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Pictured above: [L - R] Tim Bamber, Technical Sales at LMC Birmingham; Hugh Jones, Managing Director at HPSS; Joe Jackson, Technical Sales at LMC Birmingham, with HPSS’s new Midas Pro 2 at the O2 Academy, Birmingham.
HPSS Ltd, the Hull-based sound, lighting and staging equipment hire company, have recently completed a nationwide tour with The South; formed of members of The Beautiful South. LMC Audio visited the HPSS team at the O2 Academy in Birmingham to find out how they were getting on with their Midas Pro 2, recently purchased from LMC.
Hugh Jones, Managing Director at HPSS, describes the Pro 2 as a “powerful tool.”
“It’s intuitive and accessible and in the smaller venues where the support has to be mixed on our boards it takes just 10 to 15 minutes to get the house engineer working comfortably with it. In acoustic scenarios in particular the set-up is so simple...you only need to do about six things with it and you’re ready!” And Hugh offers some advice to potential users: “Don’t be afraid to use the big buttons, they don’t affect the audio!”
He explains that the decision to invest in Pro 2 was based not only upon the recommendations of many engineers that had already used and liked the desk, but also on the value gained in investing in a console like Pro 2. ‘Feedback’s been very good’, he comments. ‘We recently held a demo day at the HPSS warehouse and invited some engineers to come and try out the console. One of the engineers turned up with a show file that he had previously engineered on a Pro 6, wanting to test whether it would transfer the show files between Pro 6 and Pro 2 seamlessly; it did. We researched our options before buying the desk; we already use Yamaha M7CL and LS9 and looked at all of the contenders from the major brands before deciding upon Pro 2. In the end, the frame size, functionality and ease-of-use meant that the potential return on investment for us was evident in the Pro 2.”
Tim Bamber, Technical Sales at LMC Birmingham advised Hugh throughout the decision-making process. “LMC’s support has been impressive”, says Hugh. “We were kept informed all the way along – from demo to purchase – with good communication from Tim and the team.” Tim comments, “The decision for HPSS was ultimately a straight forward one. We had been discussing digital console options with Hugh over a period of around 6 months. He had already seen the Pro 6 and loved it but given the size of it he wasn’t totally confident that it was the right way for him to go at that time. So when the Pro 2 was launched I knew immediately that it would provide the right solution for him. Following a demo with Rob Hughes, UK Customer Support Manager at Midas & Klark Teknik, and myself, his decision was made. With the same sound quality as the bigger Pro series consoles and a lot of the same features plus some new ones, the physical size of the console meant that it all made sense for Hugh to choose Pro 2. Since being on tour with Pro 2, Hugh has been very positive about it and is enjoying the features and sound quality that are making engineering so enjoyable for him and other users.”
Hugh adds, “We have a host of smaller festivals and shows coming up throughout the Summer season that the Pro 2 will be working on so keep a look out for us!”
For more details about HPSS and to discuss your event requirements, contact Hugh and the team on +44 (0) 1482 221810 or email HPSS.
To book a demonstration of Midas Pro 2 and for pricing details contact LMC Sales on: London +44 (0) 20 8743 4680, Birmingham +44 (0) 121 359 4535 or email Sales. For further information about Midas Pro Series digital mixing consoles visit the Midas Consoles website.