The New Flagship Console of the V-Mixing System Developed to exploit ideal sound.

m480The Roland M-480 V-Mixer boasts a powerful new mixing engine, providing a premium console choice. But the M-480 is more than a console; it is the heart of a V-Mixing System with perfectly integrated Digital Snakes, Personal Mixing and Multi-Channel Recording solutions. The M-480 Live Mixing Console is ideal for any event production, house of worship, education, government and corporate applications.

V-Mixing SystemWith superb sound quality, powerful functions, expandability and intuitive operation, the V-Mixing System continues to introduce new possibilities to the world of live mixing. Now four years after its debut and in direct response to actively listening to our users, the next generation V-Mixer has arrived.Equipped with a newly developed mixing engine, the M-480 provides a powerful level of flexible audio processing.

The M-480 is the first V-Mixer to support a cascade connection that enables 96 channels of mixing by connecting a second unit.

Supporting live events, mobile production, broadcasting, and sound installationthe V-Mixing System with the V-Mixer at its heart provides the next level of innovation for any live mixing venue. To find out more about how each model compares see the V-Mixer Comparison Chart.

Main Features

  • 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns
  • Main LCR outputs, 16 AUX buses, 8 matrices
  • 4-band fully parametric EQ, gate/compressor on all channels
  • All input and output channels equipped with delay
  • 6 built-in multi-effects and 12 graphic EQs
  • Cascade capability supports large format applications

Powerful processing provides an unprecedented level of control 

Advanced Processing Power / Powerful mixing capacity with Cascade support

m480_cascadeThe processing power of the M-480 supports the widest range of venues and applications. The newly developed mixing engine provides a 4-band fully parametric EQ, gate, compressor, and delay on each input channel.185 possible patch points with 90 discreet outputs.

The capacity of 48 mixing channels, 6 stereo returns, main LR outputs, 16 AUX buses, and 8 matrices supports any venue or application. The cascade connection enables two M-480s to be linked allowing up to 96 mixing channels. The fully assignable REAC A and B patchbays allows for very flexible internal routing. A post preamp patchpoint allows direct routing from inputs to outputs without having to route through the console.

The M-480 supports a cascade connection requested by many live sound engineers. Connecting two M-480s with one REAC cable enables the mixing of up to 96 channels as well as advanced synchronization of internal buses. A mixing environment equivalent to a large format console can be created within a minimal footprint and budget.

Easy, intuitive and award-winning interface design
m480_info_02R_MThe large color display and dedicated knobs and buttons in the channel edit section offers intuitive operation. The user interface is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use. Combining the cursor buttons around the value dial provides optimized and efficient operation.

All input and output channels equipped with delay
In large format venues such as a concert halls and stadiums as well in broadcast applications, audio time alignment settings are critical. The M-480 is equipped with delays on all mixing channels and outputs buses. High quality and precise sound adjustments can be accomplished by using the built-in real time analyzer.

m480_info_03R_MThe M-480 is equipped with delay on all input channels and output busses. Problems with sound delay in a concert venue or broadcast application can be solved using the internal processor. Delay time is adjustable up to 400msec, and is selectable in both time and distance units between msec/feet/meters / frames. It also features a high performance graphical real time analyzer for precise and focused sound adjustment.

Newly developed mixing engine with powerful signal processing
All inputs and outputs are equipped with a 4-band fully parametric EQ. A gate, compressor and delay is also available on all mixing channels. Channel parameters are controlled using the dedicated knobs and buttons.
With a high resolution crystal clear color display, the M-480 provides an unprecedented audio mixing experience.

Rich effects along with Twelve GEQs/PEQs
The M-480 is equipped with six dual-mono, multi-effects processors that are available as AUX or insert effects. Each multi-effects processor has 18 algorithms of various types such as reverb, delay, chorus, pitch shift and advanced channel strip. Six types of precisely emulated legendary vintage Roland effects such as the RE-201, SDE-3000, and SRV-2000 are included. In addition, twelve 31-band graphic EQs or 8-band fully parametric EQs are included for sound adjustment. The six multi-effects and twelve GEQs/PEQs can be used simultaneously.

