ProLight + Sound 2017: DiGiCo Unveils iPad App for S-Series Consoles, Announces Integration With Waves
At the Prolight+Sound 2017 show this week in Frankfurt, DiGiCo has plenty of big news. In addition to naming Austin Freshwater as its General Manager, the company has unveiled a new iPad app for its S-Series audio consoles, announced a new integration with Waves, and will show a newly designed 32-bit ‘John Stadius’ Mic Pre-Amp for the first time.
Set Yourself Free With DiGiCo S-Series App
The new DiGiCo S App is the perfect way to control your DiGiCo S-Series console straight from your Apple iPad. Designed to be compatible with DiGiCo’s S21 and S31, it allows remote, wireless control of any DiGiCo S-Series mixing console wherever you are.
The DiGiCo S App permanently displays an overview of the console layout, so you can select any available console bank and have the same user-friendly operation you are already familiar with, without being tied to your console.
What you can control:
- Channel Setup – +48V, polarity, analogue gain, digital trim, channel delay, insert points on/off, meters
- Mix – channel label, pan, mute, solo, fader level, meters
- EQ – 4 band EQ plus HPF/LPF
- Dynamics – all dynamics parameters for all console dynamics modes
- Auxes – auxiliary send levels, on/off, auxiliary pans
- Buss Routing – assignment of channels to busses
- Snapshots – insert new, recall, update, delete
- Matrix – sends, on/off, matrix input labels
- Graphic EQ – 32 faders and on/off for each unit, flatten all bands
- Save Session
- There is also an overview mode for selecting the Bank that you wish to control. Tap the arrow down symbol in the top right corner of the main view
- Connection details can be saved for different devices
- Aux Select buttons can (optionally) activate the Solo function for the relevant Aux Channels. Tap the Aux Menu button a second time to activate/deactivate this function.
The DiGiCo S App requires V1.4+ of the S-Series console software and the iPad connection must be configured on the console. It is not compatible with earlier versions of S-Series software.
DiGiCo, Waves Announce New Integration
DiGiCo and Waves are pleased to announce a new method of integration that will allow users to maximize the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms.
DiGiCo SD consoles will be able to integrate with a Waves Multirack system, which is running on an external PC, while maintaining the high level of integration both companies’ clients have come to rely on.
This integration will continue to use the low latency Waves I/O interface built into SD consoles for audio routing and will also include the existing standard session, snapshot and plug-in control for advance, faster and smooth show control and automation. The integration will allow the use of Waves latest and most advanced plug-ins to expand the engineer’s sonic options.
Further enhanced control implementation is being planned, allowing users to take full advantage of both platforms and their combined functionality. This will allow both Waves and DiGiCo to provide an even better user experience as both Waves and SD console upgrades continue.
“Waves and DiGiCo have been working together since 2010 to accommodate and enhance our customers’ and users’ workflow,” says Waves VP Mick Olesh. “The enablement of this new integration further demonstrates our effective cooperation, providing the user with new tools, more control, advanced networking and state-of-the-art sonic excellence.”
Twenty years ago, converters changed from 16 or 18-bit to a new, improved resolution of 24-bit. This additional 8 bits of converter resolution was instantly audible and created a demand for 24-bit quality.
Stadium Mic Pre-Amp
At Prolight+Sound 2017, DiGiCo will show and allow attendees the opportunity to hear, a newly designed 32-bit ‘John Stadius’ Mic Pre-Amp for the first time.
John and his team have been designing Pre-Amps for over 40 years. Now, this new improvement in converter technology has allowed them to develop a Pre-Amp with audio qualities that they have long aspired to achieve.
The specifications of the 32-bit SD Mic Pre-Amp Card include:
- Fully differential audio path from input to converter
- Twin 32-bit ADC conversion per channel
- Lightening quick conversion time; 73uS
- Dynamic punch and increased audio depth; Dynamic range of 123dBA
- Incredibly low noise; 128dB EIN
- Transparency and clarity of audio; 20-22kHz <0.002% THD+N
- Class leading frequency response; 20-44.5kHz ±0.1dB
- Open and clear audio reproduction; 12dB harmonic weighting improvement
- 8 channels of temporal perfection; 0deg phase shift 20-22kHz
- Dedicated analogue, ultra-low noise linear power supplies; including +48V phantom power
- Only one, phantom power blocking, capacitor in the audio path; Gold Nichicon “MUSE” acoustic series
- Fully shielded analogue stage
- Precision clipping with no artefacts
- Reduced operating temperature (Sounds cooler)
- Roadworthy metal XLR connectors