Digital

PRO1 Introduction

The PRO1 breaks new ground for MIDAS digital consoles, featuring an all-new, lightweight aluminium frame, PRO1 is the first stand-alone MIDAS digital console, and sets new standards of portability and performance for a “compact” digital console.

PRO1 is easy to configure and operate. Engineers who are new to MIDAS digital can relax, enjoy the PRO1’s sample-synchronous audio quality, and mix from well within their comfort zone.

Engineers familiar with MIDAS can just load their existing showfile straight into the PRO1, regardless of which MIDAS digital console it was created on, and carry on working.

PRO2 and PRO2C Introduction

Think of an audio mixing system which offers unprecedented levels of control integration in terms of speed and ease of workflow. Think of an audio mixing system which has the most intuitive, operator-driven user-interface yet imagined, yet costs no more than an ordinary console. Think of an audio mixing system which has all of this, and sounds like a MIDAS. Think of the MIDAS PRO2 – Radical thinking – It’s simple!

The MIDAS PRO2 and PRO2C may be the smallest and least expensive MIDAS digital consoles so far; however, they represent a quantum leap forward in both technology and in concept for the art of audio mixing.

PRO2 can be operated in a number of different ways, depending upon the experience, ability and willingness of the operator to adopt new ideas. In “normal” mode, PRO2 behaves in a manner similar to many other digital consoles. Engineers who are new to MIDAS digital can relax, enjoy the PRO2’s sample-synchronous audio quality, and operate the console from well within their comfort zone. As an operator becomes increasingly familiar with the console, they can activate the advanced navigation features which enable access to undreamt of levels of ease and speed of workflow on an audio console. Digital or Analogue!

PRO2 is also available in minimum-footprint compact form, PR02C. PRO2C is essentially the same mixer, the only difference being the physical size of the user interface. The PRO2C features all of the facilities of its larger sibling, yet this 64 channel mixer is no larger than many 24 channel analogue consoles.

 

PRO3 Overview

The MIDAS PRO3 Live Audio System provides entry to the PRO Series of consoles and will ensure that even more touring riders and professional installations can take advantage of MIDAS’ digital features.

PRO3 naturally features the legendary and much-loved MIDAS sound characteristics, which have their roots in the classic MIDAS analogue consoles. It also includes the overwhelmingly successful VCA and POPulation groups, which allow users to navigate channels intuitively, without the hindrance of layers or pages of faders. It also benefits from the same comprehensive choice of effects and dynamics processing as the PRO6 and XL8, including the much-acclaimed XL8 compressor styles.

The PRO3 brings these features and more within reach of tighter budgets, offering 48 input channels with remote controlled mic pres, 27 buses and six stereo effects. At the heart of the PRO3 is the DL351 configurable, modular I/O unit offering the user a choice of 5 I/O cards. The PRO3 can be specified with a number of different I/O units from the Midas DL I/O range. However should investors require more connectivity over time, a simple and affordable upgrade path supersizes the system to the PRO6 or the fully-loaded, 88-channel PRO9 with additional hardware and firmware upgrades.

 

PRO6 Overview

The MIDAS PRO6 is the second networked digital audio system from MIDAS and is at the heart of the PRO Series Live Audio Systems. The PRO6 can provide up to 64 simultaneous input processing channels and up to 35 discrete mixes in monitor mode, all of which feature MIDAS EQ and a choice of many dynamics processing options. By adding additional I/O hardware the PRO6’s network can be expanded up to 288 inputs and 294 outputs. These connections can be patched and routed on a scene-by-scene basis, by use of the PRO6’s powerful snapshot automation.

As with all the PRO Series the PRO6 benefits from the mix and match of all the MIDAS I/O box options, from the fixed configuration DL251 stage box to the highly acclaimed DL431 24 channel 5-way mic splitter. Flexibility can be further increased by adding the KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 digital format converter offering MADI and Dante connectivity.

Users can navigate the channels intuitively without resorting to layers with the aid of MIDAS’ VCA and POPulation groups. It naturally features the legendary and muchloved MIDAS sound characteristics with comprehensive choice of effects and dynamics processing, including the much-acclaimed XL8 compressor styles.

The PRO6 can to the fully-loaded at a later date to an 88-channel PRO9 with additional hardware and firmware upgrades.

 

PRO9 Overview

The MIDAS PRO9 sits at the top of the MIDAS PRO Series, featuring a massive 88 channel input count and 35 buses, with the dual stage boxes offering placement flexibility up to 200m apart and 500m from the FOH position.

The PRO9 benefits from the full range of MIDAS I/O box options, including the DL251 fixed format stage box, the highly acclaimed DL431 24 channel 5-way mic splitter offering three mic preamps per channel and dual digital network connections, both with full redundancy. Flexibility can be further increased by adding the KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 digital format converter offering MADI and Dante connectivity.

The MIDAS PRO9 comes complete with the features that have been made popular by established MIDAS digital systems, the XL8 and the PRO6. This includes the hugely successful VCA and POPulation groups, which allow users to navigate channels intuitively, without the confusion caused by layers or pages of faders. It features the legendary and much-loved MIDAS sound characteristics, which have their roots in the classic MIDAS analogue consoles. The PRO9 also benefits from the same comprehensive choice of effects and dynamics processing as the PRO6 and XL8, including the acclaimed XL8 compressor styles. Expandable modular connectivity means the system can be upgraded to meet any applications.

 

XL8 Overview

Digital goes MIDAS. The industry held its collective breath when the XL8 was unveiled in 2006 as this was not merely another digital mixing console. It brought audio control and distribution, in fact all aspects of the live performance to one single control centre. Being a MIDAS it coupled sound quality, flexibility and reliability with an ease and familiarity of use unrivalled by other digital control surfaces.

The XL8 has been designed so the engineer doesn’t have to think in terms of numbers, pages or layers. The user navigates the system and identifies channels by colours and groupings, which they themselves create. This method allows an individualised approach to mixing, rather than working within hardware-dictated numerical limitations.