Renowned theatre sound designer Mike Walker deployed the CADAC CDC eight digital production console on the recent 50th anniversary revival of Oh What a Lovely War, in London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East.
The use the CADAC console marks the first-ever digital desk used by Walker on such a large theatre production.
Directed by Terry Johnson, Oh What a Lovely War ran from 1 February to 15 March to critical claim and featured a cast including Caroline Quentin, Shaun Prendergast, Michael Simkins and Ian Bartholomew.
Walker says: “The audio quality is stunning. Quite simply, I have never heard such stunning sound quality in a live console before. Until now, no digital desk I have listened to has matched the openness of the big old analogue CADAC consoles, but this is in an entirely different league."
“I almost hate to say it but this desk sounds better than any other I have ever used; and that includes the CADAC J-Type. What CADAC has achieved with this desk is remarkable, it has completely turned my audio world upside down.”
“The interface is incredibly intuitive,” continues Walker. “The combination of dual 24 inch touch screens and rotary controls makes operation very easy. Everything ends up just where you need it in a live musical environment.”
Sennheiser 9000 Series digital radio mics were used for the 12-member cast, while the five piece band was reinforced with a select combination of high quality condenser microphones from Sennheiser, Neumann and DPA.
All of this was fed to the CDC eight-32 running the latest V2 software via a CADAC CDC 3216 I/O stagebox, sited backstage with the FR racks. A CDC MC MADI Bridge – connected via CADAC MegaCOMMS – integrated QLab with the CDC eight for all the sound effects – and at one point provided direct outs to a BBC recording truck. Lexicon PCM96 reverbs were interfaced via AES cards on the console.
Walker continues: “With the CDC eight, combined with the amazing Sennheiser 9000 radio mics at the front end and the legendary quality of the Opus Audio amplifiers and speakers, I ended up with the most incredible integrity of signal from mic capsule to loudspeaker. I've never heard a live system sound this good, ever. Thank you CADAC for such an amazing desk."