Venice F-24 is much more than a compact live audio console. Venice F-24 is the platform for a completely integrated audio mixing, recording and processing package - thanks to its FireWire* digital audio interface which is capable of supporting up to 24 x 24 channels of high-quality, 24-bit audio.
At MIDAS, they know what it takes to design and build live sound consoles for the world's most demanding tours and installations. One look at the Venice F-24 confirms that this console continues the legacy established by the groundbreaking XL3 and XL4 consoles, and consolidated in the industry-leading Heritage series.
The hybrid Venice F-24 bridges the gap between analogue and digital audio consoles, and offers the user the ease-of-use, warmth, feel and zero-latency of analogue, combined with the power, choice and flexibility of outboard digital processing. Specifically designed for live sound, the superb audio performance, and the addition of the FireWire digital audio interface means that the Venice F-24 is equally at home in recording and mixdown applications.
Many manufacturers cut quality when they design small mixers. At MIDAS, they understand that a modest footprint doesn't have to mean compromised performance and a poor feature set. The Venice F-24 embodies quality, from its rugged construction and top-of-the-range components to the unmistakable MIDAS sound, which makes Venice F-24 a truly professional audio console.
From the Venice F-24's horizontal fader panel, through the class-leading parametric EQ filters, to the latest expression of that legendary MIDAS mic preamp, this is a console without compromise.
• Overload-tolerant MIDAS mic preamp with polarity switch, high-pass filter and -20 dB pad
• Up to 24 input / 24 output 24-Bit FireWire digital audio interface
• Industry-acclaimed 4-band swept MIDAS EQ with fully parametric hi-mid and lo-mid filters
• Analogue or FireWire input select switch for all mic channels, allowing "virtual sound check" and record mixdown
• 6 auxes with individual buss pre/post fade switching and routing to FireWire
• 7 x 2 matrix with stereo split switching and routing to FireWire
• Individual phantom power for each mic input (including stereo channels)
• Stereo channels have fully-featured dual mic preamps with individual left and right gain control
• Analogue and FireWire direct outputs with pre/post EQ switching
• Discrete stereo master buss with individual routing to FireWire plus discrete mono master bus
• 4 audio subgroups with fader flip to auxes and routing to FireWire
• Highly efficient integral auto-ranging switch mode power supply
• Rugged, roadworthy, tour proven construction with 3-year warrantyDigi-log - FireWire
Venice F-24's FireWire interface can be used with any computer fitted with a 1394 port and is effectively a multichannel digital audio link. This interface connects directly to your computer and allows the use of third party audio processing software in conjunction with the console. Applications include multi-track recording from the Venice F-24's digital direct outputs, software-generated FX processors driven from aux sends or direct outputs, and your favourite plugins inserted on input channel FireWire send/returns. All with a heart of pure MIDAS.
A/D and D/A conversion is achieved using techniques and advanced filter designs developed for the industry-leading MIDAS XL8 digital mixing system. This ensures that the conversion process is transparent and free from any undesirable digital artifacts - preserving that unmistakable MIDAS sound right into the digital domain.
• Up to a 24 x 24 channel FireWire interface
• Allows the use of third-party plugins
• Industry leading A/D and D/A conversionBuss Structure
The bus structure comprises 6 aux sends, 4 subgroups, and stereo and mono master outputs, plus an additional mono bus and a 7 x 2 matrix. All bus outputs feature XLR connectors and insert capability. Routing options are comprehensive and flexible. Venice F-24 has individual routing to groups, all 6 aux sends are individually-switchable pre or post fade, and the two aux buses designated as monitor (foldback) sends are also switchable pre/post EQ on an individual input channel basis.
• 6 aux sends
• 4 groups
• Stereo master outputs
• Mono Buss
• 7 x 2 matrixMono Input
Venice F-24 mono inputs pack a host of features, starting with the indispensable MIDAS mic pre, still crafted from discrete components, rather than the cheaper IC option. The 15 mm gain pot is surrounded by a quartet of switches: +48 V, -20 dB pad, polarity reverse and 80 Hz hi-pass. A further pair of switches select analogue or digital (FW) input and analogue or digital (FW) direct out pre or post EQ. Switches with LED status indicators are provided for insert and EQ in/out.
The equaliser section is an updated MIDAS XL3 design, featuring 4 bands of swept MIDAS EQ, with the addition of variable bandwidth on the 2 midrange filters. All input channels, groups and masters feature high-precision 100mm faders.
• MIDAS XL3 EQ
• +48 V
• -20 dB pad
• 80 Hz hi-pass
• FireWire input and direct out
• 100mm fadersStereo Input
Venice F-24 stereo inputs have 2 mic and 2 line inputs each. Mic inputs feature separate gain for left and right inputs, and the same mic amp functions as the mono inputs. Both mic and line inputs can be used simultaneously, with the line inputs routed direct to masters, while the mic inputs route via the channel. Stereo channels have 4-band fixed frequency EQ, and a sum-to-mono switch.
• MIDAS 4-band fixed frequency EQ
• +48 V
• -20 dB pad
• 80 Hz hi-pass
• FireWire input and direct out
• 100mm fadersMatrix
The 2-channel 7 x 2 output matrix has level controls which source from the 4 groups, Left, Right and Mono outputs. Each channel features level output control, mute and solo switches with LED indication. There are additional switches which split the L & R contributions to the matrix (default is a sum of L & R) and to send the matrix outputs to the FireWire interface instead of the L & R mix.
Both Matrix channels feature balanced XLR output connectors and single TRS insert points.
• 7 x 2 matrix
• Routing to FireWire
• XLR Outputs
• TRS insert pointsConstruction
Many manufacturers cut quality when they design small mixers. At MIDAS they understand that modest channel count doesn't have to mean compromised performance and a poor feature set. The Venice F-24 embodies quality, from its rugged construction and top-of-the-range components through to the unmistakable MIDAS sound, which makes the Venice F-24 a truly professional audio console.
The frame is a typical MIDAS steel section, providing sufficient strength and rigidity for a hard life on the road. Potentiometers are metal-shafted, and individually nutted to the steel fascia panel. The console is finished in the well-known MIDAS livery, with the addition of striking metallic corner protector inserts.
• Rugged, roadwo