NAMM 2012: Line 6 introduces StageScape M20d live sound mixer

Line 6 has launched its StageScape M20d smart mixer for live sound applications.

Featuring a touchscreen visual mixing environment, the StageScape M20d is designed to streamline the process of achieving optimum live sound, with DSP power delivering comprehensive audio processing on every channel including multi-band feedback suppression. Multi-channel recording, remote control capabilities via one or more iPads also renders the M20d suitable for a wide variety of live sound applications.

“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 pre’s and effects to ensure the best sound quality, StageScape M20d will deliver great sound in a range of situations.” 

The traditional mixer channel strip is replaced with a visual mixing system with intuitive touchscreen control. In Perform Mode, a graphic display of the stage setup uses icons to represent each performer or input. Colour-coded encoders provide immediate access to level control, while a single touch on a performer’s icon gives access to all parameters relating to that channel, from basic tweaks through deep effects editing.

The audio signal chain can be controlled via an innovative X-Y tweak pad by dragging 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 plug-in style interface.

The StageScape M20d is designed to accelerate setup with auto-sensing mic 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, with the StageScape M20d providing 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.

The mixer also 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 reverbs, delays and a vocal doubler. A wide range of channel presets covering everything from individual drum settings to lead vocals allows musicians to configure appropriate channel effects quickly.

Using one or more iPad devices with StageScape M20d offers musicians control of the mixer from any location, making 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 complete PA systems of any scale to be configured and controlled. 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.