PRO2

Live Audio System with 56 Mic / Line inputs with remote mic pres, 27 Sample-Synchronous, Phase-Coherent Mix Busses with built-in DSP
Overview

The PRO2 is designed to work in conjunction with any of the MIDAS digital I/O units. Each PRO2 Touring Package ships complete with a MIDAS DL251 stage box, providing 48 MIDAS mic/line inputs, and 16 analogue XLR outputs on stage, in addition to the PRO2’s 8 mic/line inputs and 16 XLR analogue outputs on the back of the console itself. Two AES3 inputs, three AES3 outputs and dual-redundant power supplies, all supplied as standard, complete the hardware configuration.

PRO2 is easy to configure and operate and is identical to the PRO2C apart from an additional 8 input faders. Engineers who are new to MIDAS digital can relax, enjoy the PRO2’s sample-synchronous audio quality, and mix from well within their comfort zone. Engineers already familiar with MIDAS can just load their existing show file straight into the PRO2, regardless of which MIDAS digital console it was created on, and carry on working.

In addition to the PRO2’s 56 primary input channels, PRO2 also features 8 aux returns, all of which feature 4-band MIDAS parametric EQ and insert points. These 8 aux returns can be used as returns for the PRO2’s internal FX processors, or as additional mic channels, if sufficient mic inputs are available on the I/O hardware.

A total of 64 input channels have routing to 27 phase-coherent mix buses, which comprise 16 user-configurable buses (which can be mixes, subgroups or mix minus groups), and 8 matrix buses. The Matrix buses source from inputs, as well as groups, and so can be used as 8 additional auxes (monitor mix and FX sends) which provides a total of 24 mixes (plus L, R & Mono) for monitor mixing duties. All buses can be linked as stereo pairs (except the mono bus).

As with all MIDAS digital consoles, the audio paths can be routed to multiple destinations and the console format can be reconfigured live on a scene-by-scene basis.

  • 6 x 96 kHz AES50 ports, providing an additional 156 inputs and 166 outputs
  • 8 integral mic/line inputs with MIDAS mic preamps
  • 64 simultaneous input processing channels
  • 32 analogue outputs (including 16 on the stage box and 2 stereo local monitor outputs)
  • 3 AES3 outputs
  • 2 AES3 inputs
  • 27 sample-synchronous, phase-coherent mix buses
  • Up to 12 multichannel FX engines
  • Up to 28 KLARK TEKNIK DN370 31-band Graphic EQs
  • Full-colour 15" daylight-viewable display screen
  • 8 VCA (Variable Control Association) groups
  • 6 POPulation groups
  • 96 kHz 40-bit floating-point processing throughout
  • 3-Year Warranty Program**
MIDAS PRO2 Overview

This is the introduction video to the PRO2 digital audio mixing console from MIDAS. It gives an overview of the control surface and the features of the console.

For a more in depth explanation of the features of MIDAS digital please visit our Video Guide section: click here

MIDAS PRO2 / PRO2C Peace of Mind
This video explains the Peace of Mind you get from using the PRO2 and PRO2C.
MIDAS Audio Quality

The MIDAS reputation for fantastic audio quality has evolved over 40 years of development and research.

By continuing to design the world's best live sound mic preamps through use of superior components, MIDAS has carried this tradition into the digital realm. Adding the best converters and custom processing algorithms to the mix, MIDAS takes audio quality to another level.

A major problem affecting many digital consoles is a lack of attention to delay management. All digital processing takes time to run.

Mix engineers working on analogue consoles routinely combine signals with different signal paths and processing, and expect to do the same with digital mixers. On most current digital consoles, combining signals in this way leads to the summing of signals that are partly out of phase. MIDAS digital systems are the only live sound systems in the world to have a comprehensive and automatic latency management system. Which, in addition to managing all internal routing and processing latency, also includes compensation for additional A/D & D/A conversions required when connecting external analogue inserts. This means that all audio samples are synchronised before summing, resulting in absolute phase coherency at all outputs.

MIDAS digital consoles feel, as well as sound superb. All the variable controls on the console are genuine analogue high-precision potentiometers, not mechanical encoders. These access the processing algorithms through precision instrumentation A/D converters, and MIDAS I/O and DSP units can be freely distributed into multiple locations. In particular, I/O units can be placed exactly where they are needed.

Every transition of a network adds delay. MIDAS AES50 networks have only 70 microseconds of latency per hop, so even a multi-hop routing has negligible aggregate delay (latency), making it perfect for in-ear monitoring. All inputs and all outputs are time-aligned to sample accuracy, no matter where they are in the network or how they are routed. This is another major contributor to the performance of a MIDAS digital console and that magical MIDAS sound.

  • Over 40 years of audio mixing console development and research
  • Comprehensive and automatic latency management system including compensation for external analogue inserts
  • MIDAS custom interpolation algorithms
  • Comprehensive automatic time alignment
  • KLARK TEKNIK's SuperMAC implementation of AES50 for incredibly low 70 microseconds of latency per link
MIDAS Automatic Latency Management System
This video covers the automatic latency management system built into all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles. Latency management is one of the reasons why MIDAS are the best sounding consoles in the industry.
KLARK TEKNIK's SuperMAC
This video talks about SuperMAC, the AES50 protocol that is used as the digital network that connects all MIDAS digital devices together.
Ergonomics

Display screen

The 5 high-resolution screens remain visible even in direct sunlight. In this aspect, the MIDAS console's visual support is exceptional, as most conventional consoles become difficult, or impossible to operate in high ambient lighting.

