Fifty-eight years on from debut single ‘Move It’, Sir Cliff Richard marked his 70th birthday in October with a week of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Midas PRO6s were situated at FOH and monitors.
The presence of a large swing-style band made the set-up more complex than is generally the case for the veteran singer’s shows; as a result, both PRO6s were full to capacity. Long-time Cliff engineers Mike ‘Bunny’ Warren (pictured, FOH) and John ‘JJ’ James (monitors) both praised the Midas console’s feature-set, not least with regard to the EQ that helped cope with the Albert Hall’s famously challenging acoustics.
“The EQ just does what you want it to do, and I’ve been able to add definition between different instruments, which has been especially useful as 24 of my 56 inputs are brass,” said Bunny. “To get a difference between each of the saxes, and the trumpets, for example, I’m able to lift each one little bit, and you can really hear each one lift.
“The sound is legendary Midas, what more can I say. I’ve even had someone from the audience come up and tell me how good the echo is! The delay, reverb, gates and compressors all work really well and sound great. I don’t need any outboard, just a CD player, and I’m happy. I’ve been waiting for Midas to bring out a console that does what the PRO6 does; it’s great to be back on a Midas. After two days training I couldn’t wait to get out there and start using it.”
In addition to overseeing personal monitoring systems, in-ears and wedges, JJ also called the whole show to Cliff on his in-ear system.
“I really have to get the desk running on autopilot, with a separate cue for every song, and the whole show running on automation, “ he says. “With 13 brass, percussion, drums, two bass guitar, two keyboards, three backing vocalists and Cliff, I’m using all 56 inputs and 32 outputs of the PRO6. As the desk is so full, I’m using the POP groups constantly.”