Alfacam SA, industry supplier and operator for events and shows in South Africa’s outside broadcasting market, has announced its investment in a DiGiCo console, supplied by DWR Distribution.
In 2013, Greg Nefdt purchased OB16, now fondly known as OB1, with all associated equipment from Euro Media Group and founded Alfacam S.A., which operates out of Bush Hill Estate AH in Randburg, South Africa. Upon OB1 arrival was kitted out with a Soundtracs DPC-II and a DiGiCo D1 console.
DWR Distribution has been dealing with Alfacam for over a year now, assisting with potential DiGiCo solutions. Quentin Davis, said: “Having a good sounding desk is imperative and critical. Future proofing the OB van was another huge concern and this was the reason we decided on going with the DiGiCo SD12.
“Besides the product being amazing, the final factor for the purchase was knowing we would be looked after by DWR. The support and service around the product is where DWR won, dealing with amazing, talented people such as Kyle Robson, Duncan Riley and general interactions with personnel working at DWR, the attention to detail and the service offered far exceeds my expectations. One phone call to DWR and the support is instantaneous. ‘’
Davis was impressed by the audio quality of the console once installed in the OB van. “I played a couple tracks that I`m used to in the van and straight away could hear a difference. The sound quality of the pre-amps on the SD12 are just superb. The progression is natural because everything of the workflow is the same, it feels so comfortable. The beauty of these consoles is how flexible they are and not having to go into 101 menus to achieve what you want, it’s all so visual and I think one of the things in live event and broadcasting is that time is of the essence, you need to be pretty quick which is possible with these beautiful machines.”
The DiGiCo SD12 went straight onto a gig the day after it was installed. One of the events it was put to use was at the Gymkhana GRiD at Carnival City where they learnt the power behind its purchase. “The high sound pressure levels of the cars 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 drove the compression fairly hard and was so impressed how smooth and subtle it was. At no stage did I feel that I was driving the console to a point where the SD12 would not handle it. It is an absolutely smooth console that takes a beating,” laughed Quentin