At the 2022 AES Convention in New York, DiGiCo has announced the new Quantum338T, the latest in its range of theatre-targeted consoles with “in the box” mixing that’s designed to reduce the need for outboard equipment while offering a lightweight control surface for both regional and touring applications.
Building on the audio performance of the Quantum338, the new Quantum338T offers theatre sound designers and mixers a programming and operating workflow designed to enhance the cue system with DiGiCo’s rAuto Update and cue data management tools. Auto Update allows designers to establish intricate inter-cue relationships, with changes made to channel settings automatically propagating to other related cues. Character variations, often a result of costume and prop changes, are handled with the Alias function, and cast changes are easily managed through the Players function.
The console’s channel processing and mixing functions are identical to its live-focused Quantum338 counterpart, but the crosspoint matrix gains individual nodal delays and matrix aliases. This enhanced matrixing system can play a significant role within more complex theatre output processing, and it’s stated to be achieved without compromising any of the Quantum338T’s general processing capabilities.
Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 buses and a 24×24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three 17-inch, 1000-nit high brightness multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis has 38 x 100mm touch-sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each with high-resolution metering.
Added connectivity and performance comes via the “Ultimate Stadius” 32-bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built into Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI slots and a built-in UB MADI USB recording interface.
Mustard Processing, Spice Rack, Nodal Processing and True Solo, all launched last year for the Quantum7, are also standard on the Quantum338. Mustard is a set of channel processing strips that work alongside standard channel processing. Each processing strip provides a choice of two pre-amp modelers, a four-band EQ (including all-pass filters), four different boutique style compressor models and a gate/ducker. The console is equipped with 36 mono Mustard processing strips that can be used on any channel type.
The Spice Rack, meanwhile, supports plugin-style native FPGA processing options, allowing users to build a rack of up to eight insertable processors. The first of these is the Chilli 6, a six-band multi-band compressor that allows full control of all parameters, including DiGiCo’s patented release shape control, which means Chilli 6 is perfect for shaping vocals and instruments as well as focusing on problem frequencies.
DiGiCo’s theatre-specific software extension, can be added to any Quantum338; a simple unlock code can be entered to enable the theatre features on any Quantum338 console.