Prolight + Sound, Germany - Cadac Holdings Ltd Luton, Beds. UK. CADAC launched a suite of major software and hardware developments for its CDC eight sound touring / live production console series at Prolight+Sound. Chief amongst these is CDC eight version 2 software.
Prolight+Sound 2014 marks a true coming-of-age for the CDC eight with the arrival of V.2 software. The upgrade boasts many new features and additional functionality, specifically in the FX processing and console automation areas. CDC eight now features 16 stereo FX processors, running 32/40 bit proprietary algorithms at 96 kHz sample rate. Each processor has delay, reverb and modulation elements, all of which can be used simultaneously, and which can be configured in a number of serial/parallel modes.
New features in the console snapshot automation are individual channel section isolation, global automation safe, and snapshot-specific recall filtering. Other unique new features include pre/post VCA aux send options and auto-assign VCA options. Additionally V.2 software is multilingual. A library of multiple languages includes Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with more scheduled to be added in coming months. By simply selecting your preferred language the user interface instantly becomes a friendlier place to work with its ability to instantly translate the screen based information. There is also the facility to have user labeling in one language and control labeling in another.
Integration of Waves Audio Waves MultiRack SoundGrid, via an optional interface card, enables the plug-ins to be controlled directly from within the CDC eight’s operating system. Waves plug-ins can be used simultaneously with the consoles own DSP FX options. The Waves GUI is displayed on the CDC eight’s touchscreen for viewing and editing.
The CDC eight now features dual redundant, external switch mode power supplies. The 2U units are connected to the console via shielded multicore cable with circular military bayonet connectors at each end. The console can then be powered from two independent power supply systems, operating simultaneously for continuous redundant operation.
Finally, CADAC's industry standard SAM theatre sound automation software is here for the digital age. The company showed SAM-4-CDC, a new version controlling the CDC eight and emulating the CDC eight GUI. Continuously developed by CADAC’s engineers over a number of years, SAM is the benchmark theatre sound automation software, running on the company’s flagship J-Type, R-Type and S-Type analogue consoles. Implementation of SAM on a digital mix platform enables the real-time update and management of very large digital processing arrays (without the recall of Cues and Scene Memories). Numerous advanced features include “Ripple Through Data” (where changes to the first Cue in a Ripple Through sequence are effected throughout the sequence) and “Library Parts” techniques (where particular EQs and other parameters can be stored as “parts” and deployed non-sequentially). Renowned functionality, such as Dynamic Mixing and X-Act, renders complex programming easy, and the updated GUI ensures operation is quick and simple, both online or offline without a console.
Photo caption: CADAC CDC eight FX Processors
Photo caption: WAVES Integration
Photo caption: CADAC CDC eight-32 and CDC eight-16 digital production consoles
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