What if you took the award winning Roland RSS V-mix M-400…
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We also got to preview
the new Version 2.0 software for the M-400 console.
This is the second major feature upgrade for the
system since it was first introduced less than a
year ago. The new upgrade adds an onboard real time
audio analyzer, parametric EQs and 6 new effect
engines plus more advancements to the work flow. We
were told to expect the software to be available by
next week and we will be contacting all of our
V-Mix customers for appointments for this free
upgrade. It’s exciting to see the rapid growth of
this digital platform and announcements of more
products in the system later in the year.
It was also announced
that Cakewalk Software is now a completely owned
subsidiary of Roland and the newest version of
their Sonar 8 REAC recording system for the V-Mix
is shipping and has come down in price. Also
Cakewalk has introduced a comprehensive new
hardware DAW interface called the V-Studio 700.
Striving to create an
ideal music production environment, Cakewalk and
Roland have built the ultimate DAW system
integrated with high-end tools. The SONAR V-STUDIO
700 offers the “tactile feel” of working in a
traditional studio, but in a way that takes
advantage of everything modern technology has to
offer. The system represents the best that software
and hardware have to offer with amazing control,
integration, and sound quality.
Call us for details today.
The M-48 enables control of up to 40 audio channels via 16 stereo groups. No longer do you have to share the same sources and in the same order as everyone else. Each musician can choose what he or she wants to listen to - a truly personal mix.
Professional Sound Control and Quality
Sweeten your monitor mix to your exact preferences with volume, pan, 3-band EQ and built-in reverb per group —all instantly adjustable by convenient encoder knobs. A Limiter is incorporated for protecting your ears from sudden and dangerous volume spikes. Based on REAC, the all-digital connection results in a low noise floor, improved musicality and crystal clear sound.
The LED indicators on the control knobs enable instant adjustment and visual confirmation at a glance, even on a dark stage. The built-in ambient mic aids in communicating with other musicians without have to remove your IEMs or headphones as well as enabling a stage/room feel if desired. The AUX Input allows a metronome or other device to be mixed into the primary sound.
Our newly developed "REAC Embedded Power" transfers both power and 40 channels of audio to the M-48 via a single CAT5e cable —dramatically simplifying wiring and stage layouts. Mini jack and 1/4 inch phone jack headphone outputs are provided. Balanced TRS line outputs support wedge or other types of powered monitors. An independent stereo output mini jack enables recording with superb sound quality.
REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) is Roland's original technology for low latency, high quality digital audio transfer. Products using REAC technology are installed today in many venues and have been used for high profile events worldwide. REAC's 24-bit, 40x40 channel protocol delivers pristine digital audio via lightweight, inexpensive and easy to install cable (Cat5e). REAC technology is immune to externally induced signal quality degradation or hums and buzzes typically found in analog systems. You have more freedom in cable placement resulting in lower cost and better sounding installations.
With the M-400 Live Mixing Console you can setup, maintain and control 40 channels of monitor output to each M-48 connected to the system. The M-400 is equipped with all the remote management software, memory recall, etc. providing a simple and flexible setup.* Version 2.0 (M-400) or higher is required when using the M-48.
Control the volume, pan and EQ of all channels.
Channel assignment for up to 16 stereo groups is set using a simple matrix.
Connect to an existing Analog/Digital ConsoleWith your existing console, connect the M-48 along with the S-1608 (16 channel) or the S-4000S (40 channel) Digital Snake to utilize the complete system. The next generation of digital monitoring can be incorporated along with your existing system.
* Version 2.1 (S-4000S series) / version 2.0 (S-1608) or higher is required when using the M-48.
Setup and Manage the M-48 on your PC
M-48's can be setup and controlled on your PC when using with an existing console. Simply connect to the serial port on the S-1608 or S-4000S series Digital Snakes.
The M-48 can be attached to a microphone stand by using the mounting bracket. The mount is designed with a headphone hanger and accessory tray for your pencil or portable recorder. The optional APC-33 mounting bracket can be used when you need to mount the M-48 to the middle of a music or mic stand.
Now Shipping on all new Roland RSS M-400 Systems
Roland didn’t just stop with the new M-48 Personal Mixing System they have also released Version 2.0 software for the V-Mix M-400. Seriously - forget about the Yamaha M7 and LS9. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
New Version 2.0 Features:
Support for LCR Sound Systems
The LCR (Left-Center-Right) mode is now supported as a direct response to customer requests. Simply enable the LCR mode in the system conﬁguration to activate this feature.
Support for Personal Mixing and Monitoring
The M-400 can be used to setup, conﬁgure and control multiple REAC-enabled M-48 Live Personal Mixers. The M-48 represents a breakthrough in professional personal monitoring and mixing.
Six Newly Added Vintage Effects
Access some of Roland’s legendary vintage effects within the M-400. Original sounds used by engineers the world-over extends the range of live expression.
GEQs can now be switched to PEQs
Any existing 31-band Graphic EQ can now be switched to an 8-band Parametric EQ. The Real Time Analyzer enables a quick look and instant adjustment of the acoustic characteristics of a venue.
