VeniceF – the new Midas analogue console with FireWire interface – has completed its first-ever tour with Eliza Doolittle. The singer/songwriter’s FOH engineer, John Delf (pictured), purchased one of the first consoles to roll off the UK production line.
Delf decided to purchase a VeniceF having encountered a prototype of the system during a PRO6 training day at Midas. Reflecting on the system’s performance during the tour with Eliza, Delf paid tribute to the system’s sound quality and flexibility.
“It sounds like a big desk, and has an output level loud enough to drive any size of PA,” he said. “Although I could see its potential straight away, it’s actually exceeded my expectations; it sounds better, and it’s incredibly flexible. I chose to take it on tour with Eliza because the shows channel count is less than 32 but if I have a band with more, I can add a sound card and bus it back into the desk. I’m also finding that this 4-bus mixer is actually a 36-bus mixer because you can mix in the computer and return everything in any combination you want. For example, you could group the drum kit back down channels one and two, or have all 32 faders set as group returns, or have 16 stereo pairs. It gives you so much flexibility. You can even do your whole mix in the computer just using the desk as a soundcard.
“I also thought I’d use the six aux sends up quickly, but I’m using the effects on the computer, so once you’re through the gain, you’re into your DAW. You then have all the aux sends available on the DAW mixer, and you can use as many effects as your computer can handle, then bring those back into a stereo return on the desk digitally, and still have your six desk aux sends to send to any outboard analogue equipment.”
Delf ran the VeniceF with Logic on his Mac Book Pro via the FireWire interface. “It worked immediately,” he said. “I plugged it in, loaded it up, and it was away. On the first gig I recorded an hour and 20 minutes of 32 channels of audio, straight to a USB hard drive without any problem, and could play them straight back. There were no glitches, dropouts or computer crashes. The FireWire speed is exceptional, the quality is really, really good. I can record the soundcheck and if the band want to hear it, they can come out front and have a listen to their performance.”
The VeniceF is now being installed into Delf’s new facility, Edge Studios in Cheshire.