The screens provide visual feedback for the “channel” strips directly below, and can also provide information for the entire system. In addition, Bay 4 of the surface has a 3-way KVM (Keyboard Video and Mouse) switch, allowing to you bring up third party applications from either a PC or MAC on screen, and the console's keyboard and track ball can be used to operate the computer.

Detail panel area

The detail panel is a vertically-oriented channel strip. The controls are configured in a logical, signal-path sequence and are easily identified by their relative positions. Both analogue users and digital adopters will find no difficulty using the large multicolour LCD channel select buttons for navigating the console. This concept is carried on down through to the PRO1, 2, 2C, 3, 6 and 9.

MIDAS Screen Views
This video explains the different screen views found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
MIDAS Ergonomics: Touch sensitive controls
This video explains the touch sensitive controls found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
Mic Pres

The MIDAS microphone pre-amp is the one by which all others are judged. Still built from discrete components, and still based on the designs which were so successful in the legendary MIDAS analogue consoles such as the XL3, XL4 and Heritage, the current expressions in the PRO Series sound better than ever.


Whether you want pristine, transparent reproduction, or that renowned MIDAS warmth and colouration, MIDAS’ dual (analogue and digital) gain stages enable you to shape the mic amps’ character according to your own preference. All MIDAS digital consoles feature two input gains per channel. First is the remote analogue gain for that wonderful MIDAS mic amp, the second is a digital trim. Set the analogue gain for the desired amount (if any) of that famous MIDAS “warmth”, then use the digital trim to achieve your preferred gain structure.

  • Unique MIDAS sound
  • Based on MIDAS’ legendary analogue Mic pre’s – XL4, XL3 and Heritage Series
  • Both analogue and digital gains
MIDAS PRO2 / PRO2C Mic Pres
This video talks about the MIC Pres found in the MIDAS PRO2 / PRO2C.
MIDAS Gain Controls
This video explains the two Gain controls found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
VCA and POPulation

With the advent of digital technology, channel counts and processing features have grown to a point where it is no longer practical to have all controls physically available at the same time. Additionally, the logistical advantages of smaller control surfaces are becoming increasingly attractive. MIDAS’ unique approach to solving this problem is to mirror the natural work flow used by mix engineers and to provide control and supporting feedback of system status at all levels, from the highest overview to the finest detail. This encourages the development of a mental picture, or “Mind Map”, of the whole system, even though focus may only be required on limited, specific functions.

For example, channels by default are not layered but scrolled. By being scrolled, the console displays act as a window onto the available channels in the system and allow you to think of the channels in a simple linear progression, rather than forcing you to remember which layer contains the channels. This scrolled format brings the console to you, rather than forcing you to search for specific elements.

But this is only the beginning.

At the heart of MIDAS console navigation are the VCA and POPulation groups, which provide primary access to multiple channels (typically grouped into related clusters by mix engineers). To access all the channels belonging to any of the VCA or POP groups, merely press the select switch. Selecting a VCA or POP group will bring all of the members of that group to the designated area of the control surface, populating from the VCA area outwards. If the group has more members than visible channels, the group can be viewed by scrolling the input bay. This work flow is applied to every area of the console, ensuring consistent ease-of-use and appropriately fast access to all controls.

To help further improve the “Mind Map”, live sound engineers have typically used colour when navigating mixing consoles by applying different-coloured adhesive tape and swapping coloured fader knobs to help make console navigation faster and more intuitive. MIDAS have taken this established principle of channel recognition and applied it to VCA and POPulation groups with assignable colour coding and digital write-on buttons.

  • VCA and POPulation groups both have assignable colour coding and digital write-on buttons
  • VCA Groups allow access to all the channel faders belonging to any of the VCA groups at the press of a switch
  • POP (POPulation) groups can contain any combination of channels that you want to access instantly at the press of a switch
  • VCA and POP Groups encourage the development of a mental picture, or “Mind Map”, of the whole system
  • Selecting a VCA or POP group will bring all of the members of that group to you, rather than you having to go looking for them
  • Input channels can be viewed either by scrolling the input faders or by pressing the EXTEND button, which will populate the VCA faders with additional members of that POP group
MIDAS VCA and POPulation Groups

The advantages of using VCAs and MIDAS' unique POPulation Groups.

For a more in depth explanation of VCAs and POP Groups please visit our Video Guide section: click here

POPulation Groups
This video explains MIDAS' unique POPulation or POP groups found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
Dynamics Processing

The dynamics processing on the PRO2's input channels is identical to the much-acclaimed MIDAS XL8. Each input channel features a frequency-conscious gate and a choice of 4 different compressor algorithms. Further creative expression are available, as all 4 compressor algorithms feature variable knee, internal and external side-chain filtering, and colouration artefact options.

Output (bus) compression offers a choice of 5 different options. These 5 output compression algorithms are designed to provide the engineer with a broad pallet of options for maximum creative potential, right down to the visual display on the screen changing to support the different styles. More dynamics processing options are available in the PRO2’s FX rack, including multi-band compression and dynamic equalisation.

  • XL8 dynamics processing
  • 4 different input compressor algorithms
  • 5 different output compressor algorithms
  • A wide choice of dynamics processing
MIDAS Dynamics
This video covers the dynamics section found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
FX

The cutting-edge 40-bit floating-point DSP processing hosts a wide choice of virtual FX devices, which range from dual-stereo delay units, stereo modulation and many diverse reverb FX, to multiband compression, dynamic EQ and multichannel dual-function dynamics processing.

