Live Digital Console with Stealth Digital Processing
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The SD Ten includes many of our flagship SD7`s features and benefits, including Stealth Digital Processing and Super FPGA technology, and provides a fully-loaded feature set that will cater to any front-of-house or monitor engineer`s needs.
Scratching the surface
SD Ten features three banks of 12 faders and one master fader, each of which benefits from its own high resolution LED bar graph meter. In the of the sits the familiar 15-inch backlit colour-keyed TFT touch screen, home of the console`s super-intuitive control interface.
The sheer intelligence of the SD Ten means even the most complex of tasks become quick and easy: engineers can recall or save presets on the channel strip and recall or save snapshots using the master screen or hard wired switches on the console. In addition, special functions can be assigned and accessed instantly via the console`s 40 Smart Key Macros (accessible via four layers of 10 RGB backlit keys) at the push of a button. It really is that simple.
What`s under the hood?
The SD Ten boasts 96 processing channels (12 of these are Flexi Channels, configurable as either mono or stereo) at 48kHz/96kHz, which is the equivalent of 108 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 filters 24dB/octave, four-band parametric EQ with band curve selection, DiGiCo`s DYN 1 (Compressor, De or assignable Compressor) and DYN 2 (Gate, Compressor or Ducker).
The console also benefits from 16 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 16 assignable Multiband Compressors and 16 assignable DiGiTubes; and no matter how the console is set up, the user won`t lose any resources, as all channels are equipped to provide the same signal path and feature set.
The master section incorporates 24 32-band graphic EQs, 16 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.
We`ve included 48, which can be configured as 48 mono or 24 stereo busses or anywhere in between; and in addition to these busses, for further, we`ve provided a 16 x 16 output matrix, dual solo busses, and a Master. Essentially, users have the equivalent of 71 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.
At the rear of the SD Ten, there is an abundance of local I/O: eight mic inputs, eight line inputs, eight mono AES I/O, two MADI connections with redundant cabling connections and 16 GPI and GPO connections.
The SD Ten also works seamlessly with the DiGiCo SD-Rack, which delivers up to 192kHz conversion. This opens the door to a wealth of interfacing options and provides the user with even further flexibility: when fitted with the optional Optocore interface, up to 14 SD-Racks and five redundant consoles can connect to one optical loop, which means a massive 1152 I/O connections are achievable (56 inputs and 56 outputs per SD-Rack).In short, you could mix the Philharmonic on this ? comfortably.
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 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 and session files are saved within the console.
DiGiCo is a British company, founded in 2002, that manufactures digital mixing consoles targeted for live audio mixing applications.DiGiCo's most current console lineup comprises the SD-Series of consoles, powered by Stealth Digital Processing.
Pioneered with their flagship SD7, Stealth Digital Processing describes DiGiCo's first use of a single large scale FPGA for audio processing. Combined with Tiger SHARC DSP chips for effects processing and control, this new technology allows an entire audio engine to occupy only a single PCB.
The SD7 continues to be the flagship of the range, with consoles derived from it targeting other market areas and sizes of application. Currently the rest of the range comprises the SD5, SD10, SD8, SD9 and rack-mountable SD11, listed in order of size. T (Theatre) and B (Broadcast) software is also available for selected consoles.
The use of a flexible FPGA processing engine allows dedicated software to be written, to further refine the consoles features and operation for specific applications. The SD7, SD10 and SD9 are available with the optional theatre upgrade package, with the SD7, SD5, SD10, SD9 and SD11 having the option of a broadcast package.
Legacy DiGiCo consoles include the D1 and D5 Live platforms, as well as the D5T theatre console and DS00 studio production and broadcast console. The D-Series of consoles used a modular DSP engine, combining multiple SHARC DSP chips to form a large scale audio engine, still the method by which virtually all digital console manufacturers design their products.
Efficiency Rating: Level of sound output measured at a prescribed distance with a standard input power. Efficiency rating standard is 1 watt (2.83V at 8 ohms) at 1 meter over a specified frequency range and is measured in decibels.
Equalization: Loosely, any type of relative frequency adjustment. Specifically, the process of changing the frequency balance of an electrical signal to alter the acoustical output.
