Luton-based manufacturer Cadac Holdings has begun shipping its first production digital mixer - the CDC Four. The compact digital console features 16 genuine Cadac analogue mic pre amps with gain control, fully emulated Cadac EQ, and an expandable input count of up to 64 inputs with a dedicated stage rack. It is now in full production and shipping to Cadac distributors around the world. The manufacturer, which is behind the J-Type console, says the build quality of the new console is uncompromising, with construction from steel throughout and wood trim. All mic pre’s are fully 96kHz 24 bit – there are no 48kHz inputs, while Sharc DSP is fourth generation with 40 bit floating point resolution, four of which are deployed in the design. FX are both, according to the company, extremely powerful and sonically transparent. Furthermore, the onboard 16 mic inputs, eight stereo inputs, six output busses and eight auxiliary sends are further expandable by connection of the dedicated stage rack, via Cadac's Megacomms proprietary twin coaxial transmission system. This allows the stage rack to be positioned up to 300m away and provides an additional 32 Cadac mic pre inputs with digital control of the pre-amp functions and 48V phantom power, signal present and overload indicators, and onstage access to up to 16 outputs with signal present and overload indication. Cadac marketing manager Patrick Almond said: “The CDC Four gives an exciting new high performance offering across the widest range of pro audio and AV applications and installation environments. While the wide ranging specification includes a number of features and functions, the relevance of which that might not seem readily apparent to a traditional mix engineer, these ensure the console’s effectiveness in other AV orientated sound design and installation applications.
"Equally, within certain given constraints, there is no reason, in terms of sound quality, I/O count and configuration and mix operability, why you could not mix a West End show or a front line sound touring production on the CDC Four. In terms of sound quality, it would easily be the equal of or an improvement on the console you might normally use.”