DiGiCo Digital Mixing Consoles

SD8 MAIN FEATURES

  • 120 Input Channels
  • 48 Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR/LCRS Master Bus
  • 16x16 Full Processing Matrix
  • 2 Solo
  • 190 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 190 DiGiTuBes
  • 190 Multiband Compressors
  • 16 Digital FX
  • 24 Graphic Equalizers
  • Optional Waves Integration
  • 48/96 kHz Sample Rate
  • Optional Factory fit only Optics

SD8 : Overview

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

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

Scratching the surface

There are two versions of the SD8: a 37-channel version, which boasts three banks of 12 motorised faders and one master fader; and the SD8-24, which has all the same power and functionality but in a smaller frame comprising 24 main channel faders and a master fader.

At the heart of each 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 36 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 benefits from dedicated multi-function control knobs and electronic labelling.

What's under the hood?

Both SD8 models boast 120 input 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 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 190 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 190 Multiband Compressors and 190 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, 16 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 48 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 16 output matrix, dual solo busses, and a Master buss.

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 and SD8-24 both have plenty of local I/O: eight mic inputs, eight outputs, eight mono AES I/O, and two MADI connections.

The console comes as standard with a D2 Rack 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 or even a D 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 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.

Options

The following options are available:

Specifications subject to change without notice. E&OE

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Dave Guerin - Monitor Engineer - The Pogues

What I most like about DiGiCo is the sound quality and the flexibility of how you can customise the work surface. Yet, at the same time, you have the benefits of the DiGiTuBes and the analogue; style of the consoles layout and workflow.

Alvin Koh -Owner - Clef Produtions Sdn Bhd

I am really happy with this console. If I was going to design a digital console, it would be very similar to what DiGiCo has done. These consoles were designed by mixers not some guy sitting in a lab somewhere, and I have heard that from other engineers. Next year, we will be back to playing arenas, and back into a lot of inputs and even more outputs, so there is a good chance there will be an SD7 sitting in monitor world.

Joe Keiser - Monitor Engineer - Keith Urban

The SD8-24 at FOH was chosen in particular because of its sonic quality and small footprint. This has allowed us to share smaller FOH spaces with the lighting and video departments, and enabling the promoter to sell more tickets. After using other digital consoles on the market, there is no comparison. We found that the SD8-24 had better sound quality and surface flexibility than any other option available to us.

Jeff Pitt - FOH Engineer - George Thorogood And The Destroyers

When a countrys president requests a screening, you know you have to deliver the very best. Das Weisse Band has been a cultural highlight for Austria and we were very happy that the SD8 could help provide the ultimate in audio quality for such a special event.

Othmar Eichiner - Owner - TON Eichinger

We did the month-long Julien Arpetti tour and everything we needed was there on the desk. We also used the RME-Madi-Converter and Logic Pro on a Macintosh laptop for recording, so straight away we were doing virtual soundchecks with it. And, of course, it sounded fantastic!

Georg Feltes - Owner - Musirent
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