M32R - Designing a future Classic
Our goal for the Midas
M32R was to combine the best of classic British console designs with advanced
modern technology to completely redefine what a rack mountable desktop
mixing live console can offer.
We began the industrial design process by drawing inspiration from a
somewhat unexpected source - the luxury and high-performance car industry.
Why High-Performance Cars?
Simply because the design teams at AstonMartin*, Bentley*, Rolls
Royce*, and other leading manufacturers are skilled at introducing innovative
technological advancements while simultaneously maintaining the feel,
essence, and intangible qualities of their cherished brands. And in essence,
that’s the challenge we too faced when creating the M32R console.
So in order to create a future-forward design that took the MIDAS legacy
even further, we enlisted the help of Rajesh Kutty, a leading industrial
designer known for his work with celebrated luxury auto manufacturers
such as Bentley, etc.
Kutty started by examining the design elements that have made MIDAS consoles
so highly sought after - from the straightforward, logical layout to the
unparalleled usability and ergonomics. These are characteristics that
live sound engineers around the world have come to rely on, and are key
aspects of the MIDAS legacy.
With these design elements in mind, Kutty set forth to create a styling
that would be modern, innovative, futuristic, and stunningly elegant.
Many different construction materials were tested. Countless design variations
were explored. And in the end, a styling was chosen that represented the
perfect marriage between aerodynamic artistry and uncompromising performance.
The design is both ultramodern and distinctly classic at the same time.
|The Landmark in
A close look at the Midas M32R reveals that the styling is completely new
in every sense of the word. Rajesh Kutty’s automotive-inspired design
elements mesh perfectly with a recognisable MIDAS signature, setting the
Midas M32R apart from any other console. Its beautifully streamlined and
elegant form factor completely revolutionises the experience of live mixing.
The MIDAS M32R construction is equally impressive, and is designed to
offer you years of reliable performance while withstanding the demanding
environment of live performance venues. The Midas M32R employs a predominantly
space-frame construction, with parts of the sub-frame consisting of durable
and lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium. Multiple alloys have been
employed throughout to guarantee maximum component efficiency and an improved
The Midas M32R is an innovative, evolved design that brings together
modern construction principles and high-tech materials into a styling
that's destined to go down as a landmark in console history.
|MIDAS is the Epitome of Excellence
In 2013, MIDAS approached me to create a new design language for MIDAS
and with it a new mixing console. Having designed for Bentley, I am intimately
familiar with the challenge of transforming a brand while retaining the
precious heritage -- in this case the 40 year old iconic British mixing
console brand MIDAS.
Representing the pinnacle of its industry,
MIDAS is the Epitome of Excellence. When it comes to ergonomics, performance
and style, the aspects of a highperformance luxury car equally apply to
a high-end mixing console. I was given a blank sheet of paper for my choice
of materials. This meant considering light weight materials such as carbon
fibre and aluminum, while using a sophisticated steel construction, for
high- impact structural areas.
High attention was paid to the tactile elements such as fader knobs
and the illumination to work under all background conditions.
From the onset the idea was to break the mould! Hence the form study
deliberately tried to break away from the static, bulky feel of today's
mixing consoles. Instead making it more dynamic, ergonomic, yet luxurious.
Colours, size, mobility and hardware where given equal importance to arrive
at the M32. A true projection of the brand, today.
I am very happy with the outcome of the M32 and feel honoured
to have my name associated with MIDAS.
- Rajesh Kutty
Leading 192 kHz Precision
The groundbreaking M32R console combines legendary MIDAS sound quality
with advanced digital technology, future-proof 96 kHz capable open architecture
design and industry-leading 192 kHz ADC and DAC converters, creating a
revolutionary mid-format live console. M32R features ultra-sleek styling,
offering you a truly luxurious mixing experience. High-end construction
materials including carbon fibre provide unparalleled durability and strength,
plus substantially lower weight than comparable consoles.
The M32R utilises award-winning MIDAS PRO Series microphone preamplifiers
and the custom-designed MIDAS PRO motorised faders that are rated for
1 million life cycles-three times more than other leading consoles.