All FX processors are custom-designed to function within the MIDAS automatic latency compensation system. This ensures a phase-coherent, sample-accurate mix regardless of whether the FX devices are used as channel inserts or on a send-and-return basis.

In addition, delay FX can be individually configured to synchronise to the XL8 button. This synchronization makes on-the-fly changes to delay effects simple and painless.

  • 40-bit floating-point audio processing
  • Custom-designed FX processors
  • Internal FX processors operate within MIDAS’ automatic latency compensation
MIDAS Onboard FXs

This video covers the FXs found on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.

For a more in depth explanation of the FX please visit our Video Guide section: click here

KLARK TEKNIK Graphic EQs
This video covers the KLARK TEKNIK Graphic EQs found in all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
Surround Sound
In addition to normal stereo and SIS (Spatial Image System) operation, the console can operate in one of three surround sound modes:
  • Quad 4-Channel – L-R front plus L-R rear
  • LCRS 4-Channel – L-R-C plus single rear channel
  • Quad 6-Channel – L-R-C plus sub plus L-R rear
All three surround modes feature a divergence control to tailor the depth of the surround panning. Dynamic surround panning can be implemented using the consoles trackball, or the USB pointing device of your choice.
MIDAS Surround Sound Options
This video covers the surround options - including 5.1, LCR and SIS - available on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
MIDAS 5.1 Surround Sound Panning
This video explains panning for 5.1 surround sound on MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
Navigation Mode

There are 4 modes of channel and mix bay navigation: FLIP Navigation, FX Navigation, GEQ Navigation, and MCA Navigation. These 4 options allow an engineer to easily and efficiently mix a large number of inputs on a compact control surface.

FLIP Navigation

When in FLIP navigation mode, and the FLIP button is engaged, selecting an output flips the input faders to become the input channel send levels to the selected output. The console will only populate with the input channels that are assigned to the selected output.

FX Navigation

When the FX navigation button is engaged, selecting an output which is patched to an internal FX processor, this mode will deploy that FX processor on the display screen and map the ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS to the FX processor. If FADER FLIP is also engaged, the input channel faders will become the contributions to the FX processor. If COLLAPSED FLIP is selected, the operator will only be presented with input channels that are sending to that FX processor.

GEQ Navigation

When the GEQ navigation button is engaged, selecting an output which has a GEQ assigned, this mode will present the GEQ on the VCA faders. Scrolling the VCA faders left and right will provide access to all 31 GEQ faders. If FADER FLIP is also engaged, the input channel faders will become the contributions to the selected mix. If COLLAPSED FLIP is selected, the operator will only be presented with input channels which are sending to that mix.

MCA Navigation

If the MCA navigation button is engaged, when an output (mix) is selected, the MCA faders for that output will be deployed on the VCA fader bank. When in Advanced navigation mode and MCA navigation is engaged, the MCA faders control the contributions of their members only to the currently selected bus. This is a unique and powerful mixing tool, which puts MIDAS in a class of its own for innovation and usability.

Total Flexibility

This navigation flexibility makes working with the console as simple as requirements dictate, or as deep and complex as a user desires. To further illustrate the concept, think of multilayered 3-D VCAs, or a mixing console with a bank of VCAs for each input! Both are valid starting points.

This workflow approach applies to every area of the control surface, ensuring ease of use and appropriately-fast access to all controls.

MIDAS Advanced Navigation - MCA Groups

This video explains the concept of MCA groups in advanced navigation mode. MCAs are available on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.

For a more in depth explanation of Advanced Navigation please visit our Video Guide section: click here

Areas A and B

PRO2's surface can be divided into two areas, Area A and Area B, facilitating dual-operator use. By default, these are the Left, Right and Mono master faders. However, as these faders are seldom used once the show is running, any of the VCA or POPulation groups can be deployed here as an alternative to the primary fader area. This allows the operator to "stick" high-priority channels onto this area of the surface for instant access.

There are 2 independent stereo solo buses available. Any input or output channel can be assigned to either monitor bus. Allowing two operators to work simultaneously, or for stage monitor and in-ear monitor systems to be separated.

  • 4 channel configurable “Area B” for dual operators or high-priority channels
  • 2 independent stereo solo systems
MIDAS Area B
This video covers Area B found on the MIDAS PRO2C, PRO2, PRO3, PRO6, PRO9 and XL8 digital audio mixing consoles.
Automation

One of the most critical requirements for theatre applications is the power and flexibility of console automation. The MIDAS PRO2 has taken into consideration these very specific requirements, and features the same automation software as the XL8, which is itself no stranger to Broadway!

The PRO2’s automation system can store and recall up to 1000 snapshot scenes. These contain the audio parameter values for every control on the console as well as the network routing, configuration of the FX rack, and the format of the mixer itself, all of which is scene-specific.

Hardware automation “safe” buttons are provided to enable the operator to quickly isolate selected processing areas from recall should this be required during a performance. In addition to these isolation functions, the store and recall of scenes can be “scoped” such that only the areas that the operator wants to store or recall are affected (all other controls remaining in their current state).

Channel settings can be edited in advance of recall – across all scenes – from the SHOW EDITOR screen, and scenes can be re-ordered, inserted and deleted, simply and quickly, without overwriting their designation. Scenes can be recalled instantaneously, with no discernible drop in audio, or via complex crossfade options, including programmable surround-sound panning events.

MIDI input and outputs are provided, for control of external MIDI devices, or for recalling console events from an external MIDI source. All software versions, including stored shows on a USB stick, are both forward and backward compatible, i.e. a show created on one PRO2 can be loaded into another MIDAS console regardless of the software version on either system. PRO2 show files are also compatible with all other MIDAS digital console systems.

