SD12 promises the best of everything
DiGiCo is describing its SD12 console as the culmination of everything that it has learned over the last decade and a half. The desk borrows from the S and SD series of consoles, uses the latest generation of Super FPGA and has a compact footprint.
In terms of the technical specs, the SD12 features 72 input channels, 36 aux/group busses, a 12 x 8 matrix and LR/LCR bus all with full processing. The desk also offers 12 stereo FX units, 16 Graphic EQs, 119 Dynamic EQs, 119 multiband compressors and 119 DiGi-TuBes, 12 Control Groups (VCA) and SD Series Stealth Core 2 software, making it compatible with all other SD Series sessions.
It has dual 15-inch digital touchscreens which were previously only seen on the SD7 and SD5. These screens provide 24 channels in one view, dual operator mode and the ability for the right-hand screen to be the Master, as well as connectivity via optional DMI cards.
EQ and dynamics controls are aligned next to both the left and right-hand screens and sit adjacent to the graphic representation seen when an EQ is assigned. The manufacturer has also included its Hidden Til Lit (HTL) technology, with two banks of 24 encoders featuring an RGB HTL ring, as well as an SD7-style channel strip with HTL EQ encoders. There is also new Dynamics metering on the channel strip and new high intensity meters associated with the faders. The rotaries that sit below the screen indicate, by colour, what parameters they are controlling, these are also HTL. In terms of feedback of the metering, alongside the Dynamics controls are Gain reduction meters normally only seen on the SD7 and SD5 and metering to show the action of the Gates.
There is also an assignable Master section on the bottom right hand side of the worksurface, again only previously seen on an SD7 or SD5, and two assignable faders with their own displays and metering, which can be assigned to be any of the channels whether input or output, or Solo Master controls. Dedicated RGB scribble strips, of which there are five, can be assigned to Macros with five banks giving a total of 25 Macros, and there is a Snapshot panel for quickly accessing and controlling the Snapshots list, as well as for firing the next and previous Snapshot.
On the back of the console are eight local mic/line inputs, eight local line outputs and eight AES/EBU in/out for local digital sources, as well as two Madi ports, plus a UB Madi connection for recording at 48kHz. A reported 48 tracks of recording are possible with the console clocking at 48kHz and 24 tracks if it is clocking at 96kHz.
There are two slots for DMI cards. Options include a Dante module, which can be plugged straight into the back of the console and a Waves module alongside a variety of DMI cards that can be changed between different projects.
The SD12’s suite of remote control options include the iPad SD remote app which offers remote control, expansion and show control. Offline software, meanwhile, allows for session preparation and online remote. There are OSC and Ross network protocols; 16 pin GPIO that allows for audio follows video and show control; Serial/Midi in/out for MMC/MTC, Midi remote and QLab; second console mirroring and redundancy.
There is also the option to use the Optocore network with two loop options, reportedly allowing the SD12 to sit anywhere on a loop with any other Optocore enabled SD product.