PLASA 2011: Midas launch PRO2 and PRO2C consoles

Midas has launched the latest additions to its PRO Series of digital consoles; the PRO2 and PRO2C live audio systems, at PLASA 2011.

Despite being the most compact and least expensive Midas digital consoles, the PRO2 and PRO2C aim to represent a move forward for digital mixing, both in technology and concept. Essentially the same console, the PRO2C has eight fewer input faders and the smaller frame, at 730mm by 880mm, compared to 730mm and 1180cm for the PRO2. Both consoles share the same components and finish as the rest of the PRO Series, including the Alex Cooper-designed mic preamps, A-D converters, and daylight-viewable screens.

The PRO2 features three modes of channel navigation: FOH Normal, MON Normal and Advanced, allowing engineers to mix a large number of inputs on a compact control surface. Putting a PRO2/ PRO2C into Advanced navigation mode enables the MCA (Master Control Association) groups feature. These operate in a similar way to the established VCA (Variable Control Association) groups, but are specific to the selected bus. When the PRO2/PRO2C is in Advanced navigation mode with MCA navigation engaged, the MCA faders control the contributions of their members only to the currently selected bus. This is designed to work as a powerful mixing tool when combined with the ‘hide unassigned channels’ feature.

The PRO2s/PRO2Cs also come with console templates to allow exploration of the new navigation concepts. In Normal mode, operation of the PRO2/PRO2C is similar to many other digital consoles, allowing operators to work in a manner that they are accustomed to. The Advanced navigation features can be implemented as the operator becomes familiar with the console. All Midas digital console showfiles are compatible with all Midas digital consoles, allowing a show written on a PR02/PRO2C to run on a PR03, PRO6, PRO9, XL8 and vice versa.

The PRO2/PRO2C standard system consists of a control surface and one 5U DL251 19” rack I/O unit, connected by a networked audio and data system. The network carries both proprietary control data and open architecture AES50 digital audio, and uses standard CAT-5E or CAT-6 cabling and connectors. They are also network-compatible with all other Midas digital systems and I/O devices.

Furthermore, the PRO2/PRO2C are the first Midas products to provide compatibility with the new iPad application, which will be rolled out to all other consoles by the year end. The Midas iPad app will permit a user to control remotely, via wireless, all console fader positions including inputs, outputs and VCA faders. It will allow remote control of all onboard GEQ, and also provide the operator with a console overview, including all input and output meters in real-time.