PL+S 2016: DiGiCo debuts Quantum 7 processing7 April 2016
Following on the company’s success with Stealth Digital Processing, and the use of FPGA’s for large scale audio processing applications, DiGiCo has revealed its new Quantum 7 processing at Prolight + Sound 2016.
Quantum 7 is developed with seventh generation FPGA devices that further expand audio processing power. To put this advancement into perspective, the current Stealth Digital Processing is heavily based around third generation FPGA devices.
Although not scheduled for release until Spring 2017, visitors to Prolight + Sound 2016 have the opportunity to see an SD7 installed with Quantum 7, and experience the enhancements it offers including Nodal Processing and True Solo.
Nodal Processing means that for the first time processing can be applied to any node on the auxiliary section of the console, allowing engineers to send unique processing on each send from a single, or multiple channels. This will allow engineers to tailor and deliver dedicated mixes that were simply not possible before Quantum 7.
Coupled with Nodal Processing is the new True Solo system that allows the operator’s monitoring system to replicate almost any section of the console, and how that source is being processed and heard. This saves time and speeds up the process of managing the potentially daunting number of channels and busses available to the user.
Quantum 7 expands an SD7 to over 600 channels of processing in 96kHz operation that can be connected in the outside world to approaching 3000 potential I/Os. New connectivity goes further, as the engine is also equipped with eight newly assignable MADI connections and two DMI slots (DiGiCo Multi-Channel Interface) for AoIP and other connectivity options from the complete family of DMI card options.
Perhaps most importantly to current DiGiCo users, Quantum 7 can also be retro-fitted into any existing SD7.
“Even though I have worked with DiGiCo’s R&D team for 20 years, I am still amazed at the creativity of the complete team and how they continually strive to add value to our products,” says DiGiCo managing director James Gordon.
“Last year they managed to take Stealth Digital Processing to a new client base with S21, and now this year they present the Quantum 7 concept. There’s never a dull day at DiGiGo.”