Best small footprint medium format board available less than $5K
This M32R offers a solid feel of quality and performance. I like the control layout. I also own the X32, so I was already familiar with its capabilities. This board holds the functional capabilities of the X32, of course less the onboard amount of mic preamps and outputs. You can always buy the DL16 (which I did), or S32 remote stage boxes to offer more I/O. I plan on buying another DL16.
The X32 sounds great and clean when used with used within typical input gain settings, but the M32 I/O offers even more headroom and lower noise. When I first hooked it up and tossed on a quick check using an SM58 and headphones, it was dead quiet. A very clean high quality signal. BTW, always remember to mute channels that do not have anything connected its channel input. If you're hearing noise, look for unused channels that are not muted with trim/fader levels up. This note is true for any electronic equipment. When you connect a microphone you get the noise of it's source impedance which is fairly low around 200 Ohms. When disconnected, you get the higher noise level of the input impedance which can be greater than several K-Ohms. Noise voltage is proportional to resistance.
As in the X32, the M32 effects are quite amazing and very usable. The internal effects are good as many external effect processors. Hopefully Midas will offer even more effects algorithms for a future upgrade (hopefully bricasti M7: London Plate; Sunset Chamber, :) This certainly would be a great addition). The existing internal reverbs hold up well enough to keep my Lexicon PCM91 disconnected. Very pro sound. (TIP: On your reverb bus effect channel, use a compressor and assign the compressor to be keyed for your channel input you are using (maybe a vocal channel. Also, turn on the EQ to the reverb effect bus channel and roll off the lower end to take the "mud" out of your vocals for improved reverb quality . With your compressor now on the reverb channel, you can now make you reverb "sit" in the mix with transparent pro quality.)
Another reason to buy this board is that Ull is about to release a new USB board that will allow for 32 channel recording direct to a USB drive. There are companies that may offer this ability, but now IMO--they would be hard to compete with this quality of sound.