DiGiCo Digital Mixing Consoles

SD8-24 MAIN FEATURES

  • 60 Flexi Input Channels
  • 24 Flexi Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR Master Bus
  • 16 x 12 Full Processing Matrix
  • 2 Solo
  • 10 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 10 DiGiTuBes
  • 10 Multiband Compressors
  • 12 Digital FX
  • 24 Graphic Equalizers
  • Optional Waves Integration
  • 48/96kHz Sample Rate
  • Optional Optics

SD8-24 : Overview

DiGiCo SD8-24: “Into overdrive and beyond...”

The SD8-24 is a particularly versatile console with the same Stealth Digital Processing and floating point Super FPGA technology seen in the flagship SD7. It offers a truly superlative performance at a competitive price and comes in an even smaller footprint than the SD8, something which will appeal to engineers across the board.

Scratching the surface

The SD8-24 has all the same power and functionality as the 37-fader SD8, but in a smaller frame, comprising 24 main channel faders and a master fader.

At the heart of the console's worksurface is a 15-inch, high resolution TFT LCD touch screen with backlit display. Through this user-friendly interface, any bank of 12 faders can be instantly assigned as input or output channels, allowing all 24 main faders to control inputs if desired; equally, any bank of 12 can also be assigned to the touch screen for fine-tuning.

In addition, the SD8-24 benefits from dedicated multi-function control knobs and electronic labelling.

What's under the hood?

Like the SD8, the SD8-24 boasts 60 processing channels at 48kHz/96kHz, all of which are Flexi Channels (configurable as either mono or stereo), which is the equivalent of 120 channels of full DSP processing.

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 with band curve selection, DiGiCo's DYN 1 (Compressor, De-esser or Multi Channel Compressor) and DYN 2 (Gate, Compressor or Ducker).

The console also benefits from 10 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 also10 Multiband Compressors and 10 DiGiTubes; and no matter how the console is set up, the user won't lose any resources, as all the channels are equipped to provide the same high quality signal path and feature set.

The master section incorporates 24 gangable 32-band graphic EQs, 12 stereo effects (selectable from a palette of 33), and 12 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 24 Flexi 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 16 x 12 output matrix, dual solo busses, and a Master buss. Essentially, users have the equivalent of 67 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 SD8-24 has exactly the same local I/O as the SD8: eight mic inputs, eight outputs, eight mono AES I/O, and two MADI connections.

The console comes as standard with a MaDiRack which is an 8U fixed 48 input with eight analogue outputs, with the ability to increase these outputs to 24 with any combination of analogue AES/EBU or Aviom.

As with all DiGiCo consoles, it can also connect to an SD-Rack, an SD-Mini, and SD-Nano Rack.

There is also a factory fit Optocore option which allows for connectivity to all DiGiCo racks and consoles in a redundant loop.

In addition, there is an optional DiGiCo SoundGrid module which, when linked to an external PC server such as SoundGrid or DiGiGrid, provides the user with instant access to 16 fully integrated low-latency Waves stereo Multi Racks, each with the ability to have up to eight plugins per rack.  That's 64 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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Looking for recent install and sound rental user stories featuring the DiGiCo SD8-24?

Over the last year, I have become really comfortable on the desk. The dynamic EQs and multi-band compressors are a must-have for me. They are simply great on vocals or any instrument that needs extra attention. I also utilize the virtual soundcheck on a daily basis. And the SD8 is not just another soul-less digital desk at FOH. It seems that every day somebody comes up to express their enthusiasm on seeing and hearing the SD8. It seems to have taken on a repertoire of its own!

Patrick Hutchinson - FOH Engineer - Disco Biscuits

The day before the show I went in and started working in my normal way, mixing with the SD9s internal inserts and effects. Once I was happy with the mix, I bypassed all of the internal effects and start mixing it with the Waves plugins. The result was amazing.

Arni Bergmann - Engineer

Once we had done the comparison, we all felt the SD9 was the best option. It is very user-friendly - it is really easy to understand if you are used to an analogue console - and the audio quality is excellent.

Hugo van Meijeren - Soundlink

This desk sounds phenomenal. It is so clean and the EQ is incredibly accurate. I can not see myself using anything else for a long time.

Zito - FOH Engineer - One Republic

Comments made by sound engineers who used the desks on the tours include - Good preamps - Lots of headroom - Wider stereo perspective and & Easy to use. I personally love the service you receive from DiGiCo. It is very good. There is always someone on the other end of a phone line to help.

Kim Johansen - Engineer

I knew the DiGiCo would give me a better, purer input than anything out there and after flying up to Eighth Days shop in Cleveland to give the SD7 a spin, I knew my thinking was correct.

Chris Rabold - FOH Engineer Widespread Panic
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