News from Cadac at PL&S 2018
Cadac Consoles celebrated their 50th. anniversary and ProLight & Sound this year. It was also the opportunity to debut two new consoles for the CDC range - the CDC5 and the CDC7S, as well as a new stagerack and an optical bridge.
For those interested, Cadac started out as custom-built recording consoles (much in the same style as Neve) and were a common sight in major UK & European studios in the 80's and 90's. A meeting with Clive Green in the early 80's, the chief designer and one of the founders of Cadac, led to the company's involvement with the theatre world and Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. The production for the new musical, "Starlight Express", were desperately looking for a console that could both handle the advanced sound design and be of studio quality. As nothing existed at the time, a meeting was suggested with Cadac, given that Clive Green was a theatre enthusiast. The result was a custom console with a unique 12-channel panner in order to follow the cast around the auditorium (they were on roller skates) and that later evolved into the legendary J-Type console found on all LLoyd Webber musicals.
Fast forward to the present day and the current Cadac range - both digital and analogue - maintains the heritage of superlative audio and easy ergonomics.
It has to be said that the transition from analogue to digital was not an easy one, given that audio quality was not to be sacrificed in a 'me too' rush towards digital and that ergonomically, the consoles had to offer something that would be virtually unique. For the latter, the "touch and swipe" facility with the large touch screens fulfills this and is also fully compatible with the gestures used on todays tablets and smartphones.
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The latest console is the CDC5 and this provides a host of new features together with the ergonomics of the existing CDC range. It is also very competitively priced! Basic features include a 23.5" touch screen plus two rows of encoders and nine hardware buttons to the left of the screen. To access the control screen functions found on the CDC6 & CDC7 via a 6.5" screen, a downward swipe or button press causes the screen to appear at the top left of the touch screen. Designed to be a standalone unit with internal PSU, the CDC6 rear panel features 16 microphone inputs, 8 analogue outputs, 4 AES3 outputs and a 64x64 Waves card, together with dual MegaCOMMS network ports. Audio is 96k/24 bit and the inclusion of an external stagerack offers up to 48 input and 24 assignable outputs plus LCR main and monitors. Another feature is the Version 5 software, soon to be found on the CDC6 & CDC7S consoles and available as an upgrade to existing CDC consoles.
The CDC7S is a development of the CDC7 surface, with the dual 23.5” LCD touch screens displaying the uniquely intuitive CDC swipe-able user interface, while encoders immediately to the right of and below both screens further encourage the instinctive use of gesture – touch and swipe – operation in navigating and operating the console.The I/O capacity of the console has been increased to 128 channels with 56 assignable buses plus LCR and monitors plus 8 channels of AES3 I/0.
Version 5 software is a major upgrade for all CDC consoles and offers many new features and graphics, including Delay Groups, Bus Send VCAs, Cue Preview and Cue Ripple and many others.
The CDC I/O 4016 stage rack features 32 analogue microphone channels, 8 analogue bus outputs, 8 channels of AES3 I/O, two MegaCOMMS I/O ports with duplex redundant LC optical ports, an LCD with encoders for input settings on channels and headphone amplifier. Dual PSU's are also included.
Last but not least, the optical bridge has been updated to the MC Optical-4 with 4 MegaCOMM ports and duplex LC ports for a maximum of 512 channels, each port being independent. Redundant PSUs are standard.
More details at www.cadac-sound.com