The new DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid, unveiled at the 2010 InfoComm show, is fully integrated into DiGiCo digital consoles, providing up to 16 low latency Waves stereo processor racks on the SD8 and SD9, and up to 32 on the SD7.
With the addition of this module, linked to an external PC, allows users to utilize the powerful multi-effect engines built into the SD7, SD8 and SD9.
In addition, once registered, users are free to use all of their Waves TDM plug-ins in the SoundGrid, with the same integrated benefits.
These plug-ins include Mercury, SSL 4000 Collection, GTR3, JJPAnalog Legends, Studio Classics Collection, The API Collection and Gold, while other popular options for DiGiCo consoles include L2 Ultramaximizer and C4 Multiband.
The new DiGiCo SoundGrid is also simple to use. Console-based MultiRack software allows users to set up, control, recall, snapshot and save Waves plug-in configurations processed on the dedicated, rack-mounted external server over a Stealth-Waves Ethernet connection.
The SoundGrid module itself is fitted inside the console to a dedicated expansion port mounted directly on the console’s FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Stealth engine board, reducing the data path to a minimum for precise timing.
It handles the Waves effects routing so the console’s incredible processing power remains dedicated to the task of driving the console and its worksurface.
In addition, the SoundGrid parameters are also duplicated on the console’s touch screen via a dedicated Waves button, allowing users to assign particular plug-ins to the point in the console signal path. They can be manipulated using the touch-and-turn function on the desk.
For rental companies stocking DiGiCo SD7, SD8 and SD9 consoles, there is now a library of plug-ins providing added customer value. And monitor engineers, faced with historic problems of latency in other boards that run plug-ins, now benefit from the low latency of the FPGA-powered system.
DiGiCo also notes that further developments will be introduced in the near future, all fully compatible with the new SoundGrid package. High on the upcoming list are SoundGrid-exclusive live sound plug-ins and other unique effects, which will be made available as downloadable upgrades.