DiGiCo has launched the new SD21 digital console this week at Prolight + Sound, targeting a new section of the market with this compact solution at an entry-level price point. However, according to managing director James Gordon at the press launch, it is "built like a high-end touring console".
Pictured here with DiGiCo technical director John Stadius, the SD21 is based on the larger SD7 – using the same algorithms as an SD7 as well as Stealth Digital Processing technology and a core FPGA. The control surface has two multi-touch touchscreens along with 20 touch-sensitive faders as well as touch-sensitive encoders. The encoders change colour according to assigned functions, ensuring operators are aware of what they are controlling at all times.
The console includes 24 mic inputs on the back as well as 12 line outputs, an AES connection, and a USB 2.0 connection that allows 48 tracks of recording and 48 tracks of playback direct from a Mac or a PC.
Connectivity can be extended via two interface card slots on the back of the SD21. Interface card options include MADI, Dante, Waves and (from sister company Calrec) Hydra2; each multi-channel input card allows for 64 channels at 96kHz. There is also a line input card with 16 line inputs and outputs.
The press conference also saw the announcement that the corporate entity formed last August that comprises DiGiCo, Allen & Heath and Calrec has been given the name Audiotonix.