Midas XL8s have been specified for some of the largest UK outdoor events of recent months, including BBC Radio 2’s Elvis Forever tribute show and Pope Benedict XVI’s Evening Vigil.
The consoles for these events, and for the BBC’s Proms in the Park, were rented from Britannia Row by London-based System Sound, which has been providing PA and broadcast splits for various Hyde Park events for 15 years.
“This year we had the best sounding system we have ever had,” said System Sound’s Simon Biddulph (pictured). “The XL8s contributed to that in a huge way.”
Two XL8s were deployed at each of the three events, with one console dedicated to the orchestral performances and the other for all other acts. For the Pope’s Vigil, the second console looked after everything from the three priests to the Pope’s own microphones.
Engineers praised the XL8’s user-friendly design and features including the POP(ulation) groups. Proms In the Park mix engineer Richard Sharratt said that the desk was “quick and easy to use”, while Chris Coxhead – who mixed the bands for Elvis Forever and vocals for the Pope’s Vigil – said that the POP groups and VCA assignment allow you “to get to channels very quickly and the ability to ‘park’ stuff in area B means those very important money channels are always available.”
Coxhead also appreciated the onboard FX and dynamics. “I inserted the onboard multiband compressor across the subgroups which had the lectern, altar and Pope’s mics so I could reduce the proximity effect if anyone got too close. It worked very well. After all,” he observed, “it’s not every day you have ‘Pope’ on your inputs.”