Long in the coming, but definitely worth the wait, is a very welcome new iPad app from DiGiCo which provides remote control for their SD Range of mixers.
Using the app you can control the following features:
Channel Setup, Mixes, Filter EQ, Dynamics, Auxes, Buss Routing, Macros, Snapshots, Matrix, Graphic EQ and Save Session.
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Jamie Hickey and the SD app:
I spoke to Jamie Hickey, who is using a DiGiCo SD console on tour with David Gray, to get his thoughts on the SD app. He is no stranger to using iPad/iPhone remote control as, like myself, he began using the first iOS remote control apps by Allen&Heath and Yamaha the moment they were introduced.
I haven’t had a chance to use the app hooked up to a desk yet but what I can say is that it looks great in Offline Mode. They’ve really thought about the key features needed and the way you access them. Having snapshot control is a real bonus, negating the need to run back to the console if the band change songs whilst I’m on stage during Soundcheck.
Previously I’ve been using an iOS VNC app to mirror the console software running on my Mac, so using the SD app instead is going to make a huge difference.
Some important compatibility points to note though:
The DiGiCo SD.app requires V685+ of SD console software and External Control must be activated on the console. It is not compatible with V634 console software.
Also, Offline Demo Mode is not available in iOS8, it is only available in iOS7 (my test was on iOS7.1). So if you’re already running iOS8 on your iPad and not connected to an SD console, you’ll see nothing but a login screen I’m afraid. Maybe someone from DiGiCo can update us about that situation?
More information about the app can be found on the DIGICo website.