The MIDAS M32R is a future-forward console that completely
raises the bar for live mixing.
|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 analogue 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.
|Built for Tomorrow
The Midas M32R is a console built for today, and tomorrow - its future-proof
96 kHz capable open architecture design and industry-leading 192 kHz 24
bit ADC and DAC converters provide outstanding state-of-the-art audio 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 finest 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.
|Creating Sonic Landscapes
The MIDAS preamplifier design eliminates typical imbalances of gain-setting
stages, thereby improving the common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) and harmonic
distortion to an almost immeasurable level. The constant high-frequency
bandwidth topology assures excellent stability, RF rejection and noise performance
at all gain levels, contributing to its transparent, open and dynamic sound.
But it doesn't end there, over the years many mix engineers have found that
this robust and overload-tolerant design takes on a whole new dimension
of sound when driven hard, the pristine audiophile reproduction giving way
to just the right combination of harmonics, a warm and organic sound heard
by millions of concertgoers and recorded for posterity on countless live
albums over the years.
Since pristine sound always begins with the microphone preamplifier,
the first point where your signal enters the console, the Midas M32R features
genuine MIDAS microphone preamplifiers which faithfully reproduce every
sonic detail so no part of a performance will ever be missed. Transparent
and pristine sound, low noise and high common-mode rejection are all hallmarks
of this classic design.
The microphone preamplifiers
are the very same ones used in the industry standard MIDAS XL4 and HERITAGE
3000 consoles, which many consider to be the greatest analogue live consoles
ever built. Over the past decade, the XL4 and HERITAGE 3000 have been
utilised by countless top artists including Bon Jovi, Alanis Morrisette,
AC/DC, Coldplay, Kid Rock, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Christina
Aguilera, Sir Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, and many more.
The Midas M32R draws from this same legacy to bring you an elite professional
level of audio quality and performance.
|What makes the Midas
M32R Possible is - Everything
Whether you come from an analogue mixing background, or are accustomed to
using other digital consoles, your first experience with the Midas M32R
has been engineered to be intuitive, fluid and straightforward.
The brilliance of the Midas 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 M32 experience the premiere solution for Live Sound, Broadcast,
Studio Recording and Post Production applications.
The Midas 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.
MIDAS' experience spans
over 40 years at the very top end of the live audio industry on countless
world tours by the greatest artists and the most prestigious events. 40
years of relentless research, development with 300 of the world's best
engineers plus complete control over the manufacturing process. This is
what powers the Midas M32R.
Above all, the Midas M32R is designed to put the power of digital in
your hands, without compromise. MIDAS' singular focus on a matchless value
proposition means the Midas M32R integrates advanced features such as
motorised faders, LCD scribble strips, integrated personal monitor mixing
and true high-speed digital audio networking as standard features.
The Midas M32R is your "mind-to-sound" interface - the intersection
of creativity and production.
Whether you're accustomed to digital mixers or not, the M32R's intuitive
user interface offers a fluid mixing experience that instantly feels
From the first moments of use, the workflow unfolds in a way that strips
away obstacles, distractions, and hesitation.
Elements of Flow
The Midas M32R Channel Strip puts the most important channel processing
parameters into one section so that no matter which channel you are working
on, the controls are always the same.
This highly-efficient layout stems from MIDAS decades of console design
and input from our users. Optimized control illumination ensures a clear
indication of levels or status from any viewing angle.
Illuminated rotary encoders and switches give you control of preamp settings,
frequency shelving, dual dynamics sections, as well as multi-mode fully
parametric EQ, bus sends, main, mono and stereo panning
||5 Inch Main Display
The Midas M32R's 5" day-viewable color TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) display
shows the setting parameters you need when you need them.
Selected for its high-contrast performance and outdoor visibility, TFT
is ideal for concert and open air festival venues. Flanked by high-precision,
context-sensitive tactile encoders, the screen comes to life and immediately
reports in high definition all adjustments applied to a wide range of
Intelligent design puts control of vital functions such as Effects, Metering,
Routing and much more 1 or 2 button presses away.
|Sends on Fader
The Midas M32R brings the convenience of digital mixing to your Aux and
output bus mixes too, thanks to its integrated Sends on Fader feature. This
function allows you to build sub-mixes for monitor, secondary zone feeds,
and much more – simply, by flipping the channel faders from main mix
level to any selected auxiliary send level. The M32R Fader Flip conveniently
works both ways: select one input channel and control its various bus send
levels directly adjusting the bus faders, or select a bus master and control
its mix by adjusting the input channel faders. The M32R’s extremely
fast and accurate motor faders will always provide a perfect overview for
all mixes and speedy access to adjustments.
