New York (February 15, 2006)–Enya’s music has sold millions of copies around the world in large part because it’s just so darn big and lush, so translating that sound to a live appearance in a TV studio, you might expect an equally big live console to handle the mix. But when the Irish songstress recently appeared on ABC’s Live With Regis & Kelly, Enya’s production crew entrusted their meticulous mix to a compact Midas Venice 320 console, downsizing from their usual XL4 in order to squeeze into the tight TV studio space.
Enya’s sound engineer, Cristiano Avigni, explained: “Working with Enya is a fabulous experience–a real challenge. Everything has to be perfect, and matching Enya’s sound for a live TV performance is no joke. Consistent high performance is where Midas consoles matter most to us. We’ve been using an XL4 for five years now, and I think it’s the best-sounding board out there by far. However, the XL4 is a large-format board, and sometimes we mix in cramped quarters when doing TV. Nicky Ryan, Enya’s producer, is extremely demanding and expects the best, like any producer of his rank. Whatever the logistics are, we need our live performance equipment to match the most sophisticated studio equipment.
“Since the mic pre’s and EQs on the Venice are the same as on the ‘big’, Midas boards, we brought it to the NYC show as the natural substitute for our usual XL4. Of course, the crew at the show had their reservations at first. That said, though we obviously missed the automation of a big console, we didn’t miss out on sound quality, which is what counts most. The little Venice delivered the big ‘Midas Sound’ and Enya sounded amazing.”