NAMM 2014: New Midas preamp

The new XL48 packs eight Midas XL4 mic preamps into a 1U box, complete with sweepable high- and low-pass filters, XL8 A-D converters, and a super, low-jitter 1-ppm clock. Additional features include eight-segment LED input meters, individually switchable phantom power, polarity invert, and -20dB pad. All inputs are provided via Neutrik XLR and 25-way D-sub connectors.

The XL48 also features both analogue and digital outputs in ADAT and AES/EBU format. All five outputs can be used simultaneously, making the XL48 a multi-function, analogue/digital mic splitter, as well as adding the Midas touch to eight channels of your mix. Multiple clocking options are available including external word-clock – and internal 96/88.2/48/44.1kHz.

“Now anyone can add the incredible sound of Midas’ award-winning mic preamps to the top of their signal path,” said Shawn Watts, VP global sales – pro division. “The beautifully packaged XL48 is easy to use, easy to read, and extremely well-built. It will instantly become the favourite piece of gear in your rack!”

Applications include portable recording rigs, analogue and/or digital splits between consoles, or improving an ordinary digital console with Midas mic preamps.

The Midas XL48 is covered by Music Group’s 3-Year Limited Warranty Program.