DCA (Digitally Controlled Amplifier) groups allow control over several signals
at once without actually mixing them into a subgroup bus. The Midas M32R's
8 DCA groups let you control multiple signals via a single fader, such as
the entire drum mix, the horn section, or the backup vocalists, etc.
DCA control affects the FOH mix, while allowing the individual buses
to remain unchanged. The result is a customizable workflow that provides
maximum flexibility, but still allows individual buses and subgroups to
serve the purpose they were intended for, such as zone sends, broadcast
Across the M32R you’ll find 9 strategically placed View buttons associated
with various functions. These buttons enable immediate access to information
about that specific function.
For instance, if you press the View button
in the Equalizer section, information for that channel’s EQ is instantly
shown on the main display, providing in-depth editing of all related parameters.
This direct access to visual fine-tuning gives the engineer a level of
control previously available only on consoles costing exponentially more.
While some digital consoles offer a few user-definable controls, M32R’s
Assign section sets a new standard by providing a total of 36 fully customizable
controls on three separate layers.
Hit the Assign section’s VIEW
button to select one of the 3 layers. Eight dedicated Buttons can be defined
to toggle parameters on/off , adjust timing of effects by tapping, or
jump to specific screen views. Use the rotary encoders at the main display
that can be assigned to any effects parameters, or to specific parameters
in the Dynamics section relevant to the current channel selection.
- the LIVE Sound Revolution
Legendary 40-year old British company TURBOSOUND, famous for producing some
of the world's best speaker systems, have teamed up with MIDAS to seamlessly
integrate mixer and speaker systems. We call it "Acoustic Integration".
The Midas M32R's ULTRANET bus allows streaming up to 16-channels of pristine
digital audio to an array of TURBOSOUND iQ speakers - all on a single
CAT5 cable, along with control data to set sound presets remotely.
Furthermore, the iQ Series features "True Physical Modeling"
of some of the most popular speakers which can be easily remote controlled
via the M32, allowing the sound engineer to apply different speaker models
in real time from the comfort of the mixing desk.
"Acoustic Integration" is the next live sound revolution.
||100-Band RTA for all Channel/Bus EQ's
The Midas M32R includes a high-resolution 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA),
with full Bar and Spectrograph views. This high-resolution RTA displays
the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time - capturing
a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds.
Switch between the Large RTA view, displaying any available signal in
full screen resolution, or the Combined view with the RTA view shown above
each of the channel and bus EQ curves. See the results of your filtering
choices in the audio spectrum directly. Additionally, the RTA can be displayed
on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the FX rack.
Monitoring and controlling frequencies has never been easier!
16 Breathtaking FX "Plug-Ins" Based on True Physical Modeling
We’ve included 16 breathtaking FX “Plug-Ins” in the
M32R, giving you access to a total of 50+ effects that would otherwise
cost tens of thousands of dollars in hardware.
This generation of high-end FX “Plug-Ins” is based on True
Physical Modeling of classic audio hardware. We essentially “rebuilt”
classic analog gear in the digital domain and included models of legendary
processors such as Urei’s 1176*, Teletronix LA-2A* and Fairchild
670* compressors as well as the legendary Pultec* EQP-1a and EQ5 equalisers
etc. We also included a cutting-edge 5-band multiband compressor.
Gain Splitting and Remote Control
for FOH and Monitoring
A new Gain Split mode separates channel gain (trim) from the head amp
gain, allowing both the FOH and/or the monitor engineer to adjust local
trim digitally - and independently of the preamp gain.
Additionally, the new HA Gain Remote option allows console
gains to be remotely controlled by an external console, such as when using
the M32 as a stage box.
The M32R’s routing is extremely robust and flexible. Output signals
and XLR outputs are treated separately, allowing signals from AES50 sources
or expansion cards to be routed directly to the M32R’s analog outputs.
