Midas MR18 18 Channel Tablet Controlled Digital Mixer
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18 Input Digital Mixer for iPad and Android Tablets with 16 Midas PRO Preamps, Integrated WiFi Module and Multi-Channel USB Audio Interface
Combining 16 award-winning Midas Pro microphone pre-amplifiers, four amazing DSP engines, extensive control options, and a full 18-channel audio interface, the Midas MR18 isn't just a killer digital mixer for live sound - it's also an amazing addition to your recording studio.
The MR18 borrows heavily from the highly successful M series mixer line, including essential live sound tools such as four independent DSP effects engines, dynamics and EQ processing for each bus and Ultranet connectivity.
What's more, the MR18 features auto mixing, making it one of the most user-friendly portable mixers out there.
Best of all, it fits perfectly in your 19" equipment rack, so you can easily take all of this mixing power anywhere you go.
- iPad/Android tablet controlled 18-input digital mixer for studio and live application
- 16 award-winning Midas PRO microphone pre-amplifiers
- Built-In Tri-Mode WiFi router for direct operation—no need for external routers
- 18 x 18 channel, bidirectional USB 2.0 interface
- Dugan-style Auto-Mixing automatically manages microphone gain sharing
- 4 digital signal processing effects engines
- ULTRANET connectivity for P-16 Personal Monitoring System
- Rack ears and protection bumpers included for flexible rack and onstage applications
- 6 aux and main LR buses with inserts, full dynamics processing and 6-band parametric or 31-band graphic EQ
- 6 XLR aux outputs and 2 XLR main outputs plus phones connector
- 40 bit floating point digital signal processing
- Free iOS, Android and PC/Mac/Linux apps available for remote operation via Ethernet, LAN or WiFi
- MIDI In/Out allows controlling the mixer via MIDI equipment or for use as a USB MIDI interface
- Future firmware updates, incl. new FX “Plug Ins”, downloadable free of charge
- Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply
- 10-Year Warranty Program
- Designed and engineered in the U.K.
Loaded with legendary Midas Pro Preamps
Midas Pro microphone pre-amplifiers are praised throughout the live sound industry - their high common-mode rejection ratio and low harmonic distortion produce transparency that's so good, they are perfectly suited for studio recording as well as sound reinforcement.
To make the most of all 16 of these stellar preamps, Midas outfitted the MR18 with 40-bit floating-point DSP architecture capable of sustaining 112 dB of dynamic range, which provides the best possible accuracy for the on-board Dugan style auto-mixing engine.
This brilliant bit of processing actually manages microphone levels for you, cutting down the gain of unused preamps and balancing the levels between multiple presenters or performers.
Together, these technologies practically guarantee a professional sound.
Flexible DSP for effects, EQ, and dynamics
Powerful digital signal processing is one of the key components that has made the medium-format M32 one of the most popular digital mixing consoles on the market, and it's all available to you in the ultra-compact MR18.
The MR18 comes loaded with four DSP effects processors - Choose from legendary studio gear and industry-standard effects that let you enhance your audio in powerful and creative ways.
This on-board DSP also extends to the stereo master bus and all six aux buses, providing them with full dynamics processing plus your choice of 6-band parametric or 31-band graphic EQ's.
If you've been running live sound for some time, then you're probably going to need a smaller rack, because there's no reason to haul around a ton of outboard gear when you're mixing on a Midas MR18.
The MIDAS M32 completely redefined what is possible from a digital mixer – and thousands of users are enjoying the results.
Now that technology has been incorporated into the small but powerful MR18 rack-mountable mixer, which will forever change the way you record and the way you play live music.
A Mixer Whose Time has Come
Over the past few years, the world of recording and performance audio has experienced a major paradigm shift, one that requires musicians and performers alike to take advantage of emerging technologies that offer flexibility and ease of use.
The Midas MR18 is an 18-input/8-bus portable mixer housed in a sturdy stage box design for use with iPad and Android tablets.
It is ideally suited for both live and studio applications thanks to 16 award-winning MIDAS PRO mic preamps, integrated WiFi module for wireless control, MIDI I/O – and a multi-channel, bidirectional USB Audio Interface.
Free iOS, Android and PC apps enable you to move about the venue or the tracking room and manipulate all the parameters of your mix, and the performers have the same freedom to dial-in their personal monitor mixes.
Advanced engineering and meticulous design combine to deliver professional-grade performance and impressive affordability – the Midas MR18.
16 MIDAS PRO Mic Preamps
The MIDAS PRO preamp was developed for the PRO Series mixing consoles and is also found in the M32 – and has been recognised by leading live sound and recording engineers as the very essence of the famous MIDAS sound.
