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New Midas XL48 mic pre announced at PL+S

New 1U format features eight Midas XL4 mic pres, XL8 A-D converters and swept high and low pass filters.

Midas has launched the XL48 ‘digi-log’ mic preamp at Prolight + Sound 2012. The XL48 features eight XL4 mic pres in a 1U box, swept high and low pass filters, eight Midas XL8 96 kHz 24-bit A-D converters and a super-low-jitter 1ppm clock. Additional features include 8-segment LED input meters, individual phantom power, polarity invert, and -20dB pad. All inputs are Neutrik XLR and 25-way D-sub connectivity. The XL48 also features both analogue and digital outputs in ADAT and AES/EBU format. All five outputs can be used simultaneously, allowing the XL48 to perform as a multi-function analogue/digital mic splitter as well as adding the Midas sound to eight channels of a mix. Multiple clocking options are available, including external wordclock, internal 96k, 88.2k, 48k and 44.1k. In other Midas news, the company has also announced the launch of Generation-ll software for all Midas digital consoles, encapsulating the user feedback Midas has been gathering for the past five years. The new software brings the advanced navigation features pioneered on the Midas PRO2, and retro-fits this innovative methodology into the entire range of digital consoles. In addition, Generation-ll software includes new FX plug-ins, designed to operate within Midas’ automatic latency management technology, ensuring a phase-coherent mix. The new FX plug-ins include five new reverb processors, dynamic EQ, 8 x 8 matrix mixer with EQ and delay, dual stereo chorus and dual stereo tap delay. The software also contains a multi-tabbed preferences screen with new user options allowing consoles to be ‘customised’ to the operator’s personal preferences. The final component of Generation-Il software is an onboard DHCP server, which permits remote control of any MIDAS digital console wirelessly from an Apple iPad, via any standard Ethernet-equipped wireless router.