For example, you can use the outputs from an M32R for directly routing
back PA or monitoring signals from a main or FOH console. Plus, output
tap points can be set as pre- or post-mute for greater usability with
your P16 personal monitoring mixers. This is very useful in situations
where you don’t want mute groups to interrupt your signal flow.
||Mighty Tools for Scene and Show Management
M32R’s Cue List provides an innovative way to automate the loading
of scenes and “Snippets” at different points during a show.
Each of the 500 Cue entries can load any of the 100 Scenes or Snippets separately
or at the same time. This gives you an amazing total of 500 Cues x 100 Scenes
x 100 Snippets!
For example, store your favorite EQ settings for drums
on channels 1 - 8 as a Snippet, recallable in an instant as its own preset,
completely independent of the console’s overall scene. It’s
like taking a snapshot of a parameter on an input, return, FX slot, bus,
Matrix, Main, or DCA group – and saving it for quick access whenever
you need it.
|The MIDAS PRO FADER Rated for
1 Million Life Cycles
In our pursuit to lead the industry in every possible aspect, we decided
to design the world's most reliable motor fader. We dove deep into materials
science, employing semi-precious metals that offered the durability we desired.
We took painstaking care to design a motorised fader that would provide
continuous performance night after night, year after year.
After spending a great deal of time working with metal vendors, we developed
precision components that offer high linearity, robustness, and smooth
feel during operation. We needed ultra-straight high-grade steel guide
rods with smooth polished surfaces-and we got them. We worked closely
with our manufacturing partners to maintain the tolerance of our parts,
always choosing the most suitable materials and controlling the processes
to ensure consistent moulding quality and eliminating the warping and
deformation caused by shrinking as the parts cool.
True, none of this was easy-we spent many long hours developing the MIDAS
PRO FADER design. However the results speak for themselves.
MIDAS PRO FADERS are rated for up to 1-million cycles-three times that
of other leading manufacturers.
LCD Scribble Strips
A total of 17 programmable LCD Scribble Strips offer channel/bus identification
that mirrors what is being controlled.
Use them to enter input/output tags, plus add icons you
recognize at-a-glance. Then assign colors to create visual groups for
immediate, on-the-fly recognition of similar inputs.
Simple, elegant and effective - plus you'll never need masking
Virtual Effects Racks
The Midas M32R includes
an extensive array of onboard effects, rendering outboard processing racks
a thing of the past. The Virtual FX rack features 8 true-stereo, studio-grade
effects engines each assignable to any input, group or output mix bus.
Choose from high-end FX modules including a range of reverbs, delays,
EQs, dynamics and much more.
Each FX algorithm has been completely re-imagined for stunning performance
– typically costing several times the price of the M32R.
Custom-designed, and physically modeled after some of the most iconic
and sought-after processors, all effects run inside the low-latency environment
of the M32R mix engine, ensuring flawless performance, flexible routing
and the end of cable faults forever!
The immaculate tube signal
path in Teletronix' LA-2A Leveling Amplifier has left its exceptional
clarity, its rich and warm compression on countless albums of the past
The ultra-smooth optical attenuator is closely modeled in our LA COMPRESSOR.
It provides breezing, natural and effortlessly musical compression. (Inspired
by Teletronix LA-2A*)
When Urei released the
1176LN Limiting Amplifier in the late 60's, it broke new ground. Field
Effect Transistors employed were just invented and the 1176 was one of
the first audio processors to benefit from this new technology.
Our digital re-incarnation, ULTIMO COMPRESSOR, is based on the early
Rev. E model and authentically captures the smooth character of the original
class-A output stage and its FET's legendary fast Attack. (Inspired by
The Fairchild 670 tube
compressor not only achieves record bids in high-end vintage gear auctions,
it also delivers some of the finest colorations in compressor history.
Two small trim VR's preset the control side chain action, a six-step switch
determines the timing, and the two large Input and Threshold knobs adjust
Our FAIR COMPRESSOR model is true to the original signal path, and conveniently
provides models for dual, stereo-linked or M/S operation. (Inspired by
The COMBINATOR is an
amazing 5-band compressor that emulates famous broadcasting and mastering
A highly complex processor, the COMBINATOR utilizes automatic parameter
control that produces stunning and "inaudible" results. Makeup-gain
for each frequency band will automatically be adjusted by the Spectral
Balance Control (SBC) function, to maintain a balanced audio spectrum.
