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Midas does double duty at Echo Awards

Performances by Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, and Sean Paul were mixed on a Midas PRO2 system while a PRO6 handled monitoring duties at the premier music award show in Germany.

Midas consoles handled sound duties for this year’s Echo Awards, Germany’s premier music awards show, with a PRO2 system at FOH and a PRO6 on monitors. SoundHead Company provided the desks, which were sourced from German Midas distributor Mega Audio. The event line-up included performances by Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Sean Paul, Taio Cruz, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson. Tim Ehrenfried (pictured), Soundhead Company’s MD and FOH engineer only recently added the PRO2 to his inventory: “In the past I have had excellent experiences working with MIDAS XL8 and PRO6 consoles, and I knew I wanted that great warm MIDAS sound for the event in recognition of the calibre of international acts performing. But the PRO2 at FOH gave me the added advantage of all the features of the big consoles in a practical compact footprint.” The show required 40 channels with wireless microphones for each artist, additional inputs coming from all of the live acts and 10 playback tracks from the OB truck. Ehrenfried created individual scenes for each act and used rehearsal time to adjust and save all settings and patches. “Speed is a big issue in our business,” he said. “You don’t often have much time to create your setup, but working with POP(ulation) groups makes the whole thing very clear and the number of I/O boxes enables you to configure your system with both hardware and software individually for each application. Everything is where you expect it to be, and with just a few steps I could create a big set up with many channels.”