PL+S 2013: Digico to unveil SD9 broadcast and theatre upgrades

Digico will reveal new SD9 software for the broadcast and theatre markets at its Prolight + Sound stand.

For over a decade, Digico has been working with world-class sound designers to develop a software package that provides the tools needed for live theatre sound reinforcement. The results of this made the SD7T a common feature on Broadway and in the West End. The SD7T’s feature set is now available to a wider selection of live theatre users around the world via the SD9T Theatre Upgrade for the SD9.

One of the most significant new tools is the Players function. This allows the engineer to quickly deal with cast changes on stage. What was once a process of recalling the proper preset for each Alias is now simply a matter of selecting the actor performing that role. The show is then automatically updated with all the settings for that actor.

The SD9T software builds on the existing array of features onboard the SD9 Supercharged, which offers a significant expansion in channel count, dynamic EQs, multiband compressors and matrix, plus the addition of Digitubes, Reorder of Busses and Multichannel inputs (formerly only available on the SD7).

Also new is an expanded aux panel; increased dynamic functions, such as a Duck option and expander for the Gate; a De-esser; three types of Knee for the Compressor; new FX types with multitap and a ping-pong stereo delay. A warmth button is provided on each channel for analogue emulation and two types of EQ have been added as well (Classic and Precision).

The SD9B Broadcast Upgrade 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.

The addition of these new features means that the broadcast market now has a supplementary console option placed squarely between the Digico SD11 and SD10, from a price-point and features perspective.

The SD9 is suitable for touring bands, schools, conference centres, smaller theatres, houses of worship and much more.

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