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Midas Introduces Pro X Digital Console

New 271 Channel PRO X console merges innovative Neutron DSP technology with massive connectivity

By CP Staff
March 11, 2014 11:58 pm EST

Topics: Industry Buzz, Product Announcements, Audio,
Tags: audio, consoles, engineering, sound,

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Building on the venerable legacy of their award-winning Pro3, Pro6 and Pro9 digital consoles, Midas today announced the new Pro X, which the company believes to be “the touring engineer's dream console.” The new Neutron engine, is said to be capable of up to 800 audio channels, which can be routed on a point-to-point basis – and that routing can be changed, even on individual automation scenes. AES50 and HyperMac audio networking combine deterministic and ultra-low latency performance with true 'plug and play' connectivity designed to minimize set-up and configuration times.

On its own, the Pro X provides 168 inputs and 99 mix or 103 output channels simultaneously on a control surface that measures less than 1.5 meters, or 60 inches wide. This compact form-factor is ideal where space comes at a premium, but high I/O counts are a must. AES50 digital audio connectivity allows scalability for up to a total of 288 network inputs and 294 network outputs. Seamless integration comes via IP-compliant third party audio networks, such as Audinate Dante and Cirrus Logic CobraNet, using the Klark Teknik DN9650 Network Bridge.

Pro X features 96 mix buses (plus stereo and mono masters) that can be simultaneously displayed as 24 mono or stereo mixes on the console surface. Each of the displayed mixes has its own LCD select switch with RGB color coding and scribble strips – plus 11-segment LED bargraph metering. Midas says this output-centric approach redefines monitor mix workflows, allowing for even the most demanding stage monitoring applications.

The powerhouse behind the Pro X system is the new Neutron Audio System Engine, which is the result of a three-year research and development program. Advanced FPGA and MIMD (multiple instruction, multiple data) architecture delivers more than 100 gigaflops of real-time audio processing performance, translating into 271 simultaneous processing channels at 96 kHz and 40-bit floating point operation.

Read CPM's First Impression of the New Midas Pro X Digital Audio Mixing Console (visit link)

“The Pro X brings mind-blowing I/O channel counts and seamless integration, while maintaining easy and cross platform operation – all at a price point that allows even the budget-conscious to own Midas,” says Music Group Professional Division Sales VP, Shawn Watts. “Another amazing feature; existing Pro 3, 6, and 9 owners can easily upgrade those systems to the new Pro X. They need only replace certain sections of their control surface, upgrade to the new Neutron DSP engine, and use their existing remote I/O – that's it. The Pro X is the first of its kind, and a prime example of why Midas is the digital and analog mixing console industry leader."

Visiting engineers can prepare shows in advance of their arrival, either using another Midas console or the Apple Mac OS X Offline Editor software, saving valuable time during show set-up. Show files are forward and backward compatible, so shows created on the user’s Midas Pro Series console work exactly the same on any other Midas Pro console.

Midas says the “soon-to-be legendary Pro X” will be available before the end of 2014, at an approximate U.S. MAP of $41,999, and the company assures a ”generous warranty program.”

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