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 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 market.

  • All-in-one solution
  • Folding Touchscreen
  • 34 playbacks

The M1 is the result of over a decade of console development at Martin. The M1 was been developed with one ultimate 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.

All Martin M1 components are industrial grade and made to endure the toughness of rental and touring. Assembly quality, thorough testing, and software stability are all aspects that make the M1 the right choice. 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.

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 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, something very important in today’s dynamic lighting approach.

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 and other counterproductive methods used on other lighting consoles, 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 combinations.

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.

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.

In live event situations where programming time is often a luxury, the Martin M1 comes with 47 direct access playbacks from its surface and hundreds more through the touchscreen.The 47 playbacks on the surface are divided into three sections called Playback, Submaster and User keys.The Playback section offers 10 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 playbacks.
The Submaster section offers 24 additional playbacks, 12 with faders and flash buttons and 12 with flash buttons only. As with the playback section, the each fader’s flash button can be set to any desired function. Up to 100 banks of 24 playbacks 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.

Video 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 use.The screen design has been thoroughly tested, is long lasting and solid. Additionally, the M1-ts is equipped with an external monitor connection via VGA or DVI with a top resolution of 1920 x 1200.

There often comes a time when a console operator needs to expand beyond what a console offers. This growth can be through the number of channels needed or the number of physical faders and buttons the user needs. Martin has the perfect solutions for both situations. 2048 DMX isn’t enough? No problem. The Martin M1 can be upgraded to generate up to 8192 DMX channels (or 16 universes). There are two ways to add more universes to the M1. First, it is possible to purchase a 4 Universe license package (more information at www.martin.com) (License for additional 4 DMX universes pack P/N 39808013). The additional universes will then be available through Artnet network protocol or the 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 universes. The second way to add more universes is 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.

Remote control
The Martin M1 console can be remotely controlled via various tools that are available at no extra cost.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. With its custom compressed network protocol, it is highly optimized for access without delay on a wireless network, even in a crowded spectrum.Secondly, there is Maxxyz Manager which offers Internet, Serial and Telnet remote options as well as scheduled operation via calendar and time-of-day rules.

Networking and tracking backup
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. 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.

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 package.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.

Bringing 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 productions. 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.

Parameter control
One of the first features any new user will notice is how well laid out the device parameters are in the M1. Each device definition contains all needed information to properly show the parameters using a contextual approach. Values are logically represented in order to be readable and understandable by the user. All fixture libraries are designed with attention to detail and all possible functions are mapped out in a fast, accessible system with multiple control options.

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.

Fixture library
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 re-numbering, and assigning addresses is a simple drag and drop operation.

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.

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.

Global and live timing
Following the pace of a show is a breeze with the M1. 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 beat. All programmer changes can be done with timing control, enabling programmingenabling programming and on-the-fly adjustments that are smooth and elegant.

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.

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 sub-fixtures. 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.

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…

Cuelist can be triggered via SMPTE and MIDI timecode. A ‘learn’ mode makes it easy to set trigger points while listening to a soundtrack.

An optional MIDI module can be added to the M1 (P/N 91613038). 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.

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.

User layouts and views
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.

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 M1 offers a powerful DMX Input system. External DMX values can be merged into the outputs of the desk which can be used for external control of cuelists and can be captured for programming as cues.

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.

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. Simply save it to a USB memory drive and load it to another console later on.

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.

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 management.

Offline programming
Part of the Martin M1 family is the M-PC software. This free downloadable Windows-based software can be used as a real console as well as an offline editor. All show files created in M-PC or other Maxxyz products are fully compatible with the Martin M1 and vice versa. M-PC is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Show file compatibility
All previously made show files in Maxxyz consoles or M-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 version.

