CDC seven-s

  • Overview


    The Cadac CDC seven-s is the new flagship console in Cadac’s digital lineup.  

    It takes the original CDC seven a step further by expanding the input count to 128 and the configurable output count to 56. It still retains the incredible ease of use with a minimal learning curve but with the luxury of the enhanced physical user interface.

    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 configuarable 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.

    Hardware Summary

    • Intuitive, clear graphical user interface
    • Proprietary DSP mix platform
    • 32/40 bit floating point SHARC processors
    • Dual 23.5” flush mounted 16:9 high definition LCD touch wide screen
    • 6.5” LCD touch screen for system control
    • 40 user definable colour OLED displays
    • 20 segment stereo channel metering
    • 36 touch sensitive 100mm motorised faders
    • 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs
    • 8 fully programmable Mic inputs and 8 outputs
    • External PSU


    Feature Summary

    • Classic Cadac Mic-pres
    • Sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage to analogue outputs on stage
    • Automatic latency management system 
    • 128 input channels
    • 64 busses, 56 are assignable as Group, Stereo Group, Aux, Stereo Aux or Matrix
    • Unique Cadac Monitor Mode
    • Custom Fader Layers
    • 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • Extensive dynamics
    • 16 VCA groups including ‘VCA unfold’ navigation
    • 16 assignable buttons with OLED displays
    • 16 stereo on-board effects
    • 31 band graphic equaliser on all outputs as well as 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • Compressor/limiter on all outputs
    • Input and output delays
    • Snapshot automation system with Cue Ripple and Cue Preview
    • Dugan Automixer post fade Insert for Waves
    Features


    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 major advantage of the dual screens is the ability to display, and control, multiple tasks simultaneously; for example the VCAs can be displayed on one screen while the inputs to the VCAs are displayed on the other.  The faders and encoders naturally follow the GUI displayed on the individual screens, resulting in further increases in the speed and flexibility of the workflow. All 36 faders on the CDC seven-s feature stereo metering, with a full colour user definable OLED display above the fader to make channel identification fool proof.


    For further information about the feature set of the CDC seven-s, click on the feature tabs.

    Gesture Navigation


    The flush mounted, optically bonded, 23.5 inch 16:9 true HD LCD touch screen provides the engineer with an exceptionally clean and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). The channel selection is a simple case of swiping the screen to move the 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 to navigate, or pointing devices to operate, thereby reducing the learning curve to a minimum and enabling fast setup and operation.

    A swipe down on the CDC five’s 23.5” also brings up the Control Screen page, giving access to the setup parameters of the console.

    The CDC Console Software has many intuitive, time saving features such as the Move Channels function. This allows Input channels to be inserted in any position or replace existing channels, either singularly or in groups, by simply selecting and then dragging and dropping to the desired location in the Channel Settings page.

    Feature Summary

    • Swipe to scroll through all channels
    • Intuitive touch operation, minimal learning curve
    • Clean and logical graphical user interface
    • Intuitive features such as the “drag and drop” Move Channels function
    • Fast console setup
    Monitor Mode


    A unique Cadac feature is Monitor Mode. This has been developed to tackle the specific requirements of the monitor engineer, which is often an after-thought on many of today’s digital consoles.

    When Monitor Mode is enabled, it gives the engineer the ability to access up to 62 user-assignable busses - depending on the console -  and their respective contribution channels in ‘sends on fader’ mode, with a single touch of the screen. This allows fast and easy mixing of a large number of monitor feeds.


    Add to this the ‘Mix Focus’ feature, which when enabled means that when any mix is ‘flipped’ into sends on faders mode, the console will only present the user with the channels that are contributing to the selected mix. This negates the need to navigate through all of the inputs.

    It is also possible to select an input channel and ‘flip’ the outputs onto the faders, allowing a single channel to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously via the faders.

    A further level of control has been added by the introduction of ‘bus VCAs’, meaning each individual bus has 16 VCAs to control the level of its members within each bus. This allows the engineer to mix on VCAs when in fader flip for unparalleled control!

