Midas has announced the latest additions to its PRO Series of digital consoles: the Midas PRO2 and PRO2C live audio systems.

That’s how the press release starts and the whole thing is printed below. The “executive summary” is there are a couple of new Midas digital consoles with a frame size that will fit in a bus bay and a price tag that–while no one is really going on record yet–is rumored to be under $20K. Don’t hold us to that. More info as we get it…

The big new thing here is something called Master Control Associations which allow you to basically mix monitors on virtual VCAs. That ability is going to get some attention for sure.

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Now, as promised, the press release that will run everywhere… (Well, almost. We do tend to tone these things down around here…)

Midas has announced the latest additions to its PRO Series of digital consoles: the Midas PRO2 and PRO2C live audio systems. The PRO2/PRO2C takes the audio quality, performance and values of the top-end Midas XL8, and makes them available at a price point well below the general-purpose mixing console average.

Essentially the same console, the PRO2C has eight fewer input faders and the smaller frame, at just 750mm by 850mm. Both consoles share the same quality components and finish as the rest of the PRO Series, including the Alex Cooper-designed mic preamps, A-D converters, and daylight-viewable screens which provides extreme functionality and sound quality in a vastly reduced footprint.

The PRO2 features three modes of channel navigation: FOH Normal, MON Normal and Advanced, allowing engineers to easily and efficiently mix a large number of inputs on a very compact control surface. Putting a PRO2/ PRO2C into Advanced navigation mode enables MCA (Master Control Association) groups. These operate in a similar way to the established VCA (Variable Control Association) groups, but are specific to the selected bus. When the PRO2/PRO2C is in Advanced navigation mode with MCA navigation engaged, the MCA faders control the contributions of their members only to the currently selected bus. When combined with the ‘hide unassigned channels’ feature, this is a unique and powerful mixing tool, which places the PRO2/PRO2C in a league of its own for innovation and usability. Editors note–That means if the singer is asking for more drums or more band in their mix, you can grab a sngle MCA control and change that level ONLY in that mix.

As the PRO2s/PRO2Cs can be operated in a number of different ways, they come loaded with console templates to allow progressive exploration of the new navigation concepts. In Normal mode, operation of the PRO2/PRO2C is similar to many other digital consoles, allowing operators to work as they are accustomed to. The Advanced navigation features can be implemented as the operator becomes familiar with the console. All Midas digital console showfiles are compatible with all Midas digital consoles, allowing a show written on a PR02/PRO2C to run on a PR03, PRO6, PRO9, XL8 and vice versa.

PRO2/PRO2C features:

56 mic/line inputs with Midas mic preamps 

64 input channels 

32 analogue outputs (including 2 stereo local monitor outputs) 

2 AES3 outputs 

2 AES3 inputs 

27 sample-synchronous, phase-coherent buses 

6 stereo FX engines 

Up to 28 Klark Teknik DN370 31-band Graphic EQs 

8 VCA (Variable Control Association) groups 

6 POPulation groups 

192 MCA (Master Control Association) groups 

48 x 16 x 100m digital snake included 

The Midas PRO2/PRO2C standard system consists of a control surface and one 5U DL251 19” rack I/O unit, connected by a networked audio and data system. The network carries both proprietary control data and open architecture AES50 digital audio, and uses standard CAT-5E or CAT-6 cabling and connectors. PR02/PR02C is network-compatible with all other Midas digital systems and I/O devices.