United Kingdom (October 20, 2004)–Midas has been working on a new digital live sound mixing desk for some time, reporting that “many parts of the system having already reached testing stage.” Apparently, those parts have come far enough that the company asked Robbie McGrath (FOH engineer for the Rolling Stones, Simply Red, Mark Knopfler and many others) to try out the desk’s digital EQ.
Midas-KT sales and marketing director, David Cooper, noted, “We’ve known Robbie for a very long time, and we know him to be a die-hard fan of Midas analogue consoles, especially of the XL4 EQ. We also know him to be extremely outspoken and not afraid to say exactly what he thinks; indeed he’s gone on record a number of times to say that while a digital console may have its uses in certain applications, if it’s impeccable audio quality you’re after, then nothing can beat an analogue board, preferably an XL4! So, we were all on tenterhooks to see how he’d react to the digital EQ we’ve developed, as it is such a key part of our new digital console.”
McGrath reported, “I tested this EQ to within an inch of its life, and I can say quite categorically that it’s the closest thing I have ever heard to an analogue EQ. I’ve listened to a lot of digital EQs, and Coop is right–for me they don’t come anywhere near an analogue EQ in terms of sound quality. However, this new Midas module is pretty damned close. I won’t say as good as an XL4 EQ, but within a gnat’s whisker. I can’t wait to see the rest of the board now!”