Prior to its public launch, Midas distributors enjoyed a spectacular pre-launch party on the canals of Amsterdam during the recent AES exhibition to announce the advent of the Legend Series, a brand new range of live performance mixing consoles. As well as the Klark Teknik Group's legendary hospitality, Midas distributors along with a select group of guests were treated to a fast-moving presentation to introduce the latest member of the Midas family. Although the product will not be shipping until September, the pre-launch event gave distributors the opportunity to place their first orders for the Legend 3000, the first Legend console in the range to be introduced.

Midas product manager David Cooper said the Legend: " . . . offers complete flexibility for both rental companies and installers alike at a price point significantly below that of the Heritage range. As well as offering all of the great features you would expect from a Midas console including some that are totally unique, we demanded three things: firstly that it be reliable on the road, secondly that it must be easy to service, and thirdly ­ perhaps most importantly ­ that it should sound like a Midas. We have achieved this in a number of ways. The inclusion of XL4 preamps and XL3 EQ ensures that traditional and unmistakable Midas sound. As far as serviceability and reliability are concerned, there are no shortcuts or compromises, but in order to produce a console of this quality at such an attractive price point, a change of approach was required. Therefore, unlike the more expensive Heritage range, Legend is a semi-modular console constructed in blocks of eight, each of which is split into three sections. However, due to several clever design touches, servicing remains a relatively straightforward issue."

In yet another world first, Legend provides the user with two sets of controls. Every input channel has two lots of EQ ­ one for monitors and one for FOH ­ as well as two faders for complete control over each mix. There are 12 auxiliary sends which can be used individually as foldback or FOH effects sends, and the user has total flexibility in how these are assigned.

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