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VeniceF does the job for Doolittle

Midas’ new VeniceF console has just completed its touring debut at FOH position on Eliza Doolittle’s recent UK tour, writes Paul Watson

Midas’ new analogue console with FireWire interface, the ‘digilogue’ VeniceF, made its first-ever touring appearance at FOH position on Eliza Doolittle’s recent tour of the UK. Doolittle’s FOH engineer John Delf came across the VeniceF during a PRO6 training day at Midas, which led to him purchasing one of the first off of the UK production line. “I saw a prototype that wasn’t even assembled, and when I heard about what you could do with the built in 32×32 FireWire interface I was blown away and started thinking about all the different applications I could use it for,” Delf explains. “I decided to buy one there and then, without having heard or played with it as I was confident it would have that Midas sound.” Delf says the new console more than lived up to his expectations on tour, comparing its output capabilities to that of a larger desk such as the Heritage; and rating the console’s XL3 four-band sweepable EQ, its general flexibility, and its ability to comfortably control any sized PA system. “I chose to taker it on tour with Eliza [Doolittle] because the show’s 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,” says Delf. “I’m also finding that this four bus mixer is actually a 36 bus mixer because you can mix in the computer and return everything in any combination you want.” Delf is running the VeniceF with Logic on a Mac Book Pro via the FireWire interface, which he says “worked immediately”. “On the first gig, I recorded an hour and 20 minutes of 32 channels of audio straight to a USB drive without any problem, and could play them straight back,” he says. “The FireWire speed is exceptional, and the quality is really really good.” Delf adds that there are no latency issues, and that the A-D and D-A converters work perfectly, without any deterioration in sound quality even when using plug-ins on every channel. The VeniceF is now being installed into Edge Studios, Delf’s own facility in Cheshire, where he will use it to record. “It’s the best of all worlds; it gives you total recall, the ability to use a full range of plug-ins, and it’s also a great analogue desk,” he insists. “It’s so small, I can pick it up myself, take it out of the studio, into a flight case, and onto the road.”