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Roland M-48 Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from Central Family Worship Center, Coopersville MI July 22, 2015Music Background:
    Worship Leader/Pastor/Musician since 1995

    Roland M-48

    My church is in a small building with horrible acoustics and we had talked about purchasing a personal monitor system for several years in order to cut back on overall volume from the platform wedges. It's a really big investment and we just wanted to make sure that we bought something that the entire worship team would be happy with. After a lot of research we finally decided to go with the Roland M-48's. We purchased the PM5 with plans to add more in the future. This was one of the best decisions that we have made as far as equipment goes. The M-48's give the users an incredible amount of freedom to make any settings necessary in order to get the perfect mix. All of our musicians and singers love them...and you should have seen there eyes when they added the reverb into the mix....AMAZING! When you pair this system with a Roland Vmixer (we are using the M300) there is another feature that is really cool. As the worship leader, on any given Sunday, I might lead from my keyboard that is set up on stage right or my guitar from center stage. My primary M-48 is center stage and the signal is hardwired to my PSM900. But how do I control my primary M48 from the Keys M48 on stage right? Roland was pretty smart with this feature. By accessing the "Engineer's Monitor Setup" on our M-300 I can remotely access my Primary(center stage M48) from any other M-48 on the platform. Really cool and really handy! The initial set up of the M-48's was pretty easy and teaching the worship team how to navigate the M-48 wasn't to hard either; I showed the free training videos provided by Roland and with in an hour or so we had everything up a running. I have gotten a lot of compliments from the singers and musicians because of how well they can hear everything...zero complaints! The only obstacle that was that, even though the M48's have fantastic ambient mics for close proximity, we needed to hang some ambient mics in order to hear the congregation and not feel so isolated. Easy fix and again...no complaints. Our main mix to the congregation is noticeably clearer and my tech crew loves the fact that there is no more battling with the platform wedge monitors.
    Another great product from Roland!

  • from Van Buren, AR December 10, 2009Music Background:
    Live Sound and Recording Engineer

    Engineer and musicians loved them.

    We have used various personal monitoring systems including Furman, Aviom, Proco Momentum, and now the Roland RSS M-48. While the Proco has 32 seperate channels the M-48 has it beat with several other features plus the fact you can use any of the 48 channels on the M400 console and just group them into 16 channels, so you really still have more channels that it sounds. Plus the musicians love the onboard EQ, reverb, and ambience mic. My pianist is usually the hardest to please and he loves these units. My life is easier when setting these up since you can do it directly from the Roland console or even better from the software on a PC. The entire RSS system (M400, M380, RSS Snake, and M48 mixers) are just one great integrated system.

  • from Colorado August 18, 2011Music Background:
    Worship Leader

    Great system

    We recently bought a roland m400 and six of these roland m-48's for our church. We were in between Aviom and this system, and we ultimately went this route because it was newer and I was never really that impressed with Aviom. Let me just say, I'm glad we did. If you've ever played with the Aviom system, you know some of the challenges and limitations it has... This system improves on many of those flaws and sounds great doing so.

    Probably the biggest advantage over aviom is the ability to eq each channel. A great in ear mix is accomplished by levels, sure... But panning and eq really make for a great mix... Throw in the ability to add a little reverb, and activate the limiter, and there's really no comparison.

    Again, I'll just say that I'm extremely pleased with the sound quality of these units and have really loved using them... Now let me give you a few drawbacks.

    First, the ambient mic is borderline useless in a musical setting. This was a huge bummer for me, because I was very excited about the idea of an ambient mic... In ear mixes can be a challenge for some, if you're not used to it... And in my setting we're getting a lot of long time players to try in ear for the first time... Their biggest complaint is almost ALWAYS, that they can't hear the rest of the band... or it sounds too "in the box". I was hoping the ambient mic feature would help that.. But it was basically useless musically.

    The ambient mic IS useable if you're just trying to hear another musician talk across the stage... But, musically speaking it's a very noisy mic and at levels above about 1/4 it adds too much hiss to use. Instead, we just set up a few condensers on the stage and feed those into the in-ears, and that seems to work great.

    Second complaint is this... We outfitted our band with wireless in ear transmitter/receivers (sennheiser ew 900) to go in combination with the m-48, so that they wouldn't have to be "wired" and could move around the stage, but would still have the advantage of setting their own mix... One thing to note about doing this (something I wasn't aware of until I hooked the system up through the line outs on the m-48) is that the ambient mic as well as master eq doesn't work through line out. Not a HUGE problem because I rarely use the ambient mic, but it would have been nice to know.

    Besides that, these are great systems. I would recommend them over the aviom or hearback pretty much any day.

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