The current tour by hard rock artists Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry, which kicked off in September last year, received a lengthy extension through the winter of 2009, with Nigel Paul and Steve Shaw, front of house engineers for Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry, respectively, both doing their mixing on a Midas PRO6 digital console.
“For me, the Midas name has always been synonymous with the best-sounding, best-designed live mixing consoles in the business,” says Paul. “In the analog realm I have long-considered the XL4 to be peerless, but with the XL8, and now the PRO6 digital audio system, Midas has met and even exceeded the widely respected sonic qualities of their analog flagship. That achievement is difficult to overstate, but by simply listening and comparing, it is easy to understand how excellent a console the PRO6 is.
“Moreover, Midas has managed to incorporate this superlative audio quality into by far the most intuitive and intelligently designed control surface and user interface that I have encountered in a digital mixing system. It’s refreshing to be able to concentrate on the business of mixing again; to focus on the music and performance while being supported by the hardware/software interface rather than distracted by it.”
“During the course of my first sound check with the PRO6 everything turned around for me as regards mixing on a digital console,” adds Paul. “With the greatest of ease, everything could now be made to sound as full, natural, solid, present, and punchy as I am used to with the XL4, and spectrally placed exactly where I wanted it to be. The response of the console to my every input was equally as accurate, precise, and sensitive – the whole mix just came alive and fell effortlessly into place.
“The onboard processing and effects are full-featured and sound superb, offering choices and options to suit every application and taste. The sound had Midas stamped all over it. I believe the PRO6 will prove to be a landmark product for Midas – one that has been well worth waiting for,” he concludes.