Roland M-480 System Compare

The Roland M-480 digital mixer systems vary depending on the package and its contents. Let's compare a few systems!

Roland M480-STD
Description

Package Includes:

  • 1 x M-480 V-Mixer
  • 2 x S-1608 Digital Snake

The Roland M480-STD digital mixer system comes with one M-480 digital mixer and two S-1608 digital snakes. You should view this as the standard package. It gives you 42 inputs and 26 outputs of digital audio. You get 60 channels of digital mixing (48 channels, plus six stereo returns). You can remotely place and control I/O thanks to the digital snake systems. You also get full control over all system components from the M-480 mixing interface, as well as through a Mac or Windows computer. This is the cheapest package that includes an M-480. This is a standard package that gives you plenty of I/O to tackle your application.

Roland M480-STD

42x26 Digital Mixing System
Specification


Roland M-480

Processing

Mixing Channels: 60 total - 48 channels, 6 stereo returns

Inputs: Up to 90. REAC A: up to 40 depending on digital snake head connected, REAC B: up to 40 depending on digital snake head connected, Console: 8 XLR + RCA stereo

Outputs: Up to 90. REAC A: up to 40 unique physical outputs depending on digital snake configuration, REAC B: up to 40 unique physical outputs depending on digital snake configuration, Console: 8 XLR + stereo S/PDIF

Bussing: 27 busses: MAIN L/C/R, 16 AUX, 8 MATRIX

AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit/48.0kHz or 44.1kHz

Network Latency: 2.8 mS (typ.)

Connectors

CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

TALKBACK MIC IN jack: XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

STEREO 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, Coaxial type

REAC Ports: RJ-45 EtherCon type

USB connectors: USB Type A and Type B

Reomte Controls: RS-232C connector: 9-pin D-sub type, MIDI connectors / (OUT/THRU, IN): 5-pin DIN type

Other Connectors: GND Terminal, LAMP connector XLR-4-31 type

Input/Output Characteristics

Frequency Response: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -2dB / +0dB (20kΩ load, +4dBu, typ.), PHONES jack: -3dB / +0dB (40Ω load, 150mW, typ.)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 0.05% (+4dBu, typ.), PHONES jack: 0.05% (typ., 40ohms load, 150 mW, typ.)

Dynamic Range: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 110dB (typ.)

Crosstalk @ 1kHz: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -80dB (Pad: ON, Input gain: +10dBu, typ.), CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -100dB (typ.)

Nominal Input Level (Variable): CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -65 to -10dBu (Pad: OFF) or -45 to +10dBu (Pad: ON), (typ), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): -18 to 0dBu TALKBACK MIC IN jack: -50 to -10dBu

Input Impedance: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): 14kΩ STEREO IN jacks (L/R): 10kΩ, TALKBACK MIC IN jack: 41kΩ

Non Clip Maximum Input Level: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): +8dBu (Pad: OFF) or +28dBu (Pad: ON), (typ.), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): +18dBu (typ.), TALKBACK MIC IN jack: +8dBu (typ.)

Nominal Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +4dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Output Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 600Ω, PHONES jack: 100Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 10kΩ or greater, PHONES jack: 8Ω or greater

Non Clip Maximum Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +22dBu (1kHz, 10kΩ load, typ.), PHONES jack: 150mW + 150mW (1kHz, 40Ω load, typ.)

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): -88dBu (All faders: Min)

Equivalent Input Noise Level (E.I.N.): -126dBu

Display and Power

Display: 800 x 480 dots Wide VGA backlit TFT color screen

Power Supply: AC 115V, AC 117V, AC 220V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)

Power Consumption: 95W

Size, Weight and Other

Width: 749mm (29-1/2 inches)

Depth: 614mm (24-3/16 inches)

Height: 230mm (9-1/16 inches)

Weight: 20.0kg (44 lbs 2 oz.)

