Cadac’s CDC six mixing console was used at front of house this year at the Glade Stage, partnering Funktion-One’s Vero system making its Glastonbury debut. Sound rental company and long term Funktion-One partner Audio Plus deployed a Cadac console for the second year running, at the behest of Funktion-One co-founder Tony Andrews.
“It was at the personal request of Tony Andrews that there should be a Cadac CDC console front of house,” explains Audio Plus tech Dan Hull, part of the company’s onsite team. “He especially wanted it paired with the Vero, because of his love of its pre-amps and its sound quality, and his familiarity with the console and what he knows he can achieve with the Vero, mixing on the Cadac.”
The CDC six was the principal front of house console with a DiGiCo SD10 on standby for engineers using show files, with the latest DSP-enabled XTA MX36 console switcher making the move between one or the other a simple affair. The whole system ran on a Dante network with a CDC MC Dante providing the bridge between Cadac’s MegaCOMMS low latency protocol and Dante.
“The sound was fantastic, just massive,” confirms Hull. “I walked around a lot of the other stages and while sound was good, they just didn’t have what the Vero has; the bass, the accuracy and the directivity. We were able to direct the system with pinpoint accuracy within the Glade arena. The musicality of the system and the very high levels of fidelity, right throughout the mids and the highs, was like nothing I have ever heard before.”
This year saw the Glade’s continued expansion, quadrupling the previous attendance with a crowd of more than 20,000, and a star studded line-up – both DJ’s ands live acts – including Don Letts, Dub Pistols, John Digweed, Carl Cox, Squarepusher and Fatboy Slim; and Tony Andrews himself. Sound quality for the Glade has always been a highlight. This year it attracted even greater praise than before with the debut of the Vero.