New York, NY (April 20, 2015)—At last week’s Prolight+Sound and NAB trade shows, DiGiCo debuted its latest desk—its first entry-level offering, the S21, which has been in development for three years, according to managing director, James Gordon.
“With the S21, we wanted to re-write the rulebook—to test the conclusions we previewed at without publishing or unlocking the full software potential, or even the intended release specifications,” said Gordon.
The S21 runs 96 kHz as standard, sporting 24 mic line inputs and 12 analog outs, along with two AES I/O (mono). The desk has two Ethernet connections for networking, two 24-segment master / solo meters and touch-sensitive rotaries with integrated switch and HTL. Central to the desk are a pair of multi-touch screens and 21 touch-sensitive moving faders that interact with four layers with banks of 10; banks and channel layouts are customizable, and the desk provides snapshot features. The S21 has 46 busses: 16 x stereo (32), stereo Master (2), solo buses (2 stereo, 4 total), and 10 x 8 Matrix (8); there’s also 40 flexi-channels Mono/Stereo (equivalent of 80 DSP channels) and 16 flexi buses Mono/Stereo (equivalent of 32 DSP busses). Among other features, the desk provides 16 assignable 32-band graphic EQs and eight effect engines (reverbs, delays, w/modulation and enhancer).
“The challenge we faced in R&D was providing a true pro ‘high-end’ console at the desired price point,” John Stadius adds. “The brief we got was very strict; we had to develop a console that gave the operator all the sensations they would get when stood behind the SD7. This requirement really motivated the team and S21 is the result. The worksurface design speaks for itself, but in terms of audio, you have the same FPGA algorithms as the SD7 and the Mic Pre design is lifted from the 192kHz SD-Rack. The audio statistics on this console are very much high end; it should surprise a lot of new-to-DiGiCo engineers. Oh, and it’s 96kHz with no processing limitations from day one like all the other DiGiCo consoles.”