July 30, 2014, by PSW Staff
Midas has announced the new PRO X digital console with proprietary Neutron engine providing capability of up to 800 audio channels that can be routed on a point-to-point basis. Further, that routing can be changed, even on individual automation scenes.
On its own, the PRO X provides 168 inputs and 99 mix or 103 output channels simultaneously on a control surface that measures less than 60 inches wide. This compact form-factor is ideal where space comes at a premium, but high I/O counts are a must.
AES50 digital audio connectivity allows scalability for up to a total of 288 network inputs and 294 network outputs. Seamless integration comes via IP-compliant third party audio networks, such as Audinate Dante and Cirrus Logic CobraNet, using the Klark Teknik DN9650 network bridge.
PRO X offers 99 mix buses that can be simultaneously displayed as 24 mono or stereo mixes on the console surface. Each of the displayed mixes has its own LCD select switch with RGB colour coding and scribble strips, plus 11-segment LED bargraph metering.
The new Neutron Audio System Engine, the result of a three-year research and development program, utilizes advanced FPGA and MIMD (Multiple Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture to deliver more than 100 gigaflops of real-time audio processing performance, translating into 271 simultaneous processing channels at 96 kHz and 40-bit floating point operation.
“The PRO X brings mind-blowing I/O channel counts and seamless integration, while maintaining easy and cross platform operation – all at a price point that allows even the budget conscious to own Midas,” states Music Group Professional Division sales VP Shawn Watts. “Another amazing feature; existing PRO 3, 6, and 9 owners can easily upgrade those systems to the new PRO X. They need only replace certain sections of their control surface, upgrade to the new Neutron DSP engine, and use their existing remote I/O – that’s it. The PRO X is the first of its kind, and a prime example of why Midas is the digital and analog mixing console industry leader.”
Visiting engineers can prepare shows in advance of their arrival, either using another Midas console or the Apple Mac* OS X Offline Editor software. Show files are forward and backward compatible, so shows created on the user’s Midas PRO Series console work exactly the same on any other Midas PRO console.
The Midas PRO X will be available before the end of 2014 at an approximate U.S. MAP of $41,999.