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Cadac spotlights continuing evolution of MegaCOMMS no compromise ‘audio first’ network

Cadac spotlights continuing evolution of MegaCOMMS no compromise ‘audio first’ network

The growth of multi-purpose venues often means mixed-use environments are served by audio network systems that do not support the highest possible production values for music and event performance applications. Cadac’s MegaCOMMS enables music and event performances, of any scale, to be cost effectively staged – and venues permanently equipped – to studio quality levels of sonic performance providing unparalleled, minimal total through-system propagation delay, time-aligned, phase-coherent high-resolution audio, with up to 3072 channels over distances of up to two kilometres.

Cadac’s CDC series mixing consoles are widely recognised as being audibly superior to any other mixing console, analogue or digital, that is currently available, and credited with perceptibly improving the sound performance attainable with any of the world’s leading sound reinforcement systems.

MegaCOMMS networks the same ultra-high performance digital audio via the 2U 12 port, NetCOMMS software programmable, CDC MC Router. This powerful tool enables the creation of large, resilient networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices, including the full current range of CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes, and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz / 24-bit audio. Latency performance is unrivalled, with a total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions, of an astonishing 37 samples (at 96kHz), or just under 400us. Combined with MegaCOMMS’ protocol synchronisation of all audio samples before summing, for absolute phase coherency at every output, the result is a level of sound quality with which no other audio network can compare.

As well as the ability to move around huge channel counts, the CDC MC Router performs ‘gain compensation’ in real time, allowing multiple consoles to share stage racks with a single console being the ‘gain master’. Once setup, the router will automatically adjust the outputs of the other consoles seamlessly in real time, even when the mic amp gain is adjusted by the master console.

Devices connect to the CDC MC Router on the MegaCOMMS network via low cost, robust co-axial cables. More extensive networks, up to distances of two kilometres, are achievable via fibre optic cable with the MegaCOMMS CDC MC Optical Bridges, the four port CDC MC Optical-4 and the new, cost-effective, single port CDC MC Optical-1.

The CDC series mix consoles provide unparalleled operational simplicity, with a combination of 23.5 inch high contrast HD touchscreen based control and a highly evolved, high agility OS. Their swipeable graphical operator experience – akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation – presents a less challenging, rapid learning curve. The range of CDC series consoles, comprising the 80 input CDC six, the flagship dual 23.5 inch touchscreen, 128 input CDC seven-s and two of the latest compact CDC five, will be integrated within the booth’s MegaCOMMS network.


17th January 2019

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