DiGiCo SD5 Digital Mixing Console

A decade after the launch of the D5 Live, British audio solutions manufacturer DiGiCo launches its new incarnation, the SD5. As you would expect, the SD5 fits directly into the D5's shoes, but benefits from the advancements made possible by DiGiCo's proprietary Stealth Digital Processing™.



The SD5's worksurface is a low noise, heat dissipation worksurface benefiting from Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology, yet its five digitally driven full 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 instant access 'quick select' buttons which are positioned conveniently down the left side of the two channel screens for fast and intuitive navigation.

Incorporating the master screen into the worksurface meterbridge design has allowed for complete user feedback, but maintained a lower profile meter bridge. This still allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything in close reach to the mix position.

As with all SD range consoles, the SD5's superior headroom, dynamic range and audio quality are of paramount importance and its feature set surpasses any other console in its class.

As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2Gb fibre optic system, which is capable of running 448 channels of I/O at 96kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tie lines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD-Series 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 has 124 input channels; 56 configurable busses, plus up to 5.1 master; a 24 x 24 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.

DiGiCo SD5 Digital Mixing Console

General Specifications

Faders: 37 x 100mm touch-sensitive, motorised
Screens: 3 x 15inch LCD high - resolution touch screens
Meterbridge: 2 x Custom Mounted LCD highresolution TFT-LCD screens
Input Channels 124
Busses: Up to 56 plus masters Aux / Group busses with full processing Mono / Stereo / LCR / 5.1
Matrix: Up to 24 Input / 24 Outputs with full processing
Control Groups: Up to 24, selectable for VCAstyle, Moving fader, Mute Group
Graphic Eq: 32 x 32-band, Gain +/- 12dB
Internal FX: Up to 24 stereo effects comprising up to 16 floating point reverbs and up to 24 delay/chorus/pitch/enhancer
Local I/O: 8 x mic/line I/O, 8 x AES I/O
MADI interface: 3 redundant interfaces, BNC connectivity
Optic interface: Fibrecast optic
Sampling rates: 48kHz / 96kHz / 192kHz (processing capabilities halved at 192kHz)
GPI/GPO: 16 as standard, expandable to 32
Video: Inputs x 2, Outputs x 2
Ext Sync: Wordclock, AES, Video, MADI, Optics
Dimensions: 1465 mm (w) x 838mm (d) x 458 mm (h)
Weight 116Kg (233 Kg with flightcase)
Power Requirements 90V-260V, 50-60Hz, 532VA (340W)

Audio Specification

Sample rate 96kHz / 48kHz
Processing delay 1ms Typical (channel, SD Rack input through L-R buss to stage output @96kHz)
Internal processing Up to 40-bit, floating point A>D & D>A 24-bit Converter Bit Depth
Frequency response +/- 0.6dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
THD : <0.05% @ unity gain, 10dB input @ 1kHz
Channel Seperation Better than 90dB (40Hz – 15kHz)
Residual output noise <90dBu Typical (20Hz - 20kHz)
Microphone Input Better than -126dB Equivalent Noise
Maximum Output Leve l +22dBu
Maximum Input Level +22dBu

Dimension Diagram

DiGiCo SD5 Digital Mixing Console Dimension Diagram

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