Metallica front-of-house engineer Big Mick and Group One’s Jack Kelly at the Parnelli Awards
DiGiCo’s SD7 live sound console was awarded for “Indispensable Technology 2009 – Audio” at the 2009 Parnelli Awards event. The awards ceremony coincided with the LDI trade show in Orlando this November.
“We are very proud to win the “Indispensable Technology” award, and want to thank all of the sound designers and touring engineers that have gotten behind the console,” says Jack Kelly, president of Group One Ltd. and U.S. distributor of DiGiCo.
The SD7 has helmed numerous tours and productions worldwide. including events (Montreux Jazz Festival, Juanes’ “Peace Without Borders” Cuban concert and the 60th anniversary “National Day Parade” in Bejing, China); Broadway and theater installations (The Lord of the Rings at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Addams Family and Young Frankenstein on Broadway, Ordway and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Centers); music tours (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Shakira, U2, The Who); and global production companies (Clair Global, Eighth Day, Masque Sound, Sound Image).
Introduced in 2008, the SD7 is powered by DiGiCo’s latest high-density digital processing, the Stealth mixing and routing engine. Based on the latest incarnation of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology, known as Super FPGA, it is a core component of the SD7. Allied to three of the latest generation of SHARC effects and control processors (Tiger SHARCS), it endows the SD7 with eight times the overall processing power of a D5 Live. Other features include high-resolution audio processing that makes 128 simultaneous 192kHz signal paths readily achievable, or 256 at 48kHz/96kHz.