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Midas XL8 Gets Up To Date

New York (April 8, 2009)--Midas has released a new, free 1.10 software update to its flagship XL8 digital console, adding numerous features, including showfile cross-compatibility between the desk and its brethren, the Pro6.
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New York (April 8, 2009)--Midas has released a new, free 1.10 software update to its flagship XL8 digital console, adding numerous features, including showfile cross-compatibility between the desk and its brethren, the Pro6.

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"Midas has always listened to both users and owners of our mixing consoles, and used this feedback to create the worlds' most successful and best-loved mixing systems," said brand development manager Richard Ferriday. "The advent of digital technology has not changed this approach; rather, software-based systems allow us to add new features and additional functionality to our products retrospectively, responding directly to customer demands. This is most visible in the XL8's new, theatre-centric automation package and new effects options."

The software update includes:

• System updater: simple software updating from USB key
• Showfile cross-compatibility: any show created on a Midas Pro6 system can be loaded into an XL8 and vice versa, subject to system capacity limitations
• MC (Master Control Computer) redundancy: standby dual-redundant control computer automatically updates and tracks active control computer
• Theater-biased advanced automation features, including "many operational improvements and additional functions"
• Additional user options added to Console Preferences to improve user customization efforts.
• User presets for automatic latency management system
• Show editor: Copy-and-paste real-time parameter edits to any scene(s) in the show
• Improved and augmented console and network diagnostics display; operator informed immediately of any software, connectivity or hardware issues. Remote monitoring of critical hardware values (temperature, voltage, connection errors, etc).
• Cat5 Tie lines - connect multiple Midas (and third party generic AES50) digital systems together with up to 100m Cat5 cables; route and share audio between networks
• Mix and match I/O devices. DL351, DL451, DL431 in any combination at FOH and onstage. Allows use of Pro6 I/O hardware with XL8s and vice versa.
• New User Library system: creates individual presets of FX processors, EQs, compressors, etc, which can be stored and recalled independently of show files
• Stereo, LCR, LCRS, quadraphonic and 5.1 surround panning
•Four new FX processors: Stereo pitch shifter with delay; Klark Teknik SQ1 multi-channel dynamics processor; Multi-band frequency-dependant stereo compressor; New stereo delay unit with analogue and digital modelling

The software upgrade reportedly also includes operational and functional improvements, including per-send recall scopeability to disable automation on an individual channel's aux or matrix mix on a send-by send basis; and the send copy function which allows the individual channel contributions to be copied into one aux or matrix mix from another.

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