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The Stone Roses return with Midas PRO6

Erica Basnicki 6 August 2012
The Stone Roses return with Midas PRO6

A Midas PRO6 digital console was on hand for The Stone Roses‘ comeback gigs in front of 225,000 fans at Manchester’s Heaton Park.   FOH engineer for the band’s first gigs in 16 years was long-time Midas user Robbie McGrath, whose credentials include including The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Kasabian.   “The head amps are incredible, I can set up the PRO6 the same way as I would a great analogue console such as the Midas XL4. On top of this you have a very smooth digital trim, which is fab. The EQ is exceptionally musical – it really retains that much-loved Midas sound and the on board compressors are amazing.”   “The Stone Roses are incredibly talented,” said McGrath. “Because it’s drums, bass, guitar and vocals, with no trimmings whatsoever, I need a desk that will concentrate on the quality of the raw music, at the end of the day that’s what this band is all about.”   And, with the generation-defining Stone Roses’ return having been anticipated with almost religious fervour, there was a lot riding on McGrath and his PRO6. “Energy is everything, and that’s what this desk has in abundance,” he said. “Compressors are hugely important to me – if you use compressors correctly you can get a mix at 101db to sound like you’re kicking 110, or, if you’re into audio terrorism, 110 that sounds like 115!”   Midas brand development manager Richard Ferriday commented: “That’s high praise indeed for our compressor plug-ins, coming from someone with Robbie’s wealth of experience. The good news for us mere mortals, is that the same Midas compressor plug-ins are included on the PRO2 and the new PRO1 consoles”.      

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