2012 marks three major milestones in DiGiCo’s history: the anniversary of 40 years since the birth of Soundtracs, the company from which DiGiCo was born; 20 years since it made its first foray into digital consoles; and 10 years since DiGiCo took over the Soundtracs reins.
To celebrate the occasion, DiGiCo has developed a series of software and firmware upgrades that add more than just a little extra to its SD series of consoles. Free to existing customers, and to new customer who purchased an SD console before ProLight+Sound 2012, these free upgrades contain a wealth of features that, in many cases, will expand the console’s capabilities by over 100%.
SD11 is designed to be equally at home as a desktop console or mounted in a 19” rack. Its software/firmware upgrades converts it to the SD11i with more Flexi-channels, more Dynamic EQ, for FX processing and the addition of DiGiTubes and Multichannel inputs (previously only available on the SD7).
SD9’s Supercharged software and firmware upgrades supply a significant expansion in Channel count, Dynamic Eqs, Multiband Compressors and Matrix with the addition of DiGiTuBes, Reorder of Busses and Multichannel inputs (formerly only available on SD7), meaning that the SD9 Supercharged has more features and functionality than any other console in its class.
Overdrive 2 for the SD8, meanwhile, provides this entry-level console with up to 60 stereo inputs (equivalent to 120 flexi channels of DSP), 24 flexi busses (stereo or mono) plus two solo busses and master, four band parametric EQ (with dynamic EQ on up to eight channels), hi/lo pass filters and dynamics on all inputs and outputs, 24 graphic EQs, eight stereo effects, and a 16 x 12 matrix. And, when fitted with the optical option, the SD8 can have up to four racks connected to it, providing up to 240 I/O.
The Nitrous upgrade gives an impressive increase in power to DiGiCo’s SD10 console. Sitting between the flagship SD7 and the SD8, SD10 already features extremely powerful processing and has 96 input channels – 12 of which are Flexi Channels – and 48 configurable Busses.
How Nitrous turns up the power is with a significant expansion in the amount of Dynamic EQ, Multiband Compressors and FX, plus the matrix increasing from a 16 x 12 to 16 x 16 and the addition of DiGiTuBes, Reorder of Busses and Multichannel inputs.
All of this makes SD10 Nitrous the most powerful console in its class, now and well into the future.
The final piece of good news for DiGiCo customers is Mach3 for the flagship SD7. Mach3 incorporates all the new features found in the upgraded SD range, plus some added extras that are exclusive to the SD7.
“When we developed the SD series, we used FPGA technology to ensure the future expandability of this range of consoles,” says James Gordon, DiGiCo’s managing director. “Being able to give such substantial upgrades to our customers, free of charge, is one of the benefits that we’re delighted to be able to offer.”
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