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CADAC debuts CDC six in the UK at PLASA Focus
CADAC is debuting its brand new CDC six digital live sound production console in the UK at PLASA Focus 2015. Launched worldwide last month at Prolight+Sound, CADAC claims that the CDC six features the fastest, most intuitive user interface and highest possible audio performance of any audio mixing console available.
CADAC will be exhibiting a pair of CDC six consoles at the show, along with CADAC’s MegaCOMMS networking products, including the CDC MC Router, the CDC MC MADI audio network bridge and the new Version 2 CDC MC Dante MegaCOMMS bridge.
The CDC six is based around a further development of CADAC’s advanced, highly acclaimed gesture-operation user interface. With the same superlative audio performance and incredible low latency of the CDC eight, the CDC six represents a major ergonomic advance in user operation. The traditional fixed physical controls have been replaced by an intuitive “high agility” user interface, accessed via a 16:9 23.5 inch optically bonded touch screen, resulting in a fast, logical workflow without the compromises dictated by hardware-centric designs. The layout of the screen, encoders and OLEDS naturally leads to an instinctive use of 'touch and swipe', where the faders follow the swipe of the screen, ensuring full control at all time of any combination of inputs, outputs or VCAs displayed on the screen. This unique interface makes the CDC six an extremely intuitive console for any level of user to setup and use.
The CDC six features 64 input channels, 48 assignable busses (as group, stereo group, aux, stereo aux or matrix plus LCR, monitors and talkback) and 20 touch sensitive motorised faders, Both the CDC six and flagship CDC eight are preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves card for direct multitrack recording to a laptop and connection to any Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server. Superb audio performance is provided as standard, thanks to the CDC six’s legendary CADAC mic pre amps, and incredible sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage, through the CDC six’s processing, to analogue outputs on stage.
CDC six also ships with CADAC’s unique Monitor Mode. This feature, found on both the CDC six and CDC eight, has been developed to tackle the specific requirements of the monitor engineer – too often an after-thought on many of today’s digital consoles. When enabled, Monitor Mode gives the engineer the ability to access any of the 48 user-assignable busses and their respective contribution channels in ‘sends on fader’ mode with a single touch of the screen, making mixing a large number of monitor feeds fast and easy. The incredible low latency also means that CDC six is ideal for in-ear monitoring.
Commenting on the most significant aspects of the CDC six from a user’s perspective, CADAC brand manager Richard Ferriday states: “The combination of an exceptionally fast and intuitive user interface, legendary CADAC mic-pre’s, state-of-the art DSP and FPGA processing technology, with incredibly low latency, make the CDC six a uniquely compelling proposition for those who do not want to be faced with either audio or creative compromises.
“CDC six defies the paradigm that a console of this level of performance demands complex operation.”
The CDC MC Dante V2 is a 1U Dante to MegaCOMMS audio network bridge enabling Dante units to be incorporated within a MegaCOMMS audio network. The unit now features A and B Dante Ethernet ports with redundancy. It can operate at either 96 kHz or 48 kHz and can handle up to 64 inputs and outputs.
The MC Dante also has on-board sample rate conversion for all 128 channels, as well as its own independent word clock with audio connections via co-axial.
Dual PSUs come as standard to ensure secure performance in critical network applications. As with the CDC MC MADI unit, the co-axial ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit) – enabling fast and accurate configuring of the MegaCOMMS network especially in low light.
MegaCOMMS networks allow connection of multiple, CDC eight and CDC six and CDC four consoles, CADAC I/O stage boxes, or third party consoles, sources and audio networks via the CDC MC MADI bridge. With all audio samples synchronised before summing, there is absolute phase coherency at all outputs and negligible aggregated latency, throughout the network, from any analogue input to any analogue output. Together with full 96kHz / 24-bit audio, this offers a major performance improvement in terms of sound quality, along with a network capability of up to 3072 channels.
11th May 2015
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