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Remote control and offline setup using a PC
M480RCS_MThe M-480 can be controlled remotely by connecting an PC via USB. The M-480RCS control software has the same user interface as the built-in display. The M-480RCS can also be used when the M-480 is not connected allowing offline setup and configuring of the system before an event. Setup data can then be copied to a USB flash drive ready to load into the console at the venue. Using a connected PC and a wireless LAN, a tablet device can control the M-480 from a remote location like the stage or a seat in the audience.

Three live recording options
The M-480 supports live multi-channel recording. Simply connect the R-1000 with Cat5e/6 cable to easily record (or playback) up to 48channels of 24 bit audio.
Uncompressed BWF file data is stored on a removable SSD or HDD where it can be edited later in the studio with a DAW of choice. By using Cakewalk SONAR Producer software*, up to 40 channels can be recorded directly by simply connecting a single REAC cable to a PC. In addition, the built-in USB memory recorder can record a stereo output signal from the M-480 as an
uncompressed WAV file. The USB memory recorder also supports WAV file playback for convenient playback of music and announcements.
* REAC driver kit is required to record using Cakewalk SONAR directly.

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M-480 Remote Free

M-480 Remote is an application for remotely controlling the Roland M-480 V-Mixer live mixing console.


M-480_iPadAPP_logo       iTunes_logo       WirelessConnect_logo


 This application makes it possible to adjust mixing parameters from a variety of listening points on stage or around the room, away from the M-480 positioned at a fixed location.
Combined with the easy operation afforded by the iPad's large screen and Multi-Touch interface, this application makes it easy to remotely view and adjust settings.
It is also equally useful as a sub-display and controller when placed beside the M-480 V-Mixer.

Important notes:
* Use with the most recent firmware version of the M-480.
* A wireless USB adapter (Roland WNA1100-RL) is required.
* A wireless LAN router (Wi-Fi router, etc.) is recommended but if not available, connection can be made directly to the wireless USB adapter in ad-hoc mode.
* Because the wireless USB adapter occupies the M-480's USB port, functions that use a USB flash key (such as recording, playback, and backing up settings) are not possible while the wireless USB adapter is connected.
* A single iPad can be connected at one time. This application cannot be used concurrently with the M-480 RCS PC/Mac remote application software.

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V-Mixer M-480 Specifications
Mixing Channels

 INPUT: 48 channels, 6 stereo returns
 OUTPUT: 10 ports (Max 90 ports When using REAC devices)

AD/DA Conversion 24-bit / 48.0 kHz or 44.1 kHz
Network Latency

 2.8 ms (typical)
 * Total System Latency of audio signal from S-1608 inputs to
    outputs via M-480's REAC ports (A or B).
 * Sample Rate: 48.0 kHz
 * Effects : No insert effects

CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8) XLR-3-31 type (balanced with phantom power)
TALKBACK MIC In jack XLR-3-31 type (balanced with phantom power)
RSTEREO IN jacks (L/R) RCA Phono Type
CONSOLE Output jacks (1 to 8) XLR-3-32 type (balanced)
PHONES jack Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
DIGITAL OUT jacks Stereo Optical type x 1 and Coaxial type x 1
REAC Ports RJ-45 EtherCon type x 3
USB connectors USB type A x 1 and type B x 1
Remote Controls RS-232C connector: (9-pin D-Sub type) x 1*
 MIDI (5 pin DIN type) x 2 (Out/Thru & In)
* Serial remote control is not available on version 1 firmware
Other Connectors LAMP (XLR-4-31 type) x 1, GND terminal
Frequency Response CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8) : -2 dB / +0 dB (20k ohms load, +4 dBu)
 PHONES jack: -3 dB / +0 dB (40 ohms load, 150 mW)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): 0.05 % (typical), 
 Phones jack: 0.05 % (typical)
Dynamic Range CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): 110 dB (typical)
Cross Talk@1kHz CONSOLE input jacks (1 to 8): -80dB (Pad: ON, Input gain: +10 dBu, typical)
 CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): -100 dB (typical)
Nominal Input Level (Variable) CONSOLE input jacks (1 to 8): -65 to -10 dBu (Pad: OFF) or -45 to +10 dBu (Pad: ON)
 Stereo input jacks (L/R): -18 to 0 dBu,  Talkback input jack: -50 to -10 dBu
Input Impedance CONSOLE input jacks (1 to 8): 14 k ohms,
 Stereo input jacks (L/R): 10 k ohms,  Talkback input jack: 41 K ohms
Non Clip Maximum Input level CONSOLE input jacks (1 to 8): +8 dBu (Pad: OFF) or +28 dBu (Pad: ON),
 Stereo input jacks (L/R): +18 dBu, Talkback input jack: +8 dBu
Nominal Output Level CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): +4 dBu (Load impedance: 10 k ohms)
Output Impedance CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): 600 ohms,
 Phones jack: 100 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): 10 k ohms or greater,
 Phones jack: 8 ohms or greater
Non Clip Maximum Output level CONSOLE output jacks (1 to 8): +22 dBu (1 kHz, 10 k ohms load)
 Phones jack: 150 mW + 150 mW (1 kHz, 40 ohms load)
Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typical) -88 dBu (All faders : Min)
Equivalent Input Noise Level (E.I.N.) -126 dBu
Display 800 x 480 dots Wide VGA backlit TFT full color screen
Power Supply AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption 95 W
Dimensions 749.0 (W) x 626.0 (D) x 229.0 (H) mm

 20.0 kg

*XLR type: 1 GND, 2 HOT, 3: COLD * Phantom power: DC +48 V(unloaded maximum), 14 mA (maximum load) (All XLR type inputs)
* LAMP power: DC +12 V/500 mA
* When a S-4000D REAC Splitter&Power Distributor or a switching hub is used in-line with REAC cables, the network latency will increase by the amount of processing delay introduced by the splitting device itself. The actual delay is dependant upon the specifications of the splitting device, though the maximum delay amount for a single splitting device should be about 200 microseconds.
* EtherCon is the registered trade mark of Neutric®

In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.


Expandability and flexibility bring many advantages 

Basic System
The basic system supports typical mid-sized live event applications.
Two S-1608 for I/O enable a total of 32 inputs and 16 outputs on the stage with 10 inputs and 10 outputs at the console.


Live Monitoring System
Expanded system for mixing live stage. Flexible I/O setup is possible by using four S-0808s. Using four M-48 and M-480, the V-Mixing System can be used as a monitoring system for any live application.


Broadcasting System
Use the M-480 for mixing TV/radio broadcasts along with recording direct preamp splits via a parallel connection using the R-1000 and SONAR REAC Recording System. Using the Roland S-MADI bridge, the sound is sent to an OB van using MADI format. The S-4000D enables easy splitting and distribution of the audio.


Audio Installation for Hall/Church
A setup of two S-0808s on the stage and an S-4000S on the side of the stage can support a variety of events. An M-480 at the FOH (front of house) position connected to a PC can be remotely controlled through a wireless LAN using a tablet PC.


48 input channels must be selected from 106 physical inputs via M-480 patchbay. *1 Wireless LAN equipment and setup are required. *2 Using S-4000M patchbay, 40 input channels must be selected from 80 physical inputs.

Multi-Channel Recording/Playback System
The R-1000 not only records multi-channel audio but can also play back 48 channels in combination with a V-Mixing System or other digital consoles using MADI. This enables playing backing track and rehearsing/training without theband present. The SONAR REAC Recording System enables multi-channel recording simultaneously.


Cascade System
Cascade connection enables up to 96 mixing channels by connecting two M-480s via a single Cat5e/6 cable. Master console shares Main/AUX/Matrix/Solo buses of Slave Console. A large format mixing system can be configured with minimum footprint.


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