    Whilst in monitor mode, when a mix is flipped to faders, if EQ is required the GEQ can be accessed instantly with a single press on the screen. Ideal when speed is of the essence!

    All this, combined with the incredibly low latency, makes the CDC series a formidable weapon of choice for the discerning monitor engineer!

    Feature Summary

    • Specialised mode dedicated to monitor applications
    • Fader flip in both directions
    • Bus VCAs
    • In Monitor Mode access up to:
              62 busses simultaneously on a CDC seven-s
              54 busses simultaneously on a CDC six
              30 busses simultaneously on a CDC fiveMix
    • Focus for speedy navigation within fader flip
    • Incredibly low latency – ideal for in-ear monitoring


    Custom Fader Layers


    CDC Console Software provides the ability to create Custom Fader Layers or CLFs. These layers, or groups, can be made up of any mixture of inputs, busses, VCAs and Monitor faders, and can either be deployed on the left or right hand side of the main fader bank as required, with any remaining channels on this bank still accessible either via swiping or via the regular layer buttons, additionally custom layers can also be deployed on the 4 fader master section of the CDC six or CDC seven-s. VCA groups will also unfold as per the VCA page when accessed via the CFL.

    Each CFL can be named and colour coded. Members of the CFL are selected by dragging and dropping from the relevant input, bus, VCA or Monitor page on the large 23.5” screen. Access to the CFL is done via the System Control Screen, and the Custom Fader Layer display can be viewed and edited on the screen by assigning it to one of the hardware user assignable buttons.

    Feature Summary

    • Any combination of inputs, busses, VCAs and Monitor faders on one layer
    • Access can be assigned to a user definable button
    • Custom Fader Layers can be named and coloured coded
    • A virtually unending number of layers can be create
    Mic Pre


    For decades Cadac’s analogue mic-amps have been considered by many to be the premium mic-amp in the live sound industry. Cadac’s digital consoles proudly bear the hallmark of their analogue origins which can be traced back beyond the now legendary J-Type to those classic Cadac consoles from the golden age of recording studios.

    Cadac’s digital audio performance actually improves upon its analogue forebears. An astonishingly wide dynamic range and low noise floor has been achieved through a combination of unique analogue emulating algorithms and the latest 24-bit / 96 kHz Delta Sigma AD/DA convertors. The result is the classic Cadac sound - clean, transparent, and ready to adapt to any musical style.

    Feature Summary

    • 50 years of Cadac engineering heritage
    • Wide dynamic range
    • Low noise floor
    • 24-bit / 96 kHz Delta Sigma AD/DA convertors
    Phase Coherency

    A major contributor as to why Cadac digital consoles sound so clean and transparent is the attention paid to latency management – a major factor in digital audio performance and over looked by a majority of other digital consoles. It has to be remembered that all digital audio takes time to process, and that differences in latency of less than 0.1ms will have a hugely detrimental effect on audio quality.

    When combining signals with different paths and processing most digital consoles will be summing multiple signals, which will be partly out of phase. Cadac digital consoles have an extensive automatic latency management system which manages all internal routing and associated processing latency, resulting in all audio samples being synchronised before summing and providing absolute phase coherency at all outputs.

    Feature Summary

    • Automatic latency management
    • Absolute phase coherency
    • Sample-accurate summing
    • Sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage, through the audio processing, to analogue outputs on stage
    EQ


    All the input and output channels feature 6 band EQ, comprising a four band fully parametric section and variable low and high pass filters.

    All 6 bands can be independently switched in and out or the whole EQ can be bypassed with a master EQ bypass. The LF and HF bands of the EQ feature a Bell/Shelf option, and the EQ can be configured to either emulate the response and behaviour of the classic J-Type analogue filters, or to provide 4-band fully parametric operation on a per - channel basis.

    All output channels feature a 1/3rd octave GEQ in addition to the 6-band EQ.

    Feature Summary

    • 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • J-Type analogue filter option
    • Low and high pass filters
    • EQ settings can be stored in a User Library


    Dynamics


    The dynamics processing has been designed to provide a broad scope of possibilities to maximise the creative potential. The input dynamics consists of a gate and dual-mode compressor with side chain filtering, with a choice of both classic or vintage modes of operation. Output dynamics processing features compression and limiting.

