The Midas Venice 320 Analog Mixing Console sets a new standard in compact mixing consoles. Venice is Midas' first truly compact console built in direct response to customer demand. And the Venice 320 ... Read More
The Midas Venice 320 Analog Mixing Console sets a new standard in compact mixing consoles. Venice is Midas' first truly compact console built in direct response to customer demand. And the Venice 320 does exactly what was asked in that it provides a high quality alternative in a huge number of applications where previously Midas was not an option. These range from smaller conference or live band applications, to effects returns or additional inputs in a large multi-console application, or as part of a small complete mobile system. It also provides the perfect feature set for live acts who need to mix their own FOH and monitor sound from on-stage, and is compact and light enough to fit on even the most cramped performance area.
Midas has paid attention to the details that set their consoles apart taking care to provide high quality mic preamps and a stable, responsive EQ section, just as they do on their larger consoles. The simple but intuitive outputs make the overall configuration of the console extremely quick and easy to use.
Legendary Midas Sound
The overall sonic performance of any console can only be as good as the incoming signal interfaces, namely the microphone pre-amplifier. Midas consoles always incorporate the very best microphone pre-amps available. Venice uses an updated version of the ground-breaking Midas XL3 microphone preamp, which uses Midas own "long-tailed pair" circuitry. This means that the Venice preamp 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 a 15Hz- to 100kHz- frequency range. High-value EMI suppression filters shelter the signal-path from unwanted external noise, one of the fundamental Midas design specialities.
Venice EQ Pure Performance
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 way possible. Great EQ also provides the creative processing power to create personalized 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 Midas products: pure performance.
Highest Quality Components
The world-class audio performance expected of a Midas can only be achieved by using first-class components with minimized tolerances. There is 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 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.
Clear and Straightforward Layout
All console manufacturers have their own philosophy of control surface design and layout. While Venice can certainly be used for recording, Midas's "dedicated to live production" approach means the design layout of Venice is optimized 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 center 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, protected by relays. This provides ultimate protection for the loudspeakers should the Venice be accidentally switched off during use.
Redundant Power Supply - maximum safety:
Large Midas consoles are always equiped with two power supplies for redundancy. While space limitations in Venice consoles allow the inclusion of only one power supply, an external redundant power supply, the EPS1200 (not included), is available as an accessory for the Venice 320. In the unlikely event of a failure of the internal power supply, the external power supply guarantees interruption-free use of these consoles.
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I use Venice series boards constantly in live settings, for everything from talking heads to large ensembles. The tone, convenience, and overall versatility of these consoles is untouchable, and the quality is rock solid. The mic preamps are the best sounding in anything short of a Midas Heritage or XL series, and the two sweepable mid frequencies can alleviate most equalization woes before your system eq, giving you more headroom via a flatter system! Recordings using the Venice are smooth, with noticeably high fidelity and a very listenable quality. The only drawback I have ever found is the inability to switch the monitor sends to post fader and the fx sends to pre fader for larger quantities of one or the other variety of send. Spend the money ONCE and buy a Midas, or buy inferior products many times and end up with a Midas eventually anyway. Worth every penny- put in a good road case and use it year after year with no worries.
I actually use the Venice in my production studio. I love the 32 pres and the EQ's. I just plug in all of my Keyboards and Drum Machines and run into my DAW. The mixes come out great when I do OTB. I love it!
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