British singer-songwriter Paul Carrack, a former member of Roxy Music, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics and session musician for The Smiths and The Pretenders, has invested in a Cadac LIVE1 1642 compact console as a submixer for his keyboard rig. Carrack and his band are currently touring 55 dates around the UK.
Carrack (pictured on tour) recently upgraded his keyboards – including adding sonic modifications to his favourite Hammond C3 – and decided he “needed to trade up his mixer to match”, enlisting monitor engineer Anton Dunbar to find a new console.
“It was all about the sound quality,” Dunbar comments. “Paul asked me to find a desk that sounded amazing but was not overly cluttered on the control surface. The Cadac was the only desk that had both the sound quality and required functionality, and was ergonomically suited to the task at hand and rackmountable.”
Cost was not a concern, but Dunbar says the Cadac displayed markedly superior signal quality to several more expensive consoles. “It’s not only the legendary pre-amps, but also the line drivers on the outputs, that are superior on the Cadac,” he continues. “It has transformed the sound from the keyboard rig. Everything is far more transparent and there is a greater depth and richness to the tonality. It sounds very phase linear, as well as having a really flat frequency response.
“Paul is totally amazed. He is hearing all of the difference in his IEMs – and his IEM mix is the most important mix on the gig, from my perspective.”
Carrack tours with his own d&b audiotechnik 402 rig and Ultimate Ears UE-11 three-way IEMs.