    Control is achieved by simple touch access which will populate the screen with only relevant, concise control and visual information. The need to fiddle with sub menus or small, confusing graphics found on other digital consoles has been removed by the use of large touch friendly icons, thereby increasing the overall speed of operation and improving the workflow.

    Feature Summary

    • Dual-mode compressor, gate and side chain filtering
    • Dynamics settings can be stored in a User Library
    • Clear graphical interface
    • Simple workflow
    • All phase coherent and time aligned


    Effects


    All the input and output channels feature 6 band EQ, comprising a four band fully parametric section and variable low and high pass filters.

    All 6 bands can be independently switched in and out or the whole EQ can be bypassed with a master EQ bypass. The LF and HF bands of the EQ feature a Bell/Shelf option, and the EQ can be configured to either emulate the response and behaviour of the classic J-Type analogue filters, or to provide 4-band fully parametric operation on a per - channel basis.

    All output channels feature a 1/3rd octave GEQ in addition to the 6-band EQ.

    Feature Summary

    • 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • J-Type analogue filter option
    • Low and high pass filters
    • EQ settings can be stored in a User Library
    MUTE and VCA Groups


    There are 16 VCA groups and 8 mute groups with OLED displays for assignment labelling. Cadac’s unique approached to the user interface means that creating these user definable groups has been made incredibly intuitive. Any input can be assigned to any VCA or MUTE group, or to multiple groups, with a simple touch of the screen. Both the input and the groups can be named using the labels from the console’s library or by using the on-screen keyboard.


    The CDC Console Software features enhanced VCA navigation with VCA unfolding. This allows the members of the selected VCA to be deployed on the faders, giving instant access to all of the inputs’ control parameters. In addition, whilst a VCA is ‘unfolded’ all 16 labelled VCA select buttons remain on the screen, allowing the user to jump from one VCA group directly to another, without reverting to the VCA master page – fewer button-presses, faster workflow.


    To give a clear picture of the structure of the VCA groups all 16 can be easily viewed on an overview screen, showing all of the members of each VCA along with their post-fade input meters. Clearly displaying your entire mix – at a glance!

    Feature Summary

    • Up to 8 MUTE groups with simple configuration
    • 16 VCA groups with simple configuration
    • VCA unfolding for quick access to VCA contributions
    • VCA overview screen with input contribution meters
    • OLEDs above fades display channel VCA assignment
    Configurable Busses


    There are a total of up to 64 busses of which up to 62 are configurable when in Monitor Mode. All of the user definable busses can be assigned as any combination of auxiliaries, groups, stereo auxes, stereo groups or matrix outputs depending upon the application with a simple touch of the screen.

    The bus sends can be individually set as pre EQ, pre fader or post fader, and pre or post VCA. To help workflow the busses can be renamed from the pre-set library or with user defined names by using the soft keyboard.

    Feature Summary

    • CDC seven-s has 62 configurable busses in Monitor Mode or 56 configurable busses in FoH Mode
    • CDC six has 54 configurable busses in Monitor Mode or 48 configurable  busses in FoH Mode
    • CDC five has 30 configurable busses in Monitor Mode or 24 configurable busses in FoH Mode
    • Assignable as Groups, Stereo Groups, Auxes, Stereo Auxes or Matrices
    • User definable naming


    GEQ


    All output busses feature 4-band fully parametric EQ, plus variable HPF and LPF plus a 1/3 octave GEQ.

    All parametric and graphic EQ’s can be used simultaneously, without any concern about available processing power or tonality compromise. GEQ parameters can be easily viewed on the 23.5” touch screen in the form of a virtual GEQ, and adjustments made quickly using the consoles 100mm faders.

    Additional features include GEQ in/out, an “instant flat” switch and a bypass function for individual GEQ filters.

    Feature Summary

    • 1/3 octave GEQ on all output busses
    • On screen GEQ graphical user interface
    • Control via 100mm faders
    Dugan Automixer


    To take advantage of the Dugan Automixer plugin on Waves - when using a Waves server - there is a Dugan post fade Insert point, with an auto-patch function, allowing easy setup of the Dugan Automixer on the console.

    The Waves Dugan Automixer plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple microphones in real time, dramatically reducing feedback, studio noise and comb filtering from adjacent microphones. It maintains a consistent system gain, even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, and makes perfectly matched crossfades, without any signal compression, and without a noise gate that may cause unwanted sonic artefacts.

    Feature Summary

    • Easy console setup
    • Automatic cueing of multiple live microphones in real time
    • Simultaneous automixing of up to 64 channels
    • Requires a Waves Server connected to the Waves card on the rear of the console and the Dugan Automixer Waves plugin


    Automation


    CDC Console Software features, as you would expect from Cadac, a comprehensive cue-based automation system, which is capable of storing hundreds of Cues within each Show file and there can be a number of Show files in a single Project.

    When using the console automation each Cue contains every setting and parameter value for every input and output channel in the console. Due to the dynamic nature of live events, the sound engineer will need the ability to intervene in the recall process as changes to the programme occur in real time.  

    With Cue Preview the engineer can recall, amend and store individual scenes during a show in an offline preview mode allowing changes to be made “on the fly” during the show. The Cue Ripple functions allows a channel’s individual parameters to be “rippled through” any, or all cues, to make global changes to a show file mid show.

    The  Project files can be exported or imported via USB key.

    Feature Summary

    • Cue-based automation system
    • Cue Preview and Cue Ripple
    • Three levels of automation Safe
    • Extensive MIDI control
    • Input and export show files via USB


    I/O


    The CDC seven-s features fixed format local I/O consisting of 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs, alongside 8 fully programmable mic inputs and 8 analogue outputs.

    The CDC seven-s also comes pre configured with two pairs of MegaCOMMS ports as standard on the rear of the console. These ports allow connection to a combination of MegaCOMMS equipped stage boxes, network bridges and router. Each pair of ports is capable of transmitting 128 bi-directional channels of 96 kHz / 24-bit audio.

    Cadac also offers four fixed format stageboxes, with MegaCOMMS connectivity, which provide inputs and outputs remotely from the console.  These include the CDC I/O 3216, which has 32 mic inputs and 16 analogue outputs and the CDC MC AES3 that provides a total of 18 AES3 inputs / outputs. Plus the larger CDC I/O 6448 which features 64 mic inputs and 48 analogue outputs and the latest CDC I/O 4016, with 32 mic inputs, 8 analogue outputs plus 4 AES inputs / outputs and the option of optical connection.

    Feature Summary

    • 8 x AES3 inputs and 8 x AES3 outputs
    • 8 fully programmable mic inputs and 8 outputs
    • Fixed format stageboxes with up to 64 inputs and 48 outputs
    • Network 1 console with 11 stageboxes via a CDC MC Router


    Gain Compensation


    In large MegaCOMMS audio networks  where there are multiple consoles networked via a CDC MC Router, the gain compensation is automatically applied by the CDC MC Router.

    The CDC MC Router ensures that any adjustment in gain from the master console has zero effect upon the gain, or audio quality, of any other console in the same MegaCOMMS audio network. All this is done automatically and with out any need for any direct input from any of the consoles on the network.

    Feature Summary

    • Console gain compensation automatically handled via the CDC MC Router
    • NetCOMMS PC based control software shows the status of individual connections - Master, Slave or Single connection
    • CDC MC Router can handle up to 12 MegaCOMMS devices
    Audio Quality


    Cadac’s analogue mic-amps have been universally acclaimed as the premium mic-amp in the industry. The design brief for a digital console was simple and consistent with the brand’s ethos for over 45 years – audio first.

    Cadac’s digital consoles bear the hallmark of their analogue origins which can be traced back beyond the now legendary J-Type, which itself is still in production after nearly 25 years, to those classic consoles of the golden age of recording studios. The audio performance still retains its traditional wide dynamic range and low noise floor through a combination of unique analogue emulating algorithms and the latest 24-bit / 96 kHz Delta Sigma AD/DA converters.

    Another key to the Cadac sound is the attention paid to latency management – a major factor in digital audio performance and overlooked by a majority of other digital consoles.


    All digital consoles take time to process audio. When combining signals with different paths and processing, most digital consoles when summing the multiple signals will be partly out of phase. Cadac digital consoles have an extensive automatic latency management system which manages all internal routing and associated processing latency, which means that all audio samples are synchronised before summing, resulting in absolute phase coherency at all outputs.

    All Cadac digital consoles use Cadac’s own MegaCOMMS audio digital protocol. This results in a latency of under 0.4 milliseconds from analogue inputs on stage, through the console to analogue outputs on stage, making it perfect for in-ear monitoring. All inputs and all outputs are time aligned to sample accuracy - no matter the routing or where they are located in the network.

    Feature Summary

    • Over 45 years of Cadac audio knowledge and experience
    • Classic Cadac microphone pre amps 
    • Comprehensive and automatic latency management system with sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage, through the processing on the CDC six, to analogue outputs on stage
    • 24-bit / 96 kHz Delta Sigma AD/DA converters

    iPad App


    The Cadac’s iPad App - Cadac Remote – provides the perfect solution for controlling wirelessly the key functions of the CDC five, CDC six and CDC seven-s consoles via an iPad.

    Once a wireless router is connected to the desk and the iPad linked to the network, the App automatically detects the active console types allowing the user to select the appropriate console.

    Cadac Remote allows you to monitor in real time both the input and output metering, as well as providing the freedom to remotely EQ the PA whilst controlling the major features of the console.

    The App also enables simultaneous use of multiple iPads. Each iPad can be locked to a single mix so artists can create, via the intuitive graphical interface, their own monitor mixes without changing any other console settings.

    Cadac Remote is free to download from Apple’s App Store.

    Feature Summary

    • Simple setup - auto detect of console type
    • Real time control of the console
    • Intuitive graphical interface
    • Allows multiple iPads on a single network
    MegaCOMMS


    Cadac’s MegaCOMMS digital network allows the audio infrastructure to be designed to meet the requirements of the most challenging applications. With a choice of local I/O cards, stageboxes and audio network bridges plus a dedicated router to handle the dynamic management of the audio, the network can be as complex or as simple as required. 

    All Cadac digital audio is transmitted using Cadac’s proprietary MegaCOMMS digital interconnect protocol which provides less than 0.4 ms latency from analogue input on stage, through the CDC eight or CDC six, to analogue output on stage, plus robust error correction and advanced system clocking.

    The protocol provides up to 128 bi-directional channels of 96 kHz / 24-bit audio along with all control data and clock synchronisation. This is all carried on co-axial cable with runs of up to 150 meters (492 feet) from the console or MC Router. The benefit of combining audio, control, and clock into one single network simplifies connectivity, shortens set-up time and reduces investment in cabling infrastructure.

    For more in-depth information about Cadac's unique MegaCOMMS audio protocol click here.


    CDC MC Router


    The CDC MC Router provides the dynamic routing capability for the MegaCOMMS network. The 2U unit has 12 pairs of MegaCOMMS ports which can handle an audio network of 3072 channels.

    The CDC MC Router in conjunction with its control software, NetCOMMS, allows the fast and intuitive creation of powerful MegaCOMMS networks.  Via a PC via using a simple graphical user interface Router maps can be created, edited and saved before uploading to the CDC MC Router via the Ethernet connection or as part of a wireless network.

    The CDC MC Router also handles gain compensation between consoles, automatically compensating for adjustments in gain, up to ± 20 dB,  from the master console without affecting the gain, or audio quality, of any other console in the same network.

    Below is a diagram showing the potential network capability of the CDC MC Router:


    The above diagram has 128 analogue inputs shared between four consoles, which can be configured either as four discrete mixing systems, or two redundant console pairs. The example also shows audio distributed to remote broadcast and recording facilities via MegaCOMMS to MADI and Dante network bridges. The CDC MC Router provides gain compensation for all audio streams should any analogue input gains be adjusted during the performance, and can be pre-programmed with up to eight different routing maps, which can be selected from remote switching panel. All RG-6 coaxial cables can be up to 150 metres and the optical link up to 2 kilometres.

