PLASA Focus Leeds 2016: Latest Cadac kit on show

Cadac is showing its CDC Console Software V3.01 in the UK for the first time at PLASA Focus Leeds, alongside the new CDC MC Optical Bridge and CDC MC AES3 Stagebox.

CDC Console Software V3.01 includes a range of new features and performance enhancements for the Cadac CDC six (pictured) and CDC eight live sound production consoles – the outcome of Cadac’s on-going CDC development programme.

Richard Ferriday, Cadac’s sales and marketing director, summarised: “CDC six has fast been gaining a reputation for industry-leading latency and audio quality. We have been working in conjunction with many leading sound engineers and system techs for the last 12 months, developing this latest update of CDC software. Now with the enhanced feature set represented in V3.01, CDC six offers a complete set of tools to the discerning audio professional. However, it doesn’t stop here – we will continue to push the boundaries and will be making further advances in the coming nine months. 2016 is going to be a defining year for Cadac.”

The new CDC MC Optical Bridge and CDC MC AES3 Stagebox are designed to add further levels of flexibility to the MegaCOMMS network, which Cadac describes as "already the audio industry’s lowest latency networking protocol," with a total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions of 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), or just under 0.4 milliseconds.

The 1U CDC MC Optical Bridge allows 128 channels of 24-bit/96 kHz of MegaCOMMS audio to run on an optical cable for up to a distance of 2km with a latency of 0.02 milliseconds. This distance is from bridge to bridge, but a further run of up to 150m on RG6 coaxial from the bridge to the console or stagebox, or even another CDC MC Optical, can be added. The unit has four pairs of MegaCOMMS ports – transmit and receive – with a duplex optical multi-mode/single mode LC port per pair, allowing up to 512 channels of audio to be transmitted. Each of the MegaCOMMS pair is independent allowing ‘complete flexibility in its application’.

The 2U CDC MC AES3 Stagebox provides a total of 18 AES3 inputs/outputs via four, 25-way D-Sub connectors and two XLR connectors, making a total of 36 audio inputs and outputs. All of the inputs, which are transformer isolated, and outputs have SRC on a connector to connector basis – 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and 96 kHz (192 kHz on inputs only) with conversion to 96 kHz. The unit can also be synchronised with an external Word clock (3V3 and 5V0), AES11 or via its own internal clock.

"These new products are a great addition to our current range of MegaCOMMS units, which include stageboxes and the CDC MC MADI and MC Dante network bridges,” Ferriday concluded. “With the flexibility of the MC Router, combined with the incredible latency figure for the network, plus the audio performance and ease of use of our consoles, we believe we have something quite unique to offer the professional audio market.”