British audio manufacturer DiGiCo has added a broadcast-specific extension to its SD Series of consoles, expanding the surface for use in the broadcast arena. The new SD5B is a software-enhanced version of the company’s SD5, which has been used for live venue.
As with the SD5, the SD5B’s worksurface is a low noise, heat dissipation worksurface with Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology. Its five digitally driven colour TFT LCD screens, three of which are touch sensitive, have a new configuration that allows easy access to single or multiple users. There are also two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and quick access buttons are positioned down the left side of the channel screens for fast and easy navigation.
As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2Gb fibre optic system, which can run 448 channels of I/O at 96kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tie lines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD variant racks. There are three redundant MADI ports and local I/O includes eight microphone inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O (mono). The SD5 also comes with DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing and floating point Super FPGA technology.
The SD5 has 124 input channels, 56 configurable busses, plus up to 5.1 master, a 24x24 fixed matrix, DiGiTubes on every channel, buss and output, 24 assignable Dynamic EQ, 24 multiband compressors, 24 stereo effects, 32 Graphic EQ, 10 x 4 (40) RGB backlit macro buttons, plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade.
For broadcast applications, the SD5B also includes dual solo busses for PFL and on-air soloing in mono, stereo LCRS and 5.1 and an LR/LCR/LCRS/5.1 Master buss.
“Since its launch last year, the SD5 has become incredibly popular in the live market,” says James Gordon, DiGiCo’s managing director. “The addition of the B software means that the broadcast market can now get all the great benefits of the SD5 in a package that’s tailored specifically to its needs.”