It is here in the MR18 that more than 40 years of design excellence has come together with premium grade components to provide unparalleled warmth and depth, subtle ambience, and immaculate spatial positioning – for more precise imaging than competing models.
The award-winning MIDAS microphone pre-amplifier has inspired generations of live sound engineers to their best work, creating sonic landscapes that have captivated audiences worldwide.
The MR18 comes equipped with 16 MIDAS PRO preamps, all of which are literally ready for your input via the Neutrik combo connectors with locking latches.
Built-In Tri-Mode WiFi Router
Designed for the ultimate in mobility, the MR18 comes with an integrated WiFi module for direct control of your mixer’s functions – without the need to setup and configure an external router.
The Midas MR18 gives you the freedom to focus on your mix, while allowing you to move about the venue to experience what every part of the audience is hearing. Plus you can adjust live monitor wedges from the artist’s perspective – or better yet, let them mix their own IEMs and floor monitors via their own tablets.
- Access Point is the easiest way to connect up to 4 clients directly and concurrently (iPad, Android smartphone/tablet or laptop). This mode should have your remote control up and running in less than a minute.
- WiFi Client allows you to add your mixer to the existing wireless network where the controlling apps and devices are connected.
- Alternately, wired connections can be made directly to your PC, to a local area network (LAN), or when connecting to a dedicated WiFi router, like for extended range or 5 GHz applications.
The incredibly fast and comprehensive 18 x 18 channel, bi-directional USB interface makes the MR18 an amazingly powerful digital mixing solution for recording directly to your iPad or PC. Dial in the perfect monitoring mix with effects and zero-latency, while sending up to 16 source signals – and the keyboard player's MIDI notes to your DAW for recording and editing.
Whether you are making rock history in the studio, or you want to capture intimate live performances – it has never been easier to record stunning tracks with exceptional clarity.
When your application calls for a multiple-microphone setup, such as an onstage panel discussion, press conference or courtroom proceeding, etc., it can become a challenge to maintain so many open mics – and preserve maximum gain and priority for the moderator.
A major first for compact audio mixers, our revolutionary M AIR Gain Sharing technology can easily manage fully automated mixes with up to 16 live microphones.
Based on the legendary Dan Dugan automix system, the MR18’s gain sharing paradigm automatically controls the levels of all selected microphones in real time, without any gating artefacts or noise modulation.
This function dramatically reduces the typical feedback, studio noise and comb filtering challenges that can occur when two, or more mics are in close proximity of each another.
M AIR Gain Sharing technology provides a consistent system gain structure, even when multiple speakers are talking at the same time.
4 Onboard M32 Effects Engines
Equipped with the very same FX engines as the now legendary M32 Digital Mixing Console, the on-board virtual FX Rack provides access to four true-stereo (8 mono), multi-effects processors including delay, chorus, dynamics – plus the MR18 can run production-quality, true-stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware.
You can select any combination of high-end simulations of legendary studio effects, such as the Lexicon 480L and PCM70, as well as the EMT250 and Quantec QRS reverbs.
On-board processing means your computer no longer has to do the heavy lifting during a mixing session with DAW plugins, as the MR18 has a whole studio of FX under its bonnet.
Custom-designed, and physically modelled after some of the most iconic and sought-after processors, all effects run inside the low-latency environment of the M32 mix engine, ensuring flawless performance, flexible routing and the end of cable faults.
100-Band RTA for all Channel/ Bus EQs
The MR18 includes a high-resolution 100-band Real Time Analyser (RTA), with full Bar and Spectrograph views. This high-resolution RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time – capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds.
Switch between the Large RTA view, displaying any available signal in full screen resolution, or the Combined RTA view shown above each of the channel and bus EQ curves – and see the results of your filtering choices.
Additionally, the RTA can be displayed on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the Main LR or Aux buses. Monitoring and controlling frequencies has never been easier!
Uncompromising Channel Processing
The MR18 allows you to achieve the same incredible level of EQ finesse as the award-winning M32 thanks to its 100-band Real Time Analyser, which is built into every input channel and bus EQ.
Visual feedback built into the control app allows you to see and make fast, surgical adjustments to frequencies in need of a boost or a cut.
You will wonder how you ever EQ’d without it!
Every input channel also features Low-Cut, 4-band fully parametric EQ and the same Gate and Compressor dynamics suite found in the M32 – with one very special addition; you can choose either Expert or Simple functionality.
- In Expert mode, you can drill down and take total control over every nuance of your dynamics.
- Or, if you are more of the ‘plug and play’ type, Simple mode lets you either select from one of 4 carefully optimised presets – or load your own channel templates.
Add to this 40-Bit, floating-point DSP and you will experience virtually "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency.