The XTEC EQ1 is undisputedly
one of the best passive studio equalizers ever manufactured. Virtually
indescribable, recording engineers claim the Pultec EQP-1a to be the "secret
sauce" of sound enhancement.
We analyzed this classic to the core and created an exact physical model
that reproduces the multi-faceted sound in painstaking detail. Even the
transformers and tube output stage have been faithfully modeled! (Inspired
by Pultec EQP-1a*)
Pultec simply wrote the
book on passive equalization. By digitally "rebuilding" every
aspect of the original Pultec classic, we captured the very essence in
our parametric equalizer XTEC EQ5. Our digital re-incarnation is based
on the original model and authentically emulates the smooth character
of the its rather unique components. (Inspired by Pultec MEQ5*)
The new SUB OCTAVER provides
two channels of earth-shattering sub-harmonics generation, one or even
two octaves below the input signal. While originally designed for bass
players, the effect can be adjusted for Hi, Mid and Low frequency tracking
to apply to a wide range of applications. This is your secret weapon for
The EDISON EX1 is the
re-incarnation of our own analog classics. This remarkably-effective tool
allows manipulation of the stereo field. Selectable M/S input/output modes
allow the processing or creation of M/S recorded sound sources.
The SOUND MAXIMIZER restores
natural brilliance and clarity to any audio signal by adjusting the phase
and amplitude integrity to reveal more of the natural texture of the sound,
which is often hidden when using some effects and equalizers. (Inspired
by Sonic Maximizer 482i*)
The DIMENSIONAL CHORUS
is the perfect emulation of what has been referred to as "the best
analog Chorus unit ever created". Four simple Mode preset buttons
activate amazing effects, best described as "space" and "dimension".
Absolutely faithful to the original, multiple preset buttons can be pressed
simultaneously. (Inspired by Roland Dimension D Chorus*)
MODULATION DELAY combines
three of the most used time modulation effects into one easy-to-operate
unit. Enjoy true-stereo delay with a lush and spacious chorus, topped
off with three reverb models to choose from.
The Lexicon 480L* has
been recognized as the gold standard of digital reverb. We have included
three of the finest reverb models - Rich Plate, Room and Rich Chamber.
The M32's models precisely capture all nuances based on our "True
Physical Modeling" and our algorithms even incorporate the unit's
AD/DA gain stepping converters - nailing the entire analog and digital
circuit paths right down to the last detail. (Inspired by Lexicon 480L*)
EXCITERS increase presence
and intelligibility in live sound applications and are indispensable for
adding clarity, air and harmonic overtones in the recording studio. ENHANCERS
let you emphasize the Bass, Midrange and Hi output at selectable frequencies.
You can generate maximum punch, clarity and detail, without turning up
the overall volume. (Inspired by Aphex Aural Exciter* and SPL Vitalizer*)
Our TruEQ STEREO GEQ
delivers musical and responsive signal processing-perfect for general
room equalization, indispensable for monitoring. M32 provides up to 16
mono graphic EQs, in addition to the multi-band parametric EQs in all
channels and buses, to cope with the most demanding stage monitoring situation.
Plus, the M32's motorized faders can be switched to control the filter
bands of the graphic EQ, with the channel LCDs showing the corresponding
filter frequencies-and you can even put this on a user defined hot-key
for immediate access. (Modeled after KLARK TEKNIK DN360)
VINTAGE ROOM stands out
head and shoulders over other competing reverberation strategies in the
way it models sound propagation in air and room resonances. Invented in
the early '80s, the role model delivered authentic room character from
an algorithmic reverb long before convolution-based processing was available.
It is an ideal reverb for mixes or sub-groups, as it adds space to complex
signals-highly valued in classical music and broadcasting environments.
(Inspired by Quantec QRS*)
PLATE REVERB emulates
the characteristics of a plate reverb chamber with control over the damping
pad, modulation depth and speed, and crossover. PLATE REVERB will give
your tracks the sound heard on countless hit records since the late 1950's.
(Inspired by Lexicon PCM70*)
The 3-TAP DELAY in the
M32 records the input signal and then echoes it back after a user-definable
period of time and number of repeats. What makes the stereo and triple
delay useful and outstanding is the linked tap-timing and musical choice
of echo patterns.