Other: 0dBu=0.775Vrms

 

Roland S-1608

General

Number of Channels: 16 in 8 out

AD and DA Conversion: 24-bit/96kHz

Frequency Response: -2dB / +0dB (@ +4dBu, 22Hz to 20kHz)

Dynamic Range: 110dB

Cross Talk: -80dB or less (Input Gain: +4dBu, typ.)

Nominal Input Level: -65 to -10dBu (PAD: Off), -45 to +10dBu (PAD: On) (1dB step, Max. +28dBu)

PAD: 20dB On/Off

Input Impedance: 14kΩ

Nominal Output Level: +4dBu, Max. +22dBu

Output Impedance: 600Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: 10kΩ or greater

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): -80dBu or less

Equivalent Input Noise Level: -128dB

Network Latency: 375 microseconds when using REAC cable only

Connectors: Analog Input x 16 (XLR type, balanced, phantom power) Analog Output x 8 (XLR type, balanced) Digital Output connector x 1 (Optical type) REAC Connector x 1 (RJ-45 EtherCon type) Remote Connector x 1 (RS-232C, DB-9 type)

Indicators: POWER Indicator x 1, REAC Indicator x 1, REMOTE Indicator x 1, MUTE ALL OUTPUTS Indicator x 1

Power Supply: AC 115V, AC 117V, AC 220V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)

Power Consumption: 45W

Phantom Power: +48V / 14mA (each input, remote controlled)

Operation Temperature: 0 to +40° C +32 to +104° F

Accessories: Power Cord x 1, REAC Connector Cover x 1, Ferrite Core x 1, Rubber Foot x 4, Rack Mount Kit x 1, Owner's Manual

Size and Weight

Width: 401mm (15-13/16 inches)

Depth: 135mm (5-3/8 inches)

Height: 177mm (7 inches)

Weight: 5.5kg (12 lbs 3 oz)

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Roland M480-STX
Description

Package Includes:

1 x M-480 V-Mixer

2 x S-2416 Digital Snake

1 x S-1608 Digital Snake

The Roland M480-STX digital mixer system comes with one M-480 digital mixer, one S-2416 digital snake and one S-1608 digital snake. You get amazing I/O flexibility thanks to the two digital snake units. The units connect to the digital mixer through two REAC ports and Cat5e/6 cables. Alternatively, you could connect the S-2416 to the M-480 and then daisy chain the S-1608 so you only need one cable going back to the console. Beyond cabling options, you get 60 channels of digital mixing (48 channels, plus six stereo returns) and 58 x 42 digital audio I/O and transport. You can remotely place and control I/O across the two digital snakes (24 x 16 and 16 x 8). You have full control over all system components and functions through the M-480 interface, as well as through a Mac or Windows computer.

Roland M480-STX

58x42 Digital Mixing System


Specification

M-480

Processing

Mixing Channels: 60 total - 48 channels, 6 stereo returns

Inputs: Up to 90. REAC A/B: up to 40 (each) depending on Digital Snake head connected, Console: 8 XLR + RCA stereo

Outputs: Up to 90. REAC A/B: up to 40 (each) unique physical outputs depending on Digital Snake configuration, Console: 8 XLR + stereo S/PDIF

Bussing: 27 Busses: MAIN L/C/R, 16 AUX, 8 MATRIX

AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit/48.0kHz or 44.1kHz

Network Latency: 2.8mS (typ.)

Connectors

CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

TALKBACK MIC IN jack: XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

STEREO 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, Coaxial type

REAC Ports: RJ-45 EtherCon type

USB connectors: USB Type A and Type B

Remote Controls: RS-232C connector: 9-pin D-sub type, MIDI connectors, (OUT/THRU, IN): 5-pin DIN type

Other Connectors: GND Terminal, LAMP connector XLR-4-31 type

Input/Output Characteristics

Frequency Response: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -2dB / +0dB (20kΩ load, +4dBu, typ.) PHONES jack: -3dB / +0dB (40Ω load, 150mW, typ.)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 0.05% (+4dBu, typ.), PHONES jack: 0.05% (typ., 40Ω load, 150mW, typ.)

Dynamic Range: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 110dB (typ.)

