Midas PRO1-IP Live Digital Console with 48 Input Channels
Live Digital Console with 48 Input Channels, 24 MIDAS Microphone Preamplifiers, 27 Mix Buses and 96 kHz Sample Rate
PRO SERIES PRO1-IP
The ground breaking PRO1 features 48 simultaneous input channels with 24 award-winning MIDAS Microphone Preamplifiers and 27 time-aligned and phase-coherent mix buses in an all-new lightweight aluminium frame. Like all PRO Series consoles, the PRO1 features managed latency and 40 bit floating point processing precision. Designed for use in high-profile live sound applications, the PRO1 sets a new standard of performance and portability in a compact digital console form factor.
AES50 audio networking technology allows the PRO1 to dynamically assign up to 172 inputs and 172 outputs at 96 kHz sample rate to any of its input channels and bus outputs on a scene-by-scene basis. This high level of connectivity, coupled with the large channel and bus counts, makes the PRO1 equally at home in theatres and clubs as it is in live concert touring, outside broadcast and music festivals.
Award-Winning MIDAS Mic Preamplifier
The MIDAS microphone preamplifier is considered by leading live sound and recording engineers to be the very essence of the famous MIDAS sound. More than 40 years of design experience paired with the finest choice of premium-grade components lead to the acclaimed warmth and depth – bringing out subtle ambience, maintaining spatial positioning and more effectively capturing a precise sound image. The acclaimed sound of the award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifier has inspired generations of live sound engineers to their best work, creating sonic panoramas that have captivated audiences worldwide.
Since pristine sound always begins with the microphone preamplifier, the first point where the signal enters the console, PRO1 features the latest generation of MIDAS microphone preamplifiers, which faithfully reproduce every sonic detail so no part of a performance will ever be missed. Transparent and pristine sound, low noise and high common-mode rejection are all hallmarks of this classic design.
Over the years many mix engineers have found this robust and overload-tolerant design takes on a whole new dimension of sound when driven hard, the crystal-clear audiophile reproduction giving way to just the right combination of harmonics, a warm and organic sound heard by millions of concert goers and recorded for posterity on countless live albums over the years.
Digital Audio Networking
SuperMAC (AES50-Compliant) digital audio networking technology from KLARK TEKNIK simultaneously provides high channel counts, ultra low and deterministic latencies, sample-synchronous and phase-aligned networked clock distribution, error detection and correction, network redundancy, and ease of deployment and use – to meet the demanding requirements of live concert touring.
PRO1 is compatible with all MIDAS PRO Series digital I/O units, as well as with any other 96 kHzenabled AES50-equipped devices. Multiple MIDAS PRO Series consoles can be connected together to create either larger mixing systems, or multiple discrete mixing consoles can share a common resource of networked and distributed I/O interfaces.
Advanced Navigation Flexibility
At the heart of MIDAS Pro Series console navigation is the VCA and POPulation groups, which mirror the natural work flow used by mix engineers and encourages the development of a mental picture, or “Mind Map”, of the whole system. Only the required control elements and associated feedback are presented, allowing users to adopt structured task-based workflows, rather than being presented with an overwhelming ‘sea of knobs’.
Integrated Effects Processors and Graphic Equalisers
The PRO1 can simultaneously provide up to 6 multi-channel digital signal processing engines for a wide choice of virtual effect devices, which range from dual-mono delay units, stereo modulation and numerous diverse reverberation simulations, multi-band compression, dynamic EQ and multi-channel dual-function dynamics processing. Up to 28 1/3 octave KLARK TEKNIK DN370 Graphic Equalisers (GEQs) are provided, which can be patched into any output.
PRO1 provides comprehensive automatic latency management of all internal routing and processing delays – and also includes compensation for external analogue inserts. All audio samples are synchronised before summing, resulting in absolute phase coherence at the outputs, without the comb filtering effects of many of its Competitor’s products that often result in specific frequencies being cancelled out completely.
All effects processors and GEQs are custom-designed to function within this automatic latency compensation system. This ensures a phase-coherent, sample-accurate mix regardless of whether the devices are used as channel inserts or on auxiliary buses.
MIDAS PRO Fader
Not satisfied with the existing motorised fader choices in the marketplace, MIDAS created the PRO FADER, rated for up to a million cycles – three times that of other leading manufacturers – and providing high linearity, robustness, and smooth feel during operation. This decision yielded many other benefits, including total quality control over the manufacturing process and lower costs that could be passed on to customers.
