Since its launch in September 2008, DiGiCoâ€™s SD8 has been added to the inventories of many top touring production companies (Eighth Day, Clair Global, Special Event Audio Services, Concert Systems, Dillon Productions, Heroic Productions), and become the console of choice on a range of productions worldwide: on theatrical shows (The Whoâ€™s rock opera â€œTommyâ€?), pop music tours (Art Garfunkel and Indigo Girlsâ€™ Amy Ray) and on festival productions (West Coast Jazz Party and Itzhak Perlmanâ€™s “In the Fiddler’s House”). In addition, the SD8â€”derived from the same technology as the celebrated SD7â€”has received a series of â€œBest Productâ€? awards including â€œBest Sound Product of the Yearâ€? at the 2008 LDI Show in Las Vegas, and â€œMost Innovative Product in the Live Industryâ€? at SIEL, SATIS and Le RADIO in Paris, France. Most recently, the SD8 was named â€œSound Product of the Yearâ€? by Live Design magazine, which will be announced in the magazineâ€™s May issue and presented at a reception during Live Designâ€™s Broadway Sound Master Classes at NYU on May 16, 2009.
â€œWe are honoured to have our newest console singled out as â€œSound Product of the Yearâ€? by Live Sound, one of the most respected magazines for the live sound industry,â€? said David â€œWebbyâ€? Webster, DiGiCo marketing director. â€œThe SD8 was designed to offer a smaller Super FPGA than the SD7 while offering all the major features and versatility of the D Series in a smaller, more economical touring package. In just under a year since its launch, the SD8 has been embraced by touring engineers and production professionals around the globe in a variety of critical live sound applicationsâ€”and the recognition from the media is icing on the cake.â€?
About the DiGiCo SD8
The SD8 has a fixed architecture and employs a smaller Super FPGA than the SD7, yet it benefits from all the major features and versatility of the DiGiCo D Series, plus the advances already made in the SD7. This gives a performance to price ratio that allows DiGiCo to offer an entry-level console with remote preamps at a very competitive price point.
The SD8 incorporates the innovative Stealth Digital Processing â„¢, based on the single Super FPGA and combined with Analogue Devices Tiger Sharcs effects engine. The SD8â€™s control surface has 37 motorised faders, dedicated and multi-function control knobs and electronic labelling. It also has a 15â€?, high-resolution, touch sensitive TFT LCD backlit display. This is the SD8â€™s primary command centre and works in harmony with every other control of the console, automatically displaying functions that are relevant to what is being done at any moment in time. A physical fader, knob or backlit, electronically labelled button is either provided as standard for every major mix function, or can be programmed onto one of the user macro buttons.
The SD8 has 24 main channel faders and 12 assignable aux and touch sensitive master faders. Each bank of 12 faders can be instantly assigned as channels or masters, allowing all 36 main faders to control inputs if desired, while any bank of 12 can be assigned to the touch screen for fine-tuning. The SD8 provides, as standard, a 12 x 12 output matrix, its 12 busses being additional to the consoleâ€™s 24 stereo, solo and master busses.
60 mono or stereo channels â€“ the equivalent of 120 channels of full DSP processing – and the combined power of the SD8â€™s technologies means that the number and quality of effects, dynamics or other functions is available to all channels simultaneously, no matter how the console is set up.
The SD8 supplies engineers with a wealth of features, some of which will be familiar to D Series users, whilst others, (the high resolution, 20-LED bargraph meters, right beside each channel fader), will not be. The console comes with a 48/8-stage rack with 100m Digital MADI snake. Other features include 24 mono or stereo busses plus Stereo Master with full processing (equal to 50 busses of DSP processing); on board local I/O with eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O; open format and platform recording; six stereo floating point FX processors; two independent solo busses for monitoring; Snapshot cue control with crossfade; 37 touch sensitive faders for instant control; full worksurface precision metering; networking and remote control; floating point processing; future proofed FPGA audio core; remote studio grade microphone preamps; MADI connection; USB connection for session saving and transfer; and offline/online session control. For more information, go to:
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the worldâ€™s most popular, successful and ground-breaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York.