Prince Chooses the Midas Touch for UK Concerts
Uses award-winning PRO6 consoles to mix FOH and monitors for series of special performances
DB Audio and the Electric Ballroom have enjoyed a nearly 30-year relationship, and have seen several digital boards rotate through the historic venue over that period. Most were not able to live up to the company's high demands on sound quality and usability, forged from years of working with state-of-the-art analogue equipment.
DB Audio owners Richard and Steve Waterhouse consulted with Will Hinkly, Technical Field Sales at LMC Audio London, to determine which console would best suit Electric Ballroom's diverse requirements. Hinkly had this to say, "We took them through the next generation of systems coming through from the major brands, and narrowed the choice down to [the] Midas PRO Series."
"The one which stood out from the rest, in terms of sound quality - was Midas," said Richard Waterhouse. "And when we saw increasing numbers of engineers touring with their own PRO2 and PRO1 consoles, we felt the time was now right to invest in our own."
During show prep for the first Prince show, it was soon discovered that the artist's engineer wanted to run all monitors, in-ears and FOH from the single front-of-house console. "Running monitors from FOH would have been an almost impossible task using our old system, but with the new PRO6 - it amounted to a simple re-patch," said Waterhouse adding, "Our Midas PRO6 consoles are now the heart of our system; with channel dynamics [that are] really easy to use, and reverbs which sound lush and expensive."
While it is not usual practice for reviewers to mention sound quality, The Guardian noted the comment of one fan who attended the show: "I'll be buying the album, but I just wonder if the songs are going to sound this good." (Quinn, B., 5th February 2014)
For more information about the Midas PRO6, and the entire line of PRO Series Digital Mixing Consoles, visit midasconsoles.com.
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