Martin Introduces M1 Next Generation Lighting Controller
Posted on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
M1 is the next generation lighting controller from Martin Professional. With the full power of a larger desk and the agility of a smaller one, the M1 is an all-in-one lighting control unit.
Following the philosophy and simplicity of Martin’s current controller platform, the Martin M1 is a powerful yet compact and affordable full-featured lighting console.
Designed from the ground up to deliver the highest ratio of features versus price on the market, the M1 fits the bill in today’s tight, ROI-conscious economy.
Quality tested and reliably stable, the M1 is the result of over a decade of console development at Martin. It is built using the best components on the market and is made to endure the toughness of rental and touring.
The Martin M1 is equipped with a fast dual-core processor that makes operation extremely snappy. The dual core processor ensures that the user-interface remains fast and responsive, even if hundreds of playbacks and effects are activated simultaneously. Utilizing a quick communication protocol, all user actions on the hardware surface are immediately translated to the output. This means that flashing buttons and moving faders have no perceivable delay.
The M1 has been designed with a single philosophy in mind – simplicity. The surface is clean and easy to navigate with fewer buttons and options to overwhelm the user. By avoiding sub-menus, hidden functions, multi-functions per button, shift keys and other counter-productive methods, the M1 displays all needed information through a series of contextual windows. No longer must the user remember where a function is hidden or complex key combinations.
A comfortable, low profile design with proper spacing between faders and buttons insures operator accuracy. The M1 design achieves a perfect balance of buttons, faders and encoder wheels. It can easily be moved by a single person and is light enough to be checked in as luggage at the airport.
The M1 control surface is designed to feel right from day one. The keypad section has been kept the same as previous Martin consoles in order to facilitate migration from one console to another. To control fixture parameters, the M1 offers different options; 4 encoders, touch screen, trackball or direct value entry via the keypad. This allows the most laborious programming task to be done accurately, quickly and efficiently even for the most detailed devices like media servers and LED fixtures.
For live event situations where programming time is often a luxury, the M1 comes with 46 direct access surface playbacks and hundreds more through the touch screen. The 46 playbacks on the surface are divided into three sections – Playback, Submaster and User keys.
The main Playback section offers 10 x 60mm fader playbacks equipped with four buttons. Each of the buttons can be assigned to a long list of functionalities such as Go, Flash+Go, Pause, Release, etc. The M1 offers 100 banks of 10 playbacks.
The Submaster section offers 24 additional playbacks, 12 with 40mm faders and flash buttons and 12 with flash buttons only. Up to 100 banks of 24 playbacks, submasters, overrides or inhibitives can be assigned and controlled simultaneously.
The same cuelist can be assigned to several playback or submaster faders and each assignment can have its own set of options. This allows, for example, for mapping of a cuelist over two or more submaster buttons. In addition to their multi-purpose functions, the 12 user keys can be used to control cuelists.
The M1 comes equipped with a high resolution 16:9 touch screen, delivering crisp and bright views suitable in any outdoor condition. The screen is mounted on a flip-hinge system that can be adjusted to be completely in line with the surface angle of the M1 so the screen is never in the way when programming. The screen design has been thoroughly tested, is long lasting and solid. Additionally, the M1 is equipped with an external monitor connection via VGA or DVI with a top resolution of 3840 x 1024. Using a Matrox TrippleHead2Go, the number of external screens can be extended by three.
The M1 can be remotely controlled via tools that are available at no extra cost such as the iPhone MaxRemote, a native iPhone application that allows quick access to most programming functions of the system, and Maxxyz Manager which offers Internet, Serial and Telnet remote options as well as scheduled operation via calendar and time-of-day rules.
The M1 has no functional network restrictions and can be fully integrated with other Martin consoles and Martin Maxedia media servers. It supports the CITP thumbnail protocol for media servers and is also part of the MaxNet protocol. The networking system allows tracking backup between consoles and remote access with the iPhone application. MaxNet is Martin’s proprietary protocol suite that is currently being rolled out into other parts of the system. It will allow advanced network functions like multi-user support and time accurate playback synchronization across video and lighting devices.
The M1’s user interface and structure allows for video and lighting integration with unmatched simplicity. Using CITP protocol, the M1 can display all video and cue content through a series of thumbnails. This simplifies the process of choosing content to display on video screens.