The all-in-one control solution!
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What is M1tm?
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, it
is a state-of-the-art all-in-one lighting desk.
Following the philosophy and simplicity of our
current controller platform, the Martin M1 sets
a new standard as the most powerful and
affordable full-featured lighting console on the
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Why do you need it?
M1 is the answer to today's market demands for a
fully integrated controller that is compact and
affordable without compromising on features.
M1 contains all the elements to control any type
of lighting system in just about any situation.
Utilizing its integrated foldable touchscreen and
multiple playback areas, Martin M1 offers
powerful features and unmatched ease of access
to the lighting system.
M1 offers everything ready to go out of the box.
Just plug it in and you‟re up and programming in
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What is so special…?
Martin M1 is the new Martin console
everyone has been waiting for
Fully integrated control solution in smaller a form
High resolution touchscreen in 16:9 format
Folding built-in display
Lightweight and solid construction
Powerful software with unmatched ease of operation
High quality components for tactile access
Multiple playback systems
Multiple external display
6144 parameters
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Key features
Digital LCD buttons for direct parameter access
Multiple wing attachment (MaxModules)
4x DMX Universe direct from the console
Up to 12 Universe with optional license
Maxxyz Manager for calendar schedules
Customizable Graphical User Interface
Powerful effects engine
1000 cuelists with fader control
1000 cuelists with playback control buttons
Parallel execution of multiple cuelists
Submaster, Groupmaster and Override functionality
Fanning functionality on Parameter and time
On-the-fly global timing adjustments
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The M1 is the result of over a decade of
console development at Martin. The M1 has
been developed with one goal in mind; to
build the most affordable lighting console
with the most value on the market.
In our quest to find the right balance
between features and cost, every aspect of
the M1 design has been considered. The
result is the perfect console for today‟s wide
range of applications, from rental to
permanent installations.
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All Martin M1 components are industrial grade and
made to endure the toughness of rental and
Assembly quality, thorough testing, and software
stability are all aspects that make the M1 the right
Not all consoles are created equal; the choice of
components is extremely important and the M1 is
built with the best components on the market.
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The Martin M1 is equipped with a fast dual-core
processor, making operation snappy and fun. The
dual core processor ensures that the user interface
remains fast and responsive even if dozens
playbacks and effects are activated
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, something very
important in today‟s dynamic lighting approach.
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Ease of use
The Martin M1 is the easiest lighting desk you will
ever learn. Why? Because the Martin M1 has been
designed from the ground up 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, the Martin M1 displays all needed information
through a series of contextual windows.
No longer must the user remember where this or
that function is hidden or complex key
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One of the major aspects of the Martin M1 design is
ergonomics. A new, comfortable, low profile design
with proper spacing between faders and buttons
insures operator accuracy.
Too often smaller lighting desk designs have too many
buttons that are too close to each other. The result is a
bad compromise that is inefficient to operate.
After dozens of layout studies, the final Martin M1
design achieves a perfect balance of buttons, faders
and encoder wheels.
Lifting and transporting the Martin M1 was also a
consideration. Because it is light weight, it can easily
be moved by a single person and is light enough to be
checked in as luggage at the airport.
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Lighting is about contrast…
With experience we have learned the importance of
contrast on the user surface. It take a certain amount of
time for eyes to adapt to the lighting condition.
In a typical event the stage is often very bright while the
control booth is very dark. In such conditions a black
surface and black buttons don‟t work well together. Even
backlit keys can cause sight issues in such a dark
Further more, a black surface attracts heat from the sun in
outdoor conditions. And lets not forget that on black
surfaces dust always shows and it never looks clean.
A white surface? well what to say… it is just not cool ;-)
Any color as long as it‟s gray…
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Adding Universes
The M1 comes standard with 4 DMX universes which is
normally enough to cover 80% of today's demand for
this target usage.
If more DMX channels are needed through Artnet,
additional pack of 4 DMX universes can be enabled by
purchasing an optional activation license code. This
license can be purchase directly online by the end-user.
Once enabled the M1 will carry this license for its lifetime. Up to two additional packs of 4 universes can be
added to a single M1 for a total of 12 universes or 6144
Another way to enable additional universes is to use Martin DMX
devices such as the Ether2DMX8 or MaxModules. The
Ether2DMX8 will automatically increase the number of universes
to 12 While each MaxModules will add two more universes for a
maximum of 12 DMX universes.
