DiGiCo’s SD Ten Theatre leads new launches
DiGiCo has released the SD Ten’s theatre-specific counterpart in the form of the SD Ten Theatre. Boasting 96 channels of full processing – 12 of which are full flexi channels – and 48 assignable busses, the SD Ten Theatre software upgrade provides a ‘wealth of features for programming and running a theatre production’.
These include auto update to aid cue programming, channel aliases, a new Players update function, and matrix nodal delays. The first of these is particularly beneficial, as it automatically makes changes to channel parameters across all the cues. When channel settings need to be different – due to a change of costume or character – the aliases correctly update each set of channel parameters.
Meanwhile, when multiple actors are playing the same role, the Players feature populates the show with that person’s unique channel settings, including EQ, filters and dynamics. Additionally, VCA programming is simplified using channel sets.
The UK-based manufacturer also recently launched SD Convert, allowing sessions files to be transferred from one SD Range console to any other. This standalone piece of software allows an engineer to load their files from any console in the SD Range into the SD Convert application and choose which model they want to convert to, defining their existing session with the resources available on the new console. This makes it possible to move freely up and down the console range depending on space, budget and system requirements.
Also new is a matrix style Audio Router, designed to deliver more flexibility to a user’s SD system. It achieves this by providing a user-defined recording path for every system input, whether from stage or locally on the console, for seamless recording and playback – without taking up any of the console’s resources.
Other improvements to the DiGiCo range include a raised sample rate for the SD9, which now runs at 96KHz with the same processing, while both the SD9 and SD11 can now be specified with a fibre optic connection straight from the factory.
Finally, the manufacturer has released software updates for the SD9 to further extend the console’s appeal to the broadcast and theatre markets. Beginning with the SD9T theatre upgrade, this brings all the advanced theatre features found on the manufacturer’s flagship SD7T to the smaller console, including the aforementioned Players function. Also onboard is an expanded aux panel, increased dynamic functions such as a duck option and expander for the gate, a de-esser and three types of knee for the compressor. New effects include multitap and a ping-pong stereo delay. A warmth button is also provided on each channel for analogue emulation while classic and precision EQs have been added.
Moving on to the SD9B broadcast upgrade, this adds surround capabilities to the standard SD9 ‘live’ system, providing 48 stereo channels, allowing up to 5.1 bussing, plus a full studio style monitor matrix, multiple mix minus busses, and backstop PFL functionality.