if required.
The EQ section is stereo four band, with sweepable
frequencies on all bands.
The frequency ranges are 35Hz-550Hz (LF), 75Hz-1.2kHz (Low Mid), 750Hz12kHz (High Mid), and 1.2kHz-20kHz (HF), with ±15dB of cut or boost
available at any frequency. The Q is fixed on the two mid bands at 1.3, with
shelving response on the LF and HF bands.
Mono Aux Sends
There are 8 dedicated mono Aux sends, switchable pre or post fader in
pairs, with internal links selecting the pre-fader signal to be pre- or post-EQ
(both feeds follow the channel mute). These are intended as FX sends in
FOH use, or mono mixes for monitoring. Each send has 5dB of gain at
maximum. Each send is fed from a mono sum of the module L and R
signals.
A high-quality long-throw 100mm fader controls the level
to all busses, and has 10dB of gain when fully up as well
as an expanded scale around the critical unity gain area
for maximum resolution.
MUTE
The MUTE switch mutes the signal to all busses, including
pre-fade Aux sends. The mute circuit can also be
activated by the mute group system, an SIP mute signal,
a VCA mute signal or internal snapshot control from the
scene computer. A Preview mode allows editing and
checking of mute groups and snapshots without
disturbing the audio passing through the desk, and Mutes
can be set ‘Safe’.
LED Input Metering
Groups and Stereo Aux sends
Every channel is fitted with a 12-segment LED bargraph
meter, positioned next to each fader for maximum
visibility and giving immediate graphic indication of
incoming signals at the Mic amp output (highest of left
and right signals is displayed). The meter point can be
changed to post-fader with internal links.
As on the mono input, the Global GRP switch determines the use of the
stereo auxes in FOH or Monitor mode.
VCA Assignment
LED Input Metering
Every channel is fitted with a 12-segment LED bargraph
meter, positioned next to each fader for maximum visibility
and giving immediate graphic indication of incoming signals
at the Mic amp output. The meter point can be changed to
post-fader with internal solder links.
As a bonus in FOH mode, the send upper level pots become an additional 4
mono Aux sends, numbered A17, 18, 19 and 20. These are fed with a mono
sum of the module signal, and can be switched pre- or post-fader by the
associated PRE switches. The masters for these sends are rotary controls
located on the Stereo Group module.
Input stage
Mix Bus Routing and Pan controls
Separate jacks provide a pre or post-EQ (internal switch)
balanced send and return, at a nominal level of 0dBu. The INS
switch switches the insert return into the signal path. The insert
send is always active, even when INS is not on.
right to even. The L-R balance to the bus pairs is controlled by the main
channel balance control.
‘Monitor’ Mode - Global GRP mode NOT SELECTED
In this mode the four dual concentric sends function as Aux sends 9-16. These
are mono/stereo switchable in banks (A9-A12 & A13-A16). Up to 16 mono
auxes can be configured while stereo auxes are ideal for use as In-Ear or stereo
wedge sends. Adjacent PRE switches allow the source for the sends to be
switched Pre- or Post- fader in pairs, with the pre-fade feed following the
pre/post-EQ internal link settings (default = post-EQ). In mono mode, each
send is fed from a mono sum of the module L and R signals. In stereo
mode, the module left side is sent to the odd-numbered busses, and the
right to even, with gain of 5dB at max. The L-R balance to the bus pairs is
controlled by the main channel balance control.
In this mode, the adjacent routing switches 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 will not
function.
‘FOH’ Mode - Global GRP mode SELECTED
In this mode the busses which are used in Monitor mode for Auxes 9-16,
now become Subgroup busses, with fixed routing via the 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
switches. The left module signal is fed to the odd-numbered busses, and the
Each channel can be assigned to any combination of 8 VCA subgroups,
using the SOLO button on each channel, in conjunction with the VCA Master
SOLO switches in VCA Assign mode. Once assigned to a VCA group, the
channel’s fader level, mute and solo button come under the control of the
VCA master controls, but can still be operated locally.
SOLO
The Solo button provides a stereo PFL feed to the engineer’s headphones or
monitors, or triggers a destructive solo in place, depending on mode
selection at the master section. The solo button can also be activated
remotely from a VCA solo when assigned to a VCA group, giving Stereo AFL.
