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Review: M-Play Lighting Console and Wing

By David / a couple of years ago

I recently had the opportunity to demo and review the brand-new M-Play for you guys.

Check out the video review below, or read the transcript below!

The M-Touch was formerly produced by Martin, but has since been sold to Elation – more info here!

Video Transcript:

Hey, everybody, I’m David Henry from LearnStageLighting.com.

In this video, I want to show you guys the new M-Play and give you my review of it.

The M-Play is a lot like its brother that I already reviewed, the M-Touch, which I’m going to have a link right here on this video right now.

So if you haven’t checked out my M-Touch review, go check it out before this M-Play review because I’m going to go over a lot of the basics, how I like the look and feel and really go into more detail on the physical.

Now, I’m going to go into today’s review.

If you’re considering buying the M-Play and you don’t have an M-Touch, I would definitely check that out, too, just to figure out which is a better option for your needs.

The M-Play

point-at-m-touchThis thing’s pretty cool, I admit.

Martin sent me this to test out, but not to keep, so I’m convinced that I’m going to be buying one of these when it comes out.

Why’s that?

Let me show you.

First thing is you get a whole lot of playbacks. You get 12 faders, and these are the bump buttons that go with them, 12 more bump buttons or faderless playbacks rather, and then 24 right here in this grid, which is pretty crazy.

It’s a 6 by 4 grid, 24 playbacks. You can see them light up as I press them. They’re pretty awesome.

I want to go over the physical first the rest of the way:
On the side here, we’ve got our only ports, which are our DMX 5-pin out and our USB, as well as a Kensington lock port so you can lock it down.

The developement team was pretty smart with this when they designed it, thinking of the M-Touch as a buddy for it, and they’ve actually designed them so when you butt them together, the connectors are on the outside.

m-touch-m-play-togetherIf you got an M-Touch already, you’re not going to have them butting up next to each other with the plugs running into each other or anything like that.

Everything’s just going to be fine and dandy in that regard.

First things first, we’ve got these LCD screens with numbers on them on either side, and this selects our banks.

Inside the software, the M-Play is on its own unique bank system separate from your playbacks on the M-Touch. Too many M’s here!

Why this is cool is because it allows you to switch pages and never run into each other’s playbacks.

Meanwhile, it’s very simple to take the playbacks you have over here in the buttons and put them on the faders or take these playbacks you got on these faders right here and put them on the buttons.

The buttons are also with the select you can hold this plus or minus and change through a couple different modes on the buttons. Those are worth noting.

The first, you can turbo charge it and have these set to the function keys, which there’s a whole bunch of them to find in the console and you can play with those. There’s some interesting little shortcuts you can use in there or you can set it up as a number pad.

just-m-playFor those of you that maybe you’ve got an M-Touch and you said, “I really need a number pad with this, the basic clear key and stuff like that,” though the clear key and the record is on the M-Touch, a lot of people still wanted that number pad.

You can make that one of the functions here and then you can label it however you wish with some labels you make up.

It’s a really cool interface.

The fader action is really smooth. It’s really easy to grab it at the top and take it all the way down to the bottom of the fader without jitteriness or jumpiness, which we sometimes got with the early version of the M-Touch firmware, but they’ve since fixed that.

The faders run really smoothly on the M-Touch now. They run really smoothly on the M-Play. They have switched these banks. Get tons of playbacks, both on these buttons and these faders.

You see here as I hit play, they’re red, they’re green rather while they’re fading and red when they’re done.

Looking at my notes here, another thing that they did is I noticed when I was playing with them and then they pointed out to me that the buttons actually feel a little different than my M-Touch buttons do. They’ve improved them.

There’s a greater feel to them, feels a little bit more like you’re pressing a button and a little more tactile feel to them. I think that’s really cool.

The M-Play, just like the M-Touch, can be used with the M-PC software. You can also use it with an M6 or M1 or any of the M-Series range of consoles. You can plug this in as a wing. You can use it, again, with an M-Touch.

You can use it alone. You don’t have to have an M-Touch, and you do get that output of DMX here on the side, as well, which allows you to get another universe out of your MPC rig, but that doesn’t apply to the consoles.

Main playback area over here, but other than that, there’s not a lot of buttons on this thing other than the playbacks.

Would I Buy One of These?

Yes, I would. As I told you before, Martin sent me this to review.

They did not compensate me for the review or give me a price break, but they did give me this product. They put this in my hands so that I could review it and then send it back.

That’s my FTC disclosure for you guys. Want to stay legal.

I really like this thing. I really like the versatility of that it has. The price is absolutely amazing.

Again, they’ve knocked it out of the park. The pricing is right in line with the M-Touch.

As you know, if you look at the market, if you look at other console wings, there’s nothing this cheap out there, this inexpensive.
This is really a quality piece that they’ve built.

They’ve put a lot of time and effort to it. They’ve kept the cost down so that every lighting person, every small church, every basic venue can get one of these or an M-Touch or both and really make some amazing lighting.

With that, I’m going to sign off, guys. Thank you for watching this review.


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