New York (March 30, 2011)–Morris Light and Sound has purchased four Midas Pro9 live audio systems for its upcoming Kenny Chesney tour, which is currently in rehearsals and includes 11 stadium dates.
“We’ve also got additional touring commitments with Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, as well as two casino installs,” says company president David Haskell. “The bottom line is that we have another Pro9 on order. This console was just made for pro touring.”
“I’ve always been a Midas fan, although I must admit to a few years of experimenting with other digital platforms. But I never found the warmth in digital I was looking for,” says Haskell, who has spent 30 years on the road, mixing front of house and handling production manager duties for such artists as Alabama, Keb Mo, Gretchen Wilson and Sugarland. “Then the Midas digital came out.”
Haskell’s exposure to the Midas Digital platform started with the XL8, which he first used on Gretchen Wilson at the Houston Rodeo when the console was introduced. “The biggest thing about it is the Midas sound,” he says. “You cannot mistake that preamp, and the latency control eliminates phasing problems. The EQ is some of the best I’ve ever heard in my life, analog or digital. There’s no phasing at all, and the response is wicked fast; so different from any other digital EQ I’ve heard. To have all that under digital control is incredible.”
All of Morris Light and Sound’s Pro9s are configured identically, with a total of 80 direct inputs and 32 outputs. In the Midas architecture, that breaks down to 56 in, 8 out (all XLR) on its DL351 I/O box, with 24 each analog inputs and outputs in the DL451 via three DL444 “D Sub” cards. The Kenny Chesney and Sugarland tours will also travel with a Klark Teknik DN9696 high resolution audio recorder, capable of recording 96 tracks with 24-bit, 96 kHz audio (Broadcast WAV) quality, and fully integrated into the Midas system.