Bring the advancemes of DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing to bear on its established D5 Live digital mixing console, DiGiCo has taken the wraps off its successor, the SD5

‘We’ve evolved a lot over the past decade, both in terms of the way we use the available technology and our understanding of what our customers really want and need,’ says DiGiCo MD, James Gordon. ‘SD5 is the culmination of that combined knowledge, so we want to make it the next generation D5 Live.’

DiGiCo SD5The SD5’s worksurface is a low-noise, heat dissipation worksurface benefiting from Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology, yet its five digitally driven full colour TFT LCD screens, three of which are touchsensitive, have a new configuration that allows easy access to single or multiple users. There are also two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and quick access buttons are positioned down the left side of the channel screens for fast and easy navigation.

Incorporating the master screen into the worksurface design allows user feedback and a lower profile meter bridge. This still allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything in close reach to the mix position.

As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2Gb fibre-optic system, which is capable of running 448 channels of I/O at 96kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tielines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD variant racks. There are three redundant Madi ports and local I/O includes eight microphone inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O (mono).

The SD5 has 124 input channels; 56 configurable buses, plus up to 5.1 master; a 24 x 24 fixed matrix; DiGiTubes on every channel, bus and output; 24 assignable Dynamic EQ; 24 multiband compressors; 24 stereo effects; 32 Graphic EQ; ten 4 RGB backlit macro buttons; plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade.

‘The SD5 has some DiGiCo added extras as well,’ Gordon adds. ‘The D5 Live was the first ever console to have an integrated light bar, so of course, the SD5 has that as well. We’ve also included keyboard illumination and convenient headphone hooks to save you having to borrow a drumstick to hang up your headphones.

‘The D5 was at the forefront of the live world moving over to digital mixing and SD5 is the perfect way of taking that pioneering spirit to the next level.’

More: www.digico.org

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