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MIDAS PRO2 Digital Console FEATURES:

  • 8 Time Award-Winning MIDAS Microphone Preamplifiers
  • 27 Time-Aligned and Phase Coherent mix buses
  • AES50 Networking allows upto 156 inputs and 164 outputs @ 96 kHz sample rate
  • Advanced MCA (Mix Control Association) Channel control and navigation
  • 8 VCA (Variable Control Association) and 6 POPulation Groups
  • Up to 28 assignable 1/3rd Octave Klark Teknik DN370 Graphic EQ's
  • Up to 6 Multi Channel digital signal processing effects engines
  • 28 Midas Pro Motorized Faders
  • Daylight Viewable15" Fill Colour TFT Display Screen
  • Fully interpolated touch sensitive controls
  • Optional Wireless remote control with MIDAS MIXTENDER App for iPad
  • Dual Redundant auto-ranging universal switch mode power supplies
  • 3-Year Warranty Program
  • Designed and Engineered in the U.K.

Midas PRO2 : Digital Mixing Console [Install Package]
Midas PRO2 : Digital Mixing Console [Install Package]
Retail Price: $19,999.99
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Midas PRO2 Install Package : Includes PRO2 console (Boxed) loaded with 8 mic/line inputs, 16 analog outputs 2 AES3 inputs and 3 AES3 outputs.
Midas PRO2 : Digital Mixing Console [Tour Package]
Midas PRO2 : Digital Mixing Console [Tour Package]
Retail Price: $20,749.99
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Midas PRO2 Tour Package : Includes PRO2 console (Boxed) loaded with 8 mic/line inputs, 16 analog outputs 2 AES3 inputs and 3 AES3 outputs.

MIDAS PRO2 OVERVIEW:

The Midas PRO2 is designed to work in conjunction with any of the MIDAS digital I/O units. The Midas Pro2 can be ordered as an Install Package or a Tour Package. Each Midas PRO2 Package can be used with a MIDAS DL251 stage box, providing 48 MIDAS mic/line inputs, and 16 analogue XLR outputs on stage, in addition to the Midas PRO2’s 8 mic/line inputs and 16 XLR analogue outputs on the back of the console itself. Two AES3 inputs, three AES3 outputs and dual-redundant power supplies, all supplied as standard, complete the hardware configuration.

The Midas PRO2 is easy to configure and operate and is identical to the PRO2C apart from having 8 more input faders. Engineers who are new to MIDAS digital can relax, enjoy The Midas PRO2’s sample-synchronous audio quality, and mix from well within their comfort zone. Engineers already familiar with MIDAS can just load their existing show file straight into The Midas PRO2, regardless of which MIDAS digital console it was created on, and carry on working.

In addition to the Midas PRO2’s 56 primary input channels, the Midas PRO2 also 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 PRO2’s internal FX processors, or as additional mic channels, if sufficient mic inputs are available on the I/O hardware.

A total of 64 input channels have routing to 27 phase-coherent mix buses, which comprise 16 user-configurable buses (which can be mixes, subgroups or mix minus groups), and 8 matrix buses. The matrix buses 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 buses can be linked as stereo pairs (except the mono bus).

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.

MIDAS PRO2 Overview:
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MIDAS Audio Quality:

The MIDAS reputation for fantastic audio quality has evolved over 40 years of development and research.

By continuing to design the world's best live sound mic preamps through use of superior components, MIDAS has carried this tradition into the digital realm. Adding the best converters and custom processing algorithms to the mix, MIDAS takes audio quality to another level.

A major problem affecting many digital consoles is a lack of attention to delay management. All digital processing takes time to run.

Mix engineers working on analogue consoles routinely combine signals with different signal paths and processing, and expect to do the same with digital mixers. On most current digital consoles, combining signals in this way leads to the summing of signals that are partly out of phase. MIDAS digital systems are the only live sound systems in the world to have a comprehensive and automatic latency management system. Which, in addition to managing all internal routing and processing latency, also includes compensation for additional A/D & D/A conversions required when connecting external analogue inserts. This means that all audio samples are synchronised before summing, resulting in absolute phase coherency at all outputs.

