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Building on the legacy of their award-winning PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 digital consoles, Midas today announced the new PRO X. It’s powered by The Neutron engine, capable of up to 800 audio channels, which can be routed on a point-to-point basis and be changed, even within individual automation scenes.
AES50 and HyperMAC audio networking combine deterministic and ultra-low latency performance with true ‘Plug and Play’ connectivity, minimising set-up and configuration times. On its own, the PRO X provides 168 inputs and 99 mix or 103 output channels simultaneously on a control surface that measures less than 1.5 metres wide. AES50 digital audio connectivity allows scalability for up to a total of 288 network inputs and 294 network outputs. Seamless integration comes via IP-compliant third party audio networks, such as Audinate Dante* and Cirrus Logic CobraNet*, using the Klark Teknik DN9650 Network Bridge.
PRO X features 99 mix buses that can be simultaneously displayed as 24 mono or stereo mixes on the console surface. Each of the displayed mixes has its own LCD select switch with RGB colour coding and scribble strips – plus 11-segment LED bargraph metering. This output-centric approach redefines monitor mix workflows, allowing for even the most demanding stage monitoring applications.
The new Neutron Audio System Engine is the result of a three-year research and development programme. Advanced FPGA and MIMD (Multiple Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture delivers more than 100 gigaflops of real-time audio processing performance, translating into 271 simultaneous processing channels at 96 kHz and 40-bit floating point operation.
PRO 3, 6, and 9 owners can upgrade their systems to the new PRO X by replacing certain sections of their control surface and upgrading to the new Neutron DSP engine. Existing remote I/O can still be used.
Offline show creation and editing is available via Apple Mac* OS X Offline Editor software. Show files are forward and backward compatible, so shows created on the user’s Midas PRO Series console work exactly the same on any other Midas PRO console.
The Midas PRO X will be available before the end of 2014, at an approximate U.S. MAP of $41,999.
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