  • 1000 snap shot scenes
  • Scene-specific routing
  • Scene store and recall can be ''scoped''
  • MIDI inputs and outputs provided
  • Software versions forward and backward compatible
  • Show files compatible with any MIDAS digital console
MIDAS Automation

This video covers the comprehensive automation system found in all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.

For a more in depth explanation of the Automation System please visit our Video Guide section: click here

Patching

The PRO2 employs technology developed from the class-leading XL8 console and offers the same exemplary sample-synchronised audio performance.

PRO2 has up to 156 inputs x 166 outputs, with point-to-point routing anywhere within the network which can then be patched and routed on a scene-by-scene basis via a powerful snapshot automation system.

  • 156 inputs x 166 outputs (max. capacity) point-to-point routing anywhere within the network
  • 56 mic / line inputs with MIDAS mic preamps
  • Up to 64 simultaneous-input processing channels
  • 32 analogue outputs (including 2 stereo local monitor outputs)
  • 27 sample-synchronous, phase-coherent mix buses
Patching Audio
This video covers the process of patching patching audio on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
MIDAS Automated Patching
This video covers the process of patching patching audio on all MIDAS digital audio mixing consoles.
iPad Remote Control

The MIDAS Mixtender iPad App provides wireless remote control for key functions of the MIDAS PRO Series and XL8 consoles. The App automatically selects the right console type so there is no difficult setup procedure.

With the Mixtender you can monitor ALL input and output metering simultaneously in real time, and you can remotely EQ any speaker mix with one of the console’s on-board KLARK TEKNIK DN370 GEQs.

The Mixtender also provides simple, fast local stage mix adjustment by accessing the consoles’ MCA (Mix Control Association). Multiple iPads can be used simultaneously and each one can be locked to a single mix, so artists can create their own monitor mixes without changing any other console settings.

The MIDAS Mixtender is free to download from Apple’s App Store.

Third Party System Integration

The MIDAS XL8 range and PRO Series systems incorporate several special features to aid real-world integration with other important sub-systems.

The MIDAS HyperMAC digital snakes, both Cat 5e and fibre optic versions, feature additional bandwidth for third party data transfer. Protocols supported include standard Ethernet traffic, MIDI messages and GPIO (General Purpose Input and Output signalling). This third party support offers great advantages because it avoids extra cables, extends the range of MIDI a long way beyond normal limits and provides an Ethernet tunnel between the stage and the mix position.

The Ethernet tunnel provides a 10 Mbit/sec standard Ethernet connection from an etherCON RJ-45 connector on the control surface to a similar connector on the stage router unit (DL461 for the XL8, DL371 for the PRO3, 6 and 9) for use by third parties. Applications include carrying control signals from any network-equipped computer at FoH to a radio mic receiver rack on stage and similarly, control signals from a computer to a system controller on stage. External standard Ethernet network hubs can be used to connect many different systems together via the MIDAS HyperMAC snake, which also provides redundancy in case of cable damage.

MIDI messages and GPIO (contact closure) signals can be sent and received by the MIDAS Console Automation System to local I/O at the console position and remotely to MIDAS I/O devices which can be 500m away.

The XL8, PRO3, 6 and 9 control surfaces incorporate a KVM switch (Keyboard – Video – Mouse). This switch allows one screen on the control surface plus the keyboard and trackball to be switched to one of three external computer connectors. This is a great way of reducing “clutter” at the control surface position. A control surface screen, keyboard and trackball can be used to control up to three other systems where the computers are placed out of harm’s way. These external systems, such as ProTools*, Waves* Multi-Rack, Shure* UHF-R radio mics and Dolby Lake* System Controllers, then appear on a MIDAS control surface screen and are controlled by the surface keyboard and trackball.

* All trademarks acknowledged.

This video covers use of third-party plugins on MIDAS digital audio consoles.

Third Party Plugins
This video covers use of 3rd party plugins on MIDAS digital audio consoles.
MIDAS PRO3,6,9 and XL8 Key Video Mouse (KVM) switch
This video covers of the use of Key Video Mouse (KVM) switch on the MIDAS PRO3, 6, 9 and XL8 digital audio mixing consoles.
Weights and Measurements
PRO2 is built around a road rugged frame:
  • Width 1179.6 mm x Depth 730.3 mm (46.4” x 28.8”)
  • Weight: 46 kg (101.4 lbs)*
*Weights are approximate and out of flight case. Packing may vary by territory
Standard I/O

Stage I/O

  • 1 x DL251 48 in / 16 out fixed configuration
Introduction

MIDAS digital systems provide a choice of Input/Output (I/O) options – from the fixed configuration DL251 stage box, to the highly acclaimed DL431 24 channel 5-way mic splitter. This allows users to optimise the system, depending on the application and requirements of their specific audio network.

With an audio system that is so incredibly flexible it allows the I/O units to be freely distributed into multiple locations. In other words the units can be placed exactly where they are needed – on the stage, around the auditorium, at FoH or remotely in a broadcast truck. Once the I/O units are in the desired locations the audio network can then be easily configurable to route signals from where and by when they are needed since the patching is done a scene-by-scene basis. Once the I/O units are in the desired locations, the audio network can then be easily configured to route signals, since as patching is done a scene-by-scene basis.

For the user-configurable I/O units and local I/O on the rear of the PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9, there is a choice of different I/O cards. Options include a TRS jacket card and a D-sub card.