MIDAS digital consoles feel, as well as sound superb. All the variable controls on the console are genuine analogue high-precision potentiometers, not mechanical encoders. These access the processing algorithms through precision instrumentation A/D converters, and MIDAS I/O and DSP units can be freely distributed into multiple locations. In particular, I/O units can be placed exactly where they are needed.

Every transition of a network adds delay. MIDAS AES50 networks have only 70 microseconds of latency per hop, so even a multi-hop routing has negligible aggregate delay (latency), making it perfect for in-ear monitoring. All inputs and all outputs are time-aligned to sample accuracy, no matter where they are in the network or how they are routed. This is another major contributor to the performance of a MIDAS digital console and that magical MIDAS sound.

  • Over 40 years of audio mixing console development and research
  • Comprehensive and automatic latency management system including compensation for external analogue inserts
  • MIDAS custom interpolation algorithms
  • Comprehensive automatic time alignment
  • KLARK TEKNIK's SuperMAC implementation of AES50 for incredibly low 70 microseconds of latency per link
MIDAS Automatic Latency Management System: MIDAS Klark-Teknik SuperMAC:
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Ergonomics:

Display Screen: The high-resolution screen remains visible even in direct sunlight. In this aspect, the MIDAS’ visual support is exceptional, as most conventional consoles become difficult, or impossible to operate in high ambient lighting.

The screen provides visual feedback for the entire system. 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 identical layout to the PRO2 and similar to the PRO1, PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9. 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.

MIDAS Screen Views: MIDAS Ergonomics - Touch Sensitive Controls:
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Mic Pres:

The MIDAS microphone pre-amp is the one by which all others are judged. Still built from discrete components, and still based on the designs which were so successful in the legendary MIDAS analogue consoles such as the XL3, XL4 and Heritage, the current expressions in the PRO Series sound better than ever.

Whether you want pristine, transparent reproduction, or that renowned MIDAS warmth and colouration, MIDAS’ dual (analogue and digital) gain stages enable you to shape the mic amps’ character according to your own preference. All MIDAS digital consoles feature two input gains per channel. First is the remote analogue gain for that wonderful MIDAS mic amp, the second is a digital trim. Set the analogue gain for the desired amount (if any) of that famous MIDAS “warmth”, then use the digital trim to achieve your preferred gain structure.

  • Unique MIDAS sound
  • Based on MIDAS’ legendary analogue Mic pre’s – XL4, XL3 and Heritage Series
  • Both analogue and digital gains
MIDAS Mic Pres: MIDAS Gain Control:
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MIDAS PRO2 FEATURES:

VCA and POPulation: With the advent of digital technology, channel counts and processing features have grown to a point where it is no longer practical to have all controls physically available at the same time. Additionally, the logistical advantages of smaller control surfaces are becoming increasingly attractive. MIDAS’ unique approach to solving this problem is to mirror the natural work flow used by mix engineers and to provide control and supporting feedback of system status at all levels, from the highest overview to the finest detail. This encourages the development of a mental picture, or “Mind Map”, of the whole system, even though focus may only be required on limited, specific functions.

For example, channels by default are not layered but scrolled. By being scrolled, the console displays act as a window onto the available channels in the system and allow you to think of the channels in a simple linear progression, rather than forcing you to remember which layer contains the channels. This scrolled format brings the console to you, rather than forcing you to search for specific elements.

But this is only the beginning.

At the heart of MIDAS console navigation are the VCA and POPulation groups, which provide primary access to multiple channels (typically grouped into related clusters by mix engineers). To access all the channels belonging to any of the VCA or POP groups, merely press the select switch. Selecting a VCA or POP group will bring all of the members of that group to the designated area of the control surface, populating from the VCA area outwards. If the group has more members than visible channels, the group can be viewed by scrolling the input bay. This work flow is applied to every area of the console, ensuring consistent ease-of-use and appropriately fast access to all controls.

To help further improve the “Mind Map”, live sound engineers have typically used colour when navigating mixing consoles by applying different-coloured adhesive tape and swapping coloured fader knobs to help make console navigation faster and more intuitive. MIDAS have taken this established principle of channel recognition and applied it to VCA and POPulation groups with assignable colour coding and digital write-on buttons.

