Published On May 16, 2012 | News


Not sure if this is cheating or clever–CADAC is demonstrating its new CDC eight digital production console to the US Theatre Sound industry as a sponsor of the Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes. CADAC’s US theatre sound distributor, RF Productions will be showing the new console to theatre design professionals and students during a manufacturers’ showcase sessions at the 99 seat Abe Burrows Theatre at the NYU (less than a hundred seats–no hiding from question time then). While the launch of the CDC eight has focused on the console’s role in spearheading CADAC’s move into the wider sound touring and installation sectors, the CDC eight still hangs its hat on CADAC’s heritage of providing theatre sound consoles.

With that theatre market firmly in mind, the CDC eight offers a high input count on a desk with a compact footprint–we all know that promoters hate “pulling” seats to make room for a sound mix position. It also has 40 configurable output busses which can be programmed as groups or matrixes, and additionally there are 16 internal VCA groups. Altogether, the console provides up to 128 input channels and using the input selection on each channel to sum two inputs together, that can be expanded to a potential 256. Keeping everything under control the CDC eight offers what CADAC call a “high agility” user interface with two 24 inch (590mm) 16:10 HD touch-screen control surfaces and a third smaller LCD touch-screen dedicated to system control and automation. CADAC has a “theatre development program” for the desk looking towards potential compatibility with its own J-Type SAM theatre automation software. The Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes provides CADAC the opportunity to address an audience of dedicated theatre sound professionals, but most importantly it offers them quality time with the industry’s top designers in a relaxed, intimate setting. We’re still not sure if that’s cheating. Ask them yourself at

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