Equalizer: A component designed to alter the frequency balance of an audio signal. Equalizers may be graphic, parametric, or a combination of both.
Fade: A gradual increase in audio, i.e. a fade-up, or a gradual decrease in audio, i.e. a fade-down.
Feedback: The transmission of current or voltage from the output of a device back to the input, where it interacts with the input signal to modify operation of the device. Feedback is positive when it’s in phase with the input and negative when it's out of phase.
FM: Frequency Modulated.
Frequency: The number of cycles (vibrations) per second. In audio, audible frequencies commonly range from 20 to 20,000 cycles per second (Hz). In video, frequency is used to define the image resolution. Low-frequency video images depict large objects or images. Higher frequencies depict smaller objects (finer details.
Frequency Response: A measure of what frequencies can be reproduced and how accurately they are reproduced. A measurement of 20 to 20,000 Hz, 3dB means those frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz can be reproduced no more than 3 dB above or below a reference frequency level.
Full-Range: A speaker designed to reproduce the full range (20 Hz to 20 kHz) of audio frequencies.
Gain: Increase in level or amplitude.
Gooseneck: This refers to a microphone with a flexible neck that is most frequently attached to a podium or lectern. It is designed to allow the speaker to raise or lower the microphone to a suitable height.
Graphic Equalizer: A type of equalizer with sliding controls that creates a pattern representing a graph of the frequency-response changes. Raising sliders boosts the affected frequencies lowering sliders cuts (attenuates) the affected frequencies.
HDCP: High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection. Created by Intel, HDCP is used with HDTV signals over DVI and HDMI connections and on D-Theater D-VHS recordings to prevent unauthorized duplication of copyright material.
HDR: Hard-Drive Recorder. Device that uses a computer hard drive to store compressed digital audio and video signals.
High Pass: A filter that passes high frequencies, and attenuates low frequencies. Same as low cut.
Hz: Hertz or cycles per second. Something that repeats a cycle once each second moves at a rate of 1 Hz.
Incue/Inq/In-Point: These words all refer to the initial few seconds of audio signifying the beginning of the production.
Integrated Amplifier: A combination preamp and amplifier.
Impedance: A measure of the impediment to the flow of alternating current, measured in ohms at a given frequency. Larger numbers mean higher resistance to current flow.
KHz: Kilohertz or one thousand Hz.
Lavaliere: A small microphone that attaches to clothing, allowing the speaker to have a hands-free presentation.
Line Array: A group of speakers that have been arrayed or ” built up” in the vertical or horizontal plane, which allow for a highly consistent sound field. A Line Array is perfect for medium to large audiences.
Line-Level (Low-Level): A level of electrical signals too low to make the average speaker move sufficiently. Amplifiers receive line-level signals and amplify them to speaker level.
lockout: The final words of a segment used to signify the production’s conclusion.
Low Pass: A filter that lets low frequencies go through but doesn’t let high frequencies go through. Same as high cut.
MHz: Megahertz, or 1 million Hz.
Midbass: The middle of the bass part of the frequency range, from approximately 50 to 100 Hz (upper bass would be from 100 to 200 Hz). Also used as a term for loudspeaker drivers designed to reproduce both bass and midrange frequencies.
Midrange: The middle of the audio frequency range. Also used as a term for loudspeaker drivers designed to reproduce this range.
Mixer: This is the unit in which audio signals are directed from. A mixer provides for both mic and line input combinations while allowing you to control one or more outputs.
MLP: Meridian Lossless Packing. Encoding format that is able to completely reconstruct the original signal at the receiving end. No information is lost or discarded, regardless of how trivial it might be. Used to encode six channels of high-resolution audio on DVD-A.
Mono: Monophonic sound. One channel.
MP3: MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3. Compression scheme used to transfer audio files via the Internet and store in portable players and digital audio servers.
Natural Sound (NATS): The nonverbal audio that occurs in a non-studio setting. NATS can be used to help characterize the setting.
Noise: An unwanted portion of a signal such as hiss, hum, whine, static, or buzzing.
Nonlinear Editing: Digital audio systems that allow for clips to be extracted without affecting the master recording.