British mixing console specialist DiGiCo has added a broadcast specific extension to its SD5 desk, presenting it as the SD5B.

DiGiCo SD5As with the SD5, the SD5B’s worksurface is a low noise, heat dissipation worksurface using Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology. Its five 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 to the left of the channel screens for navigation.

Incorporating the master screen into the worksurface design has allowed DiGiCo to accommodate user feedback and keep a low-profile meter bridge. This allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything within close reach of 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 tie lines, 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 24x24 fixed matrix; DiGiTubes on each channel, bus and output; 24 assignable dynamic EQ; 24 multiband compressors; 24 stereo effects; 32 graphic EQ; 10x4 (40) RGB backlit macro buttons; plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade. For broadcast applications, the SD5B includes dual solo buses for PFL and on-air soloing in mono, stereo LCRS and 5.1 and an LR/LCR/LCRS/5.1 Master bus.

‘Since its launch last year, the SD5 has become incredibly popular in the live market,’ says DiGiCo MD, James Gordon. ‘The addition of the B software means that the broadcast market can now get all the great benefits of the SD5 in a package that’s tailored specifically to its needs.’


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