Digico’s SD7 Quantum console will be showcased at this year’s AES convention in New York’s Javits Centre, taking place from October 17-20.
The SD7 Quantum engine is now being shipped internationally to SD7 owners.
The engine has been developed with seventh generation Super FPGA devices that increase the audio processing power. Quantum 7 expands DiGiCo’s SD7 to more than 640 channels of processing in 96kHz operation that can be connected in the outside world to approaching 3000 potential I/Os. The engine is also kitted out with eight newly assignable MADI connections and two DiGiCo Multi-Channel Interface slots for AoIP and other connectivity options from the complete family of DMI card options.
In addition, Nodal Processing and True Solo are also enhancements of the engine.
Nodal Processing is when first time processing is applied to any node on the auxiliary section of the console, allowing engineers to send processing on each Aux send from a single, or multiple channels.
Meanwhile, the True Solo system allows the operator’s monitoring system to Solo almost any section of the console. This speeds up the process of managing the number of channels and busses available to the user.
Digico’s 4REA4 audio solution will also be shown at the stand. It has been engineered to expand DiGiCo’s live performance reach for multi-area venues and stages. The 4REA4 combines a processing engine, a number of connectivity options and control software to deliver routing, processing and mix control via a network of local I/O boxes. The 4REA4 also features four dedicated mix areas, or zones, each with its own stereo master output, CGs and allocated FX.
A new range of hardware control panels, (ACONTROL1, A CONTROL8) and external I/O units (A168 STAGE, A164 WALL) will manage the mixing and routing of each individual local performance area, which will interface with 4REA4 to ensure a 96kHz audio experience across the performance areas.
DiGiCo’s latest digital-to-analogue converter, the 32-bit “Ultimate Stadius” DAC Analogue Output card, will also be showcased at AES. It contains analogue, ultra-low noise linear power supplies, lightning quick conversion time (104µs), and maximised performance operational amplifiers. The DAC also features a 100dBA noise spec, with a wide range of 122dBA for increased audio depth. The product is also kitted out with MUSE acoustic series blocking capacitors as well as capacitor damping to avoid unnecessary vibration pick-up. An upgraded metal XLR design offers “continuous circumferential ground contact,” and the product’s analogue stage is fully shielded.