NAB 2012: DiGiCo Highlights Latest Digital Broadcast Offerings
UK digital-console manufacturer DiGiCo will showcase its latest digital-broadcast offerings. Hosted by its U.S. distributor, Group One Ltd., DiGiCo will feature the newly launched UB MADI interface, the Purple Box optical converter, three digital broadcast consoles (SD7B, SD10-24B, and SD11B), the newly supercharged SD9, and a pair of remote racks (SD-Nano and SD-Mini).
Broadcast providers across the globe rely on DiGiCo products. The digital consoles — used by teleproduction outsourcing companies like NEP on various events including X-Games, PGA Tour golf, and NASCAR — provide cost-effective solutions with enough busses to cope with the most demanding level broadcast’s fast-paced demands.
“We have a heritage within the broadcast industry from our Soundtracs days,” says DiGiCo 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.”
UB MADI is a simple plug-and-play device that automatically detects the MADI input format and clock selection and allows any computer to instantly connect via USB 2.0. ASIO, or Core Audio drivers allow connection to almost any DAW with a Mac or PC. UB MADI uses the latest Stealth Digital Processing FPGA technology from DiGiCo’s award-winning SD range of consoles, yet fits into your pocket and delivers 48 simultaneous inputs and outputs, totaling an unprecedented 96 channels of audio I/O to a standard USB 2.0 port.
DiGiCo’s Purple Box is a simple yet elegant solution to greatly extend the possible distance beyond the reach of a standard coaxial MADI or Cat 5E connection. The Cat 5E/MADI-to-optical converter is housed in a 1RU device with two completely independent I/O structures allowing conversion from coaxial Cat 5E/MADI-to-optical or vice versa. The device has dual redundant power supplies and can ship with ST, HMA, or OpticalCon connections.
The DiGiCo SD7B has the routing capacity, processing ability, and a generous user interface to form the heart of the most complex broadcast-audio productions. Multiple-operator engineering is made easy by the provision of three giant 15-in. TFT LCD touchscreens, each of which sits above a bank of 12 faders. Adding EX-007 Expander Units takes the active physical fader count to 100 without any need to access input channel banks.
Either way, you’ll see your complete signal flow laid out with unprecedented clarity, with the worksurface handling up to 996 simultaneous optical plus 224 MADI, 24 analog, and AES/EBU connections on an SD7B system, along with 128 busses (each with full processing in mono, stereo, LCR or 5.1 surround), 32 matrix busses and 32 32-band graphic equalizers.
Two new-generation Tiger SHARC chips provide an array of high-quality reverbs and effects, and you have the option to specify an integral Waves Soundgrid, with its own dedicated processing engine, for access to ultra-low-latency broadcast-specific plug-ins that take no resources from the console’s main processing engine.
The diminutive powerhouse, the SD11B, with 32 full flexi channels and also 19-in. rack mountable if required, now incorporates true broadcast functionality, such as surround busses with multichannel folding and unfolding, mix minus, talk-to direct/mix minus out, complete 5.1 monitor matrix with a 48×6 source-to-speaker selection, backstop and auto-fader PFL, and audio follows video.
The SD10B and its physically smaller sibling SD10-24B provide a potent blend of features, performance, flexibility, and sonic clarity at a price point that brings advanced digital technology to a wider broadcast market. Facilities include 96 channels with full processing, 12 of which are flexi channels that can be configured as mono or stereo, with full processing available in either mode, 48 assignable busses that offer multiple configurations, plus a stereo, LCR, or 5.1 surround master buss and a complete 5.1 monitoring matrix with a 48×6 source-to-speaker selection.
SD9 is a complete, integrated system powered by Stealth Digital Processing, which includes the mixing surface, a D-Rack digital stage interface and Cat 5E digital multicore, with the additional ability to simultaneously record 56 channels direct to your favorite multitrack software or DAW.
The upgraded software offers a significant expansion in channel count, dynamic EQs, multiband compressors and matrix, and the addition of DiGiTuBes, reorder of busses and multichannel inputs (formerly only available on SD7), and more.
SD-MINI is 4U rack-mounted box that uses four SD rack cards and can have any configuration of I/Os for analog or digital connections. The MINI Rack offers the same benefits of multiple sample rates as the SD Rack.
SD-NANO is 2U rack-mounted optics-only SD rack that can accommodate two SD rack cards.