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  • High resolution folding touchscreen
  • Digital LCD buttons for fast and direct parameter access
  • Multiple wing attachment (M-Series Modules)
  • 4x DMX Universes direct from the console; up to 32 Universes with Art-Net /sACN
  • M-Series Manager Software for programming and triggering via time and calendar schedules
  • Customizable Graphical User Interface with context sensitive toolbars and integrated help menu
  • Powerful effects engine
  • Controls up to 16.536 parameters
  • 1000 cuelists with fader control
  • 1000 cuelists with playback control buttons
  • Two separate playback sections
  • Parallel execution of multiple cuelists
  • Submaster, inhibitives and override functionality
  • Parameter and time-fanning functionality
  • Auto update for presets and cues
  • On-the-fly global timing adjustments
Physical Length: 823 mm (32.4 in.) Width: 464 mm (18.3 in.) Height: 178 mm (7.0 in.) closed; 395 mm (15.6 in.) open Weight: 14.4 kg (31.8 lbs.) Shipping weight (in cardboard box): 19.9 kg (43.9 lbs.) Shipping weight (in flightcase): 32.7 kg (72.1 lbs.)
Control and Programming Protocol: DMX512A (RDM), Artnet2 4 DMX universes, expandable to 16 2048 channels, expandable to 8192 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, etc.) Effect generator for automated programming of complex effects Relative or absolute programming Fan function for all channels (including timing parameters) On-the-fly global timing changes Virtual cuelists Macros Wait, follow and link cues HTP, LTP, chase, timecode, submaster and group master playback functionality Individual parameter timings Intuitive patch feature Fixture type cloning All channels with 16-bit resolution
Control/User Interface Main playback: 10 x 60 mm playback faders, each with four function-assignable buttons Sub playback: 24 playbacks Twelve 40 mm playback faders with one assignable button 12 x single assignable buttons Other controls: 2 x scrollwheels for bank changes 12 x customizable multi-function keys Playback Select button Master Go section with Go, Pause, Snap and Release Four 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 Optional external monitor screen: Resolution up to 1920x1200
Playback 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
Hardware Industrial 13.1-inch TFT 16:9 touchscreen (1280 x 800 pixels) Internal SATA 2.5” hard disk drive Modular construction Industrial motherboard with Intel processor 2GB RAM Integrated graphics 2 x dimmable XLR desk lamp connections
Software Industrial Windows 7 embedded OS OS installation by USB storage device Show backup on hard disk or USB storage device (not included) Support for ELO USB touchscreens
Connections 4 x DMX universe outputs: 5-pin locking XLR External monitor screen: VGA or DVI Artnet / sACN for up to 16 DMX universes in total: RJ-45 MaxNet controller link: RJ-45 2 x M-Series Module interfaces: RJ45 Ethercon 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.) USB (storage media/hardware peripherals) Back of mainboard: 4 x USB 3.0 Side of console: 2 x USB 2.0 Front of console: 1 x USB 2.0
Electrical AC power: 100-240 V nominal, 50/60 Hz
Typical Power and Current 0.75 A, 80 W
Included Items 1.5 m power cable, EU (Schuko), 3-pin IEC: P/N 11501012 1.5 m power cable, US, 3-pin IEC: P/N 11501502 Martin ShowDesigner 6™ Lite 3D Visualizer 180-day trial User documentation CD
Accessories 2 DMX Universes Expansion License for Martin M-PC, M1, M2GO and M2PC: P/N 39808031 4 DMX Universes Expansion License for Martin M-PC, M1, M2GO and M2PC: P/N 39808013 16 DMX Universes Expansion License for Martin M-PC, M1 and M2PC: P/N 39808044 The Martin M1 supports a maximum of three 4 DMX Universes Exp. Licenses or one 16 DMX Universes Exp. License.: Martin M-Sync™ SMPTE USB Interface Box: P/N 90703020 USB-MIDI Port Internal Module: P/N 91613038 LED desklight, angular XLR, 18.5": P/N 91613037 Dust cover for M1: P/N 91613070 Flightcase for M1: P/N 91535070 Martin™ M-PC 2U with Martin™ M-DMX: P/N 90737070
Related Items M-Series Submaster Module: P/N 90732170 M-Series Playback II Module: P/N 90732190 Martin™ M-Touch: P/N 90737040 Martin™ M-Play: P/N 90737030
Ordering Information Martin M1 ts™ Console: P/N 90732040 Martin Ether2DMX8™: P/N 90758130

Spec Docs

M1 Reference Guide
M1 Reference Guide