DiGiCo Heads to BVE London 2012 with Dedicated Broadcast Consoles
DiGiCo’s acclaimed SD Series is the company’s latest generation of consoles. It is based on the power of FPGA technology and Stealth Digital Processing™ and adopts a multi application approach. It is this that has enabled it to develop application specific feature sets, resulting in dedicated broadcast versions of its SD7, SD10 and SD11 consoles.
“We have a heritage within the broadcast industry from our Soundtracs days,” says DiGiCo’s managing director, James Gordon. “It’s exciting to be back with a set of consoles that address the entire scope of the broadcast market’s needs.”
The SD7B, based on the flagship of DiGiCo’s console range, has the routing capacity, processing ability and user interface to form the heart of the most complex broadcast audio productions.
The SD7B’s feature set has been created to manage the extensive and challenging work of the broadcast market. In addition to the standard console’s impressive feature set, it handles up to 996 simultaneous optical plus 224 MADI, 24 analogue and AES/EBU connections. It can run two high speed Optocore loops, with any combination of 448 inputs and outputs on each loop and all at 96KHz, while the local I/O connections are ideal for fast outside broadcast setup before setting up the racks. 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. 48 simultaneous internal Stealth digital effects, from a palette of 33, are also provided.
Next in line is the SD10B, which has a broadcast specific feature set that includes such innovations as multi-channel ‘folding’ under a single fader allowing users to configure stereo, LCR, 5.1, or up to eleven mono channels under a single fader strip that can be unfolded for individual control, or neatly folded up for convenience and efficient work surface use, making it an exciting, cost-effective option for any broadcast project.Amongst its many features and benefits are 37 x 100mm touch sensitive faders, providing fast access to the console’s large number of 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.
New for 2012, and making its debut at BVE, will be the SD11B. Designed to be equally at home as a desktop console or mounted in a 19” rack, it is set to be the most powerful broadcast console yet for its size.
All consoles are compatible with DiGiCo’s SD Rack, which serves as a multi-sample rate signal splitter that also allows the ultra smooth DiGiCo microphone preamps to replace the standard mic preamps of an analogue or other digital console. DiGiCo HD-SDI cards allow the user to de-embed and re-embed any combination of up to four of the available eight AES3-compatible streams per I/O module. Gain Tracking™ and splitting is also available.