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Cadac, based in the United Kingdom, manufacture sound mixing consoles for live music productions, theatre installations and for use in recording and broadcast environments. Cadac consoles are presently most famous for their use in large scale musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You, but historically from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s were installed in many famous recording studios throughout the world. These included Lansdowne Studios, Manor Studios, Wessex Studios, Scorpio Studios and George Harrison's Friar Park Studio.

In 1967 Clive Green started working with Adrian Kerridge at London's Lansdowne recording studios, working on replacing all the valve parts for an old EMI desk with solid state technology and modifying the desk for 8 track recording.

In 1968 Terry Brown (sound engineer at Lansdowne and Olympic studios) was asked by Barry Morgan and Monty Bason to set up the new Morgan studios in London. Terry asked to buy the designs for the new desk that Clive and Adrian had been working on but Clive suggested that he builds the desk for Terry, and gets together with Adrian, David Bott - an engineer from "TVT", and Charles Billet of Audix. With Clive, Adrian, David And Charles together, CADAC was born.

The first of many consoles were then delivered to Morgan and this was the beginning of a long relationship between Cadac and Morgan studios. These original 8 track split console designs had no automation and were fitted with transformer balanced inputs and outputs. Many of these early Cadac recording consoles are still in daily operation in studios throughout the world. The last Cadac recording console built is still actively used at Air Edel Studios in London.

In 1984 a sound engineer, Martin Levan, from Morgan Studios was asked to provide the sound design for the musical "Little Shop of Horrors". The key criteria was that the show had to have 'studio quality' sound. Martin approached Cadac about this requirement and their first console for live theatre use was built.

Since then many theatres, musicals and live productions all over the world use, or have used, Cadac consoles. To name a few: Billy Elliot, We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Lion King, Wicked, Avenue Q, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Miss Saigon.

Touring acts include The Rolling Stones, Pavarotti, The Three Tenors, Van Halen, Jesse McCartney, Vasco Rossi, Brian McKnight, Franz Ferdinand. Theatres include The Royal National Theatre London; The Esplanade, Singapore; Helsinki City Theatre; Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre; Prinz Regents Theatre, Munich; Charlotte Theatre, Seoul and many, many more.