Midas M Series Digital Mixers, Stage Boxes & Expansion Cards have revolutionized virtually everything in the live-entertainment production workflow. The Midas DL Stage Boxes are the perfect solution for connecting the onstage talent with your Front of House (FOH) console, and the rest of the world.
Midas M Series Stage Boxes & Expansion Cards
Midas DL32 Stage Box
The DL32 provides 32 Midas PRO Series remote-controllable mic preamps, plus 16 balanced analog XLR returns at the stage end – and all it takes is a single Cat 5e cable (up to 100 m / 328′). While Klark Teknik, the industry-leader in high-end digital audio processing, invented the AES50 SuperMAC technology that made it all possible – Midas’ superb scale of production makes the DL32 so very affordable.
When used as part of a complete M32 system, two DL32 Stage Boxes can be cascaded via the built-in AES50 ports, providing connectivity for up to 64 mic/line inputs, 32 balanced outputs and the ULTRANET port allows direct connection to Turbosound iQ Series loudspeakers and the Behringer POWERPLAY P-16 Personal Monitoring System – which can feed up to 48 individual monitor mixers. Also included are 2 optical ADAT sockets and AES-3 (AES/EBU) for connecting to outboard devices, a convenient USB port for system updates via your PC – plus MIDI I/O for lighting systems and sound module control.
Ecosystem and Beyond
The DL32 was initially designed with the M32 Digital Mixing Console in mind, but any mixingboard with AES50 networking capability can still tap directly into the DL32’s powerful feature set. For instance, a DL32 and M32C could be jointly utilised to create a remote controlled digital mixing system in only 4U. Another prime application might include the M32C providing independent monitor mix duties, while also relaying and sharing all I/O with the main console – an M32, or any other digital mixer that supports MADI, Dante, ADAT or AES50 I/O. Reasonably priced option cards to replace the standard 32 x 32 channel USB interface are separately available for that exact purpose. You can even mix the complete show from the onstage M32C via dedicated remote control apps. Since the DL32 and M32C communicate via AES50, they can be separated by up to 100 m (328′)of CAT5 cabling, should that be more convenient for the venue.
ULTRANET – Seamless Integration
The world-renowned engineers at Klark Teknik, Midas, Turbosound and Behringer have all come together to create something truly innovative that will change your live and studio workflow forever – welcome to ULTRANET. This revolutionary technology seamlessly transmits up to 16 independent channels of 24-bit digital audio and control data via a single CAT5 cable between compatible digital devices – including mixers, I/O stage boxes, powered loudspeakers and personal monitoring systems.
Advantages of ULTRANET digital networking versus traditional analogue methods include:
Audio signals are impervious to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)
Signal crosstalk is eliminated, ease of use translates directly into a significant amount of time saved during show setup or installation
ULTRANET effectuates a powerful digital eco-system, called “Acoustic Integration”, providing unparalleled control over every element of your audio production environment from one convenient location.
KLARK TEKNIK AES50
Klark Teknik SuperMAC (AES50-Compliant) technology gives the DL32 its high-capacity, ultra-low latency digital interconnectivity, as well as superbly simple deployment and ease of use. Klark Teknik engineers worked hand-in-hand with Midas to ensure the DL32 meets, or exceeds, the requirements of live entertainers and their professional audio engineers. Some of the outstanding features are:
- 48 bidirectional audio channels over Cat 5e cable (48 kHz)
- Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks
- Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
- High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency
- Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution.
- Comprehensive error detection and management
- Provision for redundant networking
- Minimal configuration – total ease of deployment and use
- Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
- Royalty-free implementations available as Xilinx FPGA cores
- OEM modules available from developer partners
Midas DL16 Stage Box
The DL16 Stage Box provides 16 award-winning microphone preamplifiers with switchable +48 V phantom power; 8 balanced analogue XLR returns at the stage end; an integrated ULTRANET output for connecting to BEHRINGER P16-M personal monitor mixers; plus connectivity for your ADAT-compatible outboard equipment.
If your application calls for more inputs or you just want to keep your cable runs short and tidy, putting a DL16 at stage front and another behind the drum riser provides an additional 16 inputs for drum and guitar/bass amp miking. The best part – all it takes is a single CAT5 cable per stage box.
Many manufacturers have adopted the ADAT digital interface as a means of transferring digital data between certain types of audio devices, such as mixers, synthesizers, lighting rigs and effect processors. The DL16’s onboard ADAT Outputs enable splitting the high-quality Midas Pro Series preamp signals to outboard devices – including recording systems. When more channels are required these optical sockets can alternately be used to connect ADAT-equipped D/A converters for up to 16 additional analogue outputs.
Dual AES50 Ports for Massive Connectivity
Connecting over a single shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, up to three DL16’s can be daisy-chained to deliver 48 channels in and 24 out to the stage. KLARK TEKNIK’s AES50 simultaneously provides high channel counts, extremely low and deterministic latencies, accurate phase-aligned networked clock distribution, error detection, network redundancy, with simple deployment and ease of use to meet the needs of the live performance industry. This unique combination also benefits both live and studio recording applications, as well as post-production, broadcasting and audio routing infrastructure.