As a digital console manufacturer, MIDAS has a perspective on the actual application of motor faders that a component manufacturer would not have. The multi-disciplinary development project combined mechanical design, electronic hardware and software optimisation with a rigorous testing programme and an investment in material science to produce the best possible performance in actual operation in MIDAS PRO Series consoles. Semi-precious metals are used for the wiper fingers for their hard-wearing properties, and precision resistive tracks were created that off er highly linear positional accuracy, coupled with long-term durability and even response in use.
Highest Quality Display Screen
The PRO1 features a 15″ full colour daylight-viewable TFT display for use in all environments, both inside and outdoors. The display provides visual feedback for the entire system, pressing the HOME key (just to the left of the assignable controls) instantly navigates to the console overview page, which keeps all vital information (all metering, all fader positions, mutes and solos) in view at all times.
Digital Precision, Analogue Response
The oversampled digital signal processing algorithms, combined with the fully interpolated and touch sensitive user controls, result in the smooth continuous response and immediacy of working on an analogue console. Parameter adjustment becomes fast and easy and the continuous phase shift of a swept frequency control is heard without the quantisation artefacts exhibited by competing digital consoles.
Wireless Remote Control
Delivering unprecedented control and mobility, the MIXTENDER App for iPad* combines control of key functions with the highly responsive system metering, allowing users to take control of PRO1 from an iPad anywhere in a venue. Support for multiple simultaneous iPads allows FOH and monitor engineers to work collaboratively, enhancing productivity and communication, as well as saving valuable time during set-up.
The MIXTENDER App for iPad is available as a free download from the Apple App Store.
Auto-Ranging Universal Switch-Mode Power Supply
The PRO1 power supply, which is interchangeable with those in PRO2 and PRO2C, is auto-voltage sensing for use on a worldwide basis and is externally removable for easy field service in the unlikely event of a replacement being required.
Architecture & Engineering Specifications
The digital console shall be designed for digital audio mixing applications and be optimised for use in live performance. It shall feature 48 simultaneous input channels with 24 integrated microphone preamplifier inputs and 27 time-aligned and phase-coherent output mix buses and operate at 96 kHz sampling rate.
The digital console shall support 100 Mbit/s Ethernet frame-based digital audio networking, allowing for a total channel count capability of 172 inputs and 172 outputs at 96 kHz sampling rate.
The 100 Megabit Ethernet frame-based digital audio network shall offer N+1 cable redundancy and be compliant with the Audio Engineering Society AES50-2011 standard.
The digital console shall provide a combination of up to 28 assignable digital audio emulations of industry standard one-third octave proportional-Q response graphic equalisers and 6 multi-channel digital signal processing effects engines. There shall be automatic latency management of all internal routing, external analogue insert and digital signal processing delays. This latency management system shall synchronise audio samples when summing to mix buses to ensure phase alignment of the summed signals.
The digital console shall provide a user navigation system including 8 variable control association (VCA) groups and 6 population (POP) groups.
The digital console shall have 18 motorised 100 mm faders with a rated life time of up to one million cycles and one daylight-viewable 15″ full colour display screen. It shall include software interpolation of physical control elements and associated display feedback to eliminate digital quantisation artefacts.
The digital console shall have the provision for the optional wireless control using an Apple iPad, with a bespoke software application available as a free download from the Apple App Store.
The digital console shall include an auto-voltage sensing power supply for use on a worldwide basis, which shall be externally removable.
The digital console shall be 685 mm wide x 722 mm deep x 289 mm high (27.0″ x 28.4″ x 11.4″), with nominal weight 21.5 kg (47.5 lbs). The digital console shall be installed on a flat horizontal surface capable of safely supporting its weight. Input, output, and power connections shall be made at the rear panel of the digital console. Installers shall allow adequate space at the rear for connection and disconnection of input, output, and power connections. The power requirements shall be 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz.
– Live performance digital console with up to 48 simultaneous input channels
– 24 award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifiers
– 27 time-aligned and phase-coherent mix buses
– AES50 networking allows up to 172 inputs and 172 outputs @ 96 kHz sample rate
– 8 VCA (Variable Control Association) and 6 POPulation groups
– Up to 28 assignable 1/3 octave KLARK TEKNIK DN370 graphic equalisers
– Up to 6 multi-channel digital signal processing effects engines
– 18 MIDAS PRO motorised 100 mm faders
– Daylight viewable 15” full colour TFT display screen
– Fully interpolated touch sensitive controls
– Optional wireless remote control with MIDAS MIXTENDER App for iPad*
– Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply
– Designed and engineered in the U.K.