Making Waves with DiGiCo

DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid should be sweet music to your ears because DiGiCo now brings you the best of both worlds. Bringing the worlds finest sounding and intuitive digital console range fused with power and versatility of Waves Plugins.

With the new DiGiCo SoundGrid module added to your SD7, SD8 or SD9 console and linked to an external PC server, you’ll have instant access to up to 16 fully integrated low latency Waves stereo processor racks on the SD8 and SD9, and up to 32 on the SD7, perfect for either front-of-house or monitors.Plus, once registered, you can use your TDM plugins collections too!

Using Super FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology that links directly via Ethernet to the SD7, SD8 or SD9’s digital mixing engine, the SoundGrid places the legendary lineup of powerful Waves plugins at your fingertips. That includes the hugely popular bundles such as Mercury, SSL 4000 Collection, GTR3, JJP Analog Legends, Studio Classics Collection, The API Collection and Gold. Popular plugins you can now enjoy with your DiGiCo console’s crystalline sound include L2 Ultramaximizer and C4 Multiband.

DiGiCo SoundGrid Main Features

  • SD8 & SD9: 16 stereo Racks
    8 simultaneous plugins per Rack
    All 32 I/Os additional to standard console configuration
  • SD7: 32 stereo Racks
    8 simultaneous plugins per Rack
    All 64 I/Os additional to standard console configuration
  • Extremely low latency operation
  • Touch & turn plugin control
  • Total snapshot integration
  • Redundancy and Recovery via SoundGrid
  • Pre-loaded with Waves SoundGrid-compatible plugins

Simple to setup!

Console-based MultiRack software allows you to set up, control, recall, snapshot and save Waves plugin configurations processed on the dedicated, rack-mounted external server over a Stealth-Waves Ethernet connection.

The Soundgrid Module

The SoundGrid module itself is fitted inside the console to a dedicated expansion port mounted directed on the console’s FPGA Stealth engine board, reducing the data path to an absolute minimum for precise timing. It handles the Waves effects routing so the console’s own awesome processing power remains dedicated to the task of driving the console and its worksurface.

Soundgrid Parameters

Better still, the SoundGrid parameters are also duplicated right there in front of you, on the SD7, SD8 or SD9’s touch screen via a special Waves button, allowing you to assign the particular plugins to the point in the console signal path architecture where you want to use them – input channel inserts, mix bus or wherever – then manipulate them too with the touch-and-turn function on the desk. As a fast and intuitive way of working it takes some beating.

Transferable settings, made easy

When you decide to save your current configuration, you only need to hit ‘Save’ once thanks to the seamless integration between the console and the MultiRack. If you’re migrating your session settings to another SD7, SD8 or SD9, simplysave the console settings onto a memory stick as you normally would, then the console will automatically do the same for your personalised Waves settings.

Waves Versatility

The DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid is a must for every DiGiCo user - and for every Waves fan who wants to hear those acclaimed plugins through the best sounding digital console on the market. For rental companies stocking DiGiCo SD7 and/or SD8 and SD9 consoles, you can now buy a library of plugins to add to the value of your rental offering, and benefit from the consoles’ appeal to a broader range of sound engineers and musicians who use other, often sonically inferior, mixing platforms in order to use their favourite Waves plugins.

Low Latency

Even monitor engineers, faced with historic problems of latency in other boards running plugins, can celebrate as the low-latency of the FPGA-powered system gives them equal bragging rights with front-of-house. Once again, you don’t have to settle for a lesser brand of console to get them.

MADI Based multitrack recording

And if your need is to create a recording of the master with all the internal and Waves effects together, it’s a breeze for DiGiCo’s MADI-based multitrack recording I/O – a fully integrated solution all round.

Your own Plugins

For engineers who buy their own plugins, all you need to know is that your chosen rental company has SoundGrid-enabled DiGiCo desks, and you’re away – limitless, exciting creativity beckons. And if you already own TDM Plug-Ins you can, for a limited time, get an enabler free of charge.

And there's more to come

DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid is ready to expand your mix capabilities right now, but there’s much more to come too. Invest in a DiGiCo SD7 SD8 or SD9 with SoundGrid and you’re joining a community of SoundGrid users who will benefit from some very exciting developments in the near future, all fully compatible with your new SoundGrid package.

High on the ‘upcoming’ list are specific SoundGrid-exclusive live sound plugins and other unique effects – which will be made available as downloadable upgrades. So as the SoundGrid collection grows in future years, your DiGiCo console is fully ready to make the most of it.