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Input / Output Unit Options

  • DL251 Fixed I/O Unit – 48 mic/line inputs and 16 mic/line outputs
  • DL252 Fixed I/O Unit – 16 mic/line inputs and 48 mic/line outputs
  • DL351 Modular I/O Unit – up to 64 x 64 audio inputs and outputs
  • DL451 Modular I/O Unit – up to 24 x 24 audio inputs and outputs
  • DL431 – 24 channel, 5-way input splitter
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Input / Output Card Options

  • DL441 – Analogue Mic/Line Input
  • DL442 – Analogue Output
  • DL443 – 8 Analogue Line In/Line Out
  • DL452 – AES/EBU Input and Output
  • DL444 – D-sub card
Overview

The DL251 is a 5U fixed-configuration I/O unit with 48 mic/line inputs and 16 mic/line outputs. The DL251 is limited to analogue connections and provides a more cost-effective solution for those not requiring the flexibility of MIDAS modular I/O hardware.

MIDI in, out and thru and one Ethernet control port are fitted as standard. Three AES50 ports handle the (n+1) redundant digital audio interface. The DL251 is capable of being switched between 96 kHz and 48 kHz via a front panel switch.

A rear panel Mute button is available for on-stage re-patching. The unit is also equipped with dual-redundant PSUs.

  • 48 remote control mic/line audio inputs, fixed-configuration
  • 16 audio line outputs, fixed-configuration
  • Switchable between 96 kHz and 48 kHz sample rates
  • MIDI in, out and thru
  • 3 AES50 ports
  • Ethernet control port (using MIDAS protocols)
  • Dual-redundant PSUs
  • Digital snake and distribution network component
  • DL252 is a 48 audio outputs / 16 audio inputs configuration for snake applications
  • 5U, 19” rack-mountable
MIDAS DL251 Fixed Format I/O unit
This video covers the MIDAS DL251 Fixed Format I/O unit, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles and can be used as part of a standalone digital snake.
Overview

The DL252 is a 5U fixed-configuration I/O unit with 16 mic/line inputs and 48 mic/line outputs. The DL252 is limited to analogue connections and provides a more cost-effective solution for those not requiring the flexibility of MIDAS modular I/O hardware.

MIDI in, out and thru and one Ethernet control port are fitted as standard. Three AES50 ports handle the (n+1) redundant digital audio interface. The DL252 is capable of being switched between 96 kHz and 48 kHz via a front panel switch.

A rear panel Mute button is available for on-stage re-patching. The unit is also equipped with dual-redundant PSUs.

  • 16 remote control mic/line audio inputs, fixed-configuration
  • 48 audio line outputs, fixed-configuration
  • Switchable between 96 kHz and 48 kHz sample rates
  • MIDI in, out and thru
  • Three AES50 ports
  • Ethernet control port (using MIDAS protocols)
  • Dual-redundant PSUs
  • Digital snake and distribution network component
  • DL251 is a 16 audio outputs / 48 audio inputs configuration for snake applications
  • 5U, 19” rack-mountable
MIDAS DL251 (DL252) Fixed Format I/O unit
This video covers the MIDAS DL251 Fixed Format I/O unit, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles and can be used as part of a standalone digital snake.
Overview

The DL351 has the same user-configurable card format as the DL451, but has the capacity to house up to 8 cards, which can be any combination of 8 analogue mic/line in, 8 analogue out (XLR), 8 analogue TRS line-level in and out, 8 digital in and out (4 AES/EBU pairs) or a 25-pin D-sub card with 8 analogue mic/line inputs and 8 outputs.

MIDI in, out and thru, and GPIO connections are supplied as standard. Digital audio interface is via 4 AES50 ports, one of which can be configured as a spare redundant connection. Dual-redundant power supplies with locking IEC connectors are fitted as standard.

The DL351 can be used with the MIDAS XL8 and PRO Series of digital mixing systems, or as a stand-alone AES50 audio interface in a MIDAS snake and audio distribution system with remote control via Ethernet.

  • 64 audio inputs*
  • 64 audio outputs*
  • Five card options - DL441 Analogue Mic / Line Input “I” card, DL442 Analogue Output “O” card, DL443 8 Analogue Line In and 8 Analogue Line Out “TRS” card, DL452 AES/EBU Input and Output “D” card, and DL444 “D Sub” card, 8 analogue mic/line in, 8 line out
  • MIDI in, out and thru
  • GPIO
  • Digital snake and distribution network component with redundant connections
  • Ethernet control port
  • 7U, 19” rack-mountable
* Dependent upon card configuration
MIDAS DL351 Modular I/O unit

This video covers the MIDAS DL351 Modular I/O unit, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles.

For a more in-depth explanation on how to set up the DL351, please visit our Video Guide section: click here

Overview

Each input on the DL431 feeds three separate preamps, two with separate gain controls, the third being fixed gain.

The two variable-gain preamps feed separate ADCs, which then pass 96 kHz digital audio to the AES50 ports. Four discrete AES50 outputs supply dual-redundant digital audio to AES50 networks, and allow for easy connection to any AES50 device (e.g. HD recorder, Network Bridge or mixing console).

Two balanced analogue splits (sourced post each mic amp) are provided on the rear panel. The third, fixed-gain preamp feeds a transformer-isolated split on the front panel for recording or broadcast applications. The two variable gain preamps are remote controllable from two separate locations, e.g. FoH and Monitor positions. Front panel controls and local monitoring with integral headphone amplifier also make the DL431 usable as a standalone device. Integral dual-redundant power supplies ensure peace-of-mind at all times.

