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Configuring the SD-8 Surface

Today I spent some time adapting my Digico SD-8 show configuration for our SD-8 demo this weekend. When we buy one, we’ll be buying the 37 channel version (made up of three 12-channel fader banks plus a master). For the demo, they could only get me a 25 fader version (missing the left fader bank). It’s kind of a bummer, but I really want to get going on it, so I said, “OK.” When I started looking at my show, the real power of the system became apparent. I didn’t need to re-patch, or re-structure or re-do anything other than the surface layout. In fact, all I had to do was move some faders around and I was good to go.

Once this hit me, I realized that I don’t even need to come up with some magical fader layout that will work for every possible scenario; all I need to do is patch our “biggest-case scenario” and use that as my building block each week. I can then just shuffle faders around to meet the needs for the weekend. And the best part is that when I’m done with the surface, I can run a report from the desk that will give me my input sheet. So, it’s like a desk that was designed in this century! This will be so great for our setting in the church; I can create a layout that is easy to use every week.

So here’s a screen capture video I did today of the re-configuration of the surface. I hope you’ll be able to see the detail, but if not, you’ll get the idea.

Digico SD-8 Surface Configuration from Mike Sessler on Vimeo.

6 Comments

  1. rmgalarosa@gmail.com

    hi mike…

    its so nice to read from your blog that sd8 is a GOOD board, i’ve been wanting to have one for our church since late 2008… or early 2009. =) it’s really a powerful board and very flexible. =)

    thanks for this post…

    p.s.
    we here loved the techie’s love language… thanks again!

  2. rmgalarosa@gmail.com

    hi mike…

    its so nice to read from your blog that sd8 is a GOOD board, i’ve been wanting to have one for our church since late 2008… or early 2009. =) it’s really a powerful board and very flexible. =)

    thanks for this post…

    p.s.
    we here loved the techie’s love language… thanks again!

  3. andy@andrewc.info

    Hi Mike, Really awesome the capabilities that has. Does that digital stuff take time to learn, seems complicated. You mentioned 36 faders how many total inputs can you funnel into that machine?

    Andrew

  4. andy@andrewc.info

    Hi Mike, Really awesome the capabilities that has. Does that digital stuff take time to learn, seems complicated. You mentioned 36 faders how many total inputs can you funnel into that machine?

    Andrew

  5. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Andrew,

    Like anything else, there is a learning curve. If you’re familiar with technology, it’s not that steep, but you will spend time learning the peculiarities of each digital system.

    Though the SD-8 has 36 faders (plus 1 master), it can handle 60 mono or stereo inputs. So, if you had enough mic pres on the network, it could take 120 inputs, arranged as 60 stereo channels.

    We’ll be getting a DigiRack, which can hold 56 mic pres (we’re buying 48 to start), plus there are 8 on the surface itself. There are an additional 8 AES inputs, so we’ll have 64 inputs available. Since we have 6-8 stereo sources, everything fits onto the surface.

    mike

  6. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Andrew,

    Like anything else, there is a learning curve. If you’re familiar with technology, it’s not that steep, but you will spend time learning the peculiarities of each digital system.

    Though the SD-8 has 36 faders (plus 1 master), it can handle 60 mono or stereo inputs. So, if you had enough mic pres on the network, it could take 120 inputs, arranged as 60 stereo channels.

    We’ll be getting a DigiRack, which can hold 56 mic pres (we’re buying 48 to start), plus there are 8 on the surface itself. There are an additional 8 AES inputs, so we’ll have 64 inputs available. Since we have 6-8 stereo sources, everything fits onto the surface.

    mike

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