NAB 2011: DiGiCo Announces Several New Products

May 2, 2011 4:02 PM


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DiGiCo is making several announcements at this week's NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C1354. First, the company is introducing the new SD7B, which offers the routing capacity, processing ability and user interface to handle complex broadcast audio productions.

The SD7B handles up to 996 simultaneous optical plus 224 MADI, 24 analog and AES/EBU connections, along with 128 buses (with full processing, each of which can be selected as mono, stereo, L/C/R or 5.1), 32 matrix buses and 32, 32-band graphic equalizers. It can run two high speed Optocore loops, with any combination of 448 inputs and outputs on each loop, and all at 96 kHz, while the local I/O connections are designed for fast outside broadcast setup before setting up the racks.

Up to 256 processing channels are available, in any combination of input channels, auxes, group and solo buses, plus mix minus buses and auxiliary/group buses. Complementing these are 36 Control Groups (VCA style). Backstop PFL is available on every channel, while 256 dynamic EQ processors are available on any input or output on each band of EQ, as are 256 multiband compressors, also available on any input or output.

Find out more about the DiGiCo SD7B.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its factory in Scotland, DiGiCo is producing a limited run, Special Edition SD8 digital mixing console. The Special Edition SD8 is produced in an understated titanium color, and offers all the features of the original SD8’s Stealth Digital Processing with Tiger SHARC FX engine with built-in effects, reverbs, dynamics, output matrix, and more. 

“We are very proud to be a UK manufacturer, with a manufacturing base in the United Kingdom,” says DiGiCo Managing Director James Gordon. “Twenty years is a milestone for our factory, which goes back to the days of Soundtracs before it was bought by DiGiCo in 2002, and we wanted to celebrate in a significant way."

Find out more about the DiGiCo SD8 console.

DiGiCo is also launching the SD Ten digital console. The new console’s work surface is constructed from anodized aluminum, overlaid with polycarbonate panels to provide clear and concise user feedback. A large 15-inch, touch sensitive screen provides both information and fast control of all the main parameters.

The control surface features 37x100mm touch sensitive faders, providing fast access to the console’s channels, which include 96 with full processing, 12 of which can be configured as full Flexi Channels, and outputs that can be assigned across the surface. All inputs have dual mono inputs for fast "Main" and "Alt" channel switching.

Four layers of 10 backlit keys provide access to Smart Key Macros. The user can program these to control any functions, simple or complex, that they want to recall at the push of a button. 

DiGiCo’s new SD10B is a dedicated broadcast console, with a work surface is constructed from anodized aluminium and overlaid with polycarbonate panels to provide clear and concise user feedback. A large 15-inch, touch sensitive screen provides both information and fast control of all the main parameters.

Find out more about DiGiCo's SD Ten digital console.

The SD11 is the smallest console that the company has ever produced. The SD11 is designed to be equally at home as a desktop console or mounted in a 19-inch rack. By simply removing the end cheeks and armrest, 19-inch rack fixings are revealed, making it straightforward to incorporate the SD11 into a touring or installation environment. The SD11 offers DiGiCo’s Stealth Digital Processing and the flexibility of a true FPGA-based digital audio console.

Manufactured with a steel chassis and a polycarbonate-overlaid, aluminium work surface for reduced weight, the SD11 features 12 touch-sensitive moving faders below a 15-inch touch sensitive screen. Sixteen microphone preamps, eight line outputs and two mono AES I/O are provided. Users have the option to connect a DiGiCo D-Rack to the Cat-5E port. This provides a remote I/O rack frame with an additional 32 microphone inputs and up to 16 outputs. Further connections are a MADI port, GPI/O, MIDI, Overview screen output, word clock I/O, an Ethernet port for console remote control/networking and a USB port for file exchange and session backup.

Find out more about the DiGiCo SD11.

DiGiCo is also introducing the Remote Record Interface to its DiGiCo Solutions range. The Remote Record Interface provides a remote recording solution for all applications in native Mac or PC formats. It comprises free DiGiCo-Control software, which allows control and setup of SD Racks or D Racks via USB. When used in conjunction with the Dante DMI, it also allows control of the SD or D Rack via the standard Ethernet port on a computer.

The Dante DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) is a Cat-5 solution that connects onto a high speed FPGA buss, allowing users to plug an SD or D Rack into a router/switcher, which can then be plugged into a computer (Mac or PC) Ethernet port. It allows control of the rack, including the preamp gains and 48V, and provides access to audio data and interfaces with a DAW for recording.

Find out more about the DiGiCo Remote Record Interface.

Finally, at NAB, DiGiCo is also announcing adoption of Audinate’s Dante Digital Networking Solution and is launching two New Dante-implemented products. The Dante DMI card can be added to either a D-Rack or SD-Rack and allows the user to connect the I/O rack, via CAT5, to a standard PC or Mac.

Audinate transports high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet protocols. Dante also provides a migration path to upgrade to new standards, such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

Find out more about DiGiCo's new Dante interface.

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