  • Front panel control and local monitoring (can be used as a standalone unit)
  • Integral headphone amplifier
  • Dual-redundant PSUs
  • Integrated three-way analogue mic splits
  • Four AES50 ports
  • Digital snake and distribution network component
  • 6U, 19” rack-mountable
MIDAS DL431 Input Splitter

The above video provides an overview of the MIDAS DL431 Input Splitter.

For a more in-depth explanation on setting up the DL431, please visit our Video Guide section: click here

Overview

DL441 – Analogue Mic/Line Input “I” card for DL451, DL351 and PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 surfaces

  • 8 analogue mic/line inputs featuring premium quality remote control MIDAS mic preamps
  • With +48 V and “check” remote indicators
  • Ultra-low latency 24-bit 96 kHz A-D convertors
Overview

DL442 – Analogue Output “O” card for DL451, DL351 and PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 surfaces

  • 8 analogue XLR outputs with “no audio” mute and remote “check” LEDs
  • High-current drive capability for long cable runs
  • Ultra-low latency 24-bit 96 kHz D-A convertors DL443 8 Analogue Line In/Line Out
Overview

DL443 – 8 Analogue Line In/Line Out “TRS” card for DL451, DL351 and PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 surfaces

  • 8 line level inputs and 8 outputs in a single card form factor
  • All balanced TRS sockets
  • Outputs feature “no audio” mute LEDs
Overview

DL444 – “D-Sub” card for DL451, DL351 and PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 surfaces

  • 8 inputs and 8 outputs in a single card form factor
  • 25-pin “D-Sub” connectors for inputs, outputs, remote +48 V and “check” LEDs
  • Mic/line inputs feature premium quality remote control MIDAS mic preamps with +48 V and “check” remote indicators
  • Outputs are balanced with high-current drive capability for long cable runs
  • Ultra-low latency 24-bit 96 kHz A-D and D-A convertors
Overview

The DL451 is a 3U 19” rack unit that provides a maximum of 24 audio inputs and 24 audio outputs. The DL451 has the same user-configurable card format as the DL351, but has the capacity to house up to 3 cards which can be any combination of 8 analogue mic/line in, 8 analogue out (XLR), 8 analogue TRS line-level in and out, 8 digital in and out (4 AES/EBU pairs) or a 25-pin D-sub card with 8 analogue mic/line inputs and 8 outputs.

Midi in, out and thru, and GPIO connections are supplied as standard. Digital audio interface is via 2 AES50 ports, one of which can be configured as a spare redundant connection.

The DL451 can be used with the MIDAS XL8 and PRO series of digital mixing systems, or as a standalone AES50 audio interface in a MIDAS snake and audio distribution systems with remote control via Ethernet.

  • 24 audio inputs*
  • 24 audio outputs*
  • Five card options - DL441 Analogue Mic/Line Input “I” card, DL442 Analogue Output “O” card, DL443 8 Analogue Line In and 8 Analogue Line Out “TRS” card, DL452 AES/EBU Input and Output “D” card, and DL444 “D Sub” card, 8 analogue mic/line in, 8 line out
  • MIDI in, out and thru
  • GPIO
  • Digital snake and distribution network component with redundant connections
  • Ethernet control port
  • 3U, 19” rack-mountable
* dependent upon card configuration
MIDAS DL451 Modular I/O Unit
This video covers the MIDAS DL451 Modular I/O Unit, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles.
Overview

DL452 – AES/EBU Input and Output “D” card for DL451, DL351 and PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 surfaces

  • 8 x 8 inputs and outputs in a single card on 4 AES/EBU in/out pairs
  • Inputs feature sample rate converters and sync to external clock
  • Outputs feature sample rate converters, selectable word length and choice of clock (internal 96 kHz, 48 kHz or external)

There are a number of products developed by sister company KLARK TEKNIK that expand the scope and functionality of MIDAS’ already impressive digital audio network.

This includes products ranging from the DN9696 Audio Recorder, to the DN9620 AES50 Extender.

  • DN9331 – Graphic Controller
  • DN9610 – AES50 Repeater
  • DN9620 – AES50 Extender
  • DN9650 – Network Bridge
  • DN9696 – AES50 Audio Recorder
Overview

Unique, immediate and tactile, the DN9331 Helix RAPIDE offers direct access to the onboard Graphic EQs on all MIDAS digital consoles.

A flexible user interface allows custom remote channel assignments across 4 banks of 32 channel selection buttons. Four freely-assignable group buttons and a global ‘all channels’ button allows relative adjustment of channels. This is especially important when the priority is to stop on-stage feedback first and determine the source second.

  • Simultaneous control of MIDAS digital onboard Graphic EQs and KLARK TEKNIK digital EQ units
  • 4 banks of 32 channels
  • 4 user-configurable GEQ groups
  • Global mode
  • Rack mounting or free standing
  • Standard on XL8 Live Performance System
  • 6U, 19” rack-mountable
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Overview

The KLARK TEKNIK DN9610 is a cost-effective solution for extending AES50 multichannel digital audio network connections (Cat 5e/Cat 6 cabling) to greater distances than previously achievable. Housed in a rugged, compact, alloy case, and enclosed in a shock-absorbing silicone sleeve, the DN9610 will fit almost anywhere, being no larger than many D.I. boxes!

Each DN9610 is capable of extending two AES50 streams by up to 100 m (330 ft). Provision is made for dual-redundant power supplies, with automatic, seamless recovery in the unlikely event of a power supply failure. Power supplies are multiregion and feature locking DC connectors to ensure against inadvertent disconnection.

The DN9610 is capable of both 24-bit / 48 kHz and 24-bit / 96 kHz operation, and can operate its two AES50 streams at different clock rates simultaneously! Through-unit latency is an astounding 0.03ms. Multiple DN9610s can be connected in series, allowing transmission of AES50 over considerable distances.

Discrete LED status indicators are provided for power, AES50 input 1, AES50 input 2, AES50 output 1, and AES50 output 2. The four RJ-45 sockets are roadworthy Neutrik etherCON connectors.

The DN9610 operates with ANY AES50-compliant devices.

  • AES50 repeater – extends 2 AES50 streams up to 100 m (300 ft)
  • Supports both 24-bit / 48 kHz and 24-bit / 96 kHz operation
  • 0.03ms latency
  • Supports dual power supplies
  • Shock-absorbing silicone sleeve
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Overview

The DN9620 is a 1U, half-rack width AES50 extender, which takes two Cat 5e AES50 streams and multiplexes up to 96 bi-directional channels of 24-bit audio via a single fibre-optic cable for up to 500m or a single Cat 5e cable for 100m. Both formats feature astonishingly low latency of just 0.105ms input to output. The DN9620 operates at either 96 kHz or 48 kHz sample rates and offers the user multiple clocking options.

The unit is fitted with an integrated auto-ranging power supply, and uses all genuine Neutrik etherCON and opticalCON connectors for maximum reliability.

The DN9620 overcomes the inherent limitations of Cat 5e cabling which limit cable runs between AES50 devices to 100 metres (330 feet). The DN9620 will operate as an optical snake system for any MIDAS, or other digital console which uses the AES50 protocol, and provide long-haul, optical connectivity between I/O units, as well as extending the deployment possibilities of I/O, recording and other AES50 hardware throughout a building or campus.

AES50 is an open-architecture digital audio transport protocol which benefits from extremely low latency (<70 us.), robust feed-forward error connection and advanced system clocking. AES50 connections carry digital audio and control data bi-directionally down a single Cat 5e cable. The benefits of combining audio, control and clock into one single network are simplified connectivity, reduced set-up times and lower investment in cabling infrastructure.

DN9620s are shipped in pairs, complete with a 19” rack mounting bracket.

  • Multiplexes two AES50 streams into a single fibre-optic or Cat 5e cable
  • Transmits and receives up to 96 bi-directional channels of 24-bit audio
  • Up to 500m operation via fibre-optic cable
  • Up to 100m operation via Cat 5e / Cat 6 cable
  • Latency of 0.105ms from input to output
  • Operates at either 96 kHz or 48 kHz
  • Multiple clocking options
  • Auto-ranging power supply
  • Uses Neutrik etherCON and opticalCON connectors
  • 1U, half rack – rack mount bracket included
  • Designed and engineered by KLARK TEKNIK in England
For more information on KLARK TEKNIK please visit the KLARK TEKNIK website
Overview

The DN9650 network bridge allows the AES50 interfaces on MIDAS XL8 and PRO Series digital audio systems, KLARK TEKNIK’s DN9696 high-resolution audio recorder and all MIDAS I/O units to connect to third party multichannel digital audio networks. Supported formats include MADI, Audinate* Dante, Aviom* A-Net, Cirrus Logic* Cobra Net and Digigram* EtherSound utilising network modules designed and manufactured by Lab X Technologies*, Audinate* and Cirrus Logic*.

The DN9650 includes an astonishing 144 channels of high-performance sample rate conversion and independent synchronisation for the two interfaces, including black burst, word clock and AES3. The minimal configuration requirements are simply set up using a standard web browser and an auto-configured Ethernet interface to the unit.

  • Unit supports: AES50, MADI, Audinate Dante, Aviom A-Net, Cirrus Logic CobraNet, Digigram EtherSound
  • 144 channels of high-performance sample rate conversion
  • Independent synchronisation including black burst, word clock and AES3
  • Exemplary KLARK TEKNIK audio performance
  • 1U, 19" rack-mountable

*All trademarks acknowledged

For more information on KLARK TEKNIK, please visit the KLARK TEKNIK website

KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 Network Bridge
This video covers the KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 Network Bridge, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles and KLARK TEKNIK's DN9696.
KLARK TEKNIK DN9652 Dual Network Bridge
This video covers the KLARK TEKNIK DN9652 Dual Network Bridge, which provides a dual-network version of the DN9650 with 2 configurable network slots and a choice of 5 different digital network cards.
Overview

KLARK TEKNIK has engineered an extremely easy-to-use, simple-to-setup, standalone hard disk recorder - the DN9696. This high-resolution audio recorder offers 96 tracks of 96 kHz audio at 24-bit, with a massive 9 hours of internal storage. There is now no need for external computers linked to multiple non-roadworthy systems with complicated interconnections, just a simple plug and play unit with dedicated Play, Stop and Record front panel transport controls.

The screen-based software interface offers in-depth control of both recording and playback functions. There are echoes of the unique features of MIDAS’ digital audio system within the DN9696, such as the use of POPulation groups to view, colour and edit tracks along with an ‘Input Sheet’ for quickly naming all tracks as well as ‘dual operator’ control of the system. These have all been designed to make the users life easier.

The DN9696 occupies only 5U of rack space with very simple cable requirements and does not demand the expense of a dedicated recording technician. With the addition of the DN9650 network bridge, the DN9696 can be integrated into third party multichannel digital audio networks. After all, all you really need is Record, Stop and Play.