Intercancel or additive soloing is possible, with or without input priority, and
solos can be cleared with a single button press at the master section.
Output Section • Overview
The Output Section is made up of eight 2way Output modules, giving control of the 16
output busses plus the additional 4 Aux
busses (which are only available in GRP
mode). The fader panel below these output
modules contains the 8 VCA master faders.
The layout of the output section is clear and
offers excellent flexibility as well as
numerous facilities. The first four 2-way
modules control the 8 mono Aux outputs,
plus the 8 Matrix master controls. The
second four 2-way modules control the 8
dual-function Grp/Aux outputs, and have
stereo 4-band EQ, for in-ear Monitor
applications, instead of the Matrix outputs.
All output fader knobs are colour coded to
match their corresponding input sends, for
maximum clarity.
The upper section of both types of module
contain sends to the 8 outputs of the
powerful 20x8 matrix, which accepts feeds
from the 8 mono auxes, the 8 dual-function
Grp/Aux busses, the MIX L, R and C busses,
and an external input if desired.
Dual Aux Output Module
External input
A 1/4" jack on the rear panel allows a balanced line
level signal to be directly connected to the aux
busses for connection of a slave console or other
source. These inputs can be switched on or off, and
level controlled, on the module.
Master Modules & Fader Panel
Stereo Grp/Aux Output Module
This has identical matrix sends, insert and external
input facilities as the Dual Aux module, but
additionally has 4 band semi-parametric stereo EQ
on the Grp/Aux outputs. The global Grp/Aux
switching determines the mode of the 8 Grp/Aux
busses in FOH or Monitor mode as described in the
input module section.
EQ
Indispensable when feeding in-ear monitors, the
four-band stereo EQ features the same circuit and
features as found on the stereo input module with
frequency bands of 35Hz-550Hz (LF), 75Hz-1.2kHz
(Low Mid), 750Hz-12kHz (High Mid), and 1.2kHz20kHz (HF), with ±15dB of cut or boost available at
any frequency. The Q is fixed on the two mid bands at
1.3, with a shelving response on the LF and HF
bands. The EQ can be switched into the external
input path if required to allow additional equalisation
of slave console master feeds, or FX Returns.
Aux outputs A17-A20
This module also incorporates the master level and
AFL controls for the 4 mono aux outputs derived from
the stereo Aux upper send controls when the console
is used in FOH mode.
External Inputs
A 1/4" jack on the rear panel allows a balanced line
level signal to be directly connected to the Grp/Aux
busses for connection of a slave console or other
source. These inputs can be switched on or off and
level controlled on the module. On this module the
external inputs are treated as a stereo pair, and can
be routed to the Mix L & R busses instead of the
Grp/Aux busses if desired, for use as FX Returns.
Each stereo Group module features a balanced
insert point on the rear panel.
The master modules contain the main L, R
and C (mono) output faders, alternate stereo
mix output, a noise test or sine wave
oscillator, and internal/external talkback
functions. There are also matrix sends from
the MIX L, R and C busses to each of the 8
matrix outputs. The associated section of the
fader panel below the master modules
contains the monitor and headphone
outputs, 2-Track return and monitor source
controls. Insert points in the MIX L and R
paths use balanced sends/returns on
separate 1/4" jacks on the rear panel.
Main Output Faders
Three 100mm high quality faders control the Stereo
Mix Left and Right and Centre (Mono) Mix output
levels. These are fed to balanced XLRs on the rear
panel. The Centre fader can be used to control the
‘Monitors’ level for feeding wedges in a stage monitor
application by using the ‘Fader to Mntrs’ button.
Three external inputs allow a slave console or other
source to be summed onto the MIX L, R and C
busses.
Alternate stereo mix output
The ALT output is an additional stereo output,
switchable pre or post the MIX master faders and
controlled by the ALT L and R faders. The outputs
appear on balanced XLRs on the rear panel. Both L
and R outputs can be fed by a mono sum of the MIX
L and R signals using the MNO switch, effectively
giving two fader controlled mono sum mix outputs.
Insert Points
Pre-fade MIX L, R and C (mono) insert points use
balanced sends and returns on separate 1/4" jacks
on the rear panel.