Crosstalk @ 1kHz: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -80dB (Pad: ON, Input gain: +10dBu, typ.), CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -100dB (typ.)

Nominal Input Level (Variable): CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -65 to -10dBu (Pad: OFF) or -45 to +10dBu (Pad: ON), (typ.), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): -18 to 0dBu, TALKBACK MIC IN jack: -50 to -10dBu

Input Impedance: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): 14kΩ STEREO In jacks (L/R): 10kΩ, TALKBACK MIC IN jack: 41kΩ

Non Clip Maximum Input Level: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): +8dBu (Pad: OFF) or +28dBu (Pad: ON) (typ.), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): +18dBu (typ.), TALKBACK MIC IN jack: +8dBu (typ.)

Nominal Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +4dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Output Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 600Ω, PHONES jack: 100Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 10kΩ or greater, PHONES jack: 8Ω or greater

Non Clip Maximum Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +22dBu (1kHz, 10kΩ load, typ.), PHONES jack: 150mW + 150mW (1kHz, 40Ω load, typ.)

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): -88dBu (All faders: Min)

Equivalent Input Noise Level (E.I.N.): -126dBu

Display and Power

Display: 800 x 480 dots Wide VGA backlit TFT color screen

Power Supply: AC 115V, AC 117V, AC 220V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)

Power Consumption: 95W

Size, Weight and Other

Width: 749mm (29-1/2 inches)

Depth: 614mm (24-3/16 inches)

Height: 230mm (9-1/16 inches)

Weight: 20.0kg (44 lbs 2 oz)

Other: 0dBu=0.775Vrms

 

S-1608

General

Number of Channels: S-1608: 16 in 8 out

AD and DA Conversion: 24-bit/96kHz

Frequency Response: -2dB / +0dB (@ +4dBu, 20Hz to 20kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.05% or less (Pad: On, Input Gain: +4dBu, 22Hz to 20kHz)

Dynamic Range: 110dB

Cross Talk: -80dB or less (Input Gain: +4dBu, typ.)

Nominal Input Level: -65 to -10dBu (PAD: Off), -45 to +10dBu (PAD: On) (1dB step, Max. +28dBu)

PAD: 20dB On/Off

Input Impedance: 14kΩ

Nominal Output Level: +4dBu, Max. +22dBu

Output Impedance: 600Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: 10kΩ or greater

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): -80dBu or less

Equivalent Input Noise Level: -128dB

Network Latency: 375 microseconds when using REAC cable only

Connectors: Analog Input x 16 (XLR type, balanced, phantom power) Analog Output x 8 (XLR type, balanced) Digital Output connector x 1 (Optical type) REAC Connector x 1 (RJ-45 EtherCon type) Remote Connector x 1 (RS-232C, DB-9 type)

Indicators: POWER Indicator x 1, REAC Indicator x 1, REOMTE Indicator x 1, MUTE ALL OUTPUTS Indicator x 1

Power Supply: AC 115V, AC 117V, AC 220V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)

Power Consumption: 45W

Phantom Power: +48V / 14mA (each input, remote controlled)

Operation Temperature: 0 to +40° C +32 to +104° F

Accessories: Power Cord x 1, REAC Connector Cover x 1, Ferrite Core x 1, Rubber Foot x 4, Rack Mount Kit x 1, Owner's Manual

Size and Weight

Width: 401mm (15-13/16 inches)

Depth: 135mm (5-3/8 inches)

Height: 177mm (7 inches)

Weight: 5.5kg (12 lbs 3 oz)

 

S-2416

Main Specifications

Number of Channels: 32 in 24 out

AD Conversion: Sample Rate: 96kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz / Signal Processing: 24 bits

DA Conversion: Sample Rate: 96kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz / Signal Processing: 24 bits

Frequency Response: -2dB / +0dB (@ +4dBu, 10Hz to 40kHz, Sample Rate: 96kHz, typ.)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.007% (Pad: Off, Input Gain: -10dBu, 20Hz to 20kHz, typ.)

Dynamic Range: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 110dB (typ.)

