The M7CL-48ES, with its main I/O interface being the SB168-ES remote stage box, connects via a single Cat-5 cable. The new console includes a built-in EtherSound interface with a third port for PC control and monitoring, eight omni ins (mic/line), eight omni outs and three MY card slots. The M7CL-48ES supports up to three SB168-ES stage boxes and can mix up to 48 mono and four stereo inputs to 16 mix buses, eight matrix outs, stereo and mono outputs. The new Stage Box Quick Setup feature provides plug-and-play connection of up to three SB168-ES units.
Because the new M7CL-48ES console runs the same software as standard M7CL consoles, there is direct file compatibility between all M7CL models. And new Version 3 software updates—available in coming weeks—will include direct sends on fader access from the M7CL knobs in Sends on Fader mode, Sends on Fader in M7CL Editor; new Recall Safe parameters (input patch, output patch, direct out patch, insert out patch); inclusion of VCM Effects (Comp 276/276s, Comp 260/260s, Open Deck, EQ601); and omni in 1 through 8 can be used for talkback.
The new console consumes 50-percent less power (150QW vs. 300W). Other new features include onboard analog insertion via omni I/O and added Output Port Delay for each EtherSound output.
The new M7CL-48ES has a targeted MSRP of $21,499, and will be available in the spring of 2010.