NAMM 2020 saw DiGiCo reveal the latest in its new generation of Quantum consoles, the all-new Quantum338. Like Quantum 7 and Quantum 5, Quantum338 represents a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity. It includes impressive new design features and enhancements that offer ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console.
“With Quantum338, we have ensured that we are providing a next generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” says DiGiCo Senior Electronics Engineer Michael Aitchison. “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.”
Quantum338 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 look and feel dark mode application and three 17-inch, 1000-nit high-brightness multi-touch 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.
A new level of local audio connectivity and performance comes via the “Ultimate Stadius” 32-bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built into Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI slots and a built-in UB MADI USB recording interface.
Mustard Processing, Spice Rack, Nodal Processing and True Solo, all launched last year for the Quantum 7, are also standard on the Quantum338.
Mustard Processing is a set of channel processing strips that work alongside standard Quantum channel processing. Each Mustard processing strip provides a choice of two pre-amp modelers, a four-band EQ (including all-pass filters), four different boutique style compressor models and a gate/ducker. Quantum338 is equipped with 36 mono Mustard processing strips, which can be used on any channel type.
The Spice Rack, meanwhile, supports plugin-style native FPGA processing options, allowing users to build a rack of up to eight insertable processors. The first of these is the Chilli 6—a six-band multi-band compressor that allows full control of all parameters, including DiGiCo’s unique, patented release shape control, which means Chilli 6 is perfect for shaping vocals and instruments as well as focusing on problem frequencies.
“The entire system architecture is new and exciting,” concludes DiGiCo General Manager Austin Freshwater, “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!”