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M1 options
License for
additional 4
DMX universes
P/N 39808013
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Optional MIDI
port module
P/N 91613038
Desk Lamp
P/N 91613037
Marketing material
M1 video
On YouTube Click here
Download Hi-res Click Here
(36 megs, it can take several minutes to start)
M1 Facebook page Click here
Maxxyz page on Facebook Click here
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M1 vs Maxxyz Compact comparison
Maxxyz Compact
Martin M1
Maxxyz Compact
Martin M1
Pentium M (1.86)
Intel Core2
Playback Faders
10 motorized
10 x 60mm non Motorized
Hard Drive
1x 80GB SATA 7200rpm
Playback LCD
10 high res
1x 80GB SATA 7200rpm
Playback Buttons
Go, Pause, Flash
Internal Screen
Go, Pause, Flash, Select
1x Touch 800x600
1x Touch widescreen 1280x800
Playback Submaster Faders
12 x 40mm faders
Flip Screen
Playback Submaster Buttons
24 x tact-switch
External Screen
1x VGA max 1920X1200
1x VGA or 1x DVI max 3880x1024
Main GO
Go, Pause, Snap, Release
Go, Pause, Snap, Release
Artnet Connection
1x RJ45
1x RJ45
Grandmaster + Bump
Remote Connection
1x RJ45
1x RJ45
USB Connections
4x USB 2.0
8x USB2.0
DMX512 Out
DMX512 In
Wing/Module RJ45
In/Out/Thru (optional)
Artnet Support
32 Universes
6144 with additional licenses
1x XLR, 1x BNC
External (optional)
Timecode Support
2x XLR in, 2x XLR out
3.5mm in/out
RDM Support
Numerical Keypad
19 keys
19 keys
Command Buttons
2048 Channels basic
5x LCD Banks
1x CV , 1x Playback (high res)
1x CV , 1x Playback (high res)
Digital Encoders
6x P&G Digibelts
4x Rotary Encoder
Encoder LED feedback Full row
Single LED
Direct Access Buttons 4
Integrated into Encoder
XLR 5M-3F adapters
Function Keys
5x LCD
12 X user keys
Misc Operation keys
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Making the right choices
M1 or Maxxyz Compact?
It depends on the type of application the console would mainly be used in. We put
together some key points for both consoles to help you make that choice.
Why choosing a M1?
More faders
Flip screen
Higher resolution screen
More external monitor support
4 Encoder wheels
12 user keys
Flash Master
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Why choosing a Maxxyz
•Motorized faders
•LCD buttons on playback
•LCD Button on Bank
•Physical integration with MaxFrame
•32 universes
•6 Encoder Belt with LEDS
•LCD User keys
•Built-in desk light
•Built-in sliding keyboard
•Built-in timecode
•Standard MIDI
Dimensions - Open
Width: 828mm
Height Close: 182mm
Height Open: 388mm
Weight: 14.4 kg
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Dimensions - Close
Width: 828mm
Height Close: 182mm
Height Open: 388mm
Weight: 14.4 kg
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Length: 828mm
Width: 464mm
Height screen closed: 182mm
Height screen opened 388mm
Weight: 14.4kg
Control and Programming
Protocol: DMX512 DMX512A (RDM), Artnet2
4 DMX universes, expandable to 12
2048 channels, expandable to 6144
No limit to number of DMX channels per fixture
Extensive fixture library for all known manufacturers
65000 presets for each group of functions (P/T, color, gobo,
Effect generator for automated programming of complex
Customizable highlight and lowlight function to identify
individual fixtures
Relative or absolute programming
Fan function for all channels (including timing parameters)
Windows XP embedded OS
OS install
On-the-fly global timing changes
Virtual cuelists
Wait, follow and link cues
HTP, LTP, chase, timecode, submaster and group master
playback functionality
Individual parameter timings
Intuitive patch feature
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Fixture type cloning
All channels with 16-bit resolution
Control/User Interface
Main playback
10 x 60 mm (2.4 in.) playback faders, each with four functionassignable buttons
Sub playback
24 playbacks
12 x 40 mm (1.6 in.) playback faders with one assignable
12 x single assignable buttons
Other controls
2 x scroll wheels for bank changes
12 x customizable multi-function keys
Playback Select button
Master Go section with Go, Pause, Snap and Release
4 x digital rotary encoders with push function and status LED
for fixture parameter control
5 x dynamically labeled digital LCD buttons for parameter
groups, effect parameters, fanning and global timings
Grand master fader and button
Blind/preview button
Customizable highlight/lowlight function
Customizable parameter defaults
Next/last fixtures/groups
Trackball with pan/tilt control switch
Left/right mouse button
