IBC 2016: Cadac providing audio for “Big Screen Experience”

Cadac is once more an official IBC sponsor, providing all of the audio networking and control for the IBC “Big Screen Experience” at the convention.

This year’s proprietary MegaCOMMS audio network comprises the company’s flagship CDC eight-32 console, two of the latest CDC six medium size consoles, a compact CDC four:m console, a CDC MC Router and six CDC I/O stageboxes.

The CDC eight-32 will handle the audio for presentations, film extracts and product reels, with the CDC six handling the on-stage microphones in the “Big Screen Experience” Auditorium.

Additionally, a CDC six console with a CDC I/O 3216 stagebox will handle microphones and playback in the Emerald Room, a principal conference room, while the CDC four:m and remaining CDC I/O 3216 will provide audio production capabilities for IBC TV, the conference’s 24 hour online news channel.

The system has been specified by Terry Nelson from IBC Technical Resources, working with Sean O’Dea, who is in overall charge of technical support for audio, with help from Cadac’s technical sales support team.

The experience features a series of free to attend, editorially led sessions and complimentary movie screenings; this year’s programme main features being The Jungle Book and a further, yet to be announced blockbuster.

“This is the third year we have relied on Cadac for the audio mixing and distribution requirements for what is becoming an all-encompassing media conference,” stated Nelson. “The sonic performance is superb and the audio engineering is second to none, with its legendary mic pre-amplification and industry leading latency management. With the ‘human interface’ being so intuitive, I would regard the CDC eight and CDC six as being genuinely fourth generation digital consoles.

“On the practical side, the use of the Router, along with RG6 runs of 150m provided by MegaCOMMS, allows the system expandability and flexibility for us to put stage boxes exactly where we need them.”

Audio transport for the CDC consoles and network is achieved via Cadac’s 96 kHz/24-bit MegaCOMMS protocol, which uses robust RG6 coax cables for distances of up to 150 metres. With the addition of a MegaCOMMS Router, the network can be expanded to 3072 channels.