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Roland M-480 V-Mixer

48-channel V-Mixer with main LCR outputs, 16 aux busses, 8 matrices

Roland M-480
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The New Flagship Console of the V-Mixing System

With superb sound quality, powerful functions, expandability and intuitive operation, the Roland M-480 V-Mixer introduces new possibilities to the world of live mixing. The M-480 boasts a powerful new mixing engine, providing a premium console choice- and it's the first V-Mixer to support a cascade connection that enables 96 channels of mixing by connecting a second unit. But the M-480 is more than a console; it is the heart of a V-Mixing System with perfectly integrated Digital Snakes, Personal Mixing and Multi-Channel Recording solutions. Supporting live events, mobile production, broadcasting, and sound installation-- the V-Mixing System with the V-Mixer at its heart provides the next level of innovation for any live mixing venue.

Roland M-480 Features:
  • 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns
  • Main LCR outputs, 16 AUX buses, 8 matrices
  • 4-band fully parametric EQ, gate/compressor on all channels
  • All input and output channels equipped with delay
  • 6 built-in multi-effects and 12 graphic EQs
  • Cascade capability supports large format applications
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.185 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 busses. A mixing environment equivalent to a large format console can be created within a minimal footprint and budget.

Configure a system for any venue or application

It's not simply a digital version of an analog console. The V-Mixing System is the next generation mixing ecosystem that exploits the advantages of digital technology. It separates mixing (V-Mixer) from the input/output section (Digital Snake) enabling pure sound, minimal loss of transmission with very flexible system configuration and setup. It allows effortless add-ons for monitoring solutions (M-48 Personal Mixer) as well as multi-channel live recording (SONAR REAC Recording System and R-1000 48-Track Recorder/Player). The V-Mixing System encompasses the entire live sound process expanding the possibilities far beyond a mixing console.

High quality sound is obtained with ease and flexibility REAC - advanced audio transfer technology

REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) technology is the cornerstone of the V-Mixing System. REAC is Rolands original technology for low latency, high quality digital audio transfer. REAC is an Ethernet based technology that enables multiple components to be easily integrated using lightweight Cat5e/6 cable. With just a single inexpensive cable, 40 x 40 channels of 24-bit uncompressed audio data (including level and control information) are transferred.

Multiple analog cables were used to transmit data at low gain levels, which caused problems such as unwanted noise, sound quality deterioration, and crosstalk between channels. With REAC, these problems have been eliminated because the pre-amp gain is set before the data is transmitted digitally. REAC is the audio transmission technology over Ethernet cable that provides high quality sound with the bonus of convenient setup.

Powerful mixing capacity with Cascade support

The capacity of 48 mixing channels, 6 stereo returns, main LCR outputs, 16 AUX buses, and 8 matrices supports any venue or application. The cascade connection enables two M-480s to be linked allowing up to 96 mixing channels. 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.

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 adjustment.

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 cable to easily record (or playback) up to 48channels 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.
Specifications for the Roland M-480
Mixing Channels INPUT: 48 channels, 6 stereo returns
OUTPUT: 10 ports (Max 90 ports When using REAC devices)
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit/48.0 kHz or 44.1 kHz
Network Latency 2.8 mS (typ.)
*Total System Latency of audio signal from S-1608 inputs to outputs via M-480's REAC ports (A or B).
*Sample Rate: 48.0 kHz
*Effects : No insert effects
CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8) XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)
TALKBACK MIC IN jack XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)
STEREO IN jacks (L / R) RCA phono type
CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8) XLR-3-32 type (balanced)
PHONES jack Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
DIGITAL OUT jacks Stereo Optical type, Coaxial type
REAC Ports RJ-45 EtherCon type
USB connectors USB Type A and Type B
Remote Controls RS-232C connector: 9-pin D-sub type, MIDI connectors
(OUT/THRU, IN): 5-pin DIN type
Other Connectors GND Terminal, LAMP connector XLR-4-31 type
Frequency Response CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -2 dB / +0 dB (20 k ohms load, +4 dBu,typ.)
PHONES jack: -3 dB / +0 dB (40 ohms load, 150 mW, typ.)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 0.05 % (+4 dBu, typ.)
PHONES jack: 0.05 % (typ., 40 ohms load, 150 mW, typ.)
Dynamic Range CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 110 dB (typ.)
Crosstalk@ 1 kHz CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -80 dB (Pad: ON, Input gain: +10 dBu, typ.)
CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -100 dB (typ.)
Nominal Input Level (Variable) CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -65 to -10 dBu (Pad: OFF) or -45 to +10 dBu (Pad: ON), (typ.)
STEREO IN jacks (L / R): -18 to 0 dBu TALKBACK MIC IN jack: -50 to -10 dBu
Input Impedance CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): 14 k ohms STEREO IN jacks (L / R): 10 k ohms
TALKBACK MIC IN jack: 41 K ohms
Non Clip Maximum Input level CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): +8 dBu (Pad: OFF) or +28 dBu (Pad: ON),(typ.)
STEREO IN jacks (L / R): +18 dBu (typ.)
TALKBACK MIC IN jack: +8 dBu (typ.)
Nominal Output Level CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +4 dBu (Load impedance: 10 kohms, typ.)
Output Impedance CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 600 ohms
PHONES jack: 100 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 10 k ohms or greater
PHONES jack: 8 ohms or greater
Non Clip Maximum Output level CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +22 dBu (1 kHz, 10 k ohms load, typ.)
PHONES jack: 150 mW + 150 mW (1 kHz, 40 ohms load, typ.)
Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.) -88 dBu (All faders: Min)
Equivalent Input Noise Level (E.I.N.) -126 dBu
Display 800 x 480 dots Wide VGA backlit TFT color screen
Power Supply AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption 95 W
Size and Weight
749 mm 29-1/2 inches
614 mm 24-3/16 inches
230 mm 9-1/16 inches
20.0 kg 44 lbs. 2 oz.

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