CDC six

  • Overview

    The Cadac CDC six, with its 64 input channels, 48 assignable busses, has been designed to provide a truly intuitive user interface, with class leading audio performance, at a very competitive price.  Based on a further evolution of the “high agility” operating system developed originally for the flagship CDC eight, it presents the user with the critical information in a clear and concise graphical user interface. As a result the CDC six is far less menu dependent in operation than other equivalent console, leading to a much faster learning curve for the engineer.

    This video provides an overview of Cadac's CDC six medium format digital audio mixing console


    Visually the most striking 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 the right of the screen. The screen displays the clean, exceptionally intuitive graphical user interface and this unique combination of touch screen and traditional encoders for additional control of the features on the console, naturally leads to an instinctive use of touch and swipe. The 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.


    To aid fast operation, CDC six features stereo metering conveniently located to the left of the 100mm motorised faders plus above each fader an individual full colour OLED display. The hi-res OLEDs depict the channel name, complete with colour coding, to aid the speed of channel navigation. The OLEDs also denote any VCA assignment of the channel.

    The additional 6.5 inch LCD touch screen, located to the left of the main screen, provides quick access to the advanced system controls and automation functions.

    This video provides an overview of the 6.5" configuration screen on the Cadac CDC six


    The CDC six uses Cadac’s MegaCOMMS digital audio network which has been designed to meet the requirements of the most challenging applications. MegaCOMMS is a robust, TDM (time division multiplex) system and carries 128 channels of 24-bit, 96 kHz audio, plus control data, plus clock, bi-directionally, up to 150 metres via a pair of RG6 coaxial cables. In addition to audio and control data, MegaCOMMS provides for accurate, phase-aligned clock distribution, allowing reliable, low-jitter synchronisation of all hardware elements within a network. Total through-system propagation delay for this system from inputs on stage to outputs, including all console processing and A-D / D-A conversions is 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), or just under 400us.

    CDC six also comes preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves card for direct multitrack recording to a laptop and connection to any Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server.

    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, makes the CDC six a unique proposition for those who do not want to be faced with either audio or creative compromises.

    Hardware Summary

    • Intuitive, clear graphical user interface
    • Proprietary DSP mix platform
    • 32/40 bit floating point SHARC processors
    • 23.5” flush mounted 16:9 high definition LCD touch widescreen
    • 6.5” LCD touch screen for system control
    • 24 user definable colour OLED displays
    • 20 segment stereo channel metering
    • 20 touch sensitive 100mm motorised faders
    • Waves interface card
    • 4 AES3 inputs and 4 AES3 outputs
    • 8 fully programmable line inputs and outputs
    • External PSU

    Feature Summary

    • Classic Cadac mic-pres
    • Sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage, through the CDC six, to analogue outputs on stage  
    • 64 input channels
    • 48 assignable busses – as Group, Stereo Group, Aux, Stereo Aux or Matrix plus LCR, Monitors and Talkback
    • 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
    • User definable languages for console labelling

    Features

    Visually the most striking 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 the right of the screen. The screen displays the clean, exceptionally intuitive graphical user interface and this unique combination of touch screen and traditional encoders for additional control of the features on the console, naturally leads to an instinctive use of touch and swipe. The 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. 

    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.

    This video provides an overview of the surface of the Cadac CDC six


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

    Gesture Navigation

    The physical feature which dominates the CDC six is the flush mounted, optically bonded, 23.5 inch 16:9 true HD LCD touch screen 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 64 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.

    This video provides an overview of the gesture navigation on the Cadac CDC six


    The CDC six 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.

    This video provides an overview of the Move Channel feature on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • Swipe to scroll through all 64 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 found on both the CDC six and the flagship CDC eight 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 any of the 48 user-assignable busses and their respective contribution channels in ‘sends on fader’ mode with a single touch of the screen, enabling mixing a large number of monitor feeds fast and easy.


    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 only with the channels that are contributing to the selected mix, negating 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.

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

    This video provides an overview of the Monitor Mode feature on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • Specialised mode for monitor applications
    • Fader flip in both directions
    • Access to all 48 busses simultaneously 
    • Mix focus for speedy navigation within fader flip
    • Incredibly low latency – ideal for in-ear monitoring

    Custom Fader Layers

    The CDC six has the ability to create Custom Fader Layers or CLFs. The current implementation allows the creation of user definable layers, or groups, of any mixture of inputs, busses, VCAs and Monitor faders, which can then be deployed on to the faders on the right hand bank. 