Matrix sends
Each output has level controls to derive 8 individual
mixes to the 8 matrix busses, with matrix master level
control, AFL and mute for each output on these
modules. The external input can also be routed to the
matrix, and along with the auxes and group/auxes
make up a powerful 20x8 matrix section. All matrix
outputs are on balanced XLR connectors. Each matrix
output has a pre-fade insert and uses balanced
sends and returns, via separate 1/4" jacks on the
rear connector panel (return jack normalised).
Aux master faders
Each of the 8 mono aux outputs is controlled by a
60mm fader, with 10dB of gain at maximum, to a
balanced XLR on the rear panel, and each fader knob
is colour co-ordinated with its aux bus send controls
for easy identification. Each aux master section is
equipped with PAN, AFL solo and MUTE controls, with
individual routing to MIX and C busses. The TB button
on each output routes talkback, tone or pink noise
from the central talkback/oscillator section to the
aux output. Each Aux module features a balanced
insert point on the rear panel, via separate 1/4"
jacks.
Talkback and Oscillator section
The talkback and oscillator sections share a common
set of routing buttons, allowing them to access any of
the console busses. In addition, routing to any matrix
output is possible by pressing the TB button on the
Matrix Master. The talkback section has a front panel
XLR for mic input. The mic signal can be routed either
to selected internal busses, by pressing the INT
button, or sent to a proprietary intercom output
(compatible with Soundcraft Series FIVE and SM
Series consoles) using the EXT button. The EXT mode
also switches the TB mic signal onto the Clearcom
signal line, and any talkback signal being received on
the Clearcom line is switched to the headphones,
dimming the program by 15dB. The CALL switch is
only used for Clearcom talkback, and is a nonlatching switch used to switch 10Vdc onto the
intercom line. This is used to attract the attention of
the remote station and get them to switch on their
own ‘Talk’ switch. Additionally, an incoming 10V call
signal will cause the console Littlites to flash,
eliminating the need for a separate strobe call lamp.
The oscillator generates either tone from 63Hz to
10kHz or pink noise, and has its own independent
balanced XLR output on the rear panel.
PSU Status Indicators
Three PSU Status Indicator LEDs (red) indicate
normal PSU rail operation.
Monitor and Headphones Outputs
Separate level controls are provided for engineer’s
monitor speakers and headphones. The signal source
for these outputs can be selected from the post-fade
MIX signal, the Centre (mono) MIX signal (to both L
and R outputs), or the 2TK replay inputs, and may be
summed by simultaneous selection if required. These
sources are automatically overridden by an input or
output solo signal. The L and R switches allow either
the left or right side of the monitor signal to be fed to
both L and R monitors and headphones. The MUTE
affects the monitor outputs but not the headphones.
The headphones output socket is a stereo 1/4" jack,
discretely mounted in a recessed socket in the
fascia.
2 Track Replay Input/Record Output
The main stereo MIX signal is fed to a pair of 1/4"
jack outputs for 2-track recording, and the Centre
output signal may be added to this to allow the
recording to pick up the centre feed. For replay, a
rotary level control adjusts the sensitivity of the
stereo line input from the balanced 1/4" jack 2TK
Replay rear panel inputs, which can either be routed
to the MIX bus with the MIX switch, or monitored on
the monitor/phones outputs as described above.
Logic & Automation
Solo Controls
The MH4 incorporates an advanced logic-controlled solo system,
giving a number of useful features.
The Solo Clear button allows any solo(s) on the console to be
cancelled at the touch of a button. The Autocancel mode allows
any solo button selected to cancel the previous solo, otherwise
solos can be selected additively.
Metering
A built-in meterbridge of eleven VU meters with integral Peak LEDs monitors the main outputs. Three
large VU meters monitor the MIX L, R and C outputs, while eight smaller meters can be switched to
monitor the 8 mono aux outputs, the 4 Stereo Grp/Aux outputs, or the 8 matrix outputs. The
backlighting uses high-reliability LEDs rather than filament bulbs, with the peak LEDs indicating
signals within 3dB of the clipping point.
