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!