DiGiCo unveiled the the SD5 live audio mixing desk, another new option that fits in terms of scope and scale between the SD7 and SD10 in the product line, to the North American marketplace at the recent InfoComm 2012 show in Las Vegas.
A decade after the launch of the D5 Live, the SD5 fits directly into the D5’s shoes, but benefits from the advancements made possible by DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing
The SD5 offers a low noise, heat dissipation work surface benefiting from Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology, yet its five digitally driven full color TFT LCD screens, three of which are touch sensitive, have a new configuration that allows easy access to single or multiple users.
There are also two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and instant access ‘quick select’ buttons which are positioned conveniently down the left side of the two channel screens for fast and intuitive navigation.
Incorporating the master screen into the work surface meterbridge design has allowed for complete user feedback, but maintained a lower profile meter bridge. This still allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything in close reach to the mix position.
Front view of the new SD5. (click to enlarge)
As with all SD range consoles, the SD5’s headroom, dynamic range and audio quality are of paramount importance.
As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2 GB fiber optic system, which is capable of running 448 channels of I/O at 96 kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tie lines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD-Series racks.
There are three redundant MADI ports and local I/O includes eight microphone inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O (mono).
The SD5 has 124 input channels; 56 configurable buses, plus up to 5.1 master; a 24 x 24 fixed matrix; DiGiTubes on every channel, buss and output; 24 assignable dynamic EQ; 24 multiband compressors; 24 stereo effects; 32 Graphic EQ; 10 x 4 (40) RGB backlit macro buttons; plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade.
Various aspects of the new SD5. (click to enlarge)
—127 Input Channels
—56 Configurable Buses Plus Master Bus
—24 Dynamic Equalizers
—DiGiTubes on All Channels
—24 Multiband Compressors
—24 Digital FX
—32 Graphic Equalizers
—24 x 24 Matrix
—Multi Channel Folding
CTW InfoComm 2012 Coverage: Digico SD5 from Mike Sessler on Vimeo.