Inputs normally solo as PFL, (with stereo inputs giving a stereo
PFL) and Outputs as stereo AFL, but inputs can alternatively be
soloed as stereo AFL (if assigned to a VCA group) using the VCA
master solo buttons. The PFL/AFL trim control gives ±15dB of
gain adjustment to the PFL or AFL signals fed to the
Monitor/phones outputs.
Standard VU output meterbridge
The Input Priority button, when selected, allows an input solo to
temporarily override any output solo which may be present. When
the input solo is released, the original output solo will reappear
on the monitors.
The Solo In Place Enable button (which needs to be held for at
least 2 seconds to activate it, for safety) selects destructive inplace solo rather than mono PFL or stereo AFL. Group, Aux and
Matrix output solos remain in PFL mode, regardless of this switch
setting.
A VCA solo will perform a solo operation on all channels assigned
to that VCA group, and give a stereo AFL solo. If SIP mode is
engaged, the VCA solo will trigger a solo-in-place solo as if all
member channels’ SIP switches had been pressed.
Integrated control of BSS Audio
Varicurve/dbx DriveRack
The MH4 continues the Soundcraft innovation of providing
remote MIDI control of external system EQ from the Output
AFL switches - owners of BSS Audio Varicurve or dbx
DriveRack systems can automatically select the correct EQ
page on the remote controller, corresponding to the soloed
output channel. For Monitor applications, this allows slicker
operation and less chance of adjusting the wrong output EQ.
Dimensions, Rear Panel & Configs
Optional bargraph output meterbridge
The optional bargraph output meterbridge allows all 16 aux busses to be metered at once, with the
Matrix outputs available via bank switching. VU meters are retained for the main MIX outputs.
VCA System & Automation
The MH4 incorporates an automation system which can memorise and recall 128 snapshot settings
of input and output mute status and input VCA assignments, with the ability to send a midi program
change message upon recall of a scene, or to recall a scene in response to an incoming program
change message. These mute group and VCA group assignments can be recalled manually from the
control panel as well as via MIDI, with an LED display indicating the scene number recalled. There is
also the facility to insert new scenes between two existing ones. Scene memory can be backed-up
using standard Sys-Ex dumps to an appropriate archiving device.
Channels may be assigned to any of 8 VCA Groups using the master Assign Mode switch and the
channel SOLO switches. Any VCA master then controls all the associated channel levels and their
MUTEs and SOLOs (although they can still be operated locally). Similarly, channel MUTEs may be
assigned to any of 8 mute groups (which can be freely layered) by setting the channel mutes
required and pressing STORE and the MUTE master button required. These groups may be recalled
by the MUTE MASTER buttons. The Mute Master switches can also be changed to recall any 8 of the
scenes in a cue list. To prevent channels being muted by a MUTE GROUP, VCA Mute or a SIP solo, a
SAFE mode can be activated for each channel using the EDIT SAFES function. This is indicated
locally on each channel by a SAFE LED. A PREVIEW mode allows mute group and scene settings to
be checked without actually muting any signal paths.
When two MH4 consoles are linked, the automation and VCA systems of both consoles come under
the control of the master, allowing seamless operation. The linking is also compatible with MH3
Dimensions & Weight
Height All frame sizes
Width
24 Ch
32 Ch
40 Ch
48 Ch
56 Ch
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365mm (14.4")
1446mm (56.9")
1715mm (67.5")
1969mm (77.5")
2223mm (87.5")
2476mm (97.5")
Flight Case Dimensions (When supplied by Soundcraft)
Depth
All frame sizes
Weight 24 Ch
32 Ch
40 Ch
48 Ch
56 Ch
813mm (32.0")
. . . . . . . . 76 kg (167 lbs)
. . . . . . . . 89 kg (196 lbs)
. . . . . . . 102 kg (225 lbs)
. . . . . . . 115 kg (253 lbs)
. . . . . . . 150 kg (557 lbs)
Frame size
24 Ch
32 Ch
40 Ch
48 Ch
56 Ch
Dimensions (mm)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1525 x 515 x 1260 (h)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1795 x 515 x 1260 (h)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2050 x 515 x 1260 (h)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2305 x 515 x 1260 (h)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2560 x 515 x 1260 (h)
System Block Diagram
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