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RSS M-48; Now it’s Official

So maybe my previous post about the RSS V-Mixing system Personal Mixer was a bit premature. However, on Monday, it hit RSS’ website, and is now officially announced. And honestly, it looks better than I expected. 

m48_intro

As I’ve written previously, the main limitation of the Aviom is 16 channels. The M-48 gets around this by making all 40 channels on the REAC network available as 16 Stereo groups (meaning each group, as a whole, can be panned L or R). Each personal mixer gets it’s own selection of channels. You can send individual channels, aux mixes, DCAs or even a set of individual channels to a group (ie. combine all the Toms into a single group).

That part is cool, but they added some other features–some small, others not so small–that really make it shine. First, there are 2 headphone outputs on the back; a 1/4″ and 1/8″. This means one fewer adapter to keep track of, or makes it easy to have two musicians share a mixer. They also included a balanced stereo pair of 1/4″ outputs for driving a wedge or hotspot. Each mixer has a 1/8″ record out and a 1/8″ aux in. Finally, and this is brilliant, there is an ambient mic right on the back of each mixer. This would make it easier for on-stage communications, or just getting a sense of the room. The mic has it’s own dedicated volume control.

Also included is reverb for any of the groups. A 3 band, semi-parametric EQ is on board. And it has an adjustable limiter. As previously reported, it works (actually, it only works) with the proprietary RSS 1 in, 10 out switch, the S-4000D, that supplies both the REAC signal and power to up to eight M-48s. They call it “Embedded Power,” but it sounds a whole lot like Power over Ethernet to me. Either way, it eliminates a lot of wall warts.

Oh, and I almost forgot. The FOH engineer can monitor and take control of each personal mixer in case a musician gets in trouble. I can’t think of anything else they might have added. They even include the mic stand adapter in the box. This system opens up a whole new set of possibilities for church sound.

Overall, I’m still really excited about this, and am looking forward to getting my hands on a system. I have not heard details of pricing or availability, other than it will be “competitive” with Aviom. 

So there you go. Check it out at RSS America’s web site.

16 Comments

  1. chris@behindthemixer.com

    “The FOH engineer can monitor and take control of each personal mixer”

    You might want to keep that a secret…

    “Mike, can you turn me up in my personal monitor!”

  2. chris@behindthemixer.com

    “The FOH engineer can monitor and take control of each personal mixer”

    You might want to keep that a secret…

    “Mike, can you turn me up in my personal monitor!”

  3. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Chris–That’s hilarious! You made my morning.

  4. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Chris–That’s hilarious! You made my morning.

  5. mikeallenmusic@gmail.com

    Dude! That’s awesome!!! Built in limiter, reverb, and room mic? Geez, they thought of everything. I can’t wait to play with it.

  6. mikeallenmusic@gmail.com

    Dude! That’s awesome!!! Built in limiter, reverb, and room mic? Geez, they thought of everything. I can’t wait to play with it.

  7. patrick.sprague@mac.com

    I’m very very very intrigued, but have some questions, because sometimes apparently I need it spelled out for me. I haven’t used digital setups at all prior, other than pre-installed, so, the signal path intrigues me.

    With the REAC splits, that takes all the channels, pre-fader/EQ, and pipes it out to whatever you want? (i.e., personal mixers, another mixer for broadcast, etc?)

    Alot of this is software controlled, is it not, for instance, where you spoke of taking the available 40 channels on the REAC network, and making it into 16 groups?

    You know what I’d love to see? A graphical breakdown of your system and signal path. I’m a visual guy, and I’m just flat out curious. Something at least similar to this: http://www.rssamerica.com/index.php/solutions/344-experience-church-installs-the-v-mixing-system

    I love it when you blog with full-out visuals of what you’ve done. Just curious.

    I see great possibilities for this in our upcoming upgrade.

  8. patrick.sprague@mac.com

    I’m very very very intrigued, but have some questions, because sometimes apparently I need it spelled out for me. I haven’t used digital setups at all prior, other than pre-installed, so, the signal path intrigues me.

