Two Midas PRO6 live audio systems supplied by distributor of the year, Dubai-based NMK Electronics, have been installed in one of the Middle East’s premier casinos, Jounieh’s Casino du Liban, bringing the venue’s total PRO6 count to three.
Tony Khoury, the casino’s chief sound engineer since 1996, took delivery of his first PRO6 system in 2009 for the 1,800-capacity theatre space.
“I chose the PRO6 then because I couldn’t find the right warmth of sound in any other digital desk,” says Khoury. “The MIDAS pre amps in the PRO6 provide really effective power and quality. I also found the PRO6 so easy to use; you can get to any zone really fast – it feels like I am working on one of the MIDAS analogue consoles, like a Heritage 3000.”
Khoury was so pleased with the performance of his first PRO6 that when it came to upgrading the sound system in the casino’s dining and entertainment space, he chose it again for the 600-capacity La Salle Des Ambassadeurs, with one PRO6 for front of house and another for monitors.
A DL431 mic splitter has been added to the monitor system while both monitor and FOH consoles have DSP engines, DL252 digital snakes to optimize mic audio and a DL451 audio system modular I/O with both analog and digital cards to maximize flexibility.
“Having had the PRO6 in the theatre for three years, I insisted on MIDAS again,” says Khoury. “I am very satisfied with the PRO6 and I am happy to be the only sound engineer in Lebanon to have three in one place.”
Khoury has now mixed hundreds of shows on his first PRO6, from live bands to musicals and dance performances to stand up comedy, a variety which has showcased the system’s flexibility. “I’ve used almost all the effects and dynamics, I like the channel inputs and the EQ is very precise and sensitive,” he notes. “The choice of four compressors on each input channel provides nice gain reduction and the gate is also very helpful where there are many instruments miked up. I also like the Klark Teknik graphic EQ and delay effects.”
Says Chicco Hiranandani, NMK business development manager, “I had a great time working together with Tony on the recent upgrade of the Salle des Ambassadors at the casino. It is always enjoyable working with individuals who share the same kind of intensity or passion for what they do. I am sure that patrons of the casino will experience a spectacular show or event with the new equipment at the venue.”
Midas brand development manager Richard Ferriday adds, “We are delighted that Casino Du Liban are continuing their investment in MIDAS, and our new competitive pricing now makes that even easier. Another important consideration is that the PR06 is a modular, upgradable system, which means that the casino has the option to upgrade to full 88 input PR09 capacity if their requirements increase in the future.”