Athens-based theatre sound specialist Telmaco S.A. has installed what is expected to be the last CADAC R-type console ever built into the Concert Hall in Thessaloniki.
The desk was specified for the main 500-seat Amphitheatron Hall in the landmark Concert Hall’s M2 building, as part of a major turnkey project that included sound reinforcement, conference, intercom and stage management systems. “The client requirement was for a console of the highest audio quality and reliability that was quick to install. The CADAC R-type fulfilled these demands,” says Telmaco sales engineer, George Regginiotis.
Telmaco previously installed a CADAC S-type console in the M2 building when it opened in 2010. The replacement bespoke R-type (above) is configured with 48 mono and three stereo input channels, 16 dual groups, one monitor group, 16 DC masters and one VCA master.
Final Test engineer for the job was Tony Waldren; appropriately enough, this was the design veteran’s final project for CADAC, as he retires after almost 30 years with the company. While several of CADAC’s longest serving engineers are reported to have worked on the build, the company noted the contribution of purchase/stock manager Chris Hall, responsible for sourcing certain rare components for the desk.
The R-type lightweight touring console made its live debut at the Picnic with Pavarotti concert in Hyde Park in the summer of 2001.
Newly appointed CADAC marketing manager James Godbehear agreed that the inexorable rise of the digital console in the touring market had contributed to the decline in demand for the all-analogue R-type. (Pictured: Waldren carries out Final Testing while Godbehear looks on.)
However, considering the wider portfolio, brand development manager Richard Ferriday commented, “There are still applications for large-format analogue consoles… For these specialist applications, CADAC is the only manufacturer still committed to providing uncompromising, professional large-format analogue audio consoles. From the legendary 256-input J-type, through the modular S-type to the latest compact LIVE1, CADAC continues to offer a full range of mixing solutions employing the latest in both analogue and digital technology.”
Godbehear added that, although the Athens order was ostensibly 'the last R-type ever', he was not ruling out the possibility of future models being built should there be sufficient demand – though he thought it unlikely.