Cadac to Show Touring Consoles at AES

Aug 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The S-Type Compact Live Production Console (shown) and the R-Type Touring Live Production Console will be on exhibition in Cadac’s booth #743 at the 115th AES Convention. Also on show will be the latest digital developments and the production version of the D20 Digital Input Mix Matrix. In addition, Cadac will demonstrate its new M20 Remote-Controlled Microphone Amplifier, designed to operate with the D20 or as a stand-alone unit with the RM20 self-contained remote controller.

Cadac's S-Type console is building a strong international profile, with Cadac reporting orders across a wide range of applications. In the U.S., Masque Sound has recently deployed both S-Type and R-Type consoles for a variety of musical show and touring projects. The console has also been employed in the corporate events sector, with installations most recently in Germany and Italy. Other new sales include broadcast, theater and touring applications in Europe and the Far East.

The D20 Digital Input Mix Matrix goes into production in late 2003, providing the technology platform for Cadac's development of a full-scale integrated digital console. Philip Jones is responsible for heading up the Cadac digital program and commented: “Our philosophy is to provide a bridge for our existing customers between their current analog consoles and future technological developments. We are doing this in two ways: through our digital systems that integrate with our analog console designs to provide greater functionality and flexible operation, and through our SAM software. This transcends the traditional operational platform, giving our users multiple console control via an ever-smaller control surface. We fully recognize the substantial investment that our customers have made in their existing hardware. Our focus is to find ways of extending the functionality of that investment without compromising audio quality or performance in any way.”

The D20 provides a powerful and reliable digital engine, ideally suited for operation as a stand-alone audio processor for smaller-scale performances or as an expansion mixer for existing analog Cadac consoles. The D20 is equipped with 16 line-level analog inputs and outputs, working with 24-bit samples at a sample rate of 96 kHz. Each channel provides 4-band parametric EQ, high- and lowpass filters, compression and gating dynamics control, plus adjustable level routing to 16 output mixes (pre-EQ, post-EQ or post-fader). The D20 is designed for operation with Cadac's Sound Automation Manager (SAM) software, which allows users to create a virtual set of modules to reflect a traditional console layout, with the software “views” in turn providing live updates for real-time control of the D20 and operation of SAM's cue-based automation facilities. All of the audio parameters can also be adjusted via the unit's front panel. In stand-alone mode, the D20 uses the SAM software to control external sounds effects generators via MIDI, and several D20s can be bused together to provide additional inputs; for example, 32x16, 48x16, etc. As an expansion mixer, the D20 is equipped with a 37-way “D”-type socket that permits connection into a console's audio bus to link the D20 directly into the console's sub group or matrix outputs. Multiple D20s can be used to expand the console's channel complement, in multiples of 16.

Cadac's M20 Remote-Controlled Microphone Amplifier is a 3U 19-inch rack-mounted unit, containing 16 high-quality microphone amplifiers. The unit can be combined with a D20 or a Cadac console, providing adjustable gain from +10 dB to +60dB in 1dB steps; inputs equipped with -20dB pad; inputs provide +48V phantom power, with an output resistance of 6k8 per leg, allowing up to 14mA load current per microphone; each input provides two electronically balanced XLR outputs, with a third balanced output on a 37-way “D”-type connector; all settings are adjustable via the front panel or via remote control; and three options for remote control via a PC with SAM, M20 control or via the dedicated Cadac RM20 remote-controller unit.

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