    With the REAC splits, that takes all the channels, pre-fader/EQ, and pipes it out to whatever you want? (i.e., personal mixers, another mixer for broadcast, etc?)

    Alot of this is software controlled, is it not, for instance, where you spoke of taking the available 40 channels on the REAC network, and making it into 16 groups?

    You know what I’d love to see? A graphical breakdown of your system and signal path. I’m a visual guy, and I’m just flat out curious. Something at least similar to this: http://www.rssamerica.com/index.php/solutions/344-experience-church-installs-the-v-mixing-system

    I love it when you blog with full-out visuals of what you’ve done. Just curious.

    I see great possibilities for this in our upcoming upgrade.

  9. contact@ericfrisch.com

    Ok, so this thing looks amazing! We’re using Avioms right now that belong to another church that worships in our building on Sunday nights, so I’m keenly aware of the fact that we may need our own stuff at some point. To me, this looks better than the Aviom at face value (especially if the pricing is similar), but I’ll be curious to hear some “hands on” reviews.

  10. contact@ericfrisch.com

    Ok, so this thing looks amazing! We’re using Avioms right now that belong to another church that worships in our building on Sunday nights, so I’m keenly aware of the fact that we may need our own stuff at some point. To me, this looks better than the Aviom at face value (especially if the pricing is similar), but I’ll be curious to hear some “hands on” reviews.

  11. tim.good@gmail.com

    I had been watching for this since you posted about the possibility.

    Aviom had better pay attention. They’ve been the only game in town for too long and need a little competition.

    I think these are going to be great. They have added so many features that were missing in the A16 boxes. Can’t wait to see price point and get some hands on time to see how well they function.

  12. tim.good@gmail.com

    I had been watching for this since you posted about the possibility.

    Aviom had better pay attention. They’ve been the only game in town for too long and need a little competition.

    I think these are going to be great. They have added so many features that were missing in the A16 boxes. Can’t wait to see price point and get some hands on time to see how well they function.

  13. patrick.sprague@mac.com

    If you had to guess, what kind of price range do you expect on these, and more broadly, the entire system?

  14. patrick.sprague@mac.com

    If you had to guess, what kind of price range do you expect on these, and more broadly, the entire system?

  15. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Patrick–Right now, we don’t own the system. I’ve been looking at it closely for our upcoming move to a new venue. There is a good intro video that RSS has done on their site (http://rssamerica.com/index.php/products-mainmenu-301/personal-mixers — click on “Videos”), that shows some o the configuration possibilities. As of today, it’s between the LS-9 w/ Aviom and the M-400 w/ the M-48s. The choice will come down to price and availability.

    I’ve heard the M-48s will not be shipping until May, and that may be too late for our application. Unless, that is, I can figure out a solution for 2-3 months. To a certain extent, it’s a little frustrating when a company announces a product, but isn’t shipping for another 3 months.

    And you are correct, all of the routing is done in software; either on the M-400 itself, or a computer connected to the M-400, or if you’re just using a Digital Snake with the M-48s, the control software for the snake.

  16. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Patrick–Right now, we don’t own the system. I’ve been looking at it closely for our upcoming move to a new venue. There is a good intro video that RSS has done on their site (http://rssamerica.com/index.php/products-mainmenu-301/personal-mixers — click on “Videos”), that shows some o the configuration possibilities. As of today, it’s between the LS-9 w/ Aviom and the M-400 w/ the M-48s. The choice will come down to price and availability.

    I’ve heard the M-48s will not be shipping until May, and that may be too late for our application. Unless, that is, I can figure out a solution for 2-3 months. To a certain extent, it’s a little frustrating when a company announces a product, but isn’t shipping for another 3 months.

    And you are correct, all of the routing is done in software; either on the M-400 itself, or a computer connected to the M-400, or if you’re just using a Digital Snake with the M-48s, the control software for the snake.

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