    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. Assess to the CFL is done via the 6.5” system control screen, and the Custom Fader Layer display can be viewed and edited on the screen by assigning it to one of the 16 hardware user assignable buttons.

    Feature Summary

    • Any combination of inputs, busses, VCAs and Monitor faders on a layer
    • Deployed on the right hand fader bank
    • Access can be assigned to user definable button
    • Can be named and coloured coded
    • A virtually unending number of layers can be created
    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.

    The CDC six’s 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.

    This video provides an overview of the mic pre-amps found on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • 45 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.

    This video provides an insight as to why Cadac digital sounds so good


    Feature Summary

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

    EQ

    The CDC six’s input and output channels feature 6 band EQ, comprising a four band fully parametric section and variable low and high pass filters. All six 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.

    This video provides an overview of the EQ on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • 4 band fully parametric EQ
    • J-Type analogue filter option
    • Low and high pass filters

    Dynamics

    The dynamics processing on the CDC six have 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.

    This video provides an overview of the dynamics on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • Dual-mode compressor, gate and side chain filtering
    • Clear graphical interface
    • Simple workflow
    • All phase coherent and time aligned

    Effects


    The CDC six has 16 stereo on-board effects units including various types of reverb, delay and modulation effects. These have been specially designed by our own software engineers to provide a pallet of superlative room, hall and plate reverb simulations, comprehensive tap-delay effects and rich, luscious modulation programs.


    CDC six features 16 stereo effect “slots”, each with reverb, modulation and delay elements, all of which can be used simultaneously and freely configured by the user. The 3 elements within each effect slot can be arranged in either series or parallel, and in any order, using a simple and intuitive ‘drag and drop’ method. Effects can be patched as inserts on any channel, or in-line on an aux send/return basis.

    This video provides an overview of the on board effects on the Cadac CDC six

    A Waves interface card is fitted as standard which provides direct, low latency connectivity to the Waves MultiRack server, allowing any Waves plug-ins to be used together with the console’s own DSP effect options. The Waves GUI is displayed on the CDC six’s touch screen for viewing and editing.


    This video provides an overview of the Waves SoundGrid server and the Cadac CDC six

    For further information about Waves Plugins for the CDC six please visit the Waves website: Waves.com

    Feature SummaryRange of on-board effects 
    • On-board effects can be daisy chained
    • Latency management 
    • All phase coherent and time aligned
    • Waves Integration for additional processing options

    MUTE and VCA Groups

    CDC six features 16 VCA groups and 8 mute groups with OLED displays. 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 six also 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!

    This video provides an overview of the VCAs on the Cadac CDC six


    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

    The CDC six has a total of 48 configurable busses, plus LCR, Monitors and Talkback. All of the configurable 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.

    This video provides an overview of the configurable busses on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • 48 configurable output busses
    • Assignable as Groups, Stereo Groups, Auxes, Stereo Auxes or Matrixes
    • User definable naming

    GEQ


    All of the CDC six’s 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.

    This video provides an overview of the GEQ on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

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

    Multilingual

    As with the CDC eight the CDC six helps make life a little easier by being multilingual. The console has a library of languages for user definable console labelling. By simply selecting the preferred language, inputs, busses and VCAs etc. can be labelled in the users preferred language, making the console a much friendlier place to work and improving workflow.

    Feature Summary

    • Library of languages for user definable labelling including English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese - with more to be added 
    • Ability to have user definable labelling in one language and control labelling in another

    Automation

    The CDC six 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. For automation heavy applications required for complex theatrical based productions there is the option of SAM – Sound Automation Manager – which runs on an external PC.


    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. To facilitate this in the simplest possible way, the CDC six on-board automation includes three discrete levels of automation isolation or “safe” status.

    The CDC six’s Project files can be exported or imported via USB key.

    This video provides an overview of the snapshot automation feature on the Cadac CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • Cue-based automation system 
    • Three levels of automation Safe
    • Extensive MIDI control
    • Keypad for direct access to Cues
    • Input and export show files via USB
    • SAM available for advanced automation applications

    SAM

    Cadac virtually invented automation for live sound consoles. Most major Broadway and West End Theatre shows were designed around the prodigious capabilities of Cadac’s SAM - Sound Automation Manager - software.

