M2PC uses M-PC as software that will run on a Windows PC and can be downloaded here.
M2PC is the complementary control surface to Martin’s M-PC V3 controller software. Featuring the same layout and portable size as the M2GO, the M2PC delivers a professional level of features directly from any PC. Following the philosophy and simplicity of our current controller platform, such as the Martin M1, the Martin M2PC is one of the most powerful and affordable PC-based lighting controllers on the market.
Affordable yet powerful
The M2PC connects to M-PC software on a current Windows Operating System. It can run up to 64 universes with the proper software license. As standard the M2PC comes with a 4 DMX universe license. Separate license to increase the number of universes are available at relatively low costs. The M2PC 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 lighting wing console with a lot to offer.
As with all Martin products, all M2PC 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 M2PC used the power of today’s computer and therefore can outperform the most powerful lighting console on the market. 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 M2PC is the easiest lighting desk you will ever learn. Why? Because the Martin M2PC 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 M2PC avoids sub-menus, hidden functions, multi-functions per button, shift keys and other counterproductive methods used on other lighting consoles. Through the connected computer screen, the M2PC 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. The user interface of the M-PC software has been design to take the most out of touchscreen technology. With the current trend on PC development many desktop and laptop are now coming with touchscreen making the use of M-PC a charm.
One of the major characteristics of the M2PC 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 M2PC design shows remarkable ergonomic qualities. Transport of the M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC offers different options: 4 encoders, a built-in 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 M2PC 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 M2PC offers 100 banks of 10 playbacks. In addition, the M2PC offers 100 pages of 100 cuelist with on-screen access. Additional MaxModules can be added for more direct access to playback and other functions.
The Martin M2PC works using the host computer display with or without touch functionality. The number of simultaneous screen to use is limited by the computer used for M-PC software.
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.
The M2PC comes standard with 2 physical DMX ports and a 4 universes software license. It is possible to add 2 more physical onboard with the purchase of P/N 90703030. It is also possible to increase up to 64 the total number of DMX universes the M2PC can generate with additional “2 Universes Expansion pack” P/N 39808031. Each expansion pack will unlock 2 more universes. Another economical way to expand the universes count is by using an M-PC One-Key dongle, for example, adding a M-PC Basic dongle to the system will increase the universes to 12 and an M-PC Pro dongle will bring this to a staggering 64 DMX universes! Connecting any MaxModule to the M2PC will also enable two additional universes or use the Ether2DMX8 to enable eight additional possible universes per Ether2DMX8.
Physical DMX connections to the M2PC can be either done with standard Artnet devices such as the Ether2DMX8 or using the Martin USB DUO DMX box P/N 90703010.
The Button, Playback and Submaster MaxModules can be connected to an M2PC 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.
The Martin M2PC 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, M2PC supports the OSC protocol. Using the iPhone/iPad TouchOSC application, it is possible to control virtually any function of the M2PC 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
M2PC 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 M2PC console offers a similar set of features that you find in much larger and much more expensive consoles. What makes the M2PC software different is the intuitive user interface it provides in a very affordable package.
The M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC. 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 M2PC color browser helps to find just the right one.
The M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC patch offers other powerful functions such as fixture cloning, re-addressing and re-numbering, and assigning addresses is a simple drag and drop operation.
M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC. 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 M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC, 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 M2PC, this is one fixture with four sub-fixtures. Handling effects and timings for several such fixtures is therefore very simple on the M2PC, and access to all fixtures is quick via the fixture window and the grouping functions.
The concept behind the M2PC 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 on the M2PC.
An optional MIDI module can be added to the M2PC (P/N 91613038). The module comes with three MIDI connections In/Out/Thru. With this option installed the M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC command line follows a natural speech syntax that is easy to learn. M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC 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 M2PC can be saved to a file and stored away for later usage. This is particularly useful for users who tailor their M2PC console to their needs. Simply save it to a USB memory drive and load it to another console later on.
M2PC is compliant with Artnet 2 and supports RDM over Artnet devices. Connected Artnet nodes can be remotely configured. M2PC has unicast and broadcast settings to optimize the system to the required network bandwidth.
The M2PC is fully RDM compatible. All information can be seen in the M2PC fixture patch as well as in M2PC views. Also included in M2PC is a remotely accessible RDM webpage. A scheduling feature generates reports at specific times of the week for better management.
The Martin M2PC used the M-PC software. This free downloadable Windows-based software can be used as a real console with M2POC as well as an offline editor. All show files created in M-PC or other M-Series products are fully compatible with the Martin M2PC 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 M2PC.