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Powerful, Agile Martin M1™ Next Generation Lighting Controller

Powerful, Agile Martin M1™ Next Generation Lighting Controller

martin-m1_b-low.jpgM1 is the next generation lighting controller from Martin Professional. With the full power of a larger desk and the agility of a smaller one, the M1 is an all-in-one lighting control unit.

Following the philosophy and simplicity of Martin's current controller platform, the Martin M1 is a powerful yet compact and affordable full-featured lighting console.

Affordable, quality control solution

Designed from the ground up to deliver the highest ratio of features vs price on the market, the M1 fits the bill in today's tight, ROI-conscious economy.

Quality tested and reliably stable, the M1 is the result of over a decade of console development at Martin. It is built using the best components on the market and is made to endure the toughness of rental and touring.

Top performance

The Martin M1 is equipped with a fast dual-core processor that makes operation extremely snappy. 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.

Ease of use

The M1 has been designed with a single philosophy in mind - simplicity. The surface is clean and easy to navigate with fewer buttons and options to overwhelm the user. By avoiding sub-menus, hidden functions, multi-functions per button, shift keys and other counter-productive methods, the M1 displays all needed information through a series of contextual windows. No longer must the user remember where a function is hidden or complex key combinations.


A comfortable, low profile design with proper spacing between faders and buttons insures operator accuracy. The M1 design achieves a perfect balance of buttons, faders and encoder wheels. It can easily be moved by a single person and is light enough to be checked in as luggage at the airport.

Control surface

The M1 control surface is designed to feel right from day one. The keypad section has been kept the same as previous Martin consoles in order to facilitate migration from one console to another. To control fixture parameters, the M1 offers different options; 4 encoders, touchscreen, trackball or 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.


For live event situations where programming time is often a luxury, the M1 comes with 46 direct access surface playbacks and hundreds more through the touchscreen. The 46 playbacks on the surface are divided into three sections - Playback, Submaster and User keys.

The main Playback section offers 10 x 60mm 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 M1 offers 100 banks of 10 playbacks.

The Submaster section offers 24 additional playbacks, 12 with 40mm faders and flash buttons and 12 with flash buttons only. Up to 100 banks of 24 playbacks, submasters, overrides or inhibitives can be assigned and controlled simultaneously.

The same cuelist can be assigned to several playback or submaster faders and each assignment can have its own set of options. This allows, for example, for mapping of a cuelist over two or more submaster buttons. In addition to their multi-purpose functions, the 12 user keys can be used to control cuelists.

Video screen

The M1 comes equipped with a high resolution 16:9 touchscreen, delivering crisp and bright views suitable in any outdoor condition. The screen is mounted on a flip-hinge system that can be adjusted to be completely in line with the surface angle of the M1 so the screen is never in the way when programming. The screen design has been thoroughly tested, is long lasting and solid. Additionally, the M1 is equipped with an external monitor connection via VGA or DVI with a top resolution of 3840 x 1024. Using a Matrox TrippleHead2Go, the number of external screens can be extended by three.

Remote control

The M1 can be remotely controlled via tools that are available at no extra cost such as the iPhone MaxRemote, a native iPhone application that allows quick access to most programming functions of the system, and Maxxyz 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

The M1 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. 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.

Bringing together lighting and video

The M1's user interface and structure allows for video and lighting integration with unmatched simplicity. Using CITP protocol, the M1 can display all video and cue content through a series of thumbnails. This simplifies the process of choosing content to display on video screens.

For further details see the M1 Reference Guide at:

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)



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