Midas shines at Glastonbury
4 July 2011
UK - A plethora of Midas digital consoles were again used across the Glastonbury festival this year, as RG Jones supplied XL4s with XL88 matrix mixer at FOH for the Pyramid stage, where they were used by acts including BB King, Wu-Tang Clan and Plan B. Many of the other acts on the Pyramid stage chose to bring their own Midas digital desks with them, including Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini, Morrissey and Pendulum.
On the Other Stage, Skan was also using its tried and trusted formula of two XL4s at FOH and two H3000s on stage. One of South West Audio's PRO6s was being used at FOH at The Park Stage as usual, where among the acts to play were Pulp and Radiohead, in secret appearances that The Park has become known for.
Marcus Dalmeida and Jerey Denning were running FOH for South West Audio at The Park. "We ran a system of writing patches in the offline editor in real time at FOH, updating as the bands arrived, which enabled us to configure the desk for the incoming guest engineers," says Dalmeida. "This made their time much more relaxed as the desk was configured to their patch list, and VCA and POP(ulation) Groups were preconfigured for them. We had a mixture of top touring engineers, together with Midas PRO6 virgins, some of whom were a little apprehensive about walking into a festival situation with an unfamiliar digital desk, but after a two minute tour of the desk they realised how simple the control surface was, and there were some really impressive mixes."
Over on the BBC Introducing stage, a host of new bands were treated to the sound of a PRO9 manned by FOH engineer Aaron Sayers, also from the South West Group. "Despite the rain and muddy conditions this year, the Midas PRO9 performed beautifully and made the festival that little bit more enjoyable," says Sayers.
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