No digital effects are quite as easy to use as with the DigiComp 16
There hasn’t been much said about Nady here, but we’re slowly getting there. The only other post about them, as far as I know, is about one of their DJ mixers which was quite impressive, through the price, if not much else. That was the SRM 10x DJ mixer, which you can read all about on WorkingDJ.com, but now we’re switching categories altogether, as we’re going into the compressors area, to meet DigiComp 16. One of three Nady digital processors, DigiComp 16 is for those working DJs who want to add a little bit of extra flavor to their gigs, to which purpose this Nady digital processor will serve marvelosly.
I’ll get right into it. I don’t know what most working DJs think about when they hear about Nady, but what comes to my mind is a lower price and a comparable quality to some other bigger DJ equipment manufacturers. And the DigiComp 16 relies on its affordability, as we all know that nowadays working DJs cand just as easily go digital all the way and use DJ software for effects, compression and any other manipulation they want to apply to their audio. So the DigiComp 16 has a big battle to go through, but in the end, the few working DJs who will use it won’t regret, and that’s important. First off, the main reason for a good purchase is that DigiComp 16 is working in 18 bit sound, which, granted, isn’t 24 bit quality, but it sure sounds great like that.
As for library, DigiComp has a possible of 256 different digital compressiona effects and audio tweaks for the working DJ to use, but this DJ product shines through how simple to use it is. It’s incredible that DigiComp16, a little, well built metallic box with only 4 rotary knobs can make for this number of effects. The way DigiComp 16 gets to that 256 is by including 16 one of a kind, unique, digital ROM programs, and for each, the working DJ gets 16 selectable parameter variations to play with. For the curious ones, some of those programs are: AGC Pure, Acoustic, Master, Clean, Dance, Kick Drum, Mixdown, Jumping Up and then another 8 classic stereo settings.
Besides coming with some proprietary algorhitms, which is a must if DigiComp 16 is to stand a chance against the widely available DJ software effectors and processor, Nady also makes sure that these programs are really special, in that they will give your music a whole new sound. Some of the will bump up the weak signals, some of them will limit others, but all will give a whole new dimension to the working DJ’s mix. This wouldn’t be enough either, but DigiComp 16 functions great and with minimal latency to process the required audio changes and provide high quality sound with negligible distortion.
And now for some other features and tech specs of the DigiComp 16 (link to PDF manual):
- the sound processing takes place in 18 bit Sigma-Delta AD/DA conversion, with a high speed 12.5 MIP’s operation
- and 52 bit accumulator resolution to get that low noise, high dynamic range audio out
- the frequency range is regular, between 20 Hz and 20 kHz
- the front panel signal gain controls for input and output, a bypass switch and a variations knob ensure maximum ease of use for DigiComp16
- then working DJs have 1/4" I/O stereo jacks with bypass on the rear of the DigiComp 16
- a 9 volt AC adapter included for powering
- +4/-10 dB signal level and high gain mono input for live instruments
And then there’s the physical side of things, which with the DigiComp 16 is nothing to worry about. Any working DJ will love the all metal enclosure, just 5.2" X 4.6" X 1.7" ( or 131 X 116 X 44mm in metric) , which they can take anywhere without worry of being too fragile. The weight is also fit for the mobile DJ, at only 3 lbs (not even 1 kg), and DigiComp 16 only takes up 1/3 rackspace, although it can certainly be a tabletop digital processor. All in all, a great, affordable audio compression option for the mobile DJ.
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