The Midas VeniceU 16 audio console is a professional-grade hybrid analog and digital live audio mixing desk designed to combine mixing, processing, and recording. The mixer comes in a durable 11-unit rack-mountable steel chassis.
For inputs, the mixer is equipped with 8 mono line inputs, 4 stereo line inputs, 1 stereo playback input, 1 mono talkback mic input, and 12 mono mic inputs with +48 V phantom power and overload-tolerant preamplifiers. For outputs, the console has 1 stereo master output, 1 mono master output, and 1 record output.
For digital effect processing and recording, the mixer features an 8 input, 8 output USB audio interface with 24-bit resolution at a sampling rate of 44.1 or 48 kHz.
For routing, the console features 2 stereo auxiliary returns, 6 auxiliary mix busses, 4 audio subgroups, and a 7 x 2 matrix that allows you to assign any combination of the 4 audio sub groups, the left, the right, and the mono outputs to the matrix outputs and/or USB interface. This allows you to EQ, process, and record groups summed through the matrix. The mixer features an auto-ranging switch power supply for 110-240 VAC operation.
With these features, the mixer combines the warmth and controls of analog mixing with the flexibility and processing power of digital audio.
- Mono Channels
- Each mono channel on the mixer features discrete component mic pres, as opposed to cheaper integrated circuit preamplifiers. Each channel has a 20 mm input gain knob, a +48 V phantom power switch, a -20 dB pad switch, a polarity-reversal switch, an 80 Hz hi-pass filter switch, and a 100 mm fader. The mono channels can be routed to the four subgroups in even/odd pairs, the six auxiliary busses, the discrete mono master output, and the right and left master outputs using a pan control
- For each input channel, the equalizer section of the console features four band (1 treble, 2 mids, 1 bass) swept filter equalizers with 4-element LED display metering, a mute switch, a solo switch, and an EQ in/out switch for engaging or bypassing the EQ. All of the buttons in the equalizer feature LED status indicators
- Multi-Function Channels
Each multi-function channel has 1stereo line input, 1mono mic input, and 1stereo USB input. Each multi-function channel has the same controls and amp functions as the mono channels, plus 4-band fixed frequency equalizers and LED status indicator lights.
The multi-function channels may be routed to the 6 auxiliary busses, the 4 subgroups in even/odd pairs, and the right, left, and mono master outputs. The stereo USB inputs are designed for media playback, digital FX returns, or playing sub mixes from the DAW
- Auxiliary Sends
- The mixer features 6 auxiliary busses with master level rotary controls, mute and solo switches, balanced XLR outputs, and may be routed to the USB audio interface for digital FX sends and recording to a computer. Each buss can be switched between pre-fader and post-fader modes. The first pair of busses work as monitor mix auxiliaries with single TRS insert points and allow you to switch between pre-input channel EQ and post-input channel EQ for each individual channel
- Sub Groups
- The mixer features 4 subgroups with 100 mm faders, solo, and mute switches with LED indicators, and may be routed to the stereo master, mono master, and USB interface. The 4 subgroups have balanced XLR outputs and single TRS insert points. A fader changeover switch will swap the group and aux signal paths
- Master Outputs
- The left and right outputs feature solo and mute switches with LED indicators and a single 100 mm fader. The left and right levels can be matched using a balance pot and routed to the mono master output by throwing a switch. The mono master features a 100 mm fader to control the level. The left, right, and mono master outputs have balanced XLR connections and single TRS insert points
- Additional Inputs
- The mixer features two stereo returns with dual TRS inputs, rotary controls, mute, and solo switches with LED indicators. Additionally, the mixer includes stereo playback input via phono connectors with level control, mute, and solo switches. It also features a talkback input with level control and routing switches to monitor 1 & 2, auxiliary 1 through 4, and the stereo masters
The 7x2 2-channel output matrix allows you to assign any combination of the 4 subgroups, right, left, and discrete mono outputs to the matrix outputs and USB interface. This gives you the flexibility of routing any input to any output, as well as equalizing and processing the matrix.
The matrix channels feature level output controls, solo, and mute switches with LED indicators, switches for splitting the left and right contribution to the matrix, and the option of sending the matrix output to the USB interface. The matrix channels have balanced XLR outputs and single TRS insert points
- Separate Level Controls and Mute Switches for Headphones and Local Monitor Outputs
- The console's solo system allows you to control the 1/4" TRS headphone and local XLR monitor output levels independently. The headphone socket is placed on the surface of the desk. The local monitor output XLR connections are on the rear of the device. Pushing the PFL/AFL button allows you to switch between pre-fader listen mode and after-fader listen mode when soloing the channels
- USB Digital Audio
- The console's USB audio interface allows you to route up to 8 of the 6 aux busses, the 2 matrix busses, and the 4 subgroups to the computer at one time. The mixer can be used for software based plug-in FX processing or multi-track recorder with 24-bit resolution at 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rate
- Rack Mountable
- The mixer features integral hardware for mounting in an 11-unit, 19" rack space. The connector panel on the rear can rotate to accommodate the cable connections in either freestanding or rack-mounted configuration