Digico’s ground breaking small profile console, the SD9, was launched at Pro Light and Sound Frankfurt in 2010. Using the same Super FGPA based processing as Digico’s flagship SD7, and with many of the same features, its relatively low price point makes it ideal for smaller and more budget orientated productions. The package consists of the control surface, the 32 input 16 output D Rack and interconnecting Van Damme TourCat multicore cable terminated with Neutrik Ethercon RJ45 connectors. The protocol that Digico use is not network based, but is a proprietary type of differential MADI.
Van Damme TourCat Cat 5E flexible cable was originally selected by Digico as their cable of choice, and every SD9 console was supplied with a 75 metre terminated cable, with the 100 metre cable option using Van Damme’s Cat 5E solid conductor S/UTP TourCat.
To keep up with the industry’s ever increasing use of network based protocols and physical infrastructure, and in line with their policy of continuing product improvement, Van Damme introduced several new TourCat cables throughout 2016 and 2017. These Cat 6, Cat 6A and Cat 7 cables offer increased headroom and improved handling characteristics.
The new Cat 6 SF/UTP solid conductor TourCat cable was suggested as a successor to the original Cat 5E variant, and after comprehensive testing by Digico at their Glenrothes factory in Scotland, it was decided that both the 75 metre and 100 metre assemblies would now use the new Cat 6 type. The optional 2 metre cable – for linking in an additional D Rack or for local connectivity of the control surface – still uses the originally specified Cat 5E flexible TourCat.
Van Damme TourCat Cat 6 SF/UTP
Van Damme TourCat Cat 5E Flexible