UK: The desk is to be donated through a 'game of skill', with proceeds benefiting the families of two late sound engineers, writes David Davies. The 500th console rolled off the production line in early May and is to be donated in memory of John Roden and Jim Douglas.
Both men are said to have shown "tremendous support" for DiGiCo over the years. While Roden is arguably best-known as Paul McCartney's long-serving monitor engineer, he also worked with artists as diverse as Annie Lennox and AC/DC. Douglas also worked with McCartney, as well as Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Aerosmith and many others. More recently, he had worked as tour sound director at US audio company Sound Image.
Full details of the 5,000-ticket 'game of skill' - which requires entrants to donate GB_10 and answer the question 'What is Stealth Digital Processing?' - can be found via the first link below.
"All the proceeds will be equally divided between the families of these two great men," said DiGiCo MD James Gordon. "For John, we know he would want the money to contribute to the education of his two sons. In Jim's case, his wish was for his family to visit his hometown in Scotland. The money will be used to contribute to flying the family over and allowing them to experience Scotland to the full."
The historic SD8 is housed in a flight case donated by 5 Star Cases, which has been a 'one-source flight case solution provider' to DiGiCo since the launch of the SD7 console case in 2007.
"Our colleagues at DiGiCo recently placed an order for a one-off SD8 flight case. When we realised what it was for, I immediately contacted James Gordon and donated the case 'with our compliments'," said 5 Star Cases MD Keith Sykes (pictured here with Gordon at PLASA09), who described the 500th SD8 as "an amazing achievement".
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