Want to buy a DiGiCo console? Grab your neighbor’s wallet because they are EX-PENSIVE! I’m all for paying up for a quality console but what comes with the lower-priced ($7k) DiGiCo S21?
I don’t assume it’s because they are going after a larger market. Oh, it’s entirely possible that someone at the company said, “hey, there is a huge market for sub-$10k consoles – we could make some good dough.” Ok, maybe I do assume that. After all, Digico’s Managing Director, James Gordon said, “We wanted to design an entry level console that retained all the features and values Digico is known for…that allows even more audio engineers to join the Digico family.” That’s not a bad thing, just like Yamaha going for the sub-$5k market with their new TF series.
So what can you get for the $7k investment? A lot.
- 24 mic line inputs
- 12 analog outs
- 2 AES I/O (mono)
- Word clock I/O
- DVI out (for an external monitor)
- 2 DMI slots (up to 64 I/O slot)
- 2 Ethernet connections for networking
- 2 x 24 segment master / solo meters
- 4 layers of banks of 10
- Customizable bank and channel layout
- 46 buses: 16 x stereo (32), stereo Master (2), solo buses (2 stereo, 4 total), and 10 x 8 matrix (8)
- 40 flexi-channels mono/stereo (equivalent of 80 DSP channels)
- 16 flexi buses mono/stereo (equivalent of 32 DSP buses)
- 16 assignable 32 band graphic EQs
- 8 FX engines (reverbs, delays, w/modulation and enhancer)
- 4 assignable DiGiTubes
- 4 assignable Multiband comps
- User definable macros
Here’s a good video review:
You can find out more here. (Notice they dropped the D – it’s S21, not SD21).