Six Newly Vintage Added Effects
Space Echo - RE-201
The world’s standard in tape echo effect -“RE-201”. Spring Echo is also emulated perfectly.
Stereo Flange - SBF-325
Employs 3 Flangers and 1 Chorus. Supports Stereo Inputs.
Dimension D - SDD-320
The studio standard - Dimension. Also supports multi-button mode.
Digital Delay - SDE-3000
The standard Digital Delay of sound reinforcement and recording. Can be used by two channels for dual mono effect.
Phase Shifter - SPH-323
Dual channel Phaser employs LFO.Also possible to link two units modulation.
Digital Reverb - SRV-2000
The standard in Digital Reverb with a accurately modelled EQ character.
Don’t feel left
out if you already own V. 1
It’s a simple software upgrade for existing M-400 owners.
So how much does all of this new goodness cost?
NOTHING - IT’S FREE
Call CareySound for details.
Here are more pictures from the MIDAS PRO6 rollout on Friday and Saturday.
Club Myth was the setting for the rollout.
“Mr. Midas” Matt Larson knows how to host a coming out party.
Celebrity guest engineer and endorser Howie Linderman.
Invited guests taking notes and placing orders.
Hands on breakout room three.
Club VIP boxes.
All hands on desk.
Day two training at BOSH headquarters.
Bosch Academy Central.
Private instruction room one.
Private instruction room two.
Forbidden picture of the answer man Ethan Wetzell in his lair.
- Dual “Daylight Visible” Screens with 3-way KVM switch
- XL8-Style “Fast Zones”
- XL8-Style Dual Operator “Channel Strips”
- 10 VCAs
- 6 POPulation Groups
- Configurable “Area B”
- 16 Input Faders
- Up to 80 simultaneous mix channels
- 16 Group/Aux & 16 Matrix - 32 Mixes in “monitor” mode
- Surround panning including LCRS, Quad and 5.1
- Dual-Redundant Linux Control Computers
- Dual-Redundant HyperMac (192x192) digital snake included
- 8 Fully-assignable FX engines – with new FX options
- Up to 36 KT Graphic EQs - with optional DN9331 Rapide control
- 3 AES50 Ports on the Control Centre for I/O expansion and XL8 connectivity
- 24 Configurable inputs on the Control Centre *
- 24 Configurable outputs on the Control Centre *
- Three year factory warranty
Weight and Dimensions
Control Centre - 1365mm x 924mm
Weight - 95Kg / 209.4lbs **
DL371 - 7U, 22Kgs / 48.5lbs **
DL351 - 7U, 27Kgs / 59.5lbs **
Sorry all of you Yamaha
PM1D - 5D, Digidesign, DiGiCo owners. The new MIDAS
PRO 6 systems only peer is the MIDAS XL8. It has no
competition. And for all of you that haven’t
already taken the digital plunge you would be
insane to consider anything else. Oh yah, and did I
mention the price? The word aggressive doesn’t even
adequately describe the price. If you have enough
money to buy a MIDAS Heritage 3000 you can afford
You can’t afford not to own this system because your competitor has already placed their order. CareySound is now taking orders. Call us NOW.
It seems like only
yesterday, not 2½ years, that MIDAS introduced the
revolutionary new XL8 digital system to the world.
In that time the XL8 has become the gold standard
that all large format live audio digital systems
aspire to. Now MIDAS is poised to introduce Act II.
It promises to bring all of the digital goodness of
the XL8 to us mere mortals. I’m off once again off
to roll-out next week, this time in Minnesota.
Stay tuned for more details.
In the interest of fairness, I must disclose a few things before I get started… One: I’ve known Ken for a long time and worked for him for a few years. Two: I hopped on the digital bandwagon quite a few years ago and cannot remember the last BIG show I mixed on an analog console. Three: I am a geek, not just an average gek, but a dyed in the wool, pure audio junky geek; I’m always looking for the newest, best, coolest audio gadget, from mics to mixers, I love it all. Four: I am not getting paid for this, but Ken did buy me dinner after I volunteered to help with a show. Finally, I stand by what I say, if you have questions or concerns about anything I write in here, I will be happy to discuss them in open dialog.
When I found out that Roland was making a Mixer for the snake, immediately I became very interested. This has some potential. I wasn’t too surprised to see Roland Boxes at Carey Sound, as I mentioned before, I am a geek, geeks know geeks, and Ken is a geek too. The problem is I KNOW Ken, he may be a geek, but he has his standards. First of all, the road case was not purple and it did not contain a product made in the UK. Second, It was digital, and did not have a touch screen. Somehow I did not see a match, especially after hearing some of Ken’s early digital experiences. So when I was told how cool it was, and how good it worked and how well it sounded and how many had already been installed, I knew it was time to take a closer look.
