PL+S 2017: Cadac debuts new CDC digital console4 April 2017
Cadac is debuting the latest addition to its CDC digital console line in Europe, at this year’s Prolight + Sound. The new CDC seven builds further on the success of the medium format CDC six, offering all of its power and operational simplicity with the enhanced production capabilities of an expanded dual 23.5”, 16:9 hi-definition touch screen and 36 fader control surface.
Scaling up operational flexibility, the CDC seven doubles up on both the large format LCD touch screen, and associated encoders, and the physical fader count; also expanding the number of inputs to 96. The new console retains the CDC six’s 56 busses; with 54 of them now being configurable with the latest V4.0 software update.
The CDC seven’s feature set includes Cadac’s unique Monitor Mode with Mix Focus, as well as the ability to create custom fader layers. All 36 motorised faders on the CDC seven feature stereo metering and a full colour user definable OLED display.
The console features 16 creative on-board stereo effects and is preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves interface; enabling direct connection to a Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server with access to the vast Waves’ library of plugins (license dependent), as well as multitrack recording directly to a laptop.
Meanwhile, V4.0 Console Software is the very latest operating software upgrade for CDC eight, CDC six and CDC seven. The standout feature in V4.0 is Sticky Channels with custom layers on the 23.5” touch screen. Sticky Channels allows users to create custom layers with any combination of inputs, outputs, or VCAs on the main 16 channel fader bank; either “stuck” to the left hand side of the screen (starting at channel 1) or the right side (ending at channel 16). On the CDC seven and CDC eight this is an option for both screens, so two custom layers can be deployed at the same time. When a custom layer uses less than 16 Sticky Channels, the remainder operate as normal, either via the swipe or the layer buttons functions. Custom layers can also be assigned to the user assign buttons for fast access.
Other features of Version 4.0 include an additional 6 busses if LCR is not required, Cross-Fade added to cue events, metering on each bus output within Monitor Mode, access to GEQ from Monitor Follow at the press of a button, a console lock, additional functions to the user define buttons, plus a revised Patching GUI.