Use the 3-TAP DELAY to fatten up vocals and instruments, or to add an
enhanced spatial element to any performance.
The HALL REVERB effect
provides a broad spectrum of reverberation possibilities, from small room
to large, or even cavernous proportions. When softly mixed with the original
signal, Hall Reverb can be used to create a warm, more natural sound.
(Inspired by Lexicon 480L*)
This handy dynamic FLANGER
& DELAY duo blends the "whoosh" of soaring jet planes with
classic Delay, and can be adjusted from mild to wild. This combination
effect only takes up one FX slot. (Inspired by Lexicon PCM70*)
WAVE DESIGNER is a powerful
tool for adjusting signal transients and dynamics such as attack and sustain.
Use it to make a snare drum really "crack" in the mix or level
out volume inconsistencies of slap bass tracks. (Inspired by SPL Transient
The STEREO PRECISION
LIMITER is perfect for setting a precise volume limits, ensuring distortion-free
and optimal signal integrity. Use the Stereo Precision Limiter to boost
quiet signals or reduce the level of "hot" signals to prevent
clipping. (Inspired by Sony Oxford Dynamics*)
The DE-ESSER is a "must-have"
tool for reducing the amount of sibilance in vocal mics while adeptly
preserving the natural voice timbre of a performance. Use it to enhance
the smoothness of the upper mid to high frequencies in vocals as well
as drum overheads and strings, etc. (Inspired by SPL 1239*)
Based on the legendary
EMT250, the VINTAGE REVERB delivers a shimmering, bright reverb that won't
drown out or overpower your live/recorded tracks. Use the VINTAGE REVERB
to sweeten vocals and snare drums without sacrificing clarity. (Inspired
by EMT250 Plate Reverb*)
Taking up only one FX
slot, the CHORUS & CHAMBER effect combines the shimmer and doubling
characteristics of a studio-grade Chorus with the sweet sound of a traditional
Chamber reverb. (Inspired by Lexicon PCM70*)
|You Are Connected
Each M32R comes loaded with all of the connectivity, I/O and functionality
you need, right out of the box – but it doesn’t end there. Onboard
USB 2.0 connectivity delivers a full 32 x 32 channels of audio and MIDI
to your DAW. Integrated multi-channel digital audio interfaces connect to
remote stage boxes and/or the P16 Personal Monitor System. Native Ethernet
control enables remote operation by computer, iPad or iPhone over a wired
or wireless network, across the room – or across the planet!
AES50 network ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK SuperMAC technology support
up to 96 inputs and 96 outputs over shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, allowing
remote stage boxes and sharing signals among several connected M32Rs and
other MIDAS, KLARK TEKNIK and AES50-equipped products.
On-board ULTRANET provides
a 16-channel digital mix direct to P16 Personal Monitor Mixers, without
added hardware, cost or latency. Ethernet, USB and MIDI are all standard
features on the Midas M32R. An additional expansion slot is also included,
so that the Midas M32R can connect to current and future digital audio
networks and link protocols via a wide range of expansion cards including
USB, FireWire*, ADAT*, MADI and Audinate Dante*.
16 : Personal Monitoring System
Easy as a handshake. Plug the P16-M personal monitor mixer into the Midas
M32's ULTRANET port with a shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, and let the performer
dial in their ideal 16-channel personal monitor mix. You can daisy-chain
additional P16-M units, or use the P16-D ULTRANET distributor to set up
a plug and play monitor system that accommodates up to 48 individual P16-M
The MIDAS DL16 digital stage box closes the gap between stage and FOH (Front
of House) by placing 16 fully-programmable, remotely controllable high-end
MIDAS mic preamps and 8 analogue, balanced XLR returns at the stage end.
Connecting over a single shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, up to three DL16 or
MIDAS DL150 stage boxes can be daisy-chained to deliver 48 channels in and
24 out to the stage. Dual AES50 ports on the M32R allow up to 96 input channels
to be connected and routed in the same system.
