Cadac Electronics

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Cadac Electronics plc (Company No. 01389378 Date of Incorporation: 15 September 1978) are a manufacturer of sound mixing desks for live music productions, theatres, recording and broadcast. Cadac desks presently are most famous for large scale musicals such as "Phantom of the Opera" (from 1984 till 2008), "The Lion King", "Mamma Mia!" and "We Will Rock You" but historically from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s were installed in famous recording studios around the world including Lansdowne Studios, Manor Studios, Wessex Studios, Scorpio Studios and George Harrison's Friar Park Studio. Clive Green retired in 2005. In early 2009 the assets and IP of the company were purchased by Mr. Xianggui Wang of the Soundking group, China.

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In 1967 Clive started working with Adrian Kerridge at London's Lansdowne studios, working on replacing all the valve parts for an old EMI desk with solid state technology and modifying the desk for 8 track recording.
In 1968 Terry Brown (a sound engineer at Lansdowne and Olympic) was asked by Barry Morgan and Monty Bason to set up the new Morgan studios. He asks to buy the designs for the new desk Clive and Adrian have been working on. Clive suggests that he builds the desk for Terry, and gets together with Adrian, David Bott an engineer from "TVT", and Charles Billet of Audix (who made the frames for the desks) so Clive, Adrian, David And Charles ... CADAC is born. The first desk is delivered to Morgan, then many more in the years to come, as this is the beginning of a long relationship between Cadac and Morgan. These are 8 track split console designs with no automation and transformer balanced inputs and outputs. Many desks are still in operation in studios all over the world. The last studio desk to be installed is still at Air Edel Studios in London. Air Edel A new website with photographs is soon to be published showing the recording studios and desks.
In 1984 a sound engineer, Martin Levan, from Morgan Studios is asked to put on a live show, "Little Shop of Horrors" and the first desk is built for live theatre. (As seen in the book "the Sound of Theatre" by David Collison, published by PLASA)
Many theatres all over the world use Cadac desks and to name a few current theatrical shows using Cadac desks in the West End include: Billy Elliot, We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Lion King, and Wicked and on Broadway: 13, Avenue Q, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Lion King, Mary Poppins, Pal Joey, South Pacific and Wicked.

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