Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield (left) with FOH engineer Chris Trimby
Worcestershire, U.K. (March 22, 2011)--A Midas Pro6 console has made its touring debut with the Welsh group, Manic Street Preachers, who are on tour in support of its 10th studio album, Postcards From A Young Man.
The band's Emmy Award-winning engineer, Chris Trimby, chose the Pro6, supplied by U.K. rental company, SSE Audio, for more than 50 dates worldwide.
"It's laid out very intuitively," said Trimby. "Everything's only one or two button pushes away, whether you're hitting a channel or hitting the EQ button. You can maneuver yourself around the board very quickly. The preamps, probably the most important part of any console, are fantastic."
Features include Area B, which reportedly allows an operator to set up his own emergency "grab" section. For the Manics, who use some hard-drive input for sections such as strings, Area B hosted a click to enable the drummer to synchronize his timing correctly. Trimby noted, "You have the most important things at hand without having to go and look for them."
The delay feature on the output section is targeted to enable users to delay various wedges to sidefills, or occasionally rear wedges to front wedges as needed. "It makes a real difference," Trimby reports. "It gives you coherence at the high end and solidness at the low end."
Trimby concludes, "I started my career on Midas consoles, and they were leagues ahead of anyone then. Maybe the gap narrowed over the intervening years, but with the Pro6, they have leapt ahead again."