Midas afficianado Ian Bond has purchased a PRO6 Live Audio System – serial number 007 of course – from UK distributor Shuttlesound.
Having become familiar with the Midas XL8 Live Performance System on tours with King Crimson and Porcupine Tree, Bond jumped at the chance to own Midas’ groundbreaking digital technology and audio performance in a compact, more affordable package.
“I’ve always been a fan of Midas analog consoles, so stepping up to Midas digital seemed a logical step, and I was keen to order a PRO6,” he says. “Midas build quality and reliability also played a large part in my decision, and of course, the most important thing about any console is how it sounds. The PRO6 sounds like a Midas should: warm, but still accurate.
“I also really like the speed at which you can navigate around the control surface (GUIs), and get to all the features easily. And just like the XL8, it has VCA (variable control association) and POP (population) groups to make things even quicker.”
The PRO6 – which has joined the inventory of Bond’s rental company IPB Audio – went straight out onto Marillion’s Happiness is the Road tour with FOH engineer Rod Brunton, before Bond got behind the controls for some Oleta Adams dates. Into 2009, the PRO6 is scheduled for further Marillion and Porcupine Tree tours.
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