Announced at Frankfurt's Pro Light + Sound, DiGiCo’s new remote digital tube mic preamp module, the D-TuBe, which was developed with TL Audio. The D-TuBe supplies eight channels of tube preamp and has been designed to fit into existing DiGiCo systems by replacing the last input module on a stage rack and moving the output module along one. This keeps the full complement of 56 inputs to the stage rack, with the last eight inputs comprising TuBes.
"We've found that when engineers use our consoles, they tend to use little or no outboard, as there is so much integrated and recalled within our system," says DiGiCo’s James Gordon. "However, the common denominator that was always cropping up was the desire for the inclusion of a few channels of valve/tube technology to enhance and color specific instruments or vocals. We're always keen to react to what the market wants, so the D-TuBe is a logical addition to our product line, adding just the right amount of color to the mix.
"The D-TuBe isn't a software version of a valve/tube amp," concludes Gordon. "Because of the way these products work, we felt that the only genuine way to do this was the traditional way. The D-TuBe has all the interaction with the console that the standard mic input card has but with four stereo tubes."