- AES50 network ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK SuperMAC technology for
ultra-low latency (in-ear compatible)
- Up to 100 m networking capability via CAT5 cable (not included)
- Dual AES50 ports, each for cascading up to three DL16 units - no merger
or router required
- Precise LED metering plus 7-segment displays for signal control on
- Phones output assignable to any of the inputs/outputs for on-stage
- Connectivity for P16-M Personal Monitoring System for in-ear applications
- Dual ADAT outputs for use in splitter mode and stand-alone digital
- MIDI in/out for bidirectional communication between FOH console and
on-stage MIDI devices
are AES50 and SuperMAC?
AES50 simultaneously provides high channel counts, extremely low and deterministic
latencies, accurate phase-aligned networked clock distribution, error
detection, network redundancy, with simple deployment and ease of use
to meet the needs of the live performance industry.
This unique combination also benefits both live and studio
recording applications, as well as post-production, broadcasting and audio
routing infrastructure. SuperMAC is a proprietary implementation of AES50
owned by KLARK TEKNIK. Originally developed by Sony Pro-Audio Labs in
Oxford, UK, it forms the basis of the Audio Engineering Society's AES50
open standard for digital audio networking - High Resolution Multi-channel
Audio Interconnection (HRMAI), as published by the Audio Engineering Society,
- 48 bidirectional audio channels @ 48 kHz over Neutrik etherCON-terminated
shielded (STP) CAT5 cable (max. length 100 meters / 328 ft)
- Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks
- Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
- High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency (2x3 samples
= 1/8 ms per node)
- Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution
- Comprehensive error detection and management
- Provision for redundant networking
- Minimal configuration - total ease of deployment and use
- Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
A versatile powerhouse of a live console, the M32 also provides robust
studio functionality. Record and play back up to 32 tracks which run on
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems
or Mac computers via integrated USB 2.0 connectivity. M32 supports a variety
of sample rates, allowing you to record up to 32 tracks of live audio
directly to your computer for mixing down later. Take advantage of M32's
built-in FX engines to augment your DAW's plug-in collection, or to free
up valuable computer resources.
The Midas M32R's recall capability makes it easy for both project and
professional studio engineers to stay organised by storing projects
as scenes, either internally or externally on a USB stick.
DAW Ready-MIDI Plus Mackie Control* and HUI* Protocols
Thanks to its onboard MIDI ports, the M32 console can function as a
high-level, large-format control surface, similar to Mackie Control
and HUI, and integrates seamlessly with most popular DAW platforms.
The Midas M32's motorised faders can be used to send position information
to the onscreen DAW faders, while each bus' mute and solo buttons control
their onscreen counterparts. This powerful control surface relationship,
which functions bidirectionally between the Midas M32 and your DAW,
allows you to work more quickly and attend to the finer nuances of the
overall mix. After all, mixing with your hands puts you in "touch"
with your project, providing a level of finesse that can mean the difference
between a good recording session-and a work of art! Or, would you rather
use a mouse?
The Midas M32's expansion slot provides flexible and expandable connectivity
for many different applications. A wide array of X-Expansion Cards can
easily be used in place of the pre-installed X-USB card to release the
power of M32 into existing MADI*, Dante* and ADAT networks. Fully compatible
with these widely available audio protocols, the M32 delivers a seamless
integration in digital live sound, recording and broadcast environments.
- USB 2.0 Audio Interface Card
The DN32-USB Expansion Card ensures a stable and fast solution for professional
live and studio recordings. It provides 400 Mbit/second throughput to
transfer your high-track count session to popular Software DAWs on Mac
and PC via USB 2.0. Additionally, the DN32-USB turns your M32R into a
sophisticated control surface, and includes remote HUI* and Mackie Control*
- 32-Channel ADAT Expansion Card
The DN32-ADAT Expansion Card allows you to digitally integrate your M32R
with any equipment featuring ADAT I/O. This includes stand-alone recorders,
digital audio workstations, and other digital mixers and signal processing
gear. The DN32-ADAT card provides 32-channels of ADAT inputs and outputs
on its 8 fiber-optic Toslink* connectors. The card features 24-bit signal
transmission and operates at both 44.1 and 48 kHz sample rates, maintaining
your signal integrity. The DN32-ADAT card also has a BNC word-clock in/out
capability allowing it to sync with an external clock, or provide the
clock signal for other devices. External clock synchronization is possible
through the BNC connection, as well as any of the 4 Toslink ports.