Large command keys
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Assign a cue, cuelist or effect to any playback fader
100 playback banks, each containing 10 playbacks
100 sub playback banks, each containing 24 playbacks
100 pages of 100 playbacks activated by touchscreen button
No limit to cues per cuelist
Full 16-bit fading for high-resolution fixtures
Individual fade in/fade out times for all playbacks
Manual override available at all times
Live 0-1000% override of global cue timings
Live programmer timing (“Sneak”)
Cuelists can be executed in tracking or non-tracking mode
Industrial 13.1" TFT 16:9 touchscreen (1280 x 800 pixels)
Internal SATA 2.5” hard disk drive
Modular construction
Industrial motherboard with Intel processor
Integrated graphics
2 x dimmable XLR desk lamp connections
Installation by USB storage device
Show backup on hard disk or USB storage device (not
Support for ELO USB touch screens
4 x DMX universe outputs: 5-pin locking XLR
External monitor screen: VGA or DVI (up to 3 external
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Artnet for up to 12 DMX universes in total: RJ-45 (4 in basic, 8
purchase separately)
MaxNet controller link: RJ-45
2 x Maxxyz Module interfaces: RJ45 Ethercon
7 x storage media/hardware peripherals: USB 2.0
MIDI in/out/thru (MIDI show control, MIDI notes, MIDI
timecode): Optional
2 x desk lamps: XLR
AC power input: 3-pin IEC
AC power throughput: 3-pin IEC (6 A max.)
AC-Power: 90-264 V nominal, 50/60 Hz
Power supply unit: Full range switch-mode
Main fuses: 2AT (x2)
AC power throughput: Max. 6 A
Lamp output: 12V PWM (x2)
Amp: Max. 0.75 A
Watt: Max. 80 W
Included Items
1.5 m (4.9 ft.) power cable, 3-pin IEC
User documentation CD
Ordering Information
M1 ts Console
License for additional 4 DMX universes pack
Optional MIDI port module
Replacement Desk
12 programmable
Function or playback
16:9 high resolution
Industrial Touch screen
and bump
4 high resolution
digital encoders
with push function
High quality Trackball
for precise movement
and mouse cursor
Main Go section
Extended Playback Section
with freely programmable
12 x 40mm faders and 24
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Main Playback Section with
freely programmable
10 x 60mm faders and 40
Programming Section with Numerical
Keypad, Command Keys and 5 RGB
LCD buttons
Artnet Network
Power in/out
and switch
2 PS2
output for In/Out output for
4 XLR 5pin F DMX512 out ports (RDM compatible)
1 XLR 5pin M DMX512 in ports
2 EtherCon RJ45 USB Wing connections
1 DVI or VGA monitor output
6 MiniJack Audio in/out
2 RJ45 Network connections
2 PS2 Keyboard and mouse connections
1 DB-9 M RS-232
2 XLR 3pin 12 volt desk lamps
3 MIDI In/Out Thru ports (optional)
IEC Power in/out with switch
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12v desk
4 DMX out
1 DMX in
2 Expansion
Programming Section
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4 digital
with push
USB port
for desk
light or
Main Playback Section
10 X 60mm
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for Bank
Extended Playback Section
12 X
with single
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12 Single
for Bank
Spacing for
Main Go
Grand Master Section
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Main GO
Function Keys
12 Functions Keys,
freely assignable to
many console
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For additional direct
access, Playback can
also be assigned to
functions keys
Control surface
The M1 control surface is designed to feel right
from the first time it is used.
The keypad section has been kept the exact same
as previous Martin consoles in order to facilitate
the migration from one console to another.
To control fixture parameters, the M1 offers
different options; 4 encoders, touchscreen,
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.
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Playback and more!
In live event situations where programming time is often a
luxury, the Martin M1 comes with 46 direct access playbacks
from its surface and hundreds more through the touchscreen.
The 46 playbacks on the surface are divided into three sections
called Playback, Submaster and User keys.
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Playback section I
The main Playback section offers
10 x 60mm fader playbacks
equipped with 4 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
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, mapping of a
cuelist over two or more
submaster buttons.
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Playback section II
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, 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, mapping of a cuelist
over two or more submaster buttons.
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User keys as Playback
In addition to their multi-purpose functions, the 12 user keys
can also be used to control cuelist.
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Video touch screen
The Martin M1-ts comes equipped with a high
resolution 16:9 touchscreen, delivering crisp and
bright views suitable in any outdoor light 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.
Folding it down onto the surface provides protection
from damage and also hides it from unauthorized
The screen design has been thoroughly tested, is
long lasting and solid.
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External Video touch screen setup
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. With up to four touch screens possible, the
M1 will satisfy even the most screen savvy console operator.
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Universe expansion
2048 DMX isn‟t enough? No problem. The Martin
M1 can be upgraded to generate up to 6144 DMX
channels (or 12 universes). There are two ways to
add more DMX universes to the M1.
First, it is possible to purchase a 4 Universe license
package (more information at
The additional universes will then be available
through Artnet network protocol or the Martin
Universal USB to DMX device.
It is also possible to enable the universes by using
certain Martin products. Connect any MaxModule
to the M1 to enable two additional universes or
use the Ether2DMX8 to enable eight additional
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Hands-on expansion
The M1 control surface can easily be expanded through Martin‟s
MaxModules. The Button, Playback and Submaster MaxModules
can be connected to an M1 to give even more direct access to
playback, fixture selection, groups, presets, etc. It is up to the
user to select the most efficient playback surface for his show.
Additionally, the MaxModule Cerebrum can act as a backup unit
for the M1.
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Remote control
The Martin M1 console can be remotely controlled
via various tools that are available at no extra
First, there is the iPhone MaxRemote, a native
iPhone application that allows quick access to most
programming functions of the system. The iPhone
remote is a true application and not a remote view
of the console screen.
Secondly, there is Maxxyz Manager which offers
Internet, Serial and Telnet remote options as well
as scheduled operation via calendar and time-ofday rules.
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M1 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.
Currently 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.
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The Martin M1 console offers a similar set of
features that you find in much larger and
much more expensive consoles. What makes
the M1 software different is the intuitive user
interface it provides in a very affordable
The M1 software is a no nonsense design.
Simple windows and menus are all designed
to be used with a touchscreen or mouse, and
access to anything is rarely more than one
or two clicks away.
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Bring together lighting and video
The Martin M1 user interface and structure allows for video and lighting
integration with unmatched simplicity. The convergence of video and
lighting is a reality no one can escape; it is part of large and small
Traditional “moving light” desks were never optimized to handle media
servers properly. Using CITP protocol, the Martin 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.
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Parameters control
One of the first features any new user will notice is
how well layout is the device parameters in the
Each device definition contains all needed
information to properly show the parameters using
a contextual approach.
Values are represented in their best way to be
readable and understandable by the user.
All fixture libraries are designed with attention to
detail and all functions possible are mapped out in
a fast accessible system with multiple control
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Color control
Color Control
A generic color picker and access to multiple
libraries from LEE, Rosco and GAM with hundreds
of choices makes finding the right color a breeze.
No longer is the color a combination of DMX
values. Quick access through the M1 color
browser helps to find just the right one.
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Fixture library and patch
The M1 comes with an extensive fixture
library that covers all major manufacturers
as well as the most obscure DMX device on
the market.
Intuitive and powerful Fixture patch
Adding fixtures to a show on the M1 as is
easy as it can be. Using a step-by-step
wizard, fixtures can be added to the patch
without the need to read a complex manual.
The M1 patch offers other powerful functions
such as fixture cloning, re-addressing and renumbering, and assigning addresses is a
simple drag and drop operation.
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Intelligent grouping
M1 fixture grouping does more than simply store
fixtures together inside a Group number.
Its powerful masking system allows for many
variants of fixture orders and combinations, each
of which can be utilized for effects and timing
controls extremely fast.
Generic fixture masks like „every third‟ or „odd and
even‟ can be stored for quick recall and the masks
are seamlessly integrated into the Group window.
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Effect generator
The M1 features one of the best effect generators
on the market. Each parameter of every device has
its own effect parameter.
Each generator has a multitude of curves and its
own speed control, amplitude and delay.
All effects parameters will track through your
cuelist like any other device parameters.
Multiple parameters can be easily synchronized
together to speed up programming and the M1
provides extremely fine control over all aspects of
FX programming and playback.
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Global and live timing
Following the pace of a show is a breeze with the
At any time, the operator can increase or decrease
the time scale of a cuelist or the whole desk,
allowing for instant reaction in changes to a show.
Even the most complex one-off events can be
controlled so that the M1 is always on time and on
All programmer changes can be done with timing
control, enabling programming and on-the-fly
adjustments that are smooth and elegant.
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Presets are one of the most important features of any modern
lighting console as they provide the building blocks for an
accurate show and fast and efficient programming.
The M1 offers many different preset groups with the option to
customize all parameter assignments to suit the preference of
the operator. Multiple Preset windows can be open at once.
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Fixture parts
Today‟s fixtures are more and more complex
and can be difficult to use on most consoles.
With the M1, fixtures with several sections,
such as LED strips, can be controlled per
section or as an individual fixture.
We call this feature “dot fixture.”
For example, controlling a MAC 401 Dual means
controlling five fixtures; the base and the four
independent LED panels.
For the M1, this is one fixture with four subfixtures. Handling effects and timings for
several such fixtures is therefore very simple on
the M1, and access to all fixtures is quick via
the fixture window and the grouping functions.
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The concept behind the M1 is based around a very
simple cuelist philosophy that is well established
and familiar to many console operators.
Each of the thousands of possible cuelists can
contain 10,000 cues. Each cue has its own label,
trigger mode, fade time and delay.
In addition to the normal Cuelist mode, each
cuelist can be set as Chase, Override, Timecode,
Submaster or Inhibitive and such modes can be
changed back and forth easily.
Each cuelist is a set of standard options such as
Mark-cues, Tap-synch, Priorities, etc…
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Timecode and MIDI
An optional MIDI module can be added to the M1.
The module comes with three MIDI connections
In/Out/Thru. With this option installed the M1 can
receive MIDI Notes, MIDI Timecode and MIDI
Show Control.
Using the optional MIDI module, Cuelist can be
triggered via MIDI timecode. A „learn‟ mode
makes it easy to set trigger points while listening
to a soundtrack.
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User layouts, views and settings
Up to 16 views are available and can be
completely customized. The M1 contains
optimized factory default views so there is no
delay when starting to use the console.
Views can then be adjusted as the operator
learns the desk and creates his own personal
work environment. Views can be exported and
imported quickly with a USB memory stick.
User settings
All settings of the M1 can be saved to a file
and stored away for later usage. This is
particularly useful for users who tailor their M1
console to their needs.
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Command line
Although the M1 is highly graphical it also uses a command
line for direct user input. A command line allows experienced
users to work extremely fast and save many hours in a
programming session. Powerful commands are available for
quick access to many functions of the desk.
The M1 command line follows a natural speech syntax that is
easy to learn. M1 does not think like a computer but like a
human being. Once the concept is understood the commands
will come naturally to the user as they follow the same
concepts and combinations are logical.
The Undo button allows the user to step back to previous
commands. Undo can restore the previous fixture selection,
previous parameter values and reverse patch changes.
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The M1 offers a powerful DMX Input system.
This function is very popular in theaters to
combine a conventional desk with the M1. HTP or
LTP mode can be selected
With capture, DMX values from the DMX input can
be loaded into the programmer and later recorded
in cues
Cuelists can be triggered through external DMX
control. Intensity and command
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Artnet management
Artnet management
M1 is compliant with Artnet 2 and supports RDM over Artnet devices.
Connected Artnet nodes can be remotely configured. M1 has unicast
and broadcast settings to optimize the system for the required
network bandwidth.
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RDM management
The M1 is fully RDM compatible. All
information can be seen in the M1 fixture
patch as well as into M1 views. Also
include in M1 is the RDM webpage
remotely accessible . A scheduling
feature generates reports at specific
times of the week for better
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Offline programming
Part of the Martin M1 family is the Maxxyz PC
software. This free downloadable Windowsbased software can be used as a real console
as well as an offline editor.
All show files created in Maxxyz PC or other
Maxxyz products are fully compatible with
the Martin M1 and vice versa.
Maxxyz PC is fully compatible with Windows
XP, Vista and Windows 7.
32 and 64 bit
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Show file compatibility
All previously made show files in Maxxyz consoles or Maxxyz PC are fully
compatible with the M1. The same goes for show files made on the M1 they will load properly on Maxxyz consoles with same or higher software
Maxxyz Pro
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Maxxyz PC
The all-in-one control solution!
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