New York (March 10, 2004)–Midas’s new 8-bus Verona console seems to be getting off to a strong start. The manufacturer says that hundreds of orders have been taken for desks since its debut at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. In the meantime, desks have been making the rounds already in the U.S. and England.
Richard Nowell Sound Services installed the first Midas Verona, bearing serial number 001, into London’s Royal Festival Hall. The company is responsible for the in-house sound system throughout the Royal Festival Hall’s South Bank Centre, from voice alarm and evacuation systems through to PA. RNSS is currently involved in upgrading the equipment throughout the audio system. Having replaced the loudspeaker system, it became imperative to replace the console.
Nowell explained, “When we first took over the contract, one of our initial tasks was to look for a replacement for the old DDA desks that were in residence at the time. The Venice came out and we bought four or five, two of which went straight into the South Bank Centre. They did a great job until we upgraded the loudspeaker system, at which point the Venices started to struggle–we needed more outputs, more auxes, and so on. We didn’t have the room or the budget to put in a Heritage 1000, so we were scratching our heads a bit. Then we heard about the Verona, and once I’d seen the spec, I didn’t need to know any more. We ordered one there and then.”
Meanwhile, in the U.S., the desk has turned up at the United Nations building in New York City and Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, among other places. Herbie Hancock played a World Peace benefit at the U.N., and an emotionally charged series of Children of Uganda productions at the Ordway Theater also put the Verona to work.