    This video provides an overview of the CDC MC Router that provides the routing capability for the MegaCOMMS network


    Feature Summary

    • 2U MegaCOMMS router
    • 12 pairs of MegaCOMMS ports capable of handling 128 bi-directional channels of 96 kHz / 24-bit audio per pair of ports
    • Create / save / edit custom maps via NetCOMMS software
    • Gain compensation (with individual connection status shown on NetCOMMS software)
    • NetCOMMS software allows fast setup of complex networks
    • Adds less than 0.01 milliseconds to a MegaCOMMS network
    • Dual PSUs as standard
    I/O Expansion


    The consoles come preconfigured with fixed format local I/O consisting of 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs, alongside up to sixteen fully programmable mic inputs and 8 analogue outputs.

    Cadac also offers four fixed format stageboxes, with MegaCOMMS connectivity, which provide inputs and outputs remotely from the console.  These include the CDC I/O 3216, which has 32 mic inputs and 16 analogue outputs and the CDC MC AES3 that provides a total of 18 AES3 inputs / outputs. Plus the larger CDC I/O 6448 which features 64 mic inputs and 48 analogue outputs and the latest CDC I/O 4016, with 32 mic inputs, 8 analogue outputs plus 4 AES inputs / outputs and the option of optical connection.

    Two stageboxes can be connected directly to the rear of the console but up to eleven MegaCOMMS units can be added via the CDC MC Router, creating a much larger audio network.

    The CDC Console Software automatically detects the I/O units, and patching is simply achieved by a touch on the screen. Each input / output on the unit can be “flashed” from the console making identification incredibly easy on the stage.

    Feature Summary

    • 8 x AES3 inputs and 8 x AES3 outputs
    • Up to 16 fully programmable mic inputs and 8 outputs
    • Fixed format stageboxes with up to 64 inputs and 48 outputs
    • Network 1 console with 11 MegaCOMMS units via a CDC MC Router
    CDC I/O 6448


    The CDC I/O 6448 is an 11U fixed configuration stagebox featuring 64 highly acclaimed Cadac mic-amps and 48 analogue XLR outputs. The stagebox is connected to the console using Cadac’s MegaCOMMS network protocol allowing the I/O unit to be located up to 150 meters from the mixer. The CDC I/O 6448 has two pairs of MegaCOMMS send and receive ports on the rear for redundancy.

    The Cadac mic-press can be controlled remotely from the console along with output assignments. To complete the user interface there is signal present, clip and phantom power indication plus mute indication for the outputs. Larger networks can be created by using the MegaCOMMS CDC MC Router which can connect up to 12 MegaCOMMS devices within one network.

    For that extra peace of mind there is also the option for adding an additional power supply to safe guard against PSU failure.

    This video provides an overview of the CDC I/O 6448 stagebox



    Feature Summary

    • 11U fixed configuration
    • 64 Cadac mic / line inputs
    • 48 line outputs
    • 2 pairs of MegaCOMMS ports
    • Redundant power supply option
    CDC I/O 4016

    The CDC I/O 4016 is a 4U unit configured with 32 analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs plus 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs.

    The unit also features a LCD display which in conjunction with the 3 surrounding buttons and encoder allows the adjustment of the incoming levels, Mic gain and phantom power settings. The integrated headphone amp also enables you listen to the inputs and with the encoder adjust the gain levels.

    The unit also features dual MegaCOMMS ports on the front panel for redundant connection to the console. There are also redundant duplex optical LC ports allowing runs of up to 2km and easier integration in installations where the network is based on optical.

    The CDC I/O 4016 comes as standard with redundant auto switching internal PSUs and the unit is kept cool via two low noise internal constant flow fans.

    Feature Summary

    • 4U fixed configuration
    • 32 Cadac mic /line inputs
    • 8 line outputs
    • 4 x XLR AES inputs (8 inputs) 4 x XLR AES outputs (8 outputs)   
    • 2 pairs of MegaCOMMS ports and 2 duplex optical LC ports
    • Headphone amp and LCD control display
    • Dual PSUs as standard
    CDC I/O 3216


    CDC I/O 3216 is a 4U fixed configuration unit featuring 32 mic / line analogue inputs and 16 XLR analogue outputs. The stagebox is connected to the console by using Cadac’s propriety low latency MegaCOMMS audio network protocol. The CDC I/O 3216 can be located up to 150 metres (492 feet) away from the console using just a pair of co-axial cables.

