DiGiCo Digital Mixing Consoles

SD8 MAIN FEATURES

  • 60 Flexi Input Channels
  • 24 Flexi Aux / Sub-Group Busses
  • LR/LCR Master Bus
  • 16x12 Full Processing Matrix
  • 2 Solo
  • 10 Dynamic Equalizers
  • 10 DiGiTuBes
  • 10 Multiband Compressors
  • 12 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 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 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 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. Click here for more info.

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?

There are features they have that, from a monitor engineer’s point of view, I have not seen on any other desk. It is great to have the ability to move the faders to any bank on the desk. I can have outputs next to inputs and control groups completely customised, all of which means complete flexibility.

Oliver Waring - Monitor Engineer - The Cranberries

For the price, the SD8 without SoundGrid bundle is far superior to the Avid Profile in sonics and toughness....and with SoundGrid, it is a TITAN

James 'Pugsley' McDermott - FOH Engineer - Dierks Bentley

<p>The DiGiCo sound is so natural, musical and pleasant. There is no harshness to it, it is very accurate and it just sounds right. I also like having the dual engines. It is nice to have it in your back pocket if something happens.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

Kevin Glendinning - Monitor Engineer - Maroon 5

There have been some interesting challenges for us with Coldplay but, as a company, we like challenges. The bottom line is that if they are happy, we are happy.

Alex Hadjigeorgiou - Wigwam

The SD9 made our job much easier because it is designed to make live mixing as straightforward as possible. At the same time it has excellent sound quality. The bands, the audience and the client were amazed at the SD9s sound quality. They loved it and we rocked the show!

Akash Amit - Mix Step Arowana Soundgroup - India

I have used these consoles on multiple tours in the past and have really gotten used to how easy it is to mix for multiple artists on stage using in-ears. I do a lot of channel splitting for ears and wedges, and the ease of use and the clean sound that this console brings makes it an easy choice for doing a large band with in-ears.

John Elmo Sheldon - Monitors - R. Kelly
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