The MIDAS PRO1 compact console is a clear success according to the judges of the ProSound Network Award for ‘Best In Show’ at InfoComm 2012, Las Vegas.
Editors from the ProSound Network – the joint web presence for both the Pro Audio Review (PAR) and Pro Sound News (PSN) titles – assisted by the editors of sister titles Audio Media and Mix, combed the InfoComm exhibition halls looking for newly launched, noteworthy products.
“Gear and software that demonstrates particular merit is singled out for the Best of Show Awards,” explains Frank Wells, editor of PSN and executive director of PAR. “The MIDAS PRO1 struck us because it takes the operating paradigm and feature set of the PRO series to an entirely new market by being self-contained, compact, and amazingly priced. If the sales of the PRO2 can be taken as a predictor, MIDAS will be selling the PRO1s about as fast as they can make them.”
MIDAS unveiled the PRO1, the manufacturers first stand-alone digital console, to a keyed up crowd at this year’s InfoComm; – the US trade event that showcases the latest audio, video, lighting and staging, networking, signal distribution technologies.
“The PRO1 opens new territory for MIDAS on a number of levels,” explains MIDAS brand development manager Richard Ferriday. “It features new manufacturing materials and techniques, comprehensive I/O on the back, and a previously undreamt-of price point. The PRO1 is now accessible to freelance engineers, small music venues and anyone who actually cares about audio quality, reliability and portability.”
Featuring an all-new, lightweight aluminium frame, the PRO1 is easy to configure and operate. Engineers who are new to MIDAS digital can relax, enjoy the PRO1’s sample-synchronous audio quality, and mix from well within their comfort zone.
Those engineers already familiar with MIDAS can simply load their existing showfile directly into the PRO1, regardless of which MIDAS digital console it was created on, and carry on working.
Other notable features include 24 mic/line inputs with Midas mic preamps; 48 simultaneous input processing channels; 24 analogue outputs (including two stereo local monitor outputs); three AES3 outputs; and two AES3 inputs.
“PRO1 takes all of MIDAS’ expertise, sample synchronous audio quality and rock-solid reliability, and squeezes a fully-featured 48-channel digital mixer into a package which is smaller and lighter than a 24-channel VeniceF,” says Ferriday. “People who care about audio need no longer compromise due to issues of space or portability. The plug-and-play PRO1 will fit any production or budget!”