Extra flexibility for MegaComms network
Cadac has expanded the connectivity options of its MegaComms audio network with AES3 and optical devices. In addition, it has also created user-definable routing thanks to a software upgrade. The manufacturer describes the releases as providing ‘another level of flexibility’ to its networking protocol.
Starting with the hardware, the 1U CDC MC Optical Bridge allows 128 channels of 24-bit/96kHz MegaComms audio to run on an optical cable for up to a distance of 2km with a reported latency of 0.02ms. This distance is from bridge to bridge, but the manufacturer states that a further run of up to 150m on RG6 coaxial from the bridge to the console, stagebox or another CDC MC Optical can be added. The unit has four pairs of MegaComms ports – transmit and receive – with a duplex optical multi-mode/single mode LC port per pair, allowing up to 512 channels of audio to be transmitted.
The 2U CDC MC AES3 Stagebox provides a total of 18 AES3 inputs/outputs via four, 25-way D-Sub connectors and two XLR connectors, making a total of 36 audio inputs and outputs. All of the transformer isolated inputs as well as the outputs have SRC on a connector to connector basis. The unit can also be synchronised with an external word clock, AES11 or via its own internal clock.
Away from the hardware, the CDC MC Router (Windows 10) software application enables end users to create their own CDC MC Router maps from a graphical user interface. The Router will auto detect the attached MegaComms units while the interface will show the individual unit’s MegaComms connectivity capabilities, along with the firmware status and will highlight any incompatibilities between versions. Another key feature is its ability handle the gain compensation between consoles. The manufacturer states that the router automatically compensates for any adjustment in gain from the master console without affecting the gain, or audio quality, of any other console in the same network.
Staying with software but shifting product lines, Cadac has also released CDC Console Software V3.01 for its CDC Six and CDC Eight desks. Major features found in V3.01 include custom fader layers and the option to create a personal library for EQ, effects and dynamics settings which can be stored on the console, as well as uploaded to a USB key. Other features include enhanced granularity of the channel copy and paste functions, router GUI and network gain compensation, input and output patching enhancements and direct outs with additional options.