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DiGiCo Debuts SD10-24 At AES

At the AES Convention in New York, DiGiCo unveiled its next console, the SD10-24

New York, NY (October 24, 2011)—At the AES Convention in New York, DiGiCo unveiled its next console, the SD10-24, sporting features of the original SD10 in a more compact package.

“When we introduced the SD8-24, which was primarily designed with the corporate market in mind, it was an immediate hit,” says James Gordon, DiGiCo’s managing director. “The SD10-24 is based on the same thinking; to provide a smaller footprint console for a particular segment of the market, but with no reduction in functionality or number of inputs and outputs.

“With the SD10-24, we have smaller venues in mind and, because we also have the SD10-B broadcast specific product, we are producing an SD10B-24 as well, which we are confident will be particularly useful for OB trucks, where space is often very limited but a high channel and buss count is required to handle 5.1 audio systems.”

The SD10-24 measures just under a meter in width, with a worksurface constructed from anodised aluminium, overlaid with polycarbonate panels. It has the same 15-inch, touch-sensitive screen as the S10, providing both information and control of all the main parameters.

The control surface features 25 100mm touch sensitive faders, providing access to the console’s channels, which include 96 with full processing, 12 of which can be configured as full Flexi Channels – and outputs that can be assigned across the surface. All inputs have dual mono inputs for ‘Main’ and ‘Alt’ channel switching. Smart Key Macros are provided, accessed via four layers of 10 backlit LCD keys. The user can program these to control any functions that they want to recall.

Local I/O, positioned on the rear of the console, comprises eight mic inputs, eight line outputs, eight mono AES I/O, two MADI connections with redundant cabling connections, 16 GPI and GPO connections, MIDI, plus Wordclock, MADI and Optocore for synchronisation. Standard input channel processing includes channel delay; single and multi channel presets; HPF and LPF with 24db per octave; four bands of parametric EQ with band curve selection; compressor and date; dual insert points and access to all bussing. Standard output channel processing includes output delay; eight bands of parametric EQ (previously only seen on the SD7); compressor and gate; dual insert points; groups with buss to buss routing, plus Auxes that have direct talk to output with dim control.

Dynamic EQ provides both expansion and compression on all four bands of parametric EQ. These processors can be assigned to any of the input or output channels, whether stereo or LCR, with 10 units being allocated as required. In addition, any input or output channel can be mastered via the multi-band compressors.

The SD10-24 software runs on a standard PC or Intel-based Macintosh for offline preparation and remote control of the console. One SD10-24 can also be linked to another, using a standard CAT5 crossover cable, providing 50 faders for control. In this configuration, the audio engine of the first SD Ten provides complete redundancy for the other.