Rising US R&B star Jason Derulo has completed a string of UK dates as part of his debut world tour, accompanied by a Midas PRO6 at front of house.
“I wish I’d tried the PRO6 sooner,” says FOH engineer Greg Bess, a long term Midas user with over 30 years’ experience, encompassing rockers Slayer to soul stars Simply Red and many in between. “I’ve tried just about every digital desk out there and always ended up going back to my trusty Midas XL4. But the PRO6 is different. It absolutely clears the bar in meeting the Midas standard of audio quality and accuracy.”
Having first used a PRO6 with The Offspring, a band he has mixed for 14 years, Bess had no hesitation in specifying the console for Derulo’s critical first headlining tour. “Midas started out with audio as the cornerstone and followed through with ergonomics and solid construction,” he says. “Everything is so accessible, my hands rarely leave the mix surface. I can use the KVM switches to show laptop video, and the PRO6 has the only screens I’ve used that can be seen clearly in full daylight.”
Bess uses a fresh scene for each song in Derulo’s set list, then uses POP(ulation) Groups to keep all critical channels close at hand. All instrumentation and vocals are kept on the primary fader section, with effects returns always available on Area B.
In addition to the internal signal and processing effects, Bess is able to incorporate some of his analogue favourites, secure in the knowledge that the system’s latency compensation eliminates any danger of image smear. He also uses the AES cards to go back and forth from outboard digital effects and interface directly with PA processing. “The Midas clock works great as the master source for both,” he reports.
Bess keeps the DL371 audio system engine and DL351 I/O box racked on stage, while the control surface at FOH is augmented by an extra DL451, a compact 3RU box that Bess uses for the extra I/O slots. Connectivity is quick and easy.
“As it turns out, managing audio in the digital domain can be incredibly convenient,” says Bess. “Since I am from the analogue world, using the PRO6 came naturally to me; everything just made sense. Mixing digitally with the Midas front end is a real pleasure; they got it right.”