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Cadac Launches Two New Hardware Products


being rack-mountable making it suitable for situations requiring up to 56 channels in 14U of rack space. The CDC four is also designed for recording applications as well as live sound situations. With 16 Cadac microphone


CADAC USED Frankfurt to introduce a new version of its CDC four compact digital console – the CDC four, featuring a 6 x 4 matrix – and the M16, a 3U 16-channel mic pre/MADI box. The 6 x 4 matrix in the new


CDC four includes 31-band graphic EQ, compressor/ limiter and delay on all four channels, and 31-band graphic EQ on all aux sends.


The compact digital console has 16 motorised channel faders, high-resolution TFT colour display, and recallable scene memory. Other features include ultra-low distortion EQ filters, analogue sounding compressors, 96kHz 24-bit Delta Sigma A-D/D-A converters, and fourth generation 32/40-bit floating point SHARC processors. It also has the advantage of


amplifiers in a 19in 3U package, the M16 has a three- way active split per channel with a combined MADI port. This combination makes the unit suitable for live, broadcast, recording, and more; the integrated MADI interface means that third-party digital consoles can upgrade their inputs with the Cadac preamp. www.cadac-sound.com www.soundking.com


Audient Unveils Mic Pre


AUDIENT SHOWCASED ASP880, an eight- channel microphone preamplifier and ADC. ASP880 features eight of Audient’s console mic


pres, two JFET DI instrument inputs, converter technology, variable impedance, and variable high pass filters in a 1U rack mount unit. Each channel has a balanced insert with direct access to the converter so it can be used as an eight-channel mic pre and a standalone converter. Much of Audient’s product range was on show


too, including the audio interface iD22. www.audient.com


Yamaha Presents QL Series Consoles


DURING Apacked press event, Yamaha launched a range of digital mixing consoles, delivering the audio quality, processing power, and flexibility of the CL Series, in a smaller size and with local I/O facilities aimed at smaller scale productions. The QL Series comprises


two models: the QL1 and QL5. The QL1 features 16 inputs and eight outputs in a 468mm-wide chassis, with the QL5 32 ins/16 outs, measuring 828.4mm wide. The QL1 has 32 mono and eight stereo input channels, while the QL5 has 64 mono and eight stereo. Onboard Dante networking


allows QL consoles to be integrated into bigger systems


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with Yamaha’s R-series I/O units and CL Series consoles. A QL console can simultaneously control up to eight R-series units, offering as many as 256 input sources. A new port-to-port facility


gives CL Series consoles access to the onboard connections of QL consoles, allowing them to be used as external I/O. Auto gain compensation can be applied to the QL Series head amps as well as R-series I/O units, allowing two or more


QL and CL Series consoles to share inputs without unexpected level changes. Dan Dugan’s auto-mixing is


provided onboard the QL Series, while audio processing includes the QL Effects Rack and the Premium Rack. Two Mini-YGDAI expansion slots also allow QL Series consoles to add further (external) processing, additional local I/O, and interface with other audio networking formats. www.yamahaproaudio.com


V2 Software For SSL Live Released


SOLID STATE Logic made several product announcements in Frankfurt. The company


announced the release of V2 software for the SSL Live console, which includes enhancements to the output matrix, effects rack, user interface, routing, solo system, and focus channel, as well as an offline setup application. SSL also presented a trio of


developments for its Duende Native range of plug-ins. The three new plug-ins complement the existing range, with two plug-ins (X-Saturator and X- ValveComp) designed to bring some analogue saturation and distortion emulation to a digital


DAW and the third (X-Phase) delivering frequency specific phase correction. Lastly, the company announced its first update for Sigma, SSL’s remote-controlled analogue summing unit. The new software will be a free upgrade and enables all features of Sigma to be controlled from an iPad or iPhone via Open Sound Control (OSC), a protocol that allows communication among devices. www.solid-state-logic.com


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Midas Announces 271-channel PRO X


MIDAS REVEALED the new PRO X, which the company claims is the world’s most powerful live mixing console. The Neutron engine is capable of up to 800 audio channels, which can be routed on a point-to-point basis, with the ability to change the routing even on individual automation scenes. On its own, the PRO X provides 168 inputs and 99 mix or 103 output channels simultaneously on a control surface that measures less than 60in wide. AES50 digital audio connectivity allows scalability for up to 288 network inputs and 294 network outputs. Integration comes via IP-compliant third-party audio networks, such as Audinate Dante and Cirrus Logic CobraNet, using the Klark Teknik DN9650 Network Bridge. PRO X features 99 mix busses that can be simultaneously displayed


as 24 mono or stereo mixes on the console surface. Each of the displayed mixes has its own LCD select switch with RGB colour coding and scribble strips – plus 11-segment LED bargraph metering. The powerhouse behind the PRO X system is the new Neutron


Audio System Engine. FPGA and MIMD (Multiple Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture delivers more than 100 gigaflops of real- time audio processing, translating into 271 simultaneous processing channels at 96kHz and 40-bit floating-point operation. Visiting engineers can prepare shows in advance of their arrival, either using another Midas console or the Apple Mac OS X Offline Editor software. Show files are forward and backward compatible, so shows created on the user’s Midas PRO Series console work exactly the same on any other Midas PRO console. The Midas PRO X will be available before the end of 2014. www.midasconsoles.com


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