    SAM’s features have been developed in conjunction with the theatre world’s leading sound designers over a number of years, so everything you could possibly need to produce a flawlessly repeatable show will already be present in the software. Advanced functionality, such as Ripple-Through, Dynamic Mixing and X-Act, make complex programming quick and logical. The updated SAM, with CDC eight based GUI, ensures intuitive operation either offline while configuring a production without the use of a console or online during a show.

    SAM includes an intelligent management of Program Change values called Ripple-Through where changing the value in one parameter will ripple down all the rest of that particular parameter until it finds a value different from itself.

    SAM can handle dual users allowing, for example, a theatre sound designer to edit and create data for Cues whilst the show rehearsals are going on. SAM can also be simultaneously mirrored on dual PCs for redundancy of console automation.

    SAM has the ability to not only run the CDC six but also control third party equipment using MIDI and Events. Control data can be sent either to the console’s rear panel connections whilst other data is sent to peripheral devices directly from the PC running SAM. SAM can literally run the show.

    This video provides an overview of Cadac's SAM PC software


    Feature Summary

    • SAM is the result of Cadac’s long-standing theatre software expertise, dating back to 1986
    • On-line and off-line operation
    • CDC eight based GUI
    • Integrated support for all Cadac current digital consoles
    • Cross-console compatibility and conversion for analogue Cadac console files
    • Extensive MIDI control facilities, via console or PC hardware
    • Multiple, concurrent MIDI sequences
    • Data copying and editing facilities, speeding up the creation of a show’s cues list
    • Dual PC redundancy

    I/O

    The CDC six comes pre configured with fixed format local I/O consisting of four AES3 inputs and four AES3 outputs, alongside eight fully programmable line inputs and outputs. 

    There are also three fixed format Cadac stageboxes with MegaCOMMS connectivity which provide inputs and outputs remotely from the console.  

    The CDC I/O 3216 which has 32 mic inputs and 16 analogue outputs offers flexibility of I/O deployment.  

    The CDC I/O 6448 which features 64 superb Cadac mic inputs and 48 analogue outputs with two pairs of MegaCOMMS ports, front panel metering, status indication and dual-redundant power supply option. 

    The CDC MC AES3 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. The unit features redundant PSUs as standard.


    The two stageboxes can be connected directly to the rear of the console but up to 11 units can be added with the CDC MC Router, creating a large MegaCOMMS audio network. The CDC six automatically detects I/O units, and patching is simply achieved by a touch on the screen. Each analogue input / output on the unit can be “flashed” from the console making identification incredibly easy on the stage. 

    This video provides an overview of the rear panel of the CDC six


    Feature Summary

    • 4 x AES3 inputs and 4 x AES3 outputs
    • 8 x fully programmable line inputs and outputs
    • Waves interface card
    • Fixed format stageboxes with up to 64 inputs and 48 outputs
    • Network up to 11 stageboxes

    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 convertors.

    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. 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.

    As with the flagship CDC eight the CDC six uses Cadac’s own MegaCOMMS network which 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 convertors

    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 routing capability for the MegaCOMMS network. This 2U unit with 12 pairs of MegaCOMMS ports currently allows up to 4 MegaCOMMS consoles, with gain compensation, to link to up to eight MegaCOMMS units within the same audio network. It can also be used to expand the audio network up to a count of 3072 channels. 

    The MegaCOMMS units include stageboxes and audio network bridges. This means that a number of I/O stageboxes can be placed around a venue feeding the FoH and monitor positions – and redundant consoles – plus either Dante or MADI network bridges feeding 128 channels to broadcast trucks or a DAW. All this on 150 meter (492 feet) cable runs from the CDC MC Router.

    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 per Router
    • One audio network of up to 3072 channels 
    • Up to 128 bi-directional channels of 96 kHz / 24-bit audio per port
    • Adds less than 0.01 milliseconds to a MegaCOMMS network 
    • Connect up to 4 MegaCOMMS compatible consoles, with gain compensation, in one network
    • Connect up to 8 MegaCOMMS compatible units in one network
    • RG-6 cable runs of up to 150 meters / 492 feet
    • MegaCOMMS network co-axial ports glow either red or blue for Rx (receive) or Tx (transmit)
    • Via the CDC MC Optical bridge runs can be up to 2 km / 6,561 feet on single mode fibre

    iPad App


    I/O Expansion


    The CDC six features fixed format local I/O consisting of four AES3 inputs and four AES3 outputs, alongside eight fully programmable line inputs and outputs. 

