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Martin M1™ Lighting Controller Debuts at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Martin M1™ Lighting Controller Debuts at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

nokia-theatre-la-live_1.jpg Ed Motts an early – and satisfied – adopter of next generation Martin lighting desk

Martin Professional's new M1â„¢ lighting console made its US debut in mid-May at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at a concert event by Larry Hernandez and Roberto Tapia.

Sponsored by Spanish language radio station La Rockola 96.7 FM, the show was programmed on the Martin M1 in a matter of only three hours by lighting director and programmer Ed Motts, a 14-year industry veteran and one of the earliest users of Martin's Maxxyzâ„¢ series of consoles.

“The Maxxyz has always been good to me and the support has always been great,” Motts commented. “I saw the M1 console early on and was initially interested because of the weight and the size, but it also has the same functionality as a big Maxxyz with a price point that is very appealing.”

Motts used 8 Universes across a house rig of about 70 moving lights, dimmers and LEDs, and the event came off without a hitch or hiccup. He was impressed with the speed of the console, the layout of the surface and the number of playbacks at his fingertips. Live modifications and changes in the fully improvised show were handled without delay.

M1 all-in-one lighting console

The M1 is Martin's recently launched all-in-one lighting console that sets new standards in simplicity for a full featured desk. With the full power of a larger desk and the agility of a smaller one, it is the most affordable full-featured lighting desk on the market. The M1 follows the philosophy and ease-of-use concept of Martin's Maxxyz controller platform.

“As it runs the same operating system and software as the Maxxyz, the move from Maxxyz to M1 was pretty seamless. It's new technology yet very stable and the speed is amazing. It patches fixtures very fast, and I was using a beta model! The production model is even faster.”

Plane simple

Motts, who often does one-offs with Jennifer Lopez around the world using locally supplied consoles that are sometimes not up to snuff, commends the portability of the M1, which can easily be moved by a single person and is light enough to be checked in as luggage at the airport.

“To be able to have a console like the M1 that I can take on a plane with me is very appealing,” he says. “With the Martin family of control products I have no second thoughts at all in putting it on any of my shows. I can program on a large Maxxyz, take it out on the road on the M1, and do updates via Maxxyz PC. I have a Maxxyz Wing as well so if I want motorized faders I have that at my discretion. It's the full range.”

All DMX on the show was generated by Martin's Ether2DMX8â„¢ router without problems or delays. The Ethernet box was also used to save backup cues but was not needed.

Just as he was with the Maxxyz controller, Motts has quickly become an early adopter of the M1 and consequently is one of the industry's most experienced users of the new generation controller. He has already used it on a number of corporate shows and other events including performances by singer/songwriter Ke$ha.

“When people ask me why I go with Martin controllers, at the end of the day it's the support,” Motts says. “When I can call someone at Martin and get an answer quickly, or if they don't know the answer they can get it in a timely manner, that's invaluable.”

Martin Professional

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs, and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces through dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry's most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. For more information please visit

For more information contact your local Martin distributor or PR Coordinator Larry Beck at Martin Professional at:

Telephone: +1 719 686 0793

Fax: +45 87 40 00 10 (DK) / +1 954 858 1811 (US)

E-mail: [email protected]


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