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Midas M32R Digital Mixer Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from March 5, 2017Music Background:
    Working with music and sound since the late 70s.

    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.

  • from October 14, 2015

    Nothing but love for this board

    Bought this board and a Allen and Heath QU 16 to try at our listening room. Prefer the touch screen on the A&H. Also like the layout better on the A&H seems quicker to move around on. The recording facilities on the A&H are cool also, multitrack! Both boards sound great. Have to give the edge to the Midas as far as feel of construction. I am leaving the Midas in use at the venue because of multiple people using it. I think the Midas will hold up better. We have used it for three shows so far and it sounds great. The board feels quality for a board in its price range and looks great. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • from October 4, 2015

    Beautiful Mixer

    The mixer sounds great and looks great. Getting around for routing, effects and doing EQ, etc... is much easier with an iPad...highly recommend that. Really great product.

  • from Seattle March 30, 2015Music Background:
    Engineer, drummer

    Big board in a small chassis

    The good:
    1. THE SOUND. This console has amazing SOUND quality. The preamps are the best I've used on any compact console -- no contest. (Other preamps I've used on compact consoles include Mackie Onyx, Mackie VLZ/VLZ3, Behringer -- ugh, and Soundcraft.) Also -- this board is dead quiet. No noise! When I plugged in my 7506 headphones (with no program material going), even turning the phones volume all the way up, there was NO hiss. The headphone amp will drive the cans to deafening levels if needed.

    2. Very smooth, fast-moving faders. Having the metal rail makes fader travel so much smoother than those typically found in small consoles. The faders are also incredibly responsive.

    3. Ergonomic controls for various channel parameters, and fast access to each. Basic adjustments are a knob-turn away for EQ, compression, gate, preamp config, and bus sends. More comprehensive adjustments are available with a push of a "view" button next to those knobs. The knobs are big enough to easily grab, and spaced widely enough that you don't bump your knuckles on adjacent knobs.

    4. Scribble strips. These tiny LCD screens allow you to put labels (with selectable colors!) to your faders. These are basically a necessity, though, as the board can page through 8 pages on the main faders, and four pages on the bus faders. You'd have a serious mess of board label tape without the scribble strips.

    What could improve:
    1. The software is a bit difficult to use. A lot of abbreviations that don't make a lot of sense. I still don't know how, exactly, to store board configurations, or how to quickly zero it for the next show.

    2. It would be great if we could page all faders as a whole, or split. For example, have 16 channel faders and no bus faders, or split for 8 channel faders and 8 bus faders.

    3. There isn't yet an owner's manual for this board, and thus they don't include one in the box. Combining the quick start guide with the larger M32's manual is a workable stopgap measure. The software is complicated enough that it's not completely intuitive.

    4. My unit didn't come with a power cord. This may have been an oversight at the factory? Not a huge deal, since it's a standard AC power cord, and I have a bunch of 'em lying around.

  • from April 1, 2015

    Midas M32R

    in addition to previous review:

    2. It would be great if we could page all faders as a whole, or split. For example, have 16 channel faders and no bus faders, or split for 8 channel faders and 8 bus faders.


    push both buttons 1-8 and 9-16 at the same time and you can get channel 1-16 on the faders and no bus faders

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