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Midas venice heavy modding
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Midas venice heavy modding

Recently a user pm'd me about specifics regarding the midas venice 1st gen console, so I thought I'd share my current project as I did on groupdiy, since I got so much info from both forums for previous endeavors.

I've had a midas venice sitting idle for some years and decided to make it more fit for my studio needs. I bought it new back in the day, and wasn't comfortable with that much money collecting dust, so I gathered all the schematics (which I'm willing to share of course) and devised a three-step plan :

1) Replace all the caps in the EQ section to have a lower low-cut, a lower low-shelf, wider Q for the swept mid bands, and a higher high shelf. Since I like to keep formulas outside of my head I re-created all the separate circuits on EveryCircuit to test new values, here they are :

low cut : https://everycircuit.com/circuit/5959968275300352
low shelf : https://everycircuit.com/circuit/4870913352531968
low mid : https://everycircuit.com/circuit/5595234354069504
high mid : https://everycircuit.com/circuit/5022121971154944
high shelf : https://everycircuit.com/circuit/4691112129986560

You can scope the result while changing values in real-time with the tools under the schematic.

The cap values are meant to match the WIMA fkp2 and fkp3 available values.

2) Since I like the sound of mic input transformers fed with line level like I have on another very old mixer, I will try to fit a carnhill VTB9045M 1200:1200 mic input transformer with a mu-metal can behind the xlr connector PCB. There are 2 phantom blocking caps to remove, 2 rows of 3 pcb connections for the primary and secondary, and a fixing hole for each transformer as explained in the mod manual from midas.

3) With the help of a colleague of mine who's been raised by a cabinet maker, we are going to replace the plastic sides with an acceptable wooden frame, that will support a VU-meter bridge fitted with sifam AL19 meters that will be fed by the unused unbalanced inserts on all mono channels, groups, and master.

That's it, I hope this thread will maybe bring back some love for these now inexpensive desks, I'm also hoping some of you would share their ideas, insights, warnings etc.
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