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

DiGiCo SD8

Live Digital Console Stealth Digital Processing™

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Looking for recent install and sound rental user stories featuring the DiGiCo SD8?

I have got an SD10 out currently, and I have been very happy with it. It sounds great, and I think for the price versus features, it is probably the strongest system out there

Simon Lutkin - FOH Engineer - The Maccabees

I knew that DiGiCo made extremely intuitive and simply great-sounding consoles, and with the SD8s massive onboard digital processing and control available in an easy-to-operate package was the deciding factor for me. The onboard package is phenomenal, and I get everything I want and more.

Scott Ramsay - Founder - Broadcast Support

I was up at Eighth Day Sound for 4 days to work on prepping the FOH control for the second leg. They had an SD7 there for me to try. On my first day, the current tour console was not available, so I spent the whole day playing with the SD7. On listening back to the multi-tracks through the SD7, they sounded great. Remember, I had just spent the previous week listening to the tracks on one particular show, so I had become very familiar with how they sounded, but through the SD7, they sounded way different, with no EQ, HPF or LPF, the tracks sounded open, crystal clear, with a nice tight defined low-end and I had not even started doing anything.

Garry Brown - FOH Engineer - Phish

We tested it, compared it to the other options and decided that the D5 was the right choice both for the tour and for our hire stock

Theis Wermuth - Victory Tour Production Denmark

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

The sound quality is outstanding and it is very flexible. I have been using just Yamaha consoles for the past 8 years and the DiGiCos sound very different and a lot more transparent.

Andrew Fletch Fletcher - Billboard Music Awards
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