Offering enhanced production capabilities with an expanded dual 23.5-inch, 16:9 HD touch screen and a 36-fader control surface, Cadac has created the CDC seven as an addition to the medium format CDC six digital console. Offering 96 inputs, the new addition doubles up on both the large format LCD touch screen and associated encoders, together with the physical fader count. The new console retains the CDC six’s 56 busses, for which 54 of them are now configurable with the V4.0 software update.
The CDC seven’s ‘human interface’ has been designed to aid the workflow, for which the dual LCD touchscreens display the CDC swipeable user interface. Encoders immediately to the right of and below both screens encourage the use of touch and swipe operation in navigating and operating the console. Dual screen operation provides simultaneous display and control tasks, so that the VCAs can be displayed on one screen whilst the inputs to the VCAs are displayed on the other. The faders and encoders naturally follow the GUI displayed on the individual screens, resulting in further increases in the speed and flexibility of the workflow. An additional centrally mounted 6.5-inch LCD touchscreen provides access for system control.
Further features of the CDC seven which employs the MegaCOMMS digital audio network include a unique monitor mode with mix focus and 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. Cadac’s CDC audio protocol allows total through-system propagation delay from inputs on stage to outputs, including all processing and A-D / D-A conversions in 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), making it the audio industry’s lowest latency protocol. The console combines 16 creative on-board stereo effects and is preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves interface. This enables direct connection to a Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server in addition to multitrack recording directly to a laptop.
With the development of V4.0 CDC console software, Cadac has added the very latest operating software upgrade for CDC eight, CDC six and CDC seven. The main feature in V4.0 is Sticky Channels with custom layers on the 23.5-inch touch screen, which allows the creation of custom layers with any combination of inputs, outputs or VCAs on the main 16-channel fader bank. These either ‘stick’ 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. Other features of V4.0 include an additional six 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, a console lock and a revised Patching GUI.