Midas has announced details of the much-anticipated Offline Editor software suite for the PRO6 and the XL8 digital systems. The exclusively Mac-based application will shortly be available as a zero-cost download from http://www.midasconsoles.com/
, and allows a console showfile to be created on a compatible Mac computer. An operational version of the console GUI (Graphical user Interface) will be displayed on the Mac, identical to the screen views on the console itself. The resulting showfile is saved to the Mac's hard drive, and can be manipulated, copied, emailed etc as a normal file and loaded into a Midas PRO6 or XL8 via removable USB drive, preparing the console for immediate operation. Shows created for PRO6 consoles will run on XL8 systems, and vice versa, subject to system capacity limitations. The Offline Editor can also be used for operators to familiarize themselves with the features and functionality of the console, prior to operation. "We're delighted with the early feedback we've had from our customers, regarding the Offline Editors' ease of use, and the way it replicates the consoles' user interface," says Midas and Klark Teknik brand development manager Richard Ferriday. "We anticipate this free software will introduce the Midas approach to digital mixing to all those engineers who haven't yet had a chance to get their hands on the hardware, as well as making it easy to preconfigure a console before a show."