The introduction of a new console aimed oriented towards the installation market was among many new developments from Midas and sister company Klark Teknik to be unveiled during this year’s edition of the PLASA trade show in London.
The direct result of requests from the install, house of worship and theatre markets, the XL8i digital performance system features a new input-output configuration which reduces the number of rack-mounted boxes required while actually increasing connectivity.
The new console is also said to be equally applicable to touring applications which do not require the XL8 96-channel 5-way active mic system supplied as standard on the XL8.
The XL8i employs “exactly the same technology and components as the XL8 and PRO6,” said John Oakley, managing director of Midas Klark Teknik. “This is a perfect example of the way our highly advanced networked audio strategy allows us to bring new products to the market very quickly.”
Midas and Klark Teknik brand development manager Richard Ferriday added: “The XL8 has been extremely successful in the fixed installation market. System integrators and designers have embraced the concept of the XL8 as a system, rather than just a mixing console. XL8i offers greater flexibility, more options and a new entry price point for the venue with high input requirements working to a budget.”
In an eventful PLASA for the UK-based sister manufacturers, Midas also debuted the VeniceF ‘digilog’ ultra-compact mixing console with FireWire 32-channel digital audio interface and Propellerhead recording/processing trial software bundle. The company also highlighted two new PRO Series systems – the PRO3 and PRO9 – along with a full range of standalone digital snake and audio distribution products. From Klark Teknik, meanwhile, came two new high-channel count digitial audio format and sample rate converters, the DN9650 and DN9652.
The numerous new launches reinforced the current sense of momentum around Midas/KT, which were acquired by The Music Group towards the end of 2008.
“2010 has been an amazing year for Midas Klark Teknik,” said Oakley. “The Music Group is making substantial investments in MKT, and this plethora of new releases will allow more people than ever to use our products.”