CDC eight is designed specifically for the highly demanding worlds of concert touring and fixed installation. To help meet these exacting demands Cadac has taken a highly innovative approach to the user interface and has designed a far less menu dependent console compared to traditional digital consoles, resulting in a fast, logical workflow. Gone are the multiple strips of restrictive fixed physical controls found on conventional analogue and a majority of digital consoles and have been replaced by an intuitive “high agility” user interface accessed via 24 inch touch screens.
The CDC eight is available in two surface configurations; the dual screen 32 fader console (CDC eight-32) and a smaller single screen 16 fader version (CDC eight-16), both are identical in capacity and capability but allow a choice of console footprint to fit the space dictated by the application. All versions are housed in a beautifully engineered, road ready chassis, complete with milled aluminium side cheeks and Cadac’s traditional “warm to the touch” wooden arm rest.
The combination of an exceptional user interface, legendary Cadac mic-pre’s, state-of-the art DSP and FPGA processing technology, with incredibly low latency and multiple surface options, makes the CDC eight a unique proposition for those who do not want to be faced with either audio or creative compromises.
The Cadac CDC seven-s is the flagship console in Cadac’s digital line-up.
The CDC seven-s retains the familiar feel of the CDC six but provides the added flexibility of dual 23.5 inch 16:9 high definition LCD touch screens. These incredibly bright, high contrast screens display the exceptionally intuitive “high agility” swipeable graphical user interface. The encoders to the right and bottom of both screens further encourage the instinctive use of gesture – touch and swipe – to navigate and operate the console.
The CDC seven-s is not only physically larger than its sister consoles, the CDC six and five, but it also has a greater channel count, with 128 input channels and a configurable bus count of 56. It shares the same operating system and feature set as its smaller siblings meaning that show files can run across all three.
A fundamental design foundation of Cadac digital is latency management. Due to the impact of the latency inherent with existing audio protocols Cadac designed its own – MegaCOMMS, a digital audio network developed to meet the performance demands of live sound. MegaCOMMS allows the CDC seven-s to have a total through-system propagation delay from inputs on stage to outputs, including all console processing and AD/DA conversions, of 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), or just under 400us.
As a result of Cadac’s innovative user interface and latency management, the CDC seven-s is an incredibly attractive proposition for those who want something that stands head and shoulders above the norm.
The medium format Cadac CDC six, with its 80 input channels, 56 busses of which 48 are assignable, has been designed to provide a truly intuitive user interface, with class leading audio performance, in a very competitive package.
Using Cadac’s ‘high agility’ operating system, the CDC six is far less menu dependent in operation than other equivalent consoles, resulting in an easier learning curve and faster work flow.
As with the CDC seven-s, the most striking visual feature of the CDC six is the optically bonded 23.5 inch 16:9 high definition LCD touch screen, with digital encoders to the bottom and to the right of the screen. This unique combination of a large touch screen displaying an intuitive GUI linked with traditional encoders, results in an instinctive use of touch and swipe with the faders naturally following the GUI on the screen.
Not only is the CDC six intuitive to use, it has a number of features designed to aid the work flow and allow the engineer to creatively mix, rather than be hindered and limited by the console. These includes Cadac’s unique Monitor Mode with Mix Focus, as well as the ability to create Custom Fader Layers. All designed with the sole purpose to increase the speed of the work flow.
CDC six not only comes with its own 16 creative on board stereo effects but it also comes preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves interface. This allows direct connection to a Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server and with it access to the Waves’ library of effects and it also enables multi-track recording to a laptop.
The CDC six uses Cadac’s MegaCOMMS digital audio network which has been designed to meet the requirements of the most challenging applications. Cadac’s audio protocol allows total through-system propagation delay from inputs on stage to outputs, including all console processing and AD / DA conversions, in 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), or just under 400us.
The combination of an exceptional user interface, legendary Cadac mic-pre’s, state-of-the art DSP and FPGA processing technology, with astonishingly low latency, makes the CDC six an incredible proposition for those who do not want to be faced with either audio or creative compromises.
The Cadac CDC five with its 48 input channels and 24 assignable busses, is the latest addition to the Cadac digital console line. The compact CDC five gives sound engineers access to Cadac’s unique user experience and legendary audio performance at a very competitive price point.
Based on an evolution of Cadac’s ‘high agility’ operating system, the CDC five has all the benefits of an intuitive operating system and faster work flow all on a single 23.5” screen.
The new CDC five follows the same form factor and user interface as the CDC six and CDC seven-s. The most noticeable difference between the CDC five and its larger siblings is the lack of a stand alone 6.5” screen. The GUI of this control screen can be accessed with a swipe down action on the large 23.5” (or via a hard button to the left of the screen). There are also a number of hard buttons to the left of the screen to aid navigation when this screen is in use.
Another major differentiation is the number of user definable buttons on the surface which further increases the configurability of the workflow. The CDC five has 2 banks of 10 buttons – which are double layered – on either side of the fader tray, giving a total of 40 user buttons, along with a unique to CDC five set up screen. in comparison the CDC six and seven-s both have a single bank of 8 buttons – which are also dual layered – to the right of the faders.
As the CDC five has been conceived as a “single box solution” it has an internal PSU – with the option of external redundant supply in the form of the PSU4800. Every effort has been put into the design of the supply to ensure that the audio quality is not compromised in anyway. Another obvious feature of this “single box solution” is the increase of local I/O to 16 analogue inputs, complimenting the 8 analogue outputs and 8 digital inputs and outputs.
Although the CDC five has been designed to be the cost effective entry level Cadac, there has been no concessions when it comes to the feature set – or audio quality. As with the rest of the range the CDC five comes with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves interface, the same industry leading total through-system propagation and the identical features found within the CDC Console Software OS.
The CDC fives takes the CDC six and seven-s’ audio performance, and distinctive UI, to a price point not seen before on a touch screen Cadac, making it not only an exceptional but also a competitive alternative in the general-purpose mixing console market.