Cadac launches ‘studio quality’ programmable audio network

Cadac has launched MegaCOMMS, a critical production network that enables mixing, control and networking of multi-channel studio quality audio across networks of up to 3072 channels of time-aligned, phase-coherent audio, at distances of up to 2km.

At the heart of the MegaCOMMS network is the software programmable CDC MC Router. The 2U 12 port MegaCOMMS router can be used to create large networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices – including CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes – and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio.

In keeping with MegaCOMMS’s ultra-low latency, the CDC MC Router adds only a single sample of latency regardless of the number of channels in a network, and can also perform ‘gain compensation’ in real time.

Programmable control of the CDC MC Router is provided by the dedicated NetCOMMS PC software which allows the user to create, save and edit custom maps, including diagnostics data for all connected units when online.

The 2017 BRICS Xiamen Summit of the five major emerging national economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – saw the premier large scale deployment of a Cadac MegaCOMMS audio network, with a single CDC MC Router at its heart. The system incorporated six CDC six consoles and CDC I/O stagebox mix systems extending throughout the Xiamen International Convention Center (pictured below).

The MegaCOMMS network provided mixed audio feeds from and to multiple locations, via an AV Control Room. Complex network configurations of different venues across the site depended on specific requirements of the numerous meetings and events.