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Digidesign Live Sound System with Console, Sidecar, Stage Rack, FOH Rack, and Plug-ins
Item ID: DShowSystem

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Digidesign VENUE is an innovative, state-of-the-art live sound environment offering the quality and functionality of high-end live sound mixing systems at an affordable price point. The result of an intense research and development effort,VENUE was designed with input from a variety of seasoned live sound professionals specifically to meet the specialized requirements of live sound.The result was a purpose-built, modular live sound system that delivers studio-grade sound quality, maximum reliability, and unprecedented flexibility.

VENUE features a host of expandable hardware subsystems and software components, including the D-Show mixing console with its expandable digital mix engine and control software, mix position analog and digital I/O, remote-controlled mic/line preamps, a multi-channel digital snake, and the innovative Personal Q artist-controlled monitor mixing option. VENUE also supports DSP effects plug-in processing and features an integrated recording and playback option for industry-standard Digidesign Pro Tools systems.

Digidesign VENUE D-Show System at a Glance:
  • Powerful mix console
  • Hand-calibrated mic preamps plus flexible EQ
  • Multiple redundant systems for maximum reliability
  • Plug-in effects support
  • Direct link to Pro Tools

Powerful D-Show mixing console
VENUE's D-Show features an extremely powerful, precise, and flexible digital live sound mixing engine, providing incredible sound quality, headroom, and fidelity. Internal 48-bit processing provides unparalleled resolution for the onboard EQ and Dynamics sections, and offers uncompromised headroom on mix busses. Every channel of the D-Show console is equipped with delay, full 4-band parametric EQ (including additional 2nd order HPF), and two dynamics processors.

Hand-calibrated mic preamps plus flexible EQ
Each of the D-Show's mic preamps is hand-calibrated during manufacturing to maximize Common Mode noise Rejection Ratio (CMRR). What's more, D-Show's remote-controlled mic/line preamps and high-quality converters use a digital snake system, perfectly preserving fidelity by capturing signals near the source while simultaneously eliminating potential grounding problems between the FOH mix position and stage. D-Show's EQ algorithms feature four fully overlapping 20Hz-20kHz bands with +/-18 dB of boost/cut, along with a unique, separate analog EQ emulation mode.

Multiple redundant systems for maximum reliability
VENUE was purpose-built from the ground up specifically to service the stringent requirements of live and concert sound reinforcement. Multiple redundant subsystems ensure that audio continues to pass through to the speakers, even in the unlikely event of a system restart. Moreover, operators retain complete control over channel mutes and faders during a restart - an industry first. Optional dual-redundant power supplies for all critical components and dual-redundant snakes with auto-switchover ensure a fail-safe environment. VENUE has also been drop, G-force, and temperature extreme tested, tirelessly QA'd, functionally revisited, and thoroughly field-tested on the road and in various installations to ensure non-stop, solid performance. What's more, VENUE is backed by Digidesign's renowned customer support, with on-road replacement service and authorized repair centers located in major cities around the world.

Plug-in effects support
VENUE's D-Show console supports a myriad of professional DSP effects processing plug-ins through its expandable DSP mix engine architecture, providing virtually unlimited possibilities for creative sound processing and original mixes. Take advantage of the very same effects algorithms professional recording studios use with Pro Tools, including detailed emulations of high-end hardware processors. This minimizes reliance on outboard gear and introduces unique, D-Show-specific processing algorithms to the mixer's palette.

Direct link to Pro Tools
VENUE is also the first live sound environment to feature an optional direct digital link to industry standard Digidesign Pro Tools systems - without requiring separate converters or digital I/O peripherals. This enables operators to seamlessly integrate a separate Pro Tools workstation with the D-Show console to record a show or augment a live performance with Pro Tools playback.VENUE also supports off-line configuration, maximizing productivity by enabling
operators to prep a system on a laptop prior to a show, and then simply upload the data to D-Show's embedded computer as needed.

From concert halls to places of worship, VENUE's superior sound quality, reliability, and innovative functionality ensure that great live performances are conveyed without compromise.