In addition to the Main L/R bus for Front of House, 6 Aux buses are provided for dialling in the perfect monitor mixes, or creating a dedicated mix for your USB stereo recording – complete with inserts, dynamics, and either a 6-band parametric EQ or 31-band graphic EQ.
And if you want even more precise control over your EQ, 100-band RTAs are available for all of these buses, too.
MIDI In/Out for Live Performance Controllers
The physical MIDI I/O port on the MR18 mixer can also be used for connecting external MIDI controllers, such as BEHRINGER's X-TOUCH or B-CONTROL products, for dynamically controlling channel level, muting and panorama adjustments during your performance.
The installed firmware also supports the Mackie Control protocol, allowing you to easily apply comprehensive remote editing and parameter adjustments via any compatible MIDI device.
Dedicated Apps and Software - All Platforms Covered
Since we wanted the MR18 to benefit from the best remote apps, we engaged dedicated development teams for the iOS, Android, and PC/Linux/Mac based remote control applications.
When you download an M-AIR app for your operating system, you can rest assured that you will get the fully optimised experience we intended.
Future firmware updates will be available free of charge and add even more professional-grade features, FX "Plug-Ins", and functionality.
M AIR EDIT (PC/Mac/Linux)
If your application requires a computer for MIDAS M AIR mixer remote control, then M AIR EDIT was made just for you.
Simply copy and launch the free software with your computer, connect to the mixer via its built-in Ethernet (LAN) connector using a Cat 5e cable (max. 100 m length) – and all M AIR mixer functions are instantly mirrored on your computer screen.
Since a PC screen is larger than the one on your telephone, M AIR EDIT allows the opening and scaling of more app windows, such as routing or FX editing – letting you decide how much information you need at a glance.
All touch screens are supported, or you can use a mouse to adjust your physical mixer’s settings. You can even control multiple mixers remotely from a single computer, or create several strategically placed computer stations to control the same mixer.
With M AIR EDIT, your PC, Linux or Mac computer becomes your virtual mixer – both live and in the studio.
M AIR MIX for iPad
Front of House is wherever you and your iPad are – thanks to the new M AIR MIX app for iPad. Simply download the free app to your iPad, set the MIDAS M AIR mixer to Access Point mode and connect your iPad to the MR18 network that will show up.
After launching the M AIR MIX app, select the mixer image, and all of your M AIR mixer’s settings can now be adjusted directly from your iPad.
You can save your favourite scenes, and load previously stored scenes and presets to/from your iPad or customise your channel layout – all with the support of innovative drag 'n' drop functionality.
M AIR MIX for Android
Designed specifically for all Android mobile devices (2.2 or higher), which includes tablets and smartphones, the app can be used in one of two modes: full access mixing mode; or bound to a specific aux bus for creating personal monitor mixes remotely on MIDAS M AIR mixers.
Using this free and easy to learn app, each performer can use their Android device to dial-in the perfect personal IEM or wedge monitor mix, without having to consult the audio engineer for assistance.
With the M AIR MIX App for Android, personal monitor mixing just got a whole lot more personal – both live and in the studio!
But M AIR MIX offers even more; in full access mixing mode, the app provides control over all channel processing including the RTA overlay, effects editing, storing/loading scenes or presets, and much more – whether you are running a 12" tablet or a 5" smartphone.
The feature-packed MR18 is the result of the engineering, manufacturing and application expertise of legendary console manufacturer MIDAS, the iconic signal processing genius of KLARK TEKNIK – and MUSIC’s unique ability to deliver a superior value proposition.
The MR18's sound quality far surpasses that of competing models, both on paper and in performance.
With 18 inputs, 16 MIDAS PRO mic preamps, 6 aux buses, a built-in WiFi router, MIDI I/O, a multi-channel bidirectional USB audio interface, and free downloadable apps for iOS, Android and PC, and a host of other high-end professional features, the M AIR MR18 is equipped to handle your most demanding audio application.
- Mixer Type: Digital
- Channels: 18
- Inputs - Mic Preamps: 16 x XLR-1/4" combo
- Phantom Power: 16 channels
- Inputs - Line: 2 x 1/4" (mic preamps also accept line signals)
- Outputs - Main: 2 x XLR
- Inserts: Main (left, right)
- Aux Sends: 6 aux buses
- Busses/Groups: 6 x XLR (aux out)
- Data I/O: Ultranet port
- USB: 1 x Type B
- Computer Connectivity: USB (18 x 18), Ethernet, WiFi (built-in Tri-mode router)
- MIDI I/O: In/Out
- Headphones: 1 x 1/4"
- EQ Bands: 6-band parametric EQ, 31-band graphic
- Effects: 4 x effects engines
- Signal Processing: Dynamics
- Software: PC, Mac, iOS, Android Apps available
- Rack mountable: Yes