Midas joins the circus

AUTHOR: Inavate
In Germany alone, more than three million people have attended the show

On the concert hall tour of André Heller’s circus spectacular “Afrika! Afrika!”, Midas’ PRO6 digital console made its German debut. Sound engineer, Christian Ruppel a PRO6 digital console from Midas and after 50 shows said the product made his job “a whole lot easier”.

He continued: “The PRO6 is a networked audio system. For a production like “Afrika! Afrika!” that has one considerable advantage: it lets me shift signal paths effortlessly from A to B. In large venues that is particularly helpful.”

Another big plus in Ruppel’s view is freely configurable POP groups: “Here it’s just a case of assembling the relevant inputs. For each song, for example, I’ve created a separate POP group composed of all the most important inputs: the bass and snare from the drum set, say, plus the bass, guitar, keyboard and soloists. Then, each time I call up the scene, the relevant faders are directly there on the interface. You no longer need to jump to a particular layer, which simplifies things considerably.”

In addition to the digital advantages, Ruppel says he has rediscovered the classic Midas virtues in the PRO6: “The filters, dynamics and effects are phenomenal, the sound outstanding, the preamps – even if you stray for time to time into the red – completely impervious to overload.”

The decision in favour of the PRO6 was taken at the last minute. “Before making a purchase, we scoured the market and tested all the serious contenders,” recalls Ruppel. “In fact, we had already made a decision when our attention was drawn to a newcomer: the PRO6. At first, I was somewhat sceptical as to whether 16 faders would suffice. Now I know I can nearly always manage with 12, and I know, too, that the PRO6 is far superior to all the other desks we tested.”

The console is compact and therefore takes up very little space: “The organisers, naturally, are delighted because it means that the seating area sacrificed to the FOH position need only be five seats wide. Other desks make a far bigger hole in the auditorium.”