WFX 2011 Winner Best Digital Mixing Console: M-480.
New Product Technology Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine,
Worship Facilities Magazine, and Worship Facility Designer, represent the most
comprehensive Audio, Video, Lighting, and New Media product awards in
the house of worship market. Products chosen for this award are recognized for their
innovation and application for churches of all sizes and styles.
With superb sound quality, powerful functions, expandability and
intuitive operation; the V-Mixing System continues to introduce new
possibilities to the live mixing market. Equipped with a newly developed mixing
engine, the M-480 provides an enhanced level of powerful and flexible
The M-480 is the first V-Mixer to support a cascade connection that
enables 96 channels of mixing by connecting a second unit - all via one
simple Cat5e/6 cable. Supporting live events, mobile production,
broadcasting, and sound installation, the V-Mixing System, with the M-480
V-Mixer at its heart, provides a premium level of innovation for any live
- 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns for a total of 60 channels
- Main (LCR) outputs, 16 AUX buses, 8 matrices
- Configurable to 90 inputs and 90 outputs depending on Digital Snake configuration
- 4-band advanced parametric EQ, and delays on all inputs and outputs
- Compressors and Gates on all mixing channels
- Six built-in stereo (dual-mono) multi-effects and twelve graphic EQs (switchable to 8-band PEQs)
- 214 possible output patch points on each port (A,B, console).
Allows direct routing from preamp to output point without having to use
- Supports integration with Personal Mixing System and Multi-Channel Live Recording/Playback
- Cascade connection supports large format applications for 96 mixing channels
The Roland M-480 has been nominated by the
TEC foundation for a Technical Achievement award in the category of
Sound Reinforcement Console Technology. Founded in 1985, the Technical
Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing
the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC
Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the
individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of
recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other
Advanced Processing Power
The processing power of the M-480 supports the widest range of venues
and applications. The newly developed mixing engine provides a 4-band
fully parametric EQ, gate, compressor, and delay on each input channel.
214 possible patch points with 90 discreet outputs.
Easy, intuitive and award-winning interface design
The large color display and dedicated knobs and buttons in the channel
edit section offers intuitive operation. The user interface is designed
to be easy to learn and easy to use. Combining the cursor buttons around
the value dial provides optimized and efficient operation.
All input and output channels equipped with delay
In large format venues such as a concert halls and stadiums as well in
broadcast applications, audio time alignment settings are critical. The
M-480 is equipped with delays on all mixing channels and outputs buses.
High quality and precise sound adjustments can be accomplished by using
the built-in real time analyzer.
The cascade capability enables a solution for high channel counts
The M-480 supports a cascade connection requested by many live sound
engineers. Connecting two M-480s with one REAC cable enables the mixing
of up to 96 channels as well as advanced synchronization of internal
buses. A mixing environment equivalent to a large format console can be
created within a minimal footprint and budget.
Powerful mixing capacity
The capacity of 48 mixing channels, 6 stereo returns, main LCR outputs,
16 AUX buses, and 8 matrices supports any venue or application. The
fully assignable REAC A and B patchbays allows for very flexible
internal routing. A post preamp patchpoint allows direct routing from
inputs to outputs without having to route through the console.
Newly developed mixing engine with powerful signal processing
All inputs and outputs are equipped with a 4-band fully parametric EQ. A
gate, compressor and delay is also available on all mixing channels.
Channel parameters are controlled using the dedicated knobs and buttons.
With a high resolution crystal clear color display, the M-480 provides
an unprecedented audio mixing experience.
Rich effects along with Twelve GEQs/PEQs
The M-480 is equipped with six dual-mono, multi-effects processors that
are available as AUX or insert effects. Each multi-effects processor has
18 algorithms of various types such as reverb, delay, chorus, pitch
shift and advanced channel strip. Six types of precisely emulated
legendary vintage Roland effects such as the RE-201, SDE-3000, and
SRV-2000 are included. In addition, twelve 31-band graphic EQs or 8-band
fully parametric EQs are included for sound adjustment. The six
multi-effects and twelve GEQs/PEQs can be used simultaneously for a
total of 24 GEQs if needed.
All inputs and outputs are equipped with delay
The M-480 is equipped with delay on all input channels and output
busses. Problems with sound delay in a concert venue or broadcast
application can be solved using the internal processor. Delay time is
adjustable up to 400msec, and is selectable in both time and distance
units between msec/feet/meters / frames. It also features a high
performance graphical real time analyzer for precise and focused sound
Remote control and offline setup using a PC
The M-480 can be controlled remotely by connecting an PC via USB. The
M-480RCS control software has the same user interface as the built-in
display. The M-480RCS can also be used when the M-480 is not connected
allowing offline setup and configuring of the system before an event.
Setup data can then be copied to a USB flash drive ready to load into
the console at the venue. Using a connected PC and a wireless LAN, a
tablet device can control the M-480 from a remote location like the
stage or a seat in the audience.
Three live recording options
The M-480 supports live multi-channel recording. Simply connect the
R-1000 with Cat5e/6 cables to easily record (or playback) up to 48
channels of 24 bit audio.
Uncompressed BWF file data is stored on a removable SSD or HDD where it
can be edited later in the studio with a DAW of choice. By using
Cakewalk SONAR Producer software*, up to 40 channels can be recorded
directly by simply connecting a single REAC cable to a PC. In addition,
the built-in USB memory recorder can record a stereo output signal from
the M-480 as an
uncompressed WAV file. The USB memory recorder also supports WAV file
playback for convenient playback of music and announcements.
* REAC driver kit is required to record using Cakewalk SONAR directly.
Support and management of multiple M-48 Live Personal Mixers for the ultimate in monitoring environments
For the performing musician wanting the best possible sound
quality and ﬂexibility in their individual stage mix, the M-48 Live
offers control over 40 audio sources that can be easily managed in 16
assignable stereo groups. Conﬁgurations are straightforward with the
ability to control, save and recall all connected M-48s from an M-480,
M-400, M-380 or M-300 V-Mixer allowing the FOH engineer to assist in
setup and mixing. The use of IEMs (In-Ear Monitors) dramatically reduces
the amount of sound picked up by stage microphones. It also eliminates
feedback while providing superb sound quality for both live performance