The Midas M32 is a Digital Console for Live and Studio with 40 Input Channels, 32 MIDAS Microphone Preamplifiers and 25 Mix Buses.
Designing A Future Classic
Our goal for M32 was to combine the best of classic British console designs with advanced modern technology to completely redefine what a medium-format 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 Aston Martin*, 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 M32 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.
Live performance and studio recording digital console with up to 40 simultaneous input channels32 award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifiers25 time-aligned and phase-coherent mix busesAES50 networking allows up to 96 inputs and 96 outputsOpen architecture allows for future 96 kHz operation192 kHz ADC and DAC converters for outstanding audio performanceIndustry-leading design by Bentley* Motors DesignerHigh-performance carbon fibre, aluminium and high-impact steel structure40 bit floating point digital signal processing8 DCA and 6 mute groups8 stereo signal processing effects engines25 MIDAS PRO motorised 100 mm fadersDaylight viewable 7" full colour TFT display screen32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interfaceDAW remote control emulations of Mackie Control* and HUI* protocolsOptional wireless remote control with MIDAS Apps for iPhone* and iPad*Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply