Roland Systems Group M-200i28 November 2012
What is it? A compact 32-channel, iPad-controlled V-Mixer offering solutions for live sound mixing with digital snakes and integrated playback/recording. Details The M-200i console combines 32-channel architecture with 17 motorised faders, eight auxiliaries, four matrixes, eight DCA’s, 24 physical inputs and 14 outputs (expandable to 64 x 54). In addition to the onboard inputs, the M-200i can mix in audio sources from the USB port (flash key). The iPad app is fully functional across all key aspects of the mixing and control parameters. In addition to the usual preamp control, pan, high-pass filters and PEQ and GEQ control, it also offers storage and recall of scenes, compression and gate adjustment, fader sends, fx editing, input/output patching/naming plus a broad range of other controls all of which can be adjusted from any location in the room. Without an iPad, the console is fully controllable via a built-in LCD screen along with buttons to navigate through the mixing parameters. The system is wirelessly connected using a router plugged into the LAN port on the M-200i or the Roland Wireless Connect adapter (WNA1100-RL) plugged into a USB port. It’s also possible to connect an iPad using a multi-pin cable which simultaneously provides charge the iPad. A ‘touch and turn’ feature – described by Roland as “very intuitive” – allows users to touch any parameter on the iPad then precisely control it with a physical knob on the console. The M-200i also includes a Roland Ethernet Audio Communication (REAC) port offering expandability options including multi-channel playback/recording, additional remote physical inputs and personal mixing. The REAC port can expand the number of physical inputs by connecting one of the popular digital snake heads – such as the S-1608 16-input, 8-output box – via a single, inexpensive Cat5e/6 cable. And another thing… The REAC port can also be used for live multi-channel recording using Cakewalk’s Sonar Producer.