DiGiCo not only released the Quantum 5 at NAMM 2020 but has also presented another Quantum console to the pro audio world, the Quantum 338.
Like Quantum 7 and Quantum 5, Quantum 338 represents a big step forward in power and connectivity, featuring new design features and enhancements that offer more flexibility but in a smaller format console.
“With Quantum 338, we have ensured that we are providing a next-generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” said Michael Aitchison, DiGiCo’s senior electronics engineer. “We focused our R&D team on user experience, learning from the last 20 years, with our continuing main objective of merging new with familiar.”
Quantum 338 is based on seventh-generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new ‘dark mode’ application and three 17-inch 1000 nit, high brightness, multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis features 38 x 100mm touch-sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each complete with high-resolution metering.
Improved local audio connectivity and performance comes via the “Ultimate Stadius” 32 bit ADC and DAC conversion, which is built into Quantum 338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI slots, and a built-in UB MADI USB recording interface.
“The entire system architecture is new and exciting,” concluded Austin Freshwater, DiGiCo’s general manager, “but just to recap on a few cool highlights, we have improved transparency of audio, provided more audio toys, bigger, brighter multi-touch PCAP screens, increased visual feedback and an all-new worksurface architecture.”