CDC eight-32

  • Overview

    CDC eight-32 (full frame with dual 24" touch screens and 32 input faders) is Cadac’s flagship digital live sound console 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of restrictive fixed physical controls found on conventional analogue and a majority of digital consoles and have been replaced by an intuitive “high agility” user interface accessed via 24 inch touch screens.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 result is the CDC eight, which really is exceptionally smart, nimble and intelligent in operation without the compromises dictated by more hardware-centric designs.

    The CDC eight is available in two surface configurations; the dual screen 32 fader console and a smaller single screen 16 fader version, both are identical in capacity and capability but allow a choice of console footprint to fit the space dictated by the application. For those requiring additional faders or greater flexibility due to physical constrictions or simply need a remote mix location, a single screen 16 fader CDC eight-16S side car is also available. 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.

    Hardware Summary

    • Two frame sizes: dual screen, 32 fader or single screen, 16 fader
    • Single screen 16 fader extender
    • 24” high definition anti-glare touch screens
    • Intuitive, clear graphical user interface
    • Proprietary DSP mix platform
    • 32/40 bit floating point SHARC processors
    • 6” LCD touch screen for system control
    • 100mm accurate, quiet motorised faders

    Feature Summary

    • Classic Cadac mic-pres
    • Sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage to analogue outputs on stage 
    • Library of multiple languages for console labelling
    • 128 input channels
    • 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • Extensive dynamics
    • 64 output busses
    • Assignable busses - Group, Stereo Group, Aux, Stereo Aux or Matrix
    • 16 VCA groups
    • 8 Mute groups
    • On board effects
    • 31 band graphic equaliser on all outputs
    • Compressor limiter on all outputs
    • Output delays
    • Snapshot automation


    Visually the most striking feature of the CDC eight are the 24 inch 16:10 high definition LCD touch screens surrounded by digital encoders. The screens display the clean exceptionally intuitive graphical user interface and this unique combination naturally leads to an instinctive use of touch and swipe with traditional encoders giving additional control of the features on the console. The motorised 100mm faders follow the swipe of the screen or scrolling of the channels, ensuring full control at all time of any combination of inputs, outputs or VCAs displayed on the screen. The additional centrally-located 6 inch LCD touch screen provides quick access to the advanced system controls and automation functions.

    First time users will have a minimal learning curve as they soon find themselves navigating the features by using gestures similar to those for navigating a tablet or smart phone - all without the need for intensive formal training.

    For further explanation of the consoles feature set, click on the feature tabs.

    Gesture Navigation

    The physical feature that dominates the CDC eight console are the 24 inch 16:10 high definition LCD touch screens which provides the engineer with an exceptionally clean and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). The channel selection is just a simple case of swiping the screen to move the 128 channels seamlessly either left or right. Once the desired channel is reached a touch of the screen brings up the clear, logical GUI of the required function. No layers or clunky block scrolling which reduces the learning curve for the console to a minimum and allows fast setup.