MIDAS VERONA IS A MUSEUM PIECE
No, analogue audio mixing consoles have not yet become museum pieces! However, the British Museum has just chosen a new Midas Verona console for its elegant BP Lecture Theatre, at the heart of its conferencing facilities in central London.
Inaugurated by Nelson Mandela, the BP Lecture Theatre can seat more than 320 delegates; it is equipped with a raised stage, lectern, screen, audio-visual control room and four translation booths. It is already impressively equipped with three independent sound systems offering a full L/R PA, a 5.1 surround sound facility and a speech-only reinforcement system. The British Museum called on Glen Smith Audio to supply and install a new easy-to-use analogue mixer, together with Klark Teknik Square ONE Dynamics units.
"In the Lecture Theatre they use a lot of lavalier mics," explains Glen Smith, "so they wanted to insert noise gates on them. With 16 channels of compression on the Square ONE Dynamics units, this was a very cost-effective way for them to control the various microphones and playback sources, making life easier for the in-house technicians.
"The Verona 320 is a simple and straightforward console, it is very visual and easy to use, with a transparent interface so guest engineers can work it out quickly. We've configured it so that they can mix and match speaker availability across all three sound systems, using it with the main Electro-Voice PA or with the 5.1 surround system for cinema presentation."
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Midas live performance mixing consoles have been used by the world's most demanding sound engineers, performers and rental companies for three decades. The company strives to raise the standards of sonic quality through its programme of continual research and development, implementing new control functionality and user-friendly desk operation to anticipate and accommodate the ever-evolving needs of audio professionals who specify Midas consoles for their major tours, festivals, international events, broadcast projects and prestigious fixed installations.