A Midas XL8 console was used to mix the recent Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards.Toronto (April 17, 2008)–This year’s Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards was mixed on a Midas XL8 digital live performance system, provided for the event by A Plus Productions. Held at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the 2008 show honored, among others, Canadian singer/songwriter Paul Anka.
John Lacina of PA Plus, who mixed the music portion of the show: “It sounds, feels, and behaves like an analog Midas, but with huge digital processing power. I noticed a marked improvement right from the start in the sound quality over other digital products I have used. The XL8 lived up to the hype, so to speak, in that it does not sound digital at all. In this sense, the stellar onboard EQ and Dynamics can be used to fine tune, rather than outright fix, the sound, sometimes encountered in other ‘less musical’ digital systems.”
Lacina and Systems Tech Mark Radu used three of the XL8 system’s DL451 I/O boxes (all stowed tidily backstage), and a fourth at FOH. One unit was loaded with digital cards. Speaker system controllers were inserted via AES into 12 of the matrices, which allowed the speaker DSP racks to remain on stage, reducing footprint at FOH.
“From our perspective, we really enjoyed working with the XL8 and with the Midas team,” Lacina adds. “Steve Lotzer, Mitch Mortensen, and Jim Pfitzinger did a fantastic job helping out on our maiden voyage with XL8 for this high profile show. Manufacturer support is a very important part of taking on a big new digital system like this, and the Midas team is second to none.”