by Joel Louis Varjassy.
This short tutorial will walk you through how to get the Midas Venice 160 up and running for up to 16 inputs, and up to 6 different outputs. Before continuing, please familiarise yourself with the difference between Mic and Line level.
Mic Level: Low level output signal. (Microphone, DI box etc.)
Line Level: A device that either has a very strong output signal, or a device that requires a very strong signal to function correctly. (Preamps, Mixers etc.)
1. Turn the console on using the power switch located on the back.
a. The back is where we will be plugging-in all the necessary cables to make the Midas function correctly.
2. While looking at the back you will notice channels labelled 1 to 8 on the far right. This is where you will plug-in all mono Mic or Line level input sources using an XLR input.
a. A ¼ inch jack is also provided for Line level signals that need protection against +48 phantom power.
3. Next to channels 1 to 8 are four stereo channels from 9 to 16. These channels take both XLR and ¼ inch inputs and can either be used as mono or stereo.
4. Next we will look at setting up our monitors for playback. The Midas 160 is capable of having up to 11 speakers connected, 1 stereo master pair (labelled “master left” and “master right”), 1 mono master (labelled “mono”), 4 groups (labelled group 1 to 4), 2 monitors (labelled monitor 1 to 2), and 2 matrix (labelled matrix 1-2) . All eleven of these connections use XLR connecters and are located on the far left of the console.
a. Each input channel can be routed to ANY or ALL of these monitors.
b. Each setup is going to be different for every show, there is no standard way of setting up.
5. Now that everything is connected to the back of the Midas, we can turn our focus over to the front of the console where we will route our signal, set our gain, EQ, and pan if needed. First we will look at how to route our signal to different monitors.
a. If you want to route the signal to the master bus you simply push in the switch labelled “Stereo” located just above the pan knob. “Mono” routes the signal to the mono master bus.
b. To route the signal to a group bus simply push in any of the switches labelled “1” to “4”. To make the groups stereo (1 & 2) press in the switch labelled “pan to groups” (Mono channels) OR “mono sum” (Stereo channels) located below the pan knob. Releasing the switch will make the groups mono again.
c. To route signal to the monitor bus, use the knobs labelled “mon 1” and “mon 2” located right below the EQ section.
d. To use the two matrix outputs located at the top right of the console, simply turn the desired (You have the option of adding signals from the 4 groups, mono master, and the stereo master into these monitors) knob clockwise to start adding that particular signal to the matrix monitors. To adjust the volume of the monitors use the knobs labelled “matrix”
6. Once you have everything routed to the proper location, it is time to set proper levels. To do this make sure the LED meter on the channel fader is reading “0”. If the signal is to low you can use the “Gain” knob located at the top of the channel strip to add additional gain. This applies to both mic and line level signals.
7. After all the gains are set correctly you can start pushing up faders, panning each channel as needed , and adding any EQ if required.
a. Gain staging is very important when working with live sound, or sound for that matter. This is due to the fact that all gear is designed to operate at a certain level, and by not giving the gear the level it needs you will start to deteriorate the signal. In basic terms, proper gain staging will give you the cleanest/purest sound your gear has to offer. If you are unfamiliar with this concept then please do some research before setting up.
8. After the show is completed, make sure to zero out the board, meaning turn all the knobs and faders back to their original position, for example: EQ cut-off frequencies to centre, EQ gains to 0dB, all faders down, signal routeing push-buttons de-pressed etc.