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MIDAS DM12
4.5 4.5 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

Small format analogue mixer.


1st February 2020

MIDAS DM12 by drezz

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
MIDAS DM12



I recently purchased a small Midas DM12 for an 'away from the main studio' home setup. I have to say, I took a little bit of a chance on it as there's so little on the net about them, and the info out there veers from comments like: ''Yeah, sounds good, clean, surprisingly nice'' to the other side of things with: ''Meh, Behringer, meh, Soundcraft rip off, it's not a 'real' Midas... etc, etc''.............

Well, to be honest, i really quite like the little thing. It's quiet. The EQs are use-able, not thrilly, or anything to write home about, and I probably wouldn't use them for any demanding tasks, or colouring things in, but they work and don't sound **** like cheap Mackie or Soundcraft, or even Allen/Heath stuff. A slight step up from that level, but still not as good as 'proper' Midas board, or something costing real money...............maybe that's the point, for the outlay, it's a great, quiet, functional little desk. The pre-amps, again, no frills, certainly not characterful, not really for colour or demanding tasks when you have Neve/Api/tube/clones/Hi-End****, but certainly better than the other stuff on offer for the same price ballpark.

The quality of this board surprised me to be honest. It's a nice, cheapo, little thing, same-ish form factor as all the other little boards in this price range, pretty useful, construction is not too shabby, doesn't feel dodgy, knobs holding up ok under regular use, tight squeeze for those with big hands, but no more than the usual small 12 channel desk. It doesn't really impart any colour or noise, just a pretty straight forward utilitarian thingamybob that sounds decent....................

Hopefully it'll last some time/years before anything fails, I'm not gigging it, and it's just sitting on a table being treated nicely, nothing too rough, but yeah, despite it being MusicTribe/Behringer, which obviously puts it up for taking flak immediately, it does what it's supposed to, and I'm quite happy with it for home use.

For those looking for a cheap little mixer, this looks hard to beat for the money.

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24th May 2021

MIDAS DM12 by drezz

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
MIDAS DM12

I sold the board eventually. It was OK. Quiet. I srtand by everything I posted in the above review, but on more detailed use, i did try a small recording session with the desk on location. I chanced it and didn't take any of my outboard or more expensive preamps. Well, that was a bit of a mistake. I was really hoping for too much. The preamps let me down for serious work. They have that cheapo thing: They're ok for the first 2/3rds of their travel, then crap out towards the maximum settings............classic cheap pre scenario. I guess it was too good to be true.
I still think it's a great little thing for messing about on or running some synths through or taking care of a few desktop things at home, but for serious tracking, forget it, that's when it turns back into a Behringer thing. Good for the price, quiet and small form factor, but cheap and cheerful.

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