  • VCA and POPulation groups both have assignable colour coding and digital write-on buttons
  • VCA Groups allow access to all the channel faders belonging to any of the VCA groups at the press of a switch
  • POP (POPulation) groups can contain any combination of channels that you want to access instantly at the press of a switch
  • VCA and POP Groups encourage the development of a mental picture, or “Mind Map”, of the whole system
  • Selecting a VCA or POP group will bring all of the members of that group to you, rather than you having to go looking for them
  • Input channels can be viewed either by scrolling the input faders or by pressing the EXTEND button, which will populate the
  • VCA faders with additional members of that POP group
MIDAS VCA and POPulation Groups: MIDAS POPulation Groups:
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Equalisation:

MIDAS digital EQ features fully-interpolated controls, which recreate the original phase shift as experienced when working on the world's best-loved analogue consoles.

Each input channel has 4-band parametric EQ, with a choice of 4 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 to choose advanced digital filter types, freed of the limitations of analogue circuitry.

  • Fully interpolated controls
  • 4-band parametric EQ
  • 4 different filter types
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Dynamics and Processing:

The dynamics processing on the PRO2C's input channels is identical to the much-acclaimed MIDAS XL8. Each input channel features a frequency-conscious gate and a choice of 4 different compressor algorithms. Further creative expression are available, as all 4 compressor algorithms feature variable knee, internal and external side-chain filtering, and colouration artefact options.

Output (bus) compression offers a choice of 5 different options. These 5 output 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 PRO2C’s FX rack, including multi-band compression and dynamic equalisation.

  • XL8 dynamics processing
  • 4 different input compressor algorithms
  • 5 different output compressor algorithms
  • A wide choice of dynamics processing
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FX:

The cutting-edge 40-bit floating-point DSP processing hosts a wide choice of virtual FX devices, which range from dual-stereo delay units, stereo modulation and many diverse reverb FX, to multiband compression, dynamic EQ and multichannel dual-function dynamics processing.

All FX processors are custom-designed to function within the MIDAS automatic latency compensation system. This ensures a phase-coherent, sample-accurate mix regardless of whether the FX devices are used as channel inserts or on a send-and-return basis.

In addition, delay FX can be individually configured to synchronise to the XL8 button. This synchronization makes on-the-fly changes to delay effects simple and painless.

  • 40-bit floating-point audio processing
  • Custom-designed FX processors
  • Internal FX processors operate within MIDAS’ automatic latency compensation
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Surround Sound :

In addition to normal stereo and SIS (Spatial Image System) operation, the console can operate in one of three surround sound modes:
  • Quad 4-Channel – L-R front plus L-R rear
  • LCRS 4-Channel – L-R-C plus single rear channel
  • Quad 6-Channel – L-R-C plus sub plus L-R rear

All three surround modes feature a divergence control to tailor the depth of the surround panning. Dynamic surround panning can be implemented using the consoles trackball, or the USB pointing device of your choice.

MIDAS Surround Sound Options: MIDAS 5.1 Surround Sound Panning:
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Navigation Mode :

There are 4 modes of channel and mix bay navigation: FLIP Navigation, FX Navigation, GEQ Navigation, and MCA Navigation. These 4 options allow an engineer to easily and efficiently mix a large number of inputs on a compact control surface.

FLIP Navigation : When in FLIP navigation mode, and the FLIP button is engaged, selecting an output flips the input faders to become the input channel send levels to the selected output. The console will only populate with the input channels that are assigned to the selected output.

FX Navigation : When the FX navigation button is engaged, selecting an output which is patched to an internal FX processor, this mode will deploy that FX processor on the display screen and map the ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS to the FX processor. If FADER FLIP is also engaged, the input channel faders will become the contributions to the FX processor. If COLLAPSED FLIP is selected, the operator will only be presented with input channels that are sending to that FX processor.

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GEQ Navigation : When the GEQ navigation button is engaged, selecting an output which has a GEQ assigned, this mode will present the GEQ on the VCA faders. Scrolling the VCA faders left and right will provide access to all 31 GEQ faders. If FADER FLIP is also engaged, the input channel faders will become the contributions to the selected mix. If COLLAPSED FLIP is selected, the operator will only be presented with input channels which are sending to that mix.

