MagiCo SA, an audio and lighting rental company, based in Vereeniging South Africa, has invested in two new DiGiCo consoles, the S21 and the S31. The DiGiCo consoles and training were supplied by DWR Distribution, a leading distributor of audio and lighting equipment and the sole supplier of DiGiCo in South Africa.
MagiCo SA is a technical supplier of lighting, AV and staging, but audio has always been the driving force to success behind MagiCo SA’s founder, Ruan Vermaak. As the company has grown to cater for a number of festivals around the country, it seemed the right time to invest in new consoles that would keep up with the pace. The S31 and S21 Digital Mixing Control have become a favourite amongst sound engineers across the globe, and while it is known for quality, power and flexibility, the compact frame makes it that much easier to travel within a car. “We do small to medium sized events, so we needed something which is easy to transport and can handle the curveballs thrown our way,” says Vermaak.
The DiGiC S31 console offers three 10-inch multi-touch screens with over three banks of 10 faders, giving clear visual feedback and control of 30 channels simultaneously. It has 48 flexi-channels, the equivalent of 16 busses and benchmark 96kHz performance. The DiGiCo S21 is virtually the same console with fewer faders and one less touch screen; making is a a DiGiCo desk in every way, but at an affordable price.
The console training that was presented by Jaco Beukes from DWR Distribution was part of the package and Jaco says, “They are all very experienced, so I just went through the consoles to get them up to speed with the DiGiCo workflow. They are very intuitive consoles.”
Vermaak adds, “The consoles are great, and the training was cool, and it was great to have someone as knowledgeable as Jaco go through the console with us.”