At the upcoming AES Convention in New York City, DiGiCo (booth 629) will be providing attendees with details regarding recent software enhancements and product offerings with those in attendance.
Specifically, the company is revealing the first “flavor” in its Spice Rack processor collection for Quantum 7: Chilli 6, a six-band, dynamic multiband compressor/expander. Comprising a four-band, fourth-order frequency splitter with adjustable crossover and slope control plus two independent fourth-order parametric EQ bands, the new processing can be inserted on any channel type in any position.
Controlled from the console’s Master screen and its worksurface controls, Chilli 6’s two floating bands allow complete, detailed control of envelope shaping for definable frequency bands. The compressor/expander’s Range control restricts maximum gain change between -24 dB and +1 8dB, and a Dyn Angle control determines level at which maximum gain change occurs.
In addition, Mustard is a forthcoming set of algorithms and options for channel strip processing for the SD7 Quantum that offers enhanced flexibility and choice when extra control and creative adjustment are needed within a mix. Making use of the Quantum engine’s seventh generation FPGA infrastructure, the Mustard channel can be used to deliver 64 channels of channel processing — in addition to the standard SD processing — to add preamp emulation, filters, EQ types, gate and a variety of compressor types to any existing channel strip.
Mustard Tube options include a controllable Preamp Modeler, which gives users access to every aspect of their front-end drive, while Mustard Dynamics includes Vintage VCA and Optical compressor types that emulate some of the best-known devices available.
Working with design engineers at L-Acoustics, DiGiCo also announces a number of L-ISA control enhancements for its SD-Range. In particular, the latest software update includes new L-ISA controls for stereo channels—two rows of controls are now provided, which can be optionally linked, and a new display shows two objects and an additional pan spread control.
Further, L-ISA “Groups” can now be selected and controlled from the console, and any console channel can be user defined to act as the L-ISA “Master” fader in the External Control Panel. The selected console channel can also be automatically selected in the L-ISA Controller, and a channel that is soloed on the console can also be automatically soloed on L-ISA.
Finally, DiGiCo is exhibiting the new DMI-Dante [email protected] card in NYC for its 4REA4, S-Series and select SD-Range consoles (SD12 and SD7 Quantum). Providing 64 input and 64 output channels at both 48 and 96 kHz, the DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) card is equipped with Primary and Secondary (backup) Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection and offers a Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) feature that enables the desk to run at a different sample rate than the Dante network.
Natively allowing DiGiCo products to communicate with other devices on a Dante network, the DMI-Dante [email protected] effectively doubles the previous DMI Dante card’s I/O channel count at the higher 96 kHz resolution.