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Innovative live sound mixing system StageScape M20d by Line 6 makes audio visible

In late 2012 Line 6 started shipping its StageScape M20d, an integrated live sound solution that delivers touchscreen-based visual mixing, comprehensive audio processing, multi-track recording and remote control via iPad. At Winter NAMM 2013 Line 6 announced major software upgrade 1.1 providing nhanced recording, file management and playback capabilitiese.
“For musicians who take care of their own live sound, getting great results consistently can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience—particularly when they want to be focused on performing,” said Simon Jones, vice president of new market development at Line 6. “StageScape M20d answers those challenges by reinventing mixer workflow to better empower musicians to dial in a great mix with speed and ease. With a smart design to dramatically reduce setup time, intuitive touchscreen control that simplifies complex mixing tasks, and premium mic pres and effects to ensure the best sound quality, StageScape M20d will deliver great sound in a range of situations.”
StageScape is designed for a wide range of live sound applications from performing musicians and bands, to fixed installation in clubs, houses of worship or corporate event venues. A rack mount kit is available, the mixer occupies 8 RUs.
Line 6 StageScape M20dFeaturing a touchscreen visual mixing environment, StageScape M20d streamlines and accelerates the process of live sound mixing. StageScape's DSP delivers professional audio processing on every channel including multi-band feedback suppression. An innovative visual mixing system replaces the traditional mixer channel strip with intuitive touchscreen control. In Perform Mode, a graphic display of the stage setup uses icons to represent each performer or input. Color-coded encoders provide immediate access to level control. A single touch on a performer’s icon gives access to all parameters relating to that channel, from basic tweaks to deep effects editing.
The audio signal chain can be controlled via an X-Y tweak pad. Drag a finger toward common sound descriptors like “bright” or “dark” and multiple parameters adjust simultaneously to achieve that sound. Deep Edit mode gives more experienced operators access to every effect parameter via a more traditional, familiar plug-in style interface.
StageScape M20d streamlines setup with auto-sensing microphone and line inputs and outputs that can detect when a connection is made and automatically configure the channel gain, EQ, effects and routing.
A host of recording options are also available. StageScape M20d provides multi-channel recording in high-resolution, 24-bit WAV files to SD card, USB drive or direct to computer, enabling musicians to easily capture every rehearsal and performance.
StageScape M20d features professional-grade effects on every channel, including fully parametric EQs, multi-band compressors, feedback suppression and more. In addition, four master stereo effects engines are available, comprising studio-quality reverbs, delays and a vocal doubler. Musicians can configure channel effects quickly with a wide range of channel presets that cover everything from individual drum settings to lead vocals.
Musicians can control the mixer from any location by using one or more iPad devices (via an optional USB WiFi adapter) with StageScape M20d. This makes it possible to set individual monitor mixes from the stage, or adjust the front-of-house mix from any location inside the venue.
Equipped with the L6 LINK digital networking protocol, StageScape M20d allows musicians to easily configure and control complete PA systems of any scale. Connect StageScape M20d to L6 LINK-enabled StageSource speakers and the system automatically configures stereo signals and effects, sets individual component levels and adjusts individual speaker performance.
When connected via L6 LINK, StageScape M20d and StageSource speakers introduce a smarter live sound experience in which the live rig is a complete, intelligent ecosystem rather than a linear combination of components.
Inputs and outputs include 12 digitally controlled, auto-sensing microphone/line inputs; four additional auto-sensing line inputs; two digital streaming inputs direct from computer, USB drive or SD card; stereo line inputs for integrating MP3 players or other sound sources; four auto-sensing monitor outputs on balanced XLR connectors; two auto-sensing main outputs on balanced XLR connectors; and L6 LINK multi-channel digital networking for integrating L6 LINK-enabled speaker systems.
StageScape M20d is based on internal 32-bit floating point audio processing with DSP providing parametric EQs, dynamic EQs, compressors, multi-band compressors, gates, delays, limiters and more. Four stereo master effects engines include reverbs, delays and vocal doubler.
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