DiGiCo Digital Mixing Consoles

SD5CS MAIN FEATURES

  • 132 Input Channels
  • 56 Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR/5.1 Master Bus
  • 24 x 24 Full Processing Matrix
  • 2 Solo
  • 218 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 218 DiGiTuBes
  • 218 Multiband Compressors
  • 24 Digital FX
  • 24 Graphic Equalizers
  • Optional Waves Integration
  • 48/96/192kHz Sample Rate
  • Optional Optics

SD5CS : Overview

DiGiCo SD5: “Intelligence is power...”

Remember the CS-D5 Live? Well, the SD5cs is the modern-day incarnation of that console; think the CS-D5 Live on steroids and you're getting close! Yes, it fits directly into the D5's shoes, but thanks to the inclusion of Stealth Digital Processing, floating-point Super FPGA technology, and a host of new features, it packs a far bigger punch.  

Scratching the surface

Like the SD10, the SD5's 37 faders are laid out in three convenient banks of 12 with one master fader with the added benefit of three 15-inch full colour TFT touch screens for even quicker access and multi-user applications. In addition, there are two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDMs) as used in its big brother, the SD7.

The centrally located master screen has been incorporated into the worksurface meterbridge design to provide a lower profile meter bridge and allow for complete user feedback; this means the engineer never needs to move far from mix position: there is clear visibility of everyone on stage, and all control is less than an arm's length away.

To make life even easier, engineers can recall or save presets on the channel strip; and recall or save snapshots using the master screen or or dedicated switches on the console. In addition, special functions can be assigned and accessed instantly via the console's 40 Smart Key Macros (accessible via four layers of 10 RGB backlit keys) at the push of a button. It really is that simple.

What's under the hood?

The SD5cs provides 132 processing channels at 48kHz/96kHz.

Standard channel processing, whether inputs or outputs, includes Channel Delay, Single and Multi Channel Presets, Dual insert points, Hi- and Lo-pass filters @ 24dB/octave, four-band parametric EQ (eight on the outputs) with band curve selection, Dual insert points, DiGiCo's DYN 1 (Compressor, De-esser or Multi Channel Compressor) and DYN 2 (Gate, Compressor or Ducker).

The console also benefits from 218 Dynamic EQ processors, all of which can be assigned to any of the input or output channels. These powerful processors offer dynamic processing on each of the four standard parametric bands, plus there are also 218 Multiband Compressors and 218 assignable DiGiTubes; and no matter how the console is set up, the user won't lose any resources, as all channels are equipped to provide the same high quality signal path and feature set.

The master section incorporates 24 gangable 32-band graphic EQs, 24 stereo effects (selectable from a palette of 33), and 24 control groups (VCAs); and using snapshots, engineers can now switch between complete configurations in any live environment easier than ever before, be it at rehearsals, during system setup, or even at a show.

In addition, we've included 56 configurable busses, all of which are assignable as mono/stereo groups or auxiliary busses; and in addition to these busses, for further configurability, we've provided a 24 x 24 output matrix, dual solo busses, and a stereo/LCR Master buss. Essentially, users have the equivalent of 87 busses of DSP at their disposal.

Unlike all other digital console manufacturers, you don't lose Aux or Group Busses when using the Matrix as they are in addition, including the Master buss.

I/O

The rear of the SD5 houses all of the I/O, and there's plenty: eight mic inputs, eight line inputs, eight mono AES I/O, four redundant MADI ports.

In addition, there is an optional DiGiCo SoundGrid module which can be fitted  This provides the user with instant access to 32 fully integrated low-latency Waves stereo Multi Racks, each with the ability to have up to eight plugins per rack. That's 128 I/O - and as you'd expect from DiGiCo, this is all additional I/O.

All Waves compatible plugins are pre-loaded, and as this is integral within the console, you have the added advantage of touch screen control; and all shapshots and session files are saved within the console.

 

Options

The following options are available:

Specifications subject to change without notice. E&OE

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The DiGiCo system did everything we asked it to do.

Andy Robinson - George Michael

Everyone seems to get all esoteric when it comes to sonic quality. Just like wine, you have to ask yourself, Do I like it? Because at the end of the day, that is all that matters. Without trashing the others, I have used 95% of the other digital desks on the market and I always come back to the D5.

Clay Hutson - Monitor Engineer

The SD7 just looks so fantastic, it is more advanced than anything else out there. I love the sound of DiGiCo consoles, and like the D5, they do not color the sound. The SD7 incorporates functions that we’ve been wanting. I have seen it once and I can not wait to get my hands on it!

Jim Ebdon - FOH Engineer Maroon 5

We had two desks at FOH in the space they had allowed for the single analog desk. Having inputs and outputs at both the FOH and stage is much more of a necessity than a convenience for me. Working specifically with the SD8, I found that, with the engines and processing built within the work surface, it was loaded with features - and provided enough I/O locally without me having to dig for TRS adaptors.

Paul Smith - Visual Horizon Communications

I have gotten my SD8 back out with me and it has already made a huge difference. Mixing monitors on a SD console is just so easy and enjoyable.

Fabian Quiroga - Monitor Engineer - MGMT

Both consoles performed without fault throughout the rehearsals and live performances and I will certainly be spec’ing these consoles on other live multi-band TV shows.

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