The Digidesign VENUE D-Show System Contains:
D-Show Mixing Console: The D-Show mixing console is the result of years of design and ergonomic refinement, with input from leading mix engineers in touring sound, theater, and fixed installations.The console provides an intuitive and manageable interface to enable control of a large number of inputs from a smaller mixing surface, while allowing operators to expand the console to eliminate the need for layering or assignment. D-Show combines a familiar central Assignable Channel Section (ACS) with two encoders per channel to allow instant adjustments where needed. The console is heavily populated with displays and indicators, enabling operators to confirm signal routing, the status of dynamics, EQ and other insert processes, as well as signal activity or overload - even on layers not currently visible. D-Show's control software further supplements this visual feedback, ensuring that mixers can always assess the behavior and performance of a large number of inputs at a glance.

D-Show Mix Engine - VENUE provides one of the largest and most scalable mixing architectures available for live sound. D-Show's mix engine cards power the internal mixer structure, providing 48-bit pathways throughout the system for maximum signal quality. Although the console can be set to indicate a bus or channel clip at +10 dBu, mixers can safely push D-Show beyond the margins of other consoles and simply recover without clipping by lowering the channel or bus master fader. Every channel strip includes extensive built-in signal processing capability, including delay, 2nd order HPF, compressor/limiter and an expander/gate, and a unique 4-band EQ capable of processing in digital or analog emulation mode.

Stage Rack - The 19" format Stage Rack handles I/O for stage mic/line sources and return signals. A single Stage Rack accommodates up to 48 remote-controlled mic preamps and converters, up to 48 outputs, and connects to the mix engine over the digital snake system (see below).The remote head-amp architecture ensures that sensitive mic signals are converted to digital as close to the source as possible, preserving maximum fidelity.

FOH Rack - The FOH Rack houses the D-Show digital mix engine and embedded control computer, and provides connectivity at the mix position for inserts or auxiliary devices that need to reside near the operator. The FOH Rack is equipped with eight analog inputs and outputs, analog and digital two-track connections, talkback and intercom facilities, as well as outputs for near-field speaker and headphone monitoring. MIDI connectors on the FOH Rack permit remote control of outboard devices or MIDI Time Code synchronization of D-Show's snapshot automation during a performance.

Digital Snake System - VENUE's digital snake replaces the bulky and expensive traditional multi-channel snake. In addition to lighter weight and lower cost, it has the added benefit of providing complete isolation from ground loops between the stage and mix positions. VENUE's digital snake is a dual-redundant system that uses affordable standard coaxial cable with BNC connectors, and transports up to 48 signals bi-directionally over distances up to 500 feet. The snake transports both audio and control data with maximum interference rejection for an extremely low-latency, error-free result.The snake's bit-error detection capability provides an early indication of cable-wear, and it can switch seamlessly and inaudibly to a backup cable should a failure occur.

Digidesign D-Show System Features:
  • D-Show Main Console
  • D-Show Sidecar
  • Stage Rack w/48 Mic/line inputs and 8 outputs
  • FOH Rack w/3 DSP Mix Engine cards
  • ECx Ethernet Option Card
  • Video Monitor Mounting Bracket (Monitor sold separately)
  • Necessary Cable and Accessories
VENUEPack 2.0 Plug-ins Include:
  • Digidesign Impact
  • Digidesign Reverb One
  • Digidesign ReVibe
  • Digidesign Smack!
  • Digidesign/Bomb Factory BF-3A
  • Digidesign/Bomb Factory Pultec Bundle
  • Digidesign/Bomb Factory Slightly Rude Compressor
  • Digidesign/Bomb Factory Classic Compressors
  • Digidesign/Bomb Factory Moogerfooger Bundle
  • Focusrite d2
  • Focusrite d3
  • Troodon Technologies TrooTrace Audio Analysis
Digidesign VENUE D-Show System - The Power of Pro Tools...Live!

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Manufacturer Part Number 9935-37176-02

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See also: Avid VENUE, Avid VENUE Digital Mixers