- 32-Channel MADI Expansion Card
The DN32-MADI Expansion Card brings even more I/O options to the M32R
by instantly enabling it for MADI networking. The MADI or AES10 protocol
is quickly becoming an industry standard in many broadcast applications.
DN32-MADI provides optical duplex SC-plugs (IEC874-19) to connect with
fiber-optic MADI devices, with multimode fiber-optic cable lengths of
up to 2 km supported. Dual BNC terminals are also provided for transmission
via standard 75-Ohm coaxial cable of up to 100 m in length. The BNC and
fibre optic connectivity can also be used simultaneously, creating a reliable
redundancy network with fiber-optic installations. DN32-MADI card is the
perfect solution for integrating the M32R into current installations using
the MADI protocol.
- 32-Channel Audinate Dante Expansion Card
By installing the DN32-DANTE card in place of the DN32-USB card,
your M32R will interface with Dante networks using virtually any 100Mbit/s
or Gigabit Network infrastructure with DSCP-based QoS – providing
dependable multi-channel audio that coexist with other IP-based data traffic
on the same network. The DN32-DANTE card utilizes 24-bit signal transmission
with sample-accurate synchronization and low latency, ensuring the highest
audio integrity. And a secondary input allows you to set up a seamless,
redundant network. Full remote control of the M32R is possible using the
integrated Ethernet switch. When the DN32-DANTE card is connected to a
computer, Audinate’s Dante Controller application gives you full
control over configuration and signal routing among your Dante-enabled
Editor (PC and MAC)
Just as in life, you can never have too many connections and this applies
to controlling the console itself. Simply connect the M32 to a laptop
or desktop PC and Mac via LAN, wireless network or Ethernet cable. The
M32 EDITOR gives you command of the Midas M32 remotely via computer. Move
a fader on the PC, it moves on the Midas M32; press a button on the computer,
the button toggles on the Midas M32. You'll find this feature extremely
helpful for stage of side monitor control, individual control of multiple
installed M32s, as well as multiple remote control stations of the same
M32. The M32 EDITOR also lets you create scenes on your PC beforehand
to minimise the time required for sound checks.
With the M32 EDITOR software for PC and Mac, your computer
becomes your virtual M32.
Front of House is wherever you and your iPad are-thanks to the
new M32 MIX App for iPad. Just plug in a wireless router via Ethernet
cable to the M32, and then wirelessly connect up to 10 iPad devices, which
is especially handy for custom monitor mixes.
The M32 MIX App lets you control all 32 mic inputs, 8 AUX
inputs and 16 buses-plus the FX stereo returns and the Matrix, Main, and
DCA levels. Select a fader bank on the iPad, slide the virtual faders
and the Midas M32's motorised faders instantly mirror your action. Plus,
with the Sends on Faders functionality, your iPad now controls 16 independent
monitor mixes. The M32 MIX App gives you the flexibility and mobility
to make running sound a breeze!
Download the free M32 MIX App from the Apple App Store.
(iPHONE and iPOD Touch)
M32 CUE is the perfect tool for setting up your personal monitoring mix
with the MIDAS M32 Digital Mixing Console. Compatible with iPhone models
and iPod touch devices, each artist can run their own M32 CUE App to adjust
and tweak their personal wedge's mix. M32 CUE includes an assignable MCA
(Mix Control Association) feature that makes monitor mixing simple enough
to be adjusted during performance. Assign any input or combination of
inputs to one of the 4 MCA controls inside M32 CUE and instantly get "more
me", "less band", "more click track". with a
single sweep of your finger.
Download the free M32 CUE App from the Apple App Store.
M32-Q is also available for Android devices, allowing you to
set up your personal monitoring mix with the MIDAS M32 Digital Mixing
Console. Compatible with Android (VERSION?) mobile devices, each artist
can run his own M32-Q Android app to adjust and tweak his personal IEM
or wedge monitor mix with an interface similar to the iPhone app. The
app includes an assignable MCA (Mix Control Association) feature for monitor
mixing simple enough to be adjusted during performance. Assign any input
or combination of inputs to one of the 4 MCA controls inside M32-Q Android
and instantly get "more me," "less band," "more
click track." with a single sweep of your finger.