Three PRO6s and three DL431 mic splitters comprised a Midas digital network specified for La Nuite Africaine, a recent event at the 80,000-capacity Stade de France, Paris, featuring no fewer than 18 bands.
Alpha Blony, Manu Dibango, Mory Kanté and Magic Systems were among the acts to grace the event.
The Midas network was deployed by French PA company On-Off, with support from Midas distributor EVI Audio France. Ease of deployment and the need to achieve rapid changeovers were among the factors that informed the selection of audio system, which featured two PRO6s at FOH and one at monitors.
On-Off technical director Gilles Gautrois commented: “It was an obvious choice to use our PRO6s as, in addition to being able to cope with an event of this complexity, they sound better than anything else on the market. When there are several different desks on a festival using the same PA, as we experienced last year, it’s amazing how the PRO6 stands out. For this event we had more than 100 line array boxes and 48 subs, so no compromise was acceptable.”
Gautrois also paid tribute to the consoles’ automation capacity and the “extremely convenient” DL431 splitters, which were used to feed audio to a remote van for a FR3 HDTV broadcast.
The deployment also with the satisfaction of engineers Philippe Davesne and Philippe Bouic, with the latter remarking: “I love the POP(ulation) groups and the easy access to VCAs. The EQ is perfect, and the sound is even bigger and warmer than that of the Heritages I used for years. The internal compressors are excellent, and as for the onboard effects, the multiband compressor is a must. Finally, the ‘feel’ of the pots is not like any other digital mixer.”