CADAC demonstrated its new CDC eight digital production console to the U.S. theatre sound market as a sponsor of the Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes.
The event also marked the first showing of the new 32-fader frame variant in the U.S.
CADAC U.S. theatre sound distributor RF Productions of NY showed the new console to theatre design professionals and students during manufacturers’ showcase sessions earlier this month in the intimate confines of the 99-seat Abe Burrows Theatre at NYU.
CADAC’s participation is part of the New Technology Presentation, with Tom Bensen of RF Production and CADAC International sales manager Ben Millson in attendance.
While the launch of the CDC eight has focused on the console’s critical role in spearheading CADAC’s move into the wider sound touring and installation sectors, the CDC eight’s extensive configurability and expansive feature set provides CADAC a uniquely competitive, high performance digital offering for theatre sound applications.
Critically for the theatre market, the CDC eight supports a uniquely high input count on a desk with such a compact footprint; and at a cost that makes it affordable.
Feature-wise and sonically, the CDC eight compares favorably with a CADAC J-Type. It has 40 configurable output buses which can be programmed as groups or matrixes, and additionally there are 16 internal VCA groups. The console offers up to 128 input channels, and using the input selection on each channel to sum two inputs together, that can be expanded to a potential 256.
Appropriate levels of operability is a big issue with digital consoles in theatre sound and the CDC eight offers an advance on that front, with its “high agility” user interface with two 24 inch 16:10 HD touch-screen control surfaces; a third smaller LCD touch-screen is dedicated to system control and automation.
Commenting on the ongoing CDC eight development program, CADAC senior development manager Peter Hearl states, “The CDC eight was devised as a console to address the widest possible range of applications to the highest standards of performance and with CADAC’s heritage, theatre sound was always going to be an important market for this console.
“The theatre development programme for the desk is addressing a number of issues and applications, including looking to the potential compatibility of the CDC eight with the J-Type SAM theatre automation software, enabling the recall of all SAM settings on the new console. The program objective is to make the CDC eight a great CADAC theatre sound desk.”
The Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes provided CADAC the opportunity to address an audience of dedicated theatre sound professionals, but most importantly it offered them quality time with the industry’s top designers in a relaxed, intimate setting. This year’s group of speakers included such Broadway vets as Mick Potter Nevin Steinberg, Kai Harada, Ken Travis, Jill DuBoff and Abe Jacob.