Introducing the Midas PRO1-
The Midas PRO1 Digital Console 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
The Midas PRO1 Digital Console 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. In addition to the PRO1’s 40 primary input channels, it features 8 aux returns, all of which feature 4-band MIDAS parametric EQ and insert points. These 8 aux returns can be used as returns for the PRO1’s internal FX processors, or as additional mic channels, if enough mic inputs are available on the network I/O hardware. A total of 48 input channels have routing to 27 mix busses. These busses comprise 16 user-configurable aux busses, which can be mixes, subgroups or mix minus groups, and 8 matrix busses. The Matrix busses source from inputs, as well as groups, and so can be used as 8 additional auxes (monitor mix and FX sends) which provides a total of 24 mixes (plus L, R & Mono) for monitor mixing duties. All busses can be linked as stereo pairs (except the MONO buss). As with all MIDAS digital consoles the audio paths can be routed to multiple destinations and the console format can be reconfigured live on a scene-by-scene basis.
Display Screen for the Midas PRO1 - The high-resolution screen remains visible even in direct sunlight. In this aspect, the PRO1’s visual support is exceptional, as most conventional consoles become difficult, or impossible to operate in high ambient lighting. Visual feedback for the entire system is provided by the screen. Pressing the HOME key (just to the left of the assignable controls) instantly displays the console overview screen, which keeps all vital information (all metering, all fader positions, mutes and solos) in view at all times.
Detail Panel Area - The detail panel is a vertically oriented channel strip, with an almost identical layout to the PRO2, 3, 6 and 9. The controls are configured in a logical, signal-path sequence and are easily identified by their relative positions. Both analogue users and digital adopters will find no difficulty using the large multi-colour LCD channel select buttons for navigating the console.
Input Gains - The PRO1 features two input gains per channel. First is the remote analogue gain for that wonderful MIDAS mic amp, the second is a digital gain. Set the analogue gain for the desired amount (if any) of that famous MIDAS “warmth”, then use the digital gain to trim to your preferred gain structure.
Equalisation - MIDAS digital EQ features fully interpolated controls, which re-create the original phase-shift as experienced when working on the Worlds’ best-loved analogue consoles. Each input channel has 4-band parametric EQ, with a choice of four different filter types for both the high and low filters. These powerful EQ options enable the user to employ EQ filters which emulate the sound of historic MIDAS consoles, or, freed of the limitations of analogue circuitry, choose advanced digital filter types.
Dynamics Processing - The dynamics processing on the PRO1’s input channels is identical to the much-acclaimed MIDAS XL8. Each input channel features a frequency-conscious gate and a choice from four different compressor algorithms. Further creative expression is available, as all four compressor options feature variable knee, internal and external sidechain filtering, and colouration artefact options. Output (buss) compression offers a choice of five different options.
These compression algorithms are designed to provide the engineer with a broad pallet of options for maximum creative potential, right down to the visual display on the screen changing to support the different styles. More dynamics processing options are available in the PRO1’s FX rack, including multiband compression and dynamic equalisation.
Midas PRO1 Configuration:
- A 100 inputs x 102 outputs (max capacity) point-to-point routing anywhere within the Network
- 24 mic/line inputs with MIDAS mic preamps
- 48 simultaneous input processing channels
- 24 analogue outputs (including 2 stereo local monitor outputs)
- 3 AES3 outputs
- 2 AES3 inputs
- 27 sample-synchronous, phase-coherent mix busses
- Up to 12 multi-channel FX engines
- Up to 28 KLARK TEKNIK DN370 31-band Graphic EQs A Full-colour 15” daylight-viewable display screen
- 8 VCA (Variable Control Association) groups
- 6 POPulation groups
- 96 kHz 40-bit floating-point processing throughout
Additional I/O Unit Options:
- DL431 24 in 5 way split: fixed configuration I/O
- DL251 48 in / 16 out fixed configuration I/O
- DL252 16 in / 48 out fixed configuration I/O
- DL351 Up to 64 in / 64 out configurable I/O (8 card slots)
- DL451 Up to 24 in / 24 out configurable I/O (3 card slots) PRO1 Control Centre Weight and Dimensions: A Width 685.20 mm (26.98” ) Depth 722.14mm (28.43”) A Weight: 21.5kg (47.5lbs) *weights are approximate and out of flight case