MIDAS digital systems are much more than a “mixer” – they are complete digital audio distribution networks.
The XL8 has a network capacity of 432 inputs and 432 outputs, and the PRO3, 6, and 9 all have capacities of 288 inputs and 294 outputs. All of these network connections can be patched and routed independently of the audio passing through the “mixer”. Any correctly-directioned connector can be mapped to any node on the mixer, and any correctly-directioned node elsewhere on the network, simultaneously! Modular I/O devices (DL451, DL351 and PRO3/6/9 control centres) feature a modular, user-configurable card-based system which permits any combination of analogue and/or digital inputs and/ or outputs to be deployed depending upon the requirements of the event.
The patching GUI is presented to the user in a highly visual, easily understood pictorial format, enabling quick, easy operation and comprehension of a large and potentially complex audio network. The format, configuration, routing and patching of the entire network can be re-configured instantaneously on a scene-by-scene basis by using the consoles automation system.
MIDAS’ digital control surfaces can be divided into two areas, Area A and Area B facilitating dual operator use. The input channel area on the far right of the surface (4 channels on a PRO series and 8 channels on an XL8) can be designated as Area B by selecting the Area B button located below the scroll buttons in the “input select” area. The input control channels on the right-hand side of the Control Centre can now be used independently of those on the left.
VCA and POPulation groups can be pre-selected to populate either Area A or B. This means a group of inputs can populate different areas of the surface. The engineer brings the required inputs to their local work surface, where they are quickly and easily identified and changes implemented.
There are two independent stereo solo busses available. Any input or output channel can be assigned to either monitor buss. Allowing two operators to work simultaneously or for stage monitor and in ear monitor systems to be separated.