Sex Appeal – The Midas XL48

20 April 2012

This is one of those occasions when many would agree the marketing hype surrounding a new release is pretty well on the money. For decades the sound of a Midas mixing desk was much sought-after, but–talking of money– how many of us could afford to buy the dang things? Finally Midas has come up with a means of everyone getting that Midas preamp quality by attacking an XL4 console with a chainsaw and lopping off eight channels to use separately.

The new Midas XL48 is essentially eight Midas XL4 microphone pre-amps in a 1U box, complete with swept high and low pass filters, eight Midas XL8 A-D converters and a super-low-jitter 1ppm clock. Additional features include 8-segment LED input meters, individual phantom power, polarity invert and a -20 dB pad. All inputs are Neutrik XLR along with a 25-way D-sub connection. The XL48 also has both analogue and digital outputs in ADAT and AES/EBU format. All five outputs can be used simultaneously, allowing the XL48 to be a multi-function analogue/digital microphone splitter as well as still adding that Midas preamp tone to 8 channels of your mix. Multiple clocking options are available including external wordclock, internal 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz.

According to Midas applications include portable recording rigs, analogue and/or digital splits between consoles or “pimping up an ordinary digital console” with Midas microphone preamps and a reference-grade clock. Pimping up and ordinary digital console? Them’s rude fightin’ words. Let’s see who rises to the challenge. 

(Source – AudioTechnology)