In this DiGiCo SD Range In-depth video we’re
going to take a look at the software option “CG Faders control Aux Sends”. What it
means and how to use it.. It doesn’t matter if you’re handling a
large number of monitor mixes, mixing front of house and monitors on a single console..
or working on one of the smaller SD consoles like the SD9 or 11, an efficient workflow
can really help. In designing this workflow enhancement, we’ve
brought together 2 elements on the console. Firstly, the assignment of input channels
to Control Groups or VCA’s… and the Aux flip to fader mode traditionally used for
building monitor mixes. Considering the traditional Aux flip to fader
mode, this method of working is fast, and tried and tested. Solo’ing the Aux master
brings the sends to the faders and individual channel send adjustments can be made.  This
is great for single channel adjustments, but what’s the best way of dealing with broader
changes. “more drums” or “less guitars” It’s difficult to make precise adjustments
over more channels while maintaining the relative levels between the channels.  You could gang
the channels together, but this has other implications and has the potential to require
more button presses. You could also send groups of channels to sub-groups and use the Group
buss aux sends to build your mixes… While these varying methods all work, the
“CG Faders Control Aux Sends” function makes it easier and faster to make more broad adjustments without
compromising workflow or the ability to adjust individual channels. So here’s how it works First, open the options panel and make sure
the “CG Faders Control Aux Sends” is switched on, and that the “Solo Assigns Aux to Faders”
is on too. You’ll find these in the Faders and Solo’s tabs. Then use the traditional Aux Flip to Fader
mode to build mixes. Solo an aux to listen to it and flip the sends to faders, then dial
in the mix. And finally, we assign the input channels
to Control Group’s, building the groups of channels that we might want to adjust all
together. “Drums”, “Bass”, “Guitars”. Now when we solo an aux output to make a mix
adjustment, the input channels still flip to sends on faders mode, allowing the usual
individual channel adjustments, but now, the Control Group faders provide a trim function. The CG trims the channel sends to the selected
aux mix with +/- 18dB of relative adjustment, for the channels that are part of the CG. So, if we Solo Aux 1, we get the individual
sends on faders, and when we move the “Drum” Control Group fader, you can see that it’s
trimming the sends for the drums channels to Aux 1. The faders follow this adjustment
so you can see exactly what’s happening at all times. The same workflow holds for mixing Front of
House and Monitors on the same console… you’re likely to have CG’s set up anyway,
so enabling the CG Aux to Faders mode can make managing the 2 tasks easier. On the SD7 and SD7 Quantum, try putting the
CG faders on the upper master bank, with the Aux Masters on the lower master faders. You
have everything you need right in front of you. Next time you’re behind a DiGiCo SD Console,
give it a go. For more SD Range In Depth videos, head over
to YouTube and subscribe to the DiGiCo channel.