Digico has developed two new pieces of software for its flagship SD7 console. Mach2 and SD7T will unlock more power from the board’s Super FPGAs and enable it to be used for theatre applications, respectively
The Mach2 software suite, which will be available free to all existing SD7 owners and will ship in all new SD7 consoles from May 2009, adds the following enhancements:
Digi-Tube – the world’s first Super FPGA preamp tube emulation, with full drive and bias control. Available on all 256 processing paths, including channels, auxes, groups or matrix with usage monitored via the Digi-Tube icon on the console’s screen when activated. A delay usage meter is also now shown on the meter bridge when this function is used.
Dynamic EQ – now available on all 256 processing paths and on all four EQ bands, effectively adding 1024 frequency driven dynamics to the console. These are individually switchable and can be easily monitored via the gain reduction/expansion meter.
Multi Band Compressor – again available on all 256 paths, adding an extra two compressors per path giving a further 512 dynamics to the console.Article continues below
Effects – 16 floating point stereo Super FPGA Stealth digital reverbs and, utilising the capabilities of SD7’s Tiger SHARCs, there are now up to 32 floating point stereo effects (according to which types you are using), including delays, choruses, pitch shifters, etc. This gives an astounding 48 stereo effects housed within the console. Even with today’s more compact outboard packages, this saves the equivalent of 48U, or 2.13 metres, of rack space and also alleviates the need for 96 inputs and 96 outputs for patching of effects. In fact, the returns alone would fill the entire channel count of many other digital mixing consoles.
Talk-to-buss with dim function – designed with the monitor engineer in mind, this is a dedicated talkback channel that can be routed to any aux buss, allowing direct communication to any wedge or in ear mix. When activated, this function also has the ability to instantly dim the audio to a particular mix by the desired amount required by the engineer or artist.
Eight bands of Parametric EQ – now available for all 128 busses for auxes, groups and matrix adding an astounding 512 bands of EQ to the console, allowing adjustments for the most demanding of situations
The D5T Digital Theatre Mixing System was a natural progression of the D5 Live. Digico has now followed suit with its flagship SD7 console, increasing its operational potential with the new, optional SD7T configuration.
While the engine of the D5 was enlarged to accommodate the additional requirements of the theatre world, the SD7’s original design already had expansion in mind. This meant that all that was required to transform the SD7 into the SD7T was the addition of a new software application specific extension.
This forward planning on DiGiCo’s behalf has many advantages, not least of which is the increased rental potential via this dual application option, with the SD7 owner able to configure their console for traditional live sound or complex theatre mixing as required.
“Designing consoles that can provide the greatest return on our customers’ investment is an integral part of our ongoing commitment to the market,” said Digico’s managing director, James Gordon. “When we developed the SD7, we designed it to have a huge amount of untapped power within its hardware that could be unlocked at a later date if the market demands changed. What we needed to do was write the appropriate software for the market application.
“The SD7T application specific extension brings with it all the theatre-specific advantages of the D5T, with the phenomenal power of Stealth Digital Processing, and gives two consoles for – almost – the price of one.”
Among its features, the SD7T includes delay on matrix inputs per node (nodal delay), the next generation of Live Update known as Auto Update, complete integration of Cue Editor for fast editing and updating of VCA assignment and ripple through VCA control, and all advanced feature sets provided in the MACH2 software suite.