Cadac spotlights continuing evolution of MegaCOMMS 

Dedicated music performance network supports highest production standards with extensive interoperability capabilities within integration environments

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The growth of multi-purpose venues often means mixed-use environments are served by audio network systems that do not support the highest possible production values for music and event performance applications. Cadac’s MegaCOMMS enables music and event performances, of any scale, to be cost effectively staged – and venues permanently equipped – to studio quality levels of sonic performance; providing unparalleled, minimal total through-system propagation delay, time-aligned, phase-coherent high-resolution audio, with up to 3072 channels over distances of up to two kilometres.

Cadac’s CDC series mixing consoles are widely recognized as being audibly superior to any other mixing console, analogue or digital, that is currently available, and credited with perceptibly improving the sound performance attainable with any of the world’s leading sound reinforcement systems.

MegaCOMMS networks the same ultra-high performance digital audio via the 2U 12 port, NetCOMMS software programmable, CDC MC Router. This powerful tool enables the creation of large, resilient networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices – including the full current range of CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes – and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz / 24-bit audio. Latency performance is unrivalled, with a total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions, of an astonishing 37 samples (@ 96 kHz), or just under 400us. Combined with MegaCOMMS protocol synchronization of all audio samples before summing, for absolute phase coherency at every output, the result is a level of sound quality with which no other audio network can compare.

As well as the ability to move around huge channel counts, the CDC MC Router performs ‘gain compensation’ in real time, allowing multiple consoles to share stage racks with a single console being the ‘gain master’. Once setup, the router will automatically adjust the outputs of the other consoles seamlessly in real time, even when the mic amp gain is adjusted by the master console.

Devices connect to the CDC MC Router on the MegaCOMMS network via low cost, robust co-axial cables. More extensive networks, up to distances of 2 kilometres, are achievable via fibre optic cable, with the MegaCOMMS CDC MC Optical Bridges; the four port CDC MC Optical-4 and the new, cost-effective, single port CDC MC Optical-1.

The CDC series mix consoles provide unparalleled operational simplicity, with a combination of 23.5 inch high contrast HD touchscreen based control and a highly evolved, high agility OS. Their swipeable graphical operator experience – akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation – presents a less challenging, rapid learning curve. The range of CDC series consoles, comprising the 80 input CDC six, the flagship dual 23.5 inch touchscreen, 128 input CDC seven-s and two of the latest compact CDC five, will be integrated within the booth’s MegaCOMMS network.

The CDC five, in particular, is designed for smaller auditorium fixed installations, as well as corporate and smaller touring applications, with a power-to-form factor ratio, and levels of sonic performance and operational simplicity exceptional in a compact professional mix console. Running 96k/24-bit audio, the CDC five can provide up to 48 inputs and 24 assignable busses, plus LCR and monitors in FoH mode; or 30 assignable busses when operating in Monitor Mode. It features a single 23.5 inch touchscreen with 28 encoders and 16 faders, plus dual banks of user assignable buttons. The rear panel boasts 16 analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs and eight digital I/Os, as well as an integrated 64 x 64 Waves card. It has dual MegaCOMMS ports and is powered by an internal PSU, with optional external PSU redundancy. Its GUI is evolved from the CDC six / CDC seven-s, to include a swipe down feature on the 23.5 inch touch screen that brings up the control screen functions found on the separate 6.5 inch control screen featured on the two larger consoles.

“Cadac’s MegaCOMMS platform offers the system installation and event sectors an industry leading networking and mixing solution, dedicated to the highest standards of sonic performance,” says Marketing Manager, James Godbehear, “Be it classical arts, musical theatre, rock, intimate cabaret or dance festivals – any form of live performance – MegaCOMMS will make an audible difference and outperform other network solutions without incurring a cost premium. On top of that, our NetCOMMS software provides a highly intuitive means of control, enabling the most complex and demanding networks to be readily configured.”

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