Alfacam SA, a leading industry supplier and operator of HD TV facilities for events and shows in the Outside Broadcast market in South Africa, has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD12.
Alfacam is no stranger to the DiGiCo platform. In 2013, owner Greg Nefdt purchased OB16, now fondly known as OB1, with all associated equipment from Euro Media Group and founded Alfacam S.A., operating out of Bush Hill Estate AH in Randburg. Upon arrival, OB1 was kitted out with a Soundtracs DPC-II and a DiGiCo D1. These consoles had worked perfectly for many years on numerous successful gigs, but Alfacam’s Quentin Davis knew it was time for an upgrade.
“I first saw a DiGiCo SD7 on the live outside broadcast for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012, where there were two mirrored consoles” Quentin recalls. “If they were being used for the Olympics, I knew they had to be good.”
Having a good sounding desk was imperative for Alfacam, as was future proofing the OB van.
When the SD12 was installed, Quentin was immediately impressed by its audio quality. “I played a couple of tracks that I know really well in the van, and straight away I could hear a difference,” he says. “The sound quality of the pre-amps on the SD12 is just superb. The progression is natural because everything in the workflow is consistent; it feels so comfortable. The other beauty of these consoles is how flexible they are and the fact that we don’t’ have to go into 101 menus to achieve what we want; in live events and broadcasting, time is always of the essence, so ease of use is vital.”
The day after the SD12 was installed, it was put to work at the Gymkhana GRiD at Carnival City, where the Alfacam team learnt the true power behind their purchase. “The SD12 is an absolutely smooth console that can really take a beating,” laughs Quentin “The high sound pressure levels of the cars at the event was a concern for me. I decided to drive the channels quite hard to see just what would happen from the pre-amp down the line to the outputs. I also drove the compression fairly hard and was so impressed how smooth and subtle it was. At no stage did I feel that I was taking it to a point that the SD12 couldn’t handle. It really has underlined that the SD12 is exactly what we need.”