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CADA-MOD board for ADAT recorders


  Solutions to recording laser signals
  Installation options and warranty support
  Alternative to ADAT recorders   

  CADA-MOD technical specifications
  Using ADAT tapes
  ADAT recording pricelist

  Alesis Corporation website


Alesis ADAT-XT recorderUp until around the year 2000, the Alesis ADAT digital tape recorder was the most widespread, universal medium for exchanging laser shows. For example, was used for many years by the International Laser Display Association to judge and display shows for the annual ILDA Awards. It was popular because it was relatively inexpensive, and used widely available S-VHS videotape (or hard disk drives on the latest model) for recording. The major drawback, however, is that an unmodified ADAT can't directly record laser signals due to the inability to record DC. 


Solutions to recording laser signals

 Alesis ADAT
Original Alesis ADAT ("black-face")
  Modify by following booklet instructions


o record laser signals, Pangolin developed solutions for each type of ADAT digital tape recorder:

  • For the original black-face Alesis ADAT and similar Fostex RD-8, you can make the modifications directly to the circuit board. Pangolin distributes a booklet which describes this process.
            If you have an electronics background, you should be able to perform the modification yourself. Click here for information about the booklet.

 Alesis ADAT-XT and XT-20Alesis ADAT-XT
  Modify by installing the CADA-MOD board,    or CADA-MOD Plus DMX  board

  • In the fall of 1995, Alesis introduced the ADAT-XT and similar Fostex CX-8. Then in 1998, Alesis introduced the ADAT XT-20. For these models, a special modification board is necessary. This mounts to the Alesis "CADA" board and thus is known as the "CADA-MOD". There are two versions of the CADA-MOD. One is standard, the other adds the ability to record DMX-512 control signals (used in the lighting industry).

        Pangolin has officially discontinued sales of the CADA-MOD and CADA-MOD Plus DMX boards. At this point, we recommend you use a computer running Pangolin's Autoplay program, or use our Flashback 3 Laser Controller.

 Alesis ADAT HD24Alesis ADAT HD24
  Modified by Pangolin for laser output only

  • In 2002, Alesis introduced the ADAT HD24. This is not a tape-based unit at all, but instead uses removable hard disk drives. This requires a different modification altogether and is NOT done with a board. Pangolin performs a modification on channels 1-6, 9-14 and 17-22 so that these channels can reproduce laser signals from DC to around 20kHz with Pangolin-compatible signal levels. Note that this modification is only for output (playback) of laser signals, not for input (recording). Also note that a DMX option is not available for the HD24 at this time. For more information contact Pangolin. Click here for pricing on the HD24-MOD.

  This page last updated: Wednesday, Januari 29, 2020

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