    All functions of the mic-pre’s can be controlled remotely from the console. The comprehensive front-panel indicators include signal present, clip and phantom power status. There is also mute indication featured on all CDC I/O 3216 outputs.

    This video provides an overview of the CDC I/O 3216 stagebox



    Feature Summary

    • 4U fixed configuration
    • Provides an additional 32 Cadac mic / line inputs on stage
    • Provides 16 line outputs on stage
    • Single pair of MegaCOMMS port
    CDC MC AES3

    The 2U CDC MC AES3 Stagebox provides a total of 18 AES3 inputs / outputs via 4, 25-way D-Sub connectors and 2 XLR connectors, making a total of 36 audio inputs and outputs. All of the inputs, which are transformer isolated, and outputs have SRC on a connector to connector basis; 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and 96 kHz (192 kHz on inputs only) with conversion to 96 kHz.

    The unit can also be synchronised with an external Word clock (3V3 and 5V0), AES11 or via its own internal clock.

    The unit features redundant PSUs as standard.

    Feature Summary

    • 2U AES3 stagebox
    • 36 audio inputs / outputs in total running at 96 kHz internally
    • 4 x 25 way D-Subs: 4 AES inputs / outputs (8 audio inputs / outputs) per D-Sub
    • 2 x XLR AES inputs (4 inputs) 2 x XLR AES outputs (4 outputs)
    • All inputs and outputs have SRC
    • MegaCOMMS network ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit)
    • RG6 cable runs of up to 150 meters / 492 feet
    • Dual PSUs as standard
    Integration


    The CDC seven can be part of a much larger, integrated audio network.

    The CDC MC Dante and MADI bridges allow these third party audio network protocols to be seamless integrated in to the MegaCOMMS network.

    The standard Waves interface card on the CDC seven gives access to not only to the Waves plug-ins, but also the ability to perform a "virtual sound-check" and to record up to 64 audio tracks straight to your computer.

    With Cadac Remote for the iPad, all of the key features of the console can be controlled from anywhere in the venue within reach of wireless router.

    For more information click on the tabs.
    CDC MC MADI

    The CDC MC MADI is a MADI to MegaCOMMS audio network bridge allowing the seamless integration of MADI audio streams into a MegaCOMMS audio network. The 1U unit can operate at 96 kHz or 48 kHz and can handle up to 64 inputs and outputs and is equipped with 128 channels of SRC as well as its own independent word clock. 

    The MC MADI comes as standard with dual PSUs ideal for mission critical applications. The MADI audio connections are handled via coaxial and optical. To aid with configuring the MegaCOMMS network the unit’s co-axial ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit) – a real boon for speeding up low light set-up.

    This video provides an overview of the CDC MC MADI audio network bridge


    Feature Summary

    • 1U MC MADI audio network bridge
    • 96 kHz or 48 kHz operation
    • Up to 64 inputs and outputs
    • Co-axial and optical audio connections 
    • Independent word clock synchronisation
    • MegaCOMMS network coaxial ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit)
    • Dual PSUs


    CDC MC Dante

    The CDC MC Dante is a 1U Dante to MegaCOMMS audio network bridge enabling Dante units to be incorporated in to the MegaCOMMS audio network. The unit can work at either 96 kHz or 48 kHz and can handle up to 64 inputs and outputs. 

    The MC Dante also has 128 channels of SRC as well as its own independent word clock with audio connections via coaxial plus dual PSUs as standard for extra peace mind when used in critical 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.

    This video provides an overview of the CDC MC Dante audio network bridge


    Feature Summary

    • 1U MC Dante Audio Network Bridge
    • 96 kHz or 48 kHz operation
    • Up to 64 inputs and outputs
    • Co-axial and RJ45 audio connections
    • Independent word clock synchronisation
    • MegaCOMMS network coaxial ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit)
    • Dual PSUs
    Waves Interface


    The CDC five, CDC six and CDC seven-s feature an integrated Waves interface card which provides connectivity to Waves MultiRack SoundGrid.