    The CDC six 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. 

    The stageboxes currently available include the CDC I/O 3216, with 32 mic inputs and 16 analogue outputs, the CDC I/O 6448 which features 64 superb Cadac mic inputs and 48 analogue outputs, and the CDC MC AES3 which provides 18 AES3 inputs / outputs.

    Up to two stageboxes can be connected directly to the rear of the console but up to 11 MegaCOMMS units can be added via a  CDC MC Router. The CDC six automatically detects I/O units and patching is simply achieved with a touch on the screen. 

    Feature Summary

    • Up to 128 bi-directional channels of 96 kHz / 24-bit audio per pair of ports 
    • Network up to 12 MegaCOMMS units with CDC MC Router
    • Fixed format stageboxes with up to 64 inputs and 48 outputs
    • RG-6 cable runs of up to 150 meters / 492 feet, optical runs up to 2 km / 6,561 feet

    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 router which can currently connect up to 4 consoles with up to 8 MegaCOMMS units. 

    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 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 six 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 six 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's console remote manager 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.

    iPad App


    The Cadac’s console remote manager iPad App – TabMix 2 - provides wireless remote control of the key functions of both the CDC six and CDC eight consoles. Once a wireless router is connected to the desk there is no difficult set-up procedure as the App automatically detects and selects the active console type.

    With the App you can monitor in real time all input and output metering simultaneously as well as remotely EQ the PA whilst having the freedom to walk around the venue with the iPad. TabMix 2’s logical graphical user interface coupled with the ability to control the major features of the console makes sound check part of the creative process.

    TabMix 2 also enables multiple iPads to be used simultaneously with each one locked to a single mix so artists can create their own monitor mixes without changing any other console settings.

    This video provides an overview of Cadac's iPad

    TabMix 2 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

    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 forRx (receive) or Tx (transmit)
    • Dual PSUs

    Waves Interface


    Both CDC eight and CDC six feature an integrated Waves interface card which provides connectivity to the Waves MultiRack SoundGrid via Cat5e. The audio is streamed from the integrated interface card on the rear of the CDC eight and CDC six to the SoundGrid server, processed, and then streamed back to the console. 

    This allows up to 64 channels of Waves studio-grade plug-ins to simultaneously run alongside the CDC eight’s and six’s own native effects options with the Waves GUI displayed on the console’s touchscreen for control.

    As well as providing direct connectivity to a Waves SoundGrid server, the interface can connect direct 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 soundcheck”.

    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.


    Every CDC eight and CDC six features a Waves SoundGrid interface, which when connected to a suitable laptop or desktop computer with the Waves “Tracks” software installed, will 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 CDC eight’s 128 input channels and CDC six’s 64 input channels feature 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
    • 64 channels of Waves processing
    • Control via the console’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 installing Waves Track Live on a PC or Mac


    Download: A guide to installing Waves Track Live on a PC or Mac


    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

    Specifications
    General Specifications CDC Six
    Faders 20 x 100mm motorised faders
    Screens 1 x 23.5" 16:9 HD + 1 x 6.5" Touchscreens
    PSU 1 x external 19" 2U rackmount PSU
    (option to add second external 19" 2U rackmount PSU with full redundancy
    Inputs Up to 192 (inc local I/O)
    Channels 64 with full processing
    Busses 48 configurable in pairs as group/aux/st aux plus dedicated LCR, monitor LR, headphones LR and talkback
    Matrix Up to 67 x 48 with full processing
    Outputs Up to 192 (inc local I/O)
    Graphic EQ32 band +/-16 dB on all 55 outputs
    Internal FX 16 high-resolution 96 kHz stereo effects processors
    Local IO 8 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
    Comms 2 x Cadac MegaCOMMS
    Audio Specification
    Sample Rate 96 kHz
    Processing Delay Sub 0.4 millisecond latency through complete signal chain
    Internal Processing 40-bit floating point
    ADC/DAC 24-bit
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 44 kHz + 0.5 / -1.5 dB
    THD+N better than 0.005% @unity gain, 10 dB input at 1 kHz
    Channel Seperation better than 90 dB
    Residual Output Noise < -90 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    MIC EIN < -127 dB with 200 Ohm source impedance
    Maximum Output 21 dBu

    Dimensions:

    931.4mm wide x 766mm deep x 259.12mm height

    Weight

    40kgs / 88.13lbs