Vienna, Austria-based Concept Solutions, a major system provider in its market, services everything from small to large live music events, club gigs and corporate functions, recently expanded its digital console inventory with a DiGiCo‘s SD8 digital mixing console.
“I had heard a lot about the great sound of DiGiCo consoles, so I decided to try them out,” says Raphael Rupprecht, Technical Director for Concept Solutions. “I tried the D1 and was amazed at the quality of the preamps, the EQs and the dynamics.
“Even my reference CDs sounded better over the PA when routed via the D1 – I could hear details I had never heard before.”
The second product Rupprecht tried was the SD8, which quickly became his first choice.
“I contacted local distributor TON Eichinger and got an SD8 for evaluation. We tested the desk in all kinds of situations and the performance convinced us to become the first rental-company in Austria to offer the SD8,” noes Rupprecht.
“What impressed us even more was the Overdrive upgrade we received after purchase, adding dynamic EQs, multiband compressors, 24 graphic EQs, more FX and a bigger Matrix. You really won’t find anything similar at the price,” he adds.
Within two months of purchasing the SD8, Concept Solutions had used the console on 20 events with 10 different freelance engineers.
“There were all extremely happy with it,” says Rupprecht. “They all had just 10 minutes of introduction to the world of the SD8 and mixed their bands with no problems whatsoever.”
Concept Solutions has already upgraded the MaDiRack with LK37 connectors for Linkcore use, integrated color-coded patch cables, an additional patchbay and two AES/EBU output cards, to drive all of its d&b audiotechnik D12 power amplifiers digitally.
“We maintain the whole dynamic range the SD8 offers,” continues Rupprecht. “Our signal chain from desk to power amps is completely digital, using a lightweight MADI multicore.”
And the company hasn’t stopped there. It has already upgraded the MaDiRack with LK37 connectors for Linkcore use, integrated colour coded patch cables, an additional patchbay and two AES/EBU output cards, to drive all of its d&b D12 amplifiers digitally.