McGrath and Midas mix with Kasabian
UK – Front of house engineer Robbie McGrath used a Midas PRO6 live audio system for Kasabian’s Royal Albert Hall performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The concert, plus three warm up shows, was recorded onto a Klark Teknik DN9696 hard disk recorder. Support band The Hours was also mixed on a PRO6, with a third on stage for monitors. All equipment was provided by Entec Sound and Light.
This was the first time McGrath has used Midas digital, and to reassure himself it could provide all the familiar characteristics of the company’s analogue boards, he carried out some A/B testing prior to spec’ing the PRO6.
“I wanted to find out how much of the Midas analogue sound had been captured and transferred into their digital domain, and I was extremely happy to discover that the PRO6 sounds very like the XL4,” he says. “The EQ reacts like EQ should – as you choose your frequency/cut and boost you can hear the sweet spot coming into focus and it’s so easy to land right where you want it. With other digital desks it annoyed me that the sweet spot was always close but no cigar.”
Not only was this McGrath’s first time on a PRO6, it was also his first time out with Kasabian, who are heading out on more UK dates and planning a world tour, and McGrath will be taking a PRO6 with him. “I’m looking forward to being able to fly everywhere with this desk, or just my USB key for further flung dates,” he says.