Remotely Controllable Preamps Make Setup a Breeze
DL16’s ingenious monitoring/head amp control section allows you to select any of the 16 inputs, 8 bus outputs or P-16 output streams for immediate line checks. In addition to signal metering at the stage box, you can set individual input channel Gain, apply +48 V phantom power and listen directly to the input signal via headphones and much more. Once set, all configuration settings can be locked at the console for total system security.
Assignable Headphones Output for On-Stage Monitoring
For easy set up and signal routing verification, a headphones jack is conveniently located on the front of the DL16, giving you the option of listening directly to any of the 16 inputs. Simply select the signal you need to monitor by scrolling through the 16 channels whilst adjusting the gain and selecting the operating mode – all via a single robust rotary control.
Using scene automation has never been simpler or more convenient. The automation scenes allow MIDI events to be incorporated, so that external MIDI-compatible devices can be controlled as part of a scene change via your console’s MIDI output. Additionally, console events can be triggered from an external MIDI source via your console’s MIDI input. You can also control the gain and phantom power settings remotely using the MIDI communication functionality.
Klark Teknik DN32-LIVE
The DN32-LIVE SD/SDHC and USB 2.0 Expansion Module for Midas M32 and Behringer X32 mixers provides 32-channel bidirectional audio I/O via USB 2.0 for both live performance and studio recording, plus comprehensive remote operation of your DAW via HUI/Mackie Control emulation. Dual SD/SDHC slots allow fully independent recording/playback of up to 32 channels of uncompressed WAV files in consistent sessions – to capacity of the SD cards. Now even without a computer, you can capture multichannel live or session tracks, perform virtual sound checks, add backing tracks, set and manipulate markers, and enjoy full remote operation via PC, Android* or iPad* apps, and X-TOUCH control surfaces.
Klark Teknik DN32-USB
Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Audio Interface for Professional Recordings
The DN32-USB Expansion Card ensures a stable and fast solution for professional live and studio recordings. It provides 400 Mbit/second through-put to transfer your high-track count session to popular Software DAWs on Mac and PC via FireWire or USB 2.0. Additionally, the DN32-USB turns your M32 LIVE into a sophisticated control surface, and includes remote HUI* and Mackie Control* emulation.
Klark Teknik DN32-ADAT
High-Performance 32-Channel ADAT Expansion Card for M32 LIVE
The DN32-ADAT Expansion Card allows you to digitally integrate your M32 LIVE with any equipment featuring ADAT I/O. This includes stand-alone recorders, digital audio workstations, and other digital mixers and signal processing gear. The DN32-ADAT card provides 32-channels of ADAT inputs and outputs on its 8 fiber-optic Toslink* connectors. The card features 24-bit signal transmission and operates at both 44.1 and 48 kHz sample rates, maintaining your signal integrity. The DN32-ADAT card also has a BNC word-clock in/out capability allowing it to sync with an external clock, or provide the clock signal for other devices. External clock synchronisation is possible through the BNC connection, as well as any of the 4 Toslink inputs.
Klark Teknik DN32-MADI
High-Performance 32-Channel MADI Expansion Card for M32 LIVE
The DN32-MADI Expansion Card brings even more I/O options to the M32 LIVE by instantly enabling it for MADI networking. The MADI, or AES10, protocol has become the industry standard for multichannel audio distribution in both installations and broadcast applications. DN32-MADI provides optical duplex SC-plugs (IEC874-19) to connect with other MADI devices via multimode fiber-optic cable, allowing to bridge distances of over 500 metres with galvanic isolation. Dual BNC terminals are also provided for transmission via standard 75-Ohm coaxial cable of up to 100 m in length. The BNC and fibre-optic connectivity can also be used simultaneously, providing reliable redundancy in mission-critical applications. DN32-MADI card is the perfect solution for integrating the M32 LIVE into current installations using the MADI protocol.
Klark Teknik DN32-DANTE
High-Performance 32-Channel Audinate Dante Expansion Card for M32 LIVE
By installing the DN32-DANTE card in place of the DN32-USB card, your M32 LIVE will interface with Dante networks using virtually any 100Mbit/s or Gigabit Network infrastructure with DSCP-based QoS – providing dependable multi-channel audio that coexist with other IP-based data traffic on the same network. The DN32-DANTE card utilises 24-bit signal transmission with sample-accurate synchronisation and low latency, ensuring the highest audio integrity. And a secondary input allows you to set up a seamless, redundant network. Full remote control of the M32 LIVE is possible using the integrated Ethernet switch. When the DN32-DANTE card is connected to a computer, Audinate’s Dante Controller application gives you full control over configuration and signal routing among your Dante-enabled devices.
Sectors & Applications. Where are Midas M Series Stage Boxes & Expansion Cards used?
Live Sound, Pro Audio, Recording & Broadcasting, Audio for Video, Theatre, Education, Events, Performance Venues and Houses of Worship.
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