Philadelphia’s Delcampo Installs First US Cadac LIVE1

Cadac Holdings Ltd. (Luton, Beds. UK) – Confirming its superb sound quality, the first CADAC LIVE1 sold in the US has been installed in a recording facility. Newly appointed US distributor LIFT Distribution has sold CADAC’s new LIVE1 compact analogue console to Chet Delcampo as an upgrade for his private recording studio.


A songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and self-recording artist of renown, Delcampo chose the CADAC LIVE1 as a replacement for a classic but aging Siemans console. Recording, producing and releasing records as both Chet Delcampo and Hong Kong Stingray, his career has taken him from coast to coast and across the pond and back, collaborating along the way with the likes of Kid Congo (ex Cramps, The Gun Club and Nick Cave), Parthenon Huxley (The Eels) and David Lovering (the Pixies). Finally settling in Philadelphia, he has produced two critically lauded albums, The Fountain and Apartment Songs as Chet Delcampo, and two further LP’s as Hong Kong Stingray. Recently he has also scored for the movie Mr. Chen and produced, co-arranged and played extensively on the acclaimed debut album by Heyward Howkins.

The LIVE1 might not necessarily be the first console one would consider for a recording facility but its ultra low noise circuitry, famous CADAC sound and engineering quality, and competitive price point caught Delcampo’s attention: “The quality factor was my main interest,” says Delcampo. “It’s fair to say that being designed as a live desk it has relatively minimal studio monitoring options but, that said, by using the board’s AFL’s on the monitor and master sections one can easily switch between tracking mode and mixing mode; i.e. back to DAW or tape capture and returning into the LIVE1 to monitor. I’m finding for my studio it works well, though for more elaborate monitoring needs there are several I/O monitoring rack units that would be worth considering to provide further options.

“Sonically it is a major upgrade and the workflow, ergonomics and affordability are also very attractive, not to mention CADAC’s history and reputation; and it has cool looks. The improvement is readily appreciated and I have just started to get my head around it, enjoying having the low noise and clean signal path, allowing for the use of select hardware on busses and master to get transformer or tube glow when needed.

The CADAC joins a host of classic and esoteric gear in Delcampo’s writing, arranging and recording suite, including Burl AD and Metric Halo Lio DA conversion in and out of his DAW, Magnacord Tube and SCA N72 pre amps, Retro 2a3 Tube EQ, Siemens W295 vintage EQs, Blackspade UM17R, Cascade Fat Head II stereo ribbons, and Oktava MC012 Joly modded mics, and an Otari ¼ inch 2-track tape machine. It is a facility that reflects the lush and layered arrangements that are a signature element of his sound, and which earn him comparisons with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker or Brian Wilson. Right now Delcampo is writing and recording with the CADAC, working on new tracks for an upcoming release, as well as some more film score work.

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 About the CADAC LIVE1

The LIVE1 is CADAC’s first compact console design. Designed by the same engineers responsible for large scale sound production consoles like the CADAC J-Type, the LIVE1 features a true CADAC signal path with ultra-low noise mic preamps and classic CADAC EQ, offering 16, 24 or 32 channels of legendary CADAC sound at a highly competitive price point. 

The classic 4-band EQ incorporates two sweepable mid sections. The new mic preamp design – also featured on the new compact CDC Four digital console – utilises the latest engineering and component technologies to deliver the unique audio performance at this price point. Input channels also feature individual phantom power, PFL and Mute (AFL mode set from master section), 100mm faders with LED signal indicators, six Auxiliaries (switchable pre/post in pairs), 60mm Aux Master faders, and four subgroups. All frame sizes feature four stereo inputs and six returns (four with sends to aux 5/6), as well as two returns on 100mm faders; with sends to subgroups and aux 5/6.

About Cadac Holdings Limited

The CADAC name has been synonymous with top quality mixing consoles since 1968, from its earliest designs for recording studios and broadcast applications, through to the latest live sound reinforcement consoles. The company’s reputation for unparalleled audio quality and intuitive operation is matched by continuous enhancement and development, using the highest quality components together with innovative electronic and mechanical designs. The CADAC J-Type Live Production Console remains the industry-standard choice for leading musical productions, featuring on Broadway, the West End and around the world on long-running hits including Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Disney’s Lion King. CADAC is headquartered in Luton, where all CADAC products are designed. For more information on the CADAC line-up, visit

About Soundking Group Company Ltd

The Soundking Group Company Limited has been established for more than 20 years, and is headquartered in Ningbo, close to Shanghai.  One of China’s leading audio manufacturers, Soundking Group has an extensive range of innovative, market-leading products and was a major supplier for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.  For more information go to

About LIFT Distribution

LIFT Distribution is the exclusive North American distributor for leading live performance technology such as KV2 Audio and Cadac Holdings. In addition to products, parts and customer support, the company has comprehensive systems design and build capabilities to assist with projects of any scale. Products are available for purchase directly or through an exclusive, value-added dealer network. For more information, please visit:

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