    This allows up to 64 channels of Waves studio-grade plug-ins to simultaneously run alongside the console’s own native effects options. There is the added advantage of the Waves GUI being displayed on the console’s 23.5” touchscreen for control. Audio is streamed from the integrated interface card to the SoundGrid server, processed, and then streamed back to the console via Cat5e.

    As well as providing direct connectivity to a Waves SoundGrid server, the interface can connect directly to a standard laptop computer, which, once the Waves SoundGrid Studio application has been installed, will connect to just about any DAW software. This permits the use of your favourite 3rd party plug-ins, multitrack recording, playback and “virtual sound check”.


    The Waves processing is patched in the same way as the existing Cadac I/O racks, and can be used as a send and return for effects processing, or alternatively can be patched and used as inserts, giving great flexibility.

    When the console’s Waves SoundGrid interface is connected to a suitable laptop or desktop computer with Waves “Tracks Live” installed, it can record up to 64 tracks of 24-bit, 96 kHz audio. With Waves’ Studio App installed on your computer, any DAW can be used for multitrack recording.

    Each of the console’s input channels features two inputs. These can easily be configured as mic/playback and switching between them globally achieved at the touch of a screen.

    Feature Summary

    • Standard integrated Waves card for MultiRack SoundGrid server
    • Up to 64 channels of Waves processing
    • Control via the CDC seven-s' touch screen
    • Multitrack recording direct to laptop via Waves SoundGrid Studio App


    Useful Information about Waves and Cadac

    Instructions on how to Install Waves on a Cadac CDC six and CDC eight mixing console.

    The easiest way to do this is to download the software from the Cadac FTP site, load it on to a USB key and install it from the key.


    Instructions can be found in the guide below.

    A guide to install Waves on a Cadac CDC six and CDC eight mixing console


    Download: Install Waves on a Cadac CDC six and CDC eight mixing console


    A guide to Using Waves Effects


    Download: Using Waves Effects Guide


    A guide to Waves Track Live


    Download: Waves Track Live Guide


    Useful information from Waves:

    Further information about Waves Plugins please visit the Waves website: Waves.com

    The Waves Cadac SoundGrid User manual: Download


    Specification
    General Specifications CDC Seven
    Faders

    36 x 100mm motorised faders

    Screens2 x 23.5" 16:9 HD + 1 x 6.5" Touchscreens
    PSU1 x external 19" 2U rackmount PSU
    (option to add second external 19" 2U rackmount PSU with full redundancy
    InputsUp to 192 (inc local I/O)
    Channels128 with full processing
    Busses56 configurable in pairs as group/aux/st aux plus dedicated LCR, monitor LR, headphones LR and talkback
    MatrixUp to 67 x 48 with full processing
    OutputsUp to 192 (inc local I/O)
    Graphic EQ32 band +/-16 dB on all 55 outputs
    Internal FX16 high-resolution 96 kHz stereo effects processors
    Local IO8 x XLR Mic Inputs (inc 48 V, PAD and 1 dB gain steps), 8x XLR Balanced outputs, 4 x XLR AES/EBU inputs and 4 x XLR AES/EBU outputs
    Comms2 x Cadac MegaCOMMS
    Audio Specification
    Sample Rate96 kHz
    Processing DelaySub 0.4 millisecond latency through complete signal chain
    Internal Processing40-bit floating point
    ADC/DAC24-bit
    Frequency Response20 Hz to 44 kHz + 0.5 / -1.5 dB
    THD+Nbetter than 0.005% @unity gain, 10 dB input at 1 kHz
    Channel Seperationbetter than 90 dB
    Residual Output Noise< -90 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    MIC EIN< -127 dB with 200 Ohm source impedance
    Maximum Output21 dBu

    Dimensions:

    1555.7mm wide x 766mm deep x 259.12mm height

    Weight

    60kgs / 132lbs (approx)