MCA Navigation : If the MCA navigation button is engaged, when an output (mix) is selected, the MCA faders for that output will be deployed on the VCA fader bank. When in Advanced navigation mode and MCA navigation is engaged, the MCA faders control the contributions of their members only to the currently selected bus. This is a unique and powerful mixing tool, which puts MIDAS in a class of its own for innovation and usability.

Total Flexibility : This navigation flexibility makes working with the console as simple as requirements dictate, or as deep and complex as a user desires. To further illustrate the concept, think of multilayered 3-D VCAs, or a mixing console with a bank of VCAs for each input! Both are valid starting points.

This workflow approach applies to every area of the control surface, ensuring ease of use and appropriately-fast access to all controls.


Areas A and B:

PRO2C's surface can be divided into two areas, Area A and Area B, facilitating dual-operator use. By default, these are the Left, Right and Mono master faders. However, as these faders are seldom used once the show is running, any of the VCA or POPulation groups can be deployed here as an alternative to the primary fader area. This allows the operator to "stick" high-priority channels onto this area of the surface for instant access.

There are 2 independent stereo solo buses available. Any input or output channel can be assigned to either monitor bus. Allowing two operators to work simultaneously, or for stage monitor and in-ear monitor systems to be separated.

  • 4 channel configurable “Area B” for dual operators or high-priority channels
  • 2 independent stereo solo systems
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Automation:

One of the most critical requirements for theatre applications is the power and flexibility of console automation. The MIDAS PRO2 has taken into consideration these very specific requirements, and features the same automation software as the XL8, which is itself no stranger to Broadway!

The PRO2’s automation system can store and recall up to 1000 snapshot scenes. These contain the audio parameter values for every control on the console as well as the network routing, configuration of the FX rack, and the format of the mixer itself, all of which is scene-specific.

Hardware automation “safe” buttons are provided to enable the operator to quickly isolate selected processing areas from recall should this be required during a performance. In addition to these isolation functions, the store and recall of scenes can be “scoped” such that only the areas that the operator wants to store or recall are affected (all other controls remaining in their current state).

Channel settings can be edited in advance of recall – across all scenes – from the SHOW EDITOR screen, and scenes can be re-ordered, inserted and deleted, simply and quickly, without overwriting their designation. Scenes can be recalled instantaneously, with no discernible drop in audio, or via complex crossfade options, including programmable surround-sound panning events.

MIDI input and outputs are provided, for control of external MIDI devices, or for recalling console events from an external MIDI source. All software versions, including stored shows on a USB stick, are both forward and backward compatible, i.e. a show created on one PRO2C can be loaded into another MIDAS console regardless of the software version on either system. PRO2C show files are also compatible with all other MIDAS digital console systems.

  • 1000 snap shot scenes
  • Scene-specific routing
  • Scene store and recall can be ''scoped''
  • MIDI inputs and outputs provided
  • Software versions forward and backward compatible
  • Show files compatible with any MIDAS digital console
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Patching:

The PRO2 employs technology developed from the class-leading XL8 console and offers the same exemplary sample-synchronised audio performance.

PRO2 has up to 156 inputs x 166 outputs, with point-to-point routing anywhere within the network which can then be patched and routed on a scene-by-scene basis via a powerful snapshot automation system.

  • 156 inputs x 166 outputs (max. capacity), point-to-point routing anywhere within the network
  • 56 mic / line inputs with MIDAS mic preamps
  • Up to 64 simultaneous-input processing channels
  • 32 analogue outputs (including 2 stereo local monitor outputs)
  • 27 sample-synchronous, phase-coherent mix buses
MIDAS Patching Audio: MIDAS Automated Patching:
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iPad Remote Control:

The MIDAS Mixtender iPad App provides wireless remote control for key functions of the MIDAS PRO Series and XL8 consoles. The App automatically selects the right console type so there is no difficult setup procedure.

With the Mixtender you can monitor ALL input and output metering simultaneously in real time, and you can remotely EQ any speaker mix with one of the console’s on-board KLARK TEKNIK DN370 GEQs.

The Mixtender also provides simple, fast local stage mix adjustment by accessing the consoles’ MCA (Mix Control Association). Multiple iPads can be used simultaneously and each one can be locked to a single mix, so artists can create their own monitor mixes without changing any other console settings.

The MIDAS Mixtender is free to download from Apple’s App Store.