DiGiCo Digital Mixing Consoles

SD7B MAIN FEATURES

  • 253 (Max) Input Channels
  • 128 (Max) Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR/LCRS/5.1 Master Bus
  • 32 x 32 Full Processing Matrix
  • 2 Solo
  • 256 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 256 DiGiTuBes
  • 256 Multiband Compressors
  • 48 Digital FX
  • 32 Graphic Equalizers
  • Optional Waves Integration
  • 48/96/192kHz Sample Rate
  • Yes Optics

SD7B : Overview

DiGiCo SD7B: “With greater power comes even greater responsibility...”

Though identical in appearance to the SD7, the SD7B goes a stage further as it has been developed for broadcast applications. As well as full Flexi channel capability, routing flexibility has been vastly increased to allow for LCRS and 5.1 mixes as well as stereo and LCR.

In addition, broadcast-specific features include a complete 5.1 monitor matrix with 48 x 6 source to speaker selection; mutli channel folding; user defined stem order selection; Mix Minus busses (one per mono channel); backstop PFL (over press) and Auto PFL; and Audio Follow Video implementation. 

Scratching the surface

A combination of technologies have been seamlessly integrated into the SD7B's worksurface to meet the everyday needs of any engineer. We've managed to pack them into three user-friendly interactive 15-inch high-resolution touch screens, each of which accommodates a bank of 12 faders,  to provide the user with the perfect platform – everything is just 'where it should be'.

To make navigation even easier, we've added high-definition interactive meter bridges and multicoloured knobs and switches; and for further functionality and flexibility, 16 assignable faders (one bank of 12, one bank of four) sit neatly below the master screen in the centre of the console, taking the SD7B's fader tally to a sizeable 52.

To increase the fader count further for multi-engineer applications and shows, an EX-007 Fader Expansion unit is available. Two EX-007s can be connected via a simple Cat5e connector for remote control or simply to increase your fader count to 100.

What's under the hood?

If knowledge really is power, SD7 is our Einstein: it boasts a massive 256 processing paths at 48kHz/96kHz (or 128 at 192kHz).

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

The master section incorporates 32 gangable 32-band graphic EQs, 48 stereo effects, and 36 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 128 busses (mono or stereo), all of which are assignable as mono/stereo groups or auxiliary busses, plus the ability to assign 5.1 busses. In addition to these busses, for further configurability, we've provided an 32 x 32 output matrix, dual solo busses for PFL and on-air soloing in mono, stereo LCRS and 5.1; and an LR/LCR/LCRS/5.1 Master buss. Essentially, users have the equivalent of 160 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 SD7B's local I/O includes 12 analogue inputs, 12 analogue outputs and 12 AES I/O (mono); and when coupled with a second engine, with four redundant MADI ports per engine, and one Optocore loop with the ability for an option for a second to be fitted.

For even greater distances, an optional single mode optical connection can be fitted with the ability to interchange transceivers.

This amounts to a monumental 1392 I/O connections on a single optic loop with one worksurface.

In addition, there is an optional DiGiCo SoundGrid module which can be fitted to both engines for full redundancy when linked to two external PC servers such as SoundGrids or DiGiGrids. 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.  Click here for more info.

New EX-007

Options

The following options are available:

Specifications subject to change without notice. E&OE

DiGiCo SD7B

Broadcast Console with Stealth Digital Processing™

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