Equipped with a fast, dual-core processor with no external computer required, the M2GO answers the demand for a more powerful lighting console in a smaller form. It offers a professional level of features in a portable package and has been developed with cost, ergonomics, feature set, size and weight in mind. The M2GO is a unique, portable and powerful lighting console.
Filling the gap
The M2GO comes at a perfect time when demand for a more powerful console in a smaller form factor is high. The M2GO is the result of listening to and understanding customer needs and has been developed with cost, ergonomics, feature set, size and weight in mind. The result is an attractive looking console with a lot to offer.
As with all Martin products, all M2GO 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 M2GO the right choice. Not all consoles are created equal; the choice of components is extremely important and the M2GO is built from the best components on the market.
The Martin M2GO is equipped with the latest generation 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 M2GO is the easiest lighting desk you will ever learn. Why? Because the Martin M2GO 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. The M2GO avoids sub-menus, hidden functions, multi-functions per button, shift keys and other counterproductive methods used on other lighting consoles. Using an external screen, the M2GO displays all needed information through a series of contextual windows. No longer must the user remember complex key combinations or where this or that function is hidden.
One of the major characteristics of the M2GO design is ergonomics. A comfortable, low profile design with proper spacing between faders and buttons insures operator accuracy. Too often smaller lighting desks have too many buttons that are too close together. The result is a bad compromise that is inefficient to operate.
Employing skilled industrial designers, as well as gathering feedback from several console operators, the Martin M2GO design shows remarkable ergonomic qualities. Transport of the M2GO for example was one of the main considerations. Because it is light weight, it can be easily transported under one arm and is light enough to be checked in as luggage at the airport in a standard suitcase.
The M2GO control surface is designed to feel right from the first time it is used. The keypad section is exactly the same as previous Martin consoles in order to facilitate the migration from one console to another. To control fixture parameters, the M2GO offers different options: 4 encoders, a 3.5” touchscreen and 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.
The M2GO 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 M2GO offers 100 banks of 10 playbacks. In addition, the M2GO offers 100 pages of 100 cuelist with on-screen access. Additional MaxModules can be added for more direct access to playback and other functions.
External video screen
The Martin M2GO works using an external monitor, either a regular HDMI or VGA screen with or without touch functionality, and most touchscreens are supported by the system - ELO Touch, HP TouchSmart, Dell, Acer, Mimo, and DisplayLink to name a few.
There often comes a time when a console operator needs to expand beyond what a console offers. This growth can be 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 M2GO can be upgraded to generate up to 4096 DMX channels (or 8 universes).
There are a few ways to add more universes to the M2GO. First, it is possible to purchase a 2-universe expansion license P/N 39808031. The additional universes will then be available through Artnet network protocol or the Martin DUO DMX device. It is also possible to enable the universes by using certain Martin products. Connect any MaxModule to the M2GO to enable two additional universes or use the Ether2DMX8 to enable all of the eight possible universes.
The Button, Playback and Submaster MaxModules can be connected to an M2GO 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 their show.
Power on Demand
The M2GO can also run as an M2PC using when connected to a current Windows Operating System. This is done by flipping the power switch of the M2GO to USB control. At the point the internal processor is turned off and the console surface is now connected to the external computer via a single USB connection.Remote control
The Martin M2GO console can be remotely controlled via various tools that are available at no extra cost. First, there is the iPhone MaxRemote, a native iPhone/iPad 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.
In addition to the MaxRemote application, M2GO supports the OSC protocol. Using the iPhone/iPad TouchOSC application, it is possible to control virtually any function of the M2GO remotely. Finally, there is the Mx 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
M2GO 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 M2GO console offers a similar set of features that you find in much larger and much more expensive consoles. What makes the M2GO software different is the intuitive user interface it provides in a very affordable package.
The M2GO 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 M2GO 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 and is part of large and small productions. Traditional “moving light desks” were never optimized to handle media servers properly. Using CITP protocol, the Martin M2GO can display all video and cue content through a series of thumbnails. This simplifies the process of choosing content to display on video screens.
One of the first features any new user will notice is how well laid out the device parameters are on the M2GO. 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.
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 M2GO color browser helps to find just the right one.
The M2GO comes with an extensive fixture library that covers all major manufacturers as well as the most obscure DMX device on the market. A built-in fixture editor allows the user to create and share their own fixture profiles.
Intuitive and powerful fixture patch
Adding fixtures to a show on the M2GO 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 M2GO patch offers other powerful functions such as fixture cloning, re-addressing and re-numbering, and assigning addresses is a simple drag and drop operation.
M2GO 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.
The M2GO features one of the best effects 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 parameter. Multiple parameters can be easily synchronized together to speed up programming and the M2GO 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 M2GO. 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 M2GO is always on time and on beat. All programmer changes can be done with timing control, enabling 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 M2GO offers many different preset groups with the option to customize all parameter assignments to suit the preference of the operator.
Today’s fixtures are more and more complex and can be difficult to use on most consoles. With the M2GO, 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 M2GO, this is one fixture with four sub-fixtures. Handling effects and timings for several such fixtures is therefore very simple on the M2GO, and access to all fixtures is quick via the fixture window and the grouping functions.
The concept behind the M2GO 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 SMPTE module (P/N 90703040) can be installed inside the M2GO.
An optional MIDI module can be added inside the M2GO (P/N 91613038). The module comes with three MIDI connections In/Out/Thru. With this option installed the M2GO can receive MIDI Notes, MIDI Timecode and MIDI Show Control.
User layouts and views
Up to 16 views are available and can be completely customized. The M2GO 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.
Although the M2GO 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 M2GO command line follows a natural speech syntax that is easy to learn. M2GO 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 with logical combinations.
The M2GO 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. Any of the physical DMX ports of the M2GO can be re-configured as a DMX input.
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.
All settings of the M2GO can be saved to a file and stored away for later usage. This is particularly useful for users who tailor their M2GO console to their needs. Simply save it to a USB memory drive and load it to another console later on.
M2GO is compliant with Artnet 2 and supports RDM over Artnet devices. Connected Artnet nodes can be remotely configured. M2GO has unicast and broadcast settings to optimize the system to the required network bandwidth.
The M2GO is fully RDM compatible. All information can be seen in the M2GO fixture patch as well as in M2GO views. Also included in M2GO is a remotely accessible RDM webpage. A scheduling feature generates reports at specific times of the week for better management.
Part of the Martin M2GO 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 M2GO and 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 any Maxxyz, M-Series consoles or M-PC are fully compatible with the M2GO.