Mixing a symphony is one of my favorite things to do, but it was not what I was expecting to do that night. In these situations, there is no sound check, it’s usually hand on and GO! So I did. And what a ride it was. Granted, I’ve had quite a bit of digital mixing experience, but not on this console, although
About the author-- Rick Earl, a self described audio junky geek, prior to his tenure as HE for CareySound Productions in the 90’s, worked as FOH engineer for national recording artists Firehouse. He left us for a FOH position with Millie Jackson and then spent some time with SE Systems before landing a job with Guilford Tech as a teacher and then to his current position as Technical Director for Cultural and Special Programs at Elon University in Burlington.
Their quest was to build a system that would have up-time that is as good as their analogue gear. Who can count all of the times they have had to recover their crashed computer much less their fancy new digital console toy. MIDAS decided that if their system was to be used for live audio, IT HAS TO WORK. There are no do-overs in live audio. Thats one tall order.
So they rolled up their collective sleeves and built a monster. Now they had to put it to the test. They gathered up 10 eager volunteers to gang up on the system all at once. Let's see, that's ten engineers times two hands each for a total of twenty hands all groping and grabbing everything they could put their hands on - live - real time - and guess what happened - the system didn't hiccup even once. As The Rock says, "Just Bring It!" Or as his defeated opponent says,"Submission!"
The XL8 not only has enough horsepower to take everything to the max, but room to spare at an amazing super-computer 48 GigaFlops (Gflop). For those of you that never were good at math thats 48,000 BILLION mathematical calculations per second. And as if that wasn't enough, the system is scalable.
Ok, I have to go take a break and catch my breath. More very soon. Stay tuned! DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!
I've been informed that (how do they say it - from a well placed inside source) only 18 desks were scheduled to be built this year. This represents world wide distribution. I am personally aware of three consoles that are already sold and I predict that the entire first year production schedule will be gone before the end of the show in Germany. Rumor has it that Metalica is scheduled to use the console in an upcoming show and that Paul McCartney's engineer has already placed an order for one at the show. I think it's safe to say that the new system already has achieved legend status. I expect the XL8 will be on allocation very quickly. The XL8 at the show is a preproduction model and final production systems are not even scheduled to start shipping until late May at the earliest.
The first question on most peoples minds is HOW MUCH? Pricing has not been finalized but I think it is safe say that it's not cheep. Since this is a mixing system rather that a mixing console there are many pieces to the system that must be considered in the final price. All you need to add to make an entire audio system is microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers.
The US introduction tour is being put together as we speak and we will let you know when it is coming to Greensboro.
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The MIDAS XL8 was unveiled today at the Frankfurt Music Messe trade show in Germany. This is not a new mixing console; it is a new mixing system. There are many elements to this, of which the control surface is but one. The XL8 live performance system consists of a control surface and a number of 19” rack modules, inter-connected by a networked data system. The network carries both proprietary control data and open architecture AES50 digital audio, and uses readily available standard CAT5, CAT6 and fiber-optic cabling and connectors.
Here are a few tidbits:
The XL8’s total DSP
processing power is 48 GigaFlops (Gflop)
That is 48,000 billion mathematical calculations per second
We believe this is the most powerful audio processor in the world
There are EIGHTEEN other high performance control processors in the XL8
More than 200 Mbytes of software has been written for the XL8
The XL8 is the worlds’ most powerful and flexible audio processing system. It is a complete solution for any audio mixing and signal distribution application in a live sound environment.
The first XL8 in the US is scheduled to be installed right here in Greensboro, NC at Westover Church in their new sanctuary in the next couple of months.
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After years of research
and development MIDAS once again sets the standard
for live audio mixing and announces their new
digital mixing system the new XL8. We've been dying
to reveal details on this monumental project and we
are finally allowed to talk about and take orders
on this new mixing system.
A new standard for live mixing.
[Revolutionary - rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y adv. adj : markedly new or introducing radical change;]
The XL8 live performance system is truly revolutionary and heralds Midas’ entry into the digital mixing realm. However, this is not merely another digital mixing console. XL8 offers an incomparable design combining exemplary sound quality, flexibility and reliability with an ease and familiarity of use unrivalled by other digital control surfaces. XL8 is the first of a new generation of open-architecture, cross-platform, integrated audio control and distribution systems, which brings control of not only audio, but other aspects of a live performance to a single, intuitive control centre.
As well as offering classic Midas audio quality and superb reliability, XL8 actually improves upon the performance of the analogue consoles, which have established Midas as the number one choice of sound engineers the world over. XL8 represents a new generation of networked systems, requiring only mics, amps and speakers to provide a complete audio system.
The XL8’s open architecture ensures that both third-party hardware and software, including “plug-ins” can be easily integrated into the system. The very latest in high-speed networking technology ensures that XL8 will conform to all the classic Midas brand values of sound quality, reliability and longevity; it will not be obsolete in a few years.
- Failure-tolerant of any single failure of hardware or software
- Proven, stable, Linux operating system
- Dual redundant master control processors
- Five individual bay control processors
- 24/7 global telephone support
- Midas customer service and support centers World Wide
- Three year factory warranty
- Rugged design, tolerant of physical abuse
You will find the official product brochure in our Tech Download section to the right.