Channel Separation @ 1kHz: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 103dB (Input Gain: +4dBu, IHF-A, typ.), OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 110dB (typ.)

Nominal Input Level (Variable): -65 to -10dBu (PAD: Off), -45 to +10dBu (PAD: On)

Non Clip Maximum Input Level: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): +28dBu (1kHz, 10kΩ load, typ.)

Input Impedance: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 7kΩ

Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): +4dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Maximum Output Level: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): +22dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Output Impedance: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 600Ω (typ.)

Recommended Load Impedance: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 10kΩ or greater

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): -84dBu

Equivalent Input Noise Level (E.I.N.): INPUT jacks (1 to 24): -128dB (Input Gain: -65dBu, IHF-A, typ.)

Network Latency: 375 microseconds when using REAC cable only (AD to REAC to DA Latency: about 1.2 ms)

Connectors

  • INPUT jacks (1 to 24): XLR type, balanced, phantom power
  • OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): XLR type, balanced
  • AES/EBU connector: DB-25 type
  • REAC port: RJ-45 EtherCon type
  • WORD CLOCK connector: BNC type
  • REMOTE connector: DB-9 type
  • COMPUTER port: USB type B

Power Consumption: 62W

Operation Temperature: +0 to +40° C, +32 to +104° F

Accessories: Power cord, Owner's manual, Rubber foot x 4

Size and Weight

Width: 482mm (19 inches)

Depth: 348mm (13-3/4 inches)

Height: 177mm (7 inches)

Weight: 9.7kg (21 lbs 7 oz)

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Roland M480-2EX
Description

Package Includes:

  • 1 x M-480 V-Mixer
  • 2 x S-2416 Digital Snake

The Roland M480-2EX digital mixer system includes one M-480 digital mixer and two S-2416 digital snakes. You get 74 inputs and 58 outputs, which is great for large band setups. A total of 48 inputs and 32 outputs can be accessible from the side of the stage. Beyond that you get 60 channels of digital mixing (48 channels, plus six stereo returns). You can remotely place and control the I/O across the two 24 x 16 snakes. This package offers full control over all system components from the M-480 interface, as well as through a Mac or Windows computer.

Roland M480-2EX

74x58 Digital Mixing System


Specification

M-480

Processing

Mixing Channels: 60 total - 48 channels, 6 stereo returns

Inputs: Up to 90. REAC A/B: up to 40 (each) depending on Digital Snake head connected. Console: 8 XLR + RCA stereo

Outputs: Up to 90. REAC A/B: up to 40 (each) unique physical outputs depending on Digital Snake configuration

Console: 8 XLR + stereo S/PDIF

Bussing: 27 Busses: MAIN L/C/R, 16 AUX, 8 MATRIX

AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit/48.0kHz or 44.1kHz

Network Latency: 2.8mS (typ.)

Connectors

CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

TALKBACK MIC IN jack: XLR-3-31 type (balanced, phantom power)

STEREO 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, Coaxial type

REAC Ports: RJ-45 EtherCon type

USB connectors: USB Type A and Type B

Remote Controls: RS-232C connector: 9-pin D-sub type, MIDI connectors, (OUT/THRU, IN): 5-pin DIN type

Other Connectors: GND Terminal, LAMP connector XLR-4-31 type

Input/Output Characteristics

Frequency Response: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -2dB / +0dB (20kΩ load, +4dBu, typ.), PHONES jack: -3dB / +0dB (40Ω load, 150mW, typ.)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 0.05% (+4dBu, typ.), PHONES jack: 0.05% (typ., 40Ω load, 150mW, typ.)

Dynamic Range: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 110dB (typ.)

Crosstalk @ 1kHz: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -80dB (Pad: ON, Input gain: +10dBu, typ.), CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): -100dB (typ.)

