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DiGiCo to showcase latest software developments at AES New York 2019

Following the manufacturer’s preview of Mustard earlier this year, DiGiCo is now revealing the first “flavour” in its Spice Rack processor collection for Quantum 7

At the Audio Engineering Society’s 147th Pro Audio Convention in New York City, DiGiCo will be showcasing its latest software developments and products.

The company will be presenting from stand 629 of the Javits Center’s exhibition hall.

Following the manufacturer’s preview of Mustard earlier this year, DiGiCo is now revealing the first “flavour” in its Spice Rack processor collection for Quantum 7: Chilli 6, a six-band, dynamic, multi-band compressor/expander. It comprises a four-band, fourth-order frequency splitter with adjustable crossover and slope control plus two independent fourth-order parametric EQ bands, and can be freely inserted on any channel type in any position. The compressor/expander’s Range control restricts maximum gain change between -24dB and +18dB, and a Dyn Angle control determines the level at which maximum gain change occurs.

Mustard is a forthcoming set of algorithms and options for channel strip processing for the SD7 Quantum that offers enhanced flexibility and choice when extra control and creative adjustment are needed within a mix. Making full use of the Quantum engine’s seventh-generation FPGA infrastructure, the Mustard channel can be used to deliver 64 channels of channel processing – in addition to the standard SD processing – to add pre-amp emulation, filters, EQ types, gate and a variety of compressor types to any existing channel strip. The Mustard Tube options include a fully controllable pre-amp modeller, which gives users access to every aspect of their front-end drive, while the Mustard Dynamics include Vintage VCA and optical compressor types that emulate high-end devices. These features are designed to enable users to add character and new textures to drums, bass, vocals, and guitars.

Working closely with design engineers at L-Acoustics, DiGiCo has added a number of L-ISA control enhancements to its SD-Range. The latest software update includes new L-ISA controls for stereo channels: two rows of controls are now provided, which can be optionally linked, and a new display shows two objects and an additional pan spread control. Furthermore, L-ISA “Groups” can now be selected and controlled from the console, and any console channel can be user-defined to act as the L-ISA “Master” fader in the external control panel. The selected console channel can also be automatically selected in the L-ISA Controller, and a channel that is soloed on the console can also be automatically soloed on L-ISA.

DiGiCo is also exhibiting the new DMI-Dante [email protected] card in NYC for its 4REA4, S-Series and select SD-Range consoles (SD12 and SD7 Quantum). Providing 64 input and 64 output channels at both 48kHz and 96kHz, the DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) card is equipped with Primary and Secondary (backup) Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection and offers a Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) feature that enables the desk to run at a different sample rate than the Dante network. Natively allowing DiGiCo products to communicate with other devices on a Dante network, the DMI-Dante [email protected] effectively doubles the previous DMI Dante card’s I/O channel count at the higher 96kHz resolution.

DiGiCo will also have a variety of other products on display at the convention, including its flagship SD7 Quantum, SD12, and S31 mixing consoles, the 4REA4 installed audio solution, and examples of the deepening integration of KLANG:technologies’ immersive IEM mixing system into the SD worksurface.