Midas Venice 240 24 Channel Mixer
MIDAS microphone pre-amps -the basis of the legendary Midas Sound.
The overall sonic performance of any console can only ever be as good as the point where the incoming signal interfaces with it, namely the microphone pre-amplifier. MIDAS consoles therefore always incorporate the very best microphone pre-amps available, and Venice is no exception. Venice incorporates an updated version of the ground-breaking MIDAS XL3 microphone pre-amp, which uses MIDAS’ own "long-tailed pair” circuitry. This means that the Venice pre-amp has ample headroom and gain range to accept both microphone and line-level signals without any pad or range switching.
Frequency response and distortion –a hot issue.
To retain the natural qualities of many different sorts of input signals, a console must be able to handle incoming signals across a very wide frequency range with lowest possible distortion. The maximum input capability of Venice is +22dBu, enabling the console to deal with even the hottest line signals within 15Hz to 100kHz frequency range. Hi-value EMI suppresion filters shelter the signal-path from unwanted external noise, one of the fundamental MIDAS design specialities.
MIDAS equalisation –both a creative tool and a problem solver for the engineer.
Leading audio professionals all over the world confirm: it’s not the number of pots that make an EQ section, it’s the audible result, the ability to accurately control and fine-tune audio signals in the most musical method possible. Great EQ also provides the creative processing power to create personalised soundscapes without any unwanted side-effects. For instance, this means that the HF and LF filters won’t interfere with the mid-band frequencies: all filters keep their gain regardless of frequency settings and +/-15dB on a gain potentiometer means exactly what it says. The Venice EQ is what thousands of MIDAS owners and users expect from these products: pure performance.
Highest quality components –only the best makes its way into a MIDASconsole.
The world-class audio performance expected of a MIDAS can only be achieved by fitting first-class components with minimised tolerances. There’s no other way to do it: the operational benefit is that two identical signals will sound equal regardless of which channel they are fed into.
MIDAS Venice –first-class electromechanical parts throughout.
Pots, knobs, switches, connectors and faders. These components work very hard throughout the long life of the console, and are constantly exposed to heat, moisture, cold, dust and heavy mechanical usage. Venice uses only pots and faders with metal shafts from ALPS and connectors from NEUTRIK, ensuring low maintenance and first class reliability.
Straightforward layout and intuitive operation through experience.
All console manufacturers have their own philosophy of control surface design and layout, but MIDAS remains the most dedicated and experienced manufacturer of audio consoles for live applications. Venice could most certainly be used for recording, but MIDAS’s "dedicated to live production” approach means the design layout of Venice is optimised for quick and easy control. Every function is exactly placed where it should be, easy to find, operate and read even at low light levels (though connectors for two desk lamps are fitted as standard). Venice provides the right feature set for all live applications: very clear and straightforward, and easy to reach despite the high density of controls.
Gain structure and output signals.
All controls on Venice that affect actual output levels feature a centre position at 0dB with range from minus infinity to plus 10dB (enough to make any output signal more than twice as loud than at the 0dB position). This allows the user to see at a glance whether a signal is really boosted or just adjusted to the overall mix. Additionally, all outputs that would typically be linked to loudspeakers via amplifiers are fitted with electronically balanced XLR connectors, protect