NAMM 2015 - Midas M32R, Digital Console for Live and Studio

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Designing A Future Classic

    Our goal for M32R was to combine the best of classic British console designs with advanced modern technology to completely redefine what a rack mountable digital desktop mixing console can offer.

    Legendary MIDAS Sound Quality
    While the MIDAS M32R design, styling, and construction will surely turn a lot of heads, it’s the sound that matters most to engineers and performing artists. And that’s where M32R shines even brighter – as the latest in a long line of pristine-sounding MIDAS consoles, it descends from a celebrated lineage that literally set the standard in electrical design and sound quality. Ever since MIDAS consoles first found fame 40 years ago with acts like Billy Joel, Yes, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and others, the MIDAS legacy has always been about uncompromising quality and the ultimate in sound reproduction.

    Backing the analog input section are audiophile Cirrus Logic multi-channel 192 kHz capable A/D converters, which boast a 114 dB dynamic range, ensuring impressively low distortion and low noise performance.

    Award-Winning MIDAS Mic Preamplifier
    The MIDAS mic preamp is considered by leading live sound and recording engineers to be the very essence of the famous MIDAS sound. More than 40 years of design experience paired with the fi nest choice of premium-grade components lead to the acclaimed warmth and depth, bring out subtle ambience, maintain spatial positioning, and more effectively capture a precise image. The acclaimed sound of the award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifier has inspired generations of live sound engineers to their best work, creating sonic landscapes that have captivated audiences worldwide.

    What Makes the M32R Possible is - Everything
    Whether you come from an analog mixing background, or are accustomed to using other digital consoles, your first experience with M32R has been engineered to be intuitive, fluid and straightforward.

    The brilliance of the M32R is its simplicity and workflow. Tactile controls allow smooth adjustments to critical elements as the mix progresses while the TFT screen keeps you informed every step of the way. This integration of tactile controls, motorised faders and the array of LCD and TFT displays makes the M32R experience the premiere solution for Live Sound, Broadcast, Studio Recording and Post Production applications.

    M32R changes the game by completely rethinking what is possible in a digital mixer. An intuitive workflow coupled with a fully interactive user interface ensures immediate familiarity and instills confidence. Advanced engineering and meticulous design deliver stellar sonic performance at an extremely affordable price – changing the game entirely.

    • Live performance and studio recording digital console with up to 40 simultaneous input channels
    • 16 award-winning MIDAS PRO microphone preamplifiers
    • 25 time-aligned and phase-coherent mix buses
    • AES50 networking allows up to 96 inputs and 96 outputs
    • Open architecture allows for future 96 kHz operation
    • 192 kHz ADC and DAC converters for outstanding audio performance
    • Industry-leading design by Bentley* Motors Designer
    • High-performance aluminium and high-impact steel structure
    • Rack mount brackets included for ultimate flexibility
    • 40 bit floating point digital signal processing
    • 8 DCA and 6 mute groups
    • 8 digital signal processing effects engines
    • 17 MIDAS PRO motorised 100 mm faders
    • Daylight viewable 5" full colour TFT display screen
    • 32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface
    • DAW remote control emulations of Mackie Control* and HUI* protocols
    • Optional wireless remote control with MIDAS Apps for iPhone* and iPad*
    • Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply
    • 3-Year Warranty Program**
    • Designed and engineered in England

    Suggested retail price is US$ 2990

    Link : MIDAS M32R
  2. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    Aug 20, 2014
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    Looks impressive :).
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    It does look really good...until a few cracks show when you start digging deep into the specifications. No gain figures given for the microphone pre-amps (best noise shown at 45dB, which is usually full gain, i.e. rather low). No channel TRS inputs. A control surface layering structure borrowed from the 15-year old Yamaha "O" series. USB to/from a PC at standard rates only (44.1/48 KHz). No S/MUX on the ADAT I/O expansion board.

    Maybe some of these shortcomings will be corrected with firmware updates. You can't add TRS jacks by firmware updates, though. I do like the idea of effect plug-ins running in the mixer itself, but the display looks a bit small to get a decent control view.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    I do hope the acquisition of Midas/Klark/Turbosound elevates Byhryngyr's standards, rather than Byhryngyr dragging down Midas/Klark/Turbosound's good reputations. (but I won't be holding my breath)
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Bos, you don't miss a beat.
    I have an old Yamaha O3D with the optional AES card. After I saw this I thought it would be a great time to list it over on GS.
    During more stupid moments (flying faders) I bought it new back in the 90's to interface and/or serve as a midi controller for Pro Tools Mix.
    If it looks like it, maybe it will sound like it!

    If this Midas sounds anything like the Yamaha O series, I wouldn't expect high quality sound. These digital consoles are bells and whistle, not much more. I'd buy a basic no frills analog console over something like this any day of the week.

    People are liking the idea of comparing it to PreSonus StudioLive AI series. Anything with flying faders will surely attract a crowd.:rolleyes:

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