  • Simple transport controls
  • 96 tracks
  • 96 kHz audio
  • 24-bit resolution
  • 9 hours of internal storage
  • Mirrored drive capability
  • BWAV audio files
  • 5U, 19" rack-mountable
For more information on KLARK TEKNIK please visit the KLARK TEKNIK website
KLARK TEKNIK DN9696 High-Resolution Audio Recorder

This video covers the KLARK TEKNIK DN9696 high-resolution audio recorder, which is compatible with all MIDAS digital audio consoles.

Cheryl Preston talks about the DN9696

Interview with Cheryl Preston highlighting the advantages of KLARK TEKNIK's audio recorder for the concert sound industry.

FAQs

Q. How many inputs does the PRO2 have?
A. The standard system has 56 mic /line inputs, patchable to up to 64 processing channels, depending upon console configuration.


Q. What is the maximum number of inputs possible for the PRO2?
A. 156 network inputs, dependent upon hardware configuration.


Q. How many mixes can the PRO2 create?
A. 24 aux mixes, plus Left, Right and Mono. All aux mixes can be configured as stereo pairs, with separate level and pan controls.


Q. How many simultaneous input mix channels can the PRO2 provide?
A. Up to 80, all with EQ and dynamics processing, if 16 aux mix busses are configured as additional input channels.

Q. How many input faders does the PRO2 have?
A. The PRO2 can have 24 input faders, the PRO2C can have 16.

Q. What is the difference between the PRO2 and the PRO2C?
A. They are essentially identical. The PRO2C has eight fewer faders and a smaller footprint is the only difference. They have the same number of inputs and outputs, channels and buses.

Q. How much rackmounted hardware is there to carry around?
A. The standard PRO2 system uses a 5U 19" rack mounted stage-box (DL251). However there is a choice of optional I/O from DL451 to the DL431.

Q Can I do my "virtual soundcheck" with the PRO2?
A. Yes, the PRO2 connects directly to a KLARK TEKNIK DN9696 recorder, or any other AES50 recorder, via Cat-5 cables.

Q. Can I use a hard disk recorder with the PRO2?
A. Yes, the PRO2 connects directly to a KLARK TEKNIK DN9696 recorder, or any other AES50 recorder, via Cat-5e cables.

Q Can I use a PRO2 with the XL8's DL431 input splitters?
A. Yes, the PRO2 can source directly from another MIDAS digital system, or from the "B" digital outputs of a DL431 input splitter, or use DL351's or DL451's as an alternative input source to its own DL251 stage-box.

Q. Can I connect a MADI device to the PRO2?
A. Yes, via a KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 network bridge.

Q. How long does a PRO2 take to reboot?
A. Less than 30 seconds from cold.

Q. Can I run third party plug-ins on the PRO2?
A. No. The PRO2 uses stable, open-source Linux as an operating system, and most plug-ins are designed to run on a Windows or Mac O.S. Also running third party software on the PRO2's platform would compromise the automatic delay management system, as a lot of the currently available (and popular!) plug-ins have serious latency problems. However, it is possible to insert any 3rd party plugins using a LYNX studio systems AES50 PCI-bus card, and an external computer as a host.

Q. Does the PRO2 have any surround sound capability?
A. Yes, the PRO2 has normal stereo, SIS (LCR panning) Quad (4 ch.) LCRS (Left, Centre Right Surround) and 5.1 panning implemented.

Q. What happens if the computer crashes?
A. The PRO2 has separate control and audio processing computers. In the unlikely event of the Linux control computer failing, it can be rebooted without switching off the power to the console. All of this takes place without any interruption of audio.

Q. What is the PRO2's latency?
A. The PRO2's latency is DETERMINISTIC and AUTOMATICALLY MANAGED is the correct answer to this question. Don't allow customers to compare latency, thinking that the smallest number is the best. Latency is application-specific. Small numbers are important only in IEM (in-ear monitoring) applications, which the PRO2 is quite capable of providing. Of much greater importance for superior audio reproduction is that the latency through a system is synchronised. This means that all audio is phase-coherent at all times. MIDAS PRO series and XL8 are the only live audio consoles in the world which do this automatically. PRO2 minimum latency including A-D and D-A with all delay compensation off is less than 2ms.

Q. Can I interface my PRO2 with other audio gear digitally?
A. PRO2 can be connected to any other manufacturers' equipment via AES3 (AES/EBU) and AES50 interfaces.

Q. What is the PRO2's latency?
A. The PRO2's latency is DETERMINISTIC and AUTOMATICALLY MANAGED is the correct answer to this question. Don't allow customers to compare latency, thinking that the smallest number is the best. Latency is application-specific. Small numbers are important only in IEM (in-ear monitoring) applications, which the PRO2 is quite capable of providing. Of much greater importance for superior audio reproduction is that the latency through a system is synchronised. This means that all audio is phase-coherent at all times. MIDAS PRO series and XL8 are the only live audio consoles in the world which do this automatically. PRO2 minimum latency including A-D and D-A with all delay compensation off is less than 2ms.

Q. Can I control my PRO2 remotely?
A. Yes, remote control of the PRO2 is via iPAD and a wireless access point.

Manuals and Brochures

Manual

PDF 27.7 MB

Quick Start Guide

PDF 2.6 MB

Setup Guide

PDF 1.4 MB

Brochure

PDF 1.8 MB

Videos

This is the introduction video to the PRO2 digital audio mixing console from MIDAS. It gives an overview of the control surface and the features of the console.

For a more in depth explanation of the features of MIDAS digital please visit our Video Guide section: click here

This is the 360 degree video of MIDAS PRO2 Live Audio System giving a unique view of its construction, control surface and connections.