I recently checked out a piece of gear being added to the Phoenix Civic Plaza’s already-formidable collection of audio equipment – the Midas XL200 mixing console.
The first thing I noticed was the colorful assortment of knob, faders and meters. The layout is thoughtful. The XL200 console has 32 mono inputs and six stereo inputs, with the output section located in the center. The output section features six mono group faders and two stereo group faders, that have mute and solo functions. This section also has a talk button, which routes the onboard tone generator or talkback function to the particular group.
There are eight VCA group faders with VCA on/off and VCA mute. The center output section has two auxiliary master modules and a master/comm module. The second auxiliary master module controls auxiliaries 5 through 8. The master module contains a pair of stereo LED stacks for monitoring the L/R levels and a single stack for the mono output level. Just below the meters is a solo/solo-in-place selector that permits routing of the selected solo to the masters or to the PFL meters/headphones.
In the center of the module are the talkback/oscillator volume and assign controls, as well as the headphone volume and various solo routing selectors. The input modules are straightforward in appearance and use.
All the features one would expect of a world-class console are present. The top of the module has the phantom power and 20 dB pad just above mic/line trim and signal polarity reverse. The equalizer section has shelving/frequency selective high and low control knobs and a range of +/-15 dB.
The high mids and low mids are sweep types with wide/narrow bandwidth selectors and a range of +/-15 dB. The high-pass filter is continuously variable from 20 Hz to 400 Hz at 12 dB per octave and the insert on/off is illuminated and resides next to the high-pass filter. The insert points are TRS-balanced with separate sends and returns on the back panel. The XL200 has eight auxiliaries that are normally post-fader but can be individually selected prefader. Just below the auxiliary sends are the input routing controls. One can send input signal to any or all of the eight subgroups or to MIX mono or L/R.
At the end of the input module are the mute group assigns, mute-safe, the channel mute and the solo button. The stereo channels are almost identical. The EQ section is assignable to the L or R, or both sides of the module. Auxiliaries 5 through 8 can be used as stereo pairs (5/6 and 7/8) or used as four individual sends. All the input faders are exceptionally smooth and are 100mm in length.
There is an optional MIDI section that can be factory-installed with purchase or may be retrofitted at a later time. This section offers control over 10 mute groups, 128 snapshots of mute assigns, as well as some solo and solo-in-place settings.
All said, I find the Midas XL200 worthy of major consideration. It is a rock solid console with no flexing of the frame when it’s being moved. The power supply connection is an extremely rugged multipin connector located on a back panel. It is well-thought-out and highly accessible. When turned on and all lit up the XL200 is a stunningly beautiful console. Prices range from $32,440 for the 24-input model up to $48,610 for the 48-input touring package, which includes 40 and 8 stereo inputs.
Contact Midas at 616-695-6831.