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Manchester’s Gorilla venue gets Midas audio console

A new Midas Pro2 Digital Console is helping entertainment venue Gorilla (Manchester, UK) get the most from the diverse range of live entertainment performances that take place there.

Manchester city-centre entertainment hot spot Gorilla, which is run by the Trof Group, recently upgraded its front-of-house (FOH) mixing desk to a brand-new Midas Pro2 Digital Console.

The 700-seat venue offers a broad spectrum of live entertainment spanning every imaginable genre and has quickly become a favourite among the night set.

Systems integrator Mason’s Games required a flexible mixing desk to meet the diverse performances on offer at the venue.

The Midas Pro2 console was selected due to features such as its 56 mic/line inputs with remote mic preamps, along with 27 sample- synchronous, phase-coherent mix buses, and up to 28 KLARK TEKNIK DN370 31-band Graphic EQs. In addition, at the heart of MIDAS console navigation are its VCA and POPulation groups, which provide access to multiple channels via a single fader (typically grouped into related clusters by mix engineers).

The company says an essential element of the installation was the included DL251 stage box, which serves as the digital snake, providing 48 MIDAS mic/line inputs and 16 analogue XLR outputs at the stage end. MIDI (In, Out, Thru) plus three AES50 ports and one Ethernet connection round out the DL251 rear panel. Connectivity to the FOH console is via shielded, twisted-pair Cat 5e cable with a range of up to 100 metres/330 feet. Dual-redundant power supplies are standard.

“Gorilla hosts a wide variety of events, from the loudest rock to the quietest spoken word, so we needed a board that could handle that – and also had wide acceptance with visiting engineers”, said Trof Group’s head of sound, Sean Kelly. “Midas Pro Series ticked these boxes and I love the sound – so I had no hesitation in specifying the Midas Pro2 for Gorilla”.