2014 marks the sixth year that DiGiCo has sponsored the Montreux Jazz festival, supplying a selection of mixing consoles to all of the event’s main venues, and a Swiss audio company has also now invested in a new DiGiCo desk.
Based in Elsau-Räterschen, show-concept.ch is a production company that delivers a complete service for live corporate and entertainment events. The company has used DiGiCo’s smaller consoles since 2010 but, with an eye on next year’s festival season, felt it was the right time to add a new front of house system.
“We have invested in our new flagship DiGiCo SD5, as well as being the first company in Switzerland to purchase a JBL VTX V20 line array. Together they mean we are very well equipped for both touring shows and the summer festival season,” says Cyril Schmuki, audio/sales engineer at show-concept.ch
“We think the SD range offers the best value for the money in the whole market,” he adds. “The features they offer are excellent and the workflow makes all of them fun to use.”
The purchased the SD5 via DiGiCo’s Swiss distributor Tonspur AG. It was first used as the monitor desk in Montreux’s Stravinski Hall, with its local debut at a festival featuring big bands, an event well suited to the console’s high input channel count.
“The number of inputs and the immediate overview of all the channels is awesome,” says Schmuki. “The tactile response of turning the knobs is lovely. Plus of course it sounds brilliant and, with the Waves SoundGrid server, it makes you even more creative as a sound engineer.”
“With the SD5, DiGiCo has united all of the cool features from the SD7, SD9 and SD10 in a size that perfectly fits our company profile,” Schmuki concludes. “Because we have used the smaller DiGiCo consoles for quite a while, it was really easy to start working with the SD5. And it has proved really easy to use—I’d say it`s even simpler to ride a show with the SD5.”