Vienna, Austria (June 9, 2015)–A slew of Midas Pro X, Pro6 and Pro9 consoles were used in May for the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewed by nearly 200 million viewers around the globe, the annual event was produced by Österreichischer Rundfunk/Austrian Public Broadcasting (ORF), with Vienna-based Sound Art Service (SAS) providing the audio system inside Vienna’s Wiener Stadthalle arena.
ORF’s Head of Sound commented, “We use Midas Pro9 and Pro6 together as FOH consoles. The Pro9 handles the artists and music, while the Pro6 distributes the outputs and handles additional inputs, announcers, and some sources from other playbacks. Pro X consoles are used for monitors on stage. Every console has an active spare console for redundancy purposes.”
In total, seven consoles were on hand: two Pro9, two Pro6 and three Pro X, all of which distributed inputs via DN9650 Network bridges from a MADI distribution system. A single DL451 Modular I/O Unit (and its redundant partner) were driven via four pairs of DN9620 AES50 Extenders to provide a secure fiber optic linkage.