Nominal Input Level (Variable): CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): -65 to -10dBu (Pad: OFF) or -45 to +10dBu (Pad: ON)(typ.), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): -18 to 0dBu, TALKBACK MIC IN jack: -50 to -10dBu

Input Impedance: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): 14kΩ, STEREO IN jacks (L/R): 10kΩ, TALKBACK MIC IN jack: 41kΩ

Non Clip Maximum Input Level: CONSOLE INPUT jacks (1 to 8): +8dBu (Pad: OFF) or +28dBu (Pad: ON)(typ.), STEREO IN jacks (L/R): +18dBu (typ.), TALKBACK MIC IN jack: +8dBu (typ.)

Nominal Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +4dBu (Load impendance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Output Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 600Ω, PHONES jack: 100Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): 10kΩ or greater, PHONES jack: 8Ω or greater

Non Clip Maximum Output Level: CONSOLE OUTPUT jacks (1 to 8): +22dBu (1kHz, 10kΩ load, typ.), PHONES jack: 150mW + 150mW (1kHz, 40Ω load, typ.)

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): -88dBu (All faders: Min)

Equivalent Input Noise Level (EIN): -126dBu

Display and Power

Display: 800 x 480 dots Wide VGA backlit TFT color screen

Power Supply: AC 115V, AC 117V, AC 220V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)

Power Consumption: 95W

Size, Weight and Other

Width: 749mm (29-1/2 inches)

Depth: 614mm (24-3/16 inches)

Height: 230mm (9-1/16 inches)

Weight: 20.0kg (44lbs 2oz)

Other: 0dBu=0.775Vrms)

 

S-2416

Main Specifications

Number of Channels: 32 in 24 out

AD Conversion: Sample Rate: 96.0kHzx, 48kHz, 44.1kHz / Signal Processing: 24 bits

DA Conversion: Sample Rate: 96.0kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz / Signal Processing: 24 bits

Frequency Response: -2dB / +0dB (@ +4dBu, 10Hz to 40kHz, Sample Rate: 96kHz, typ.)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.007% (Pad: Off, Input Gain: -10dBu, 20Hz to 20kHz, typ.)

Dynamic Range: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 110dB (typ.)

Channel Separation @ 1kHz: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 103dB (Input Gain: +4dBu, IHF-A, typ.), OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 110dB (typ.)

Nominal Input Level (Variable): -65 to -10dBu (PAD: Off), -45 to +10dBu (PAD: On)

Non Clip Maximum Input Level: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): +28dBu (1kHz, 10kΩ load, typ.)

Input Impedance: INPUT jacks (1 to 24): 7kΩ

Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): +4dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Maximum Output Level: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): +22dBu (Load impedance: 10kΩ, typ.)

Output Impedance: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 600Ω (typ.)

Recommended Load Impedance: OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): 10kΩ or greater

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): -84dBu

Equivalent Input Noise Level (EIN): INPUT jacks (1 to 24): -128dB (Input Gain: -65dBu, IHF-A, typ.)

Network Latency: 375 microseconds when using REAC cable only

Connectors:

  • INPUT jacks (1 to 24): XLR type, balanced, phantom power
  • OUTPUT jacks (1 to 16): XLR type, balanced
  • AES/EBU conector: DB-25 type
  • REAC port: RJ-45 EtherCon type
  • WORD CLOCK connector: BNC type
  • REMOTE connector: DB-9 type
  • COMPUTER port: USB type B

Power Consumption: 62W

Operation Temperature: +0 to +40° C, +32 to +104° F

Accessories: Power cord, Owner's manual, Rubber foot x 4

Size and Weight

Width: 482mm (19 inches)

Depth: 348mm (13-3/4 inches)

Height: 177mm (7 inches)

Weight: 9.7kg (21lbs 7oz)

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Pros

  • 60 channels of digital mixing (48 channels, plus six stereo returns)
  • I/O expandability
  • Remote placement and control of digital snakes
  • M-480 interface controls digital snakes
  • Control possible through Mac or Windows computer
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Cons

  • I/O capabilities vary with system packages

Review

All three of these Roland M-480 systems are great! They offer plenty of I/O expandability, as well as remote control. The only downside is that I/O capabilities vary with the system package. Thankfully, there's more than one package to choose from!

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