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M Mixers represent a fully integrated solution for musicians. Maximum flexibility and comfort are granted by internal power supply, integrated Wi-Fi access point and antennas: the only items musicians need to carry are their instruments.
Quick Start Guide
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18 INPUT CHANNELS
19 SIMULTANEOUS STUDIO GRADE EFFECTS
STEREO MAIN AND 6 AUX OUTPUTS
The six XLR and two Combo connectors that are present on the M 18’s rear panel provide 8 mic preamp inputs, which are designed to lay the foundations for a transparent, warm and dynamic sound.
Line inputs have been developed with the same focus. The 10 TS jacks from 9 to 18 provide the line inputs of the M 18. Two of them, 9 and 10, are switchable to Hi-Z – High Impedance input (1MΩ) – and allow direct connection of passive or low-level instruments directly, without the need for an adapter. This is the ideal solution for acoustic or electric or bass guitars with passive pickups.
The remote-controlled Mic Gain allows the user to control the Mic Preamps and Line input Gain even at high distance from the M 18 box. All the settings are stored in the snapshot memories and can be recalled according to the user’s needs.
Six +22 dB balanced AUX Outputs are on hand to connect stage monitors or external effect processors, in case the M 18’s internal processing is not sufficient for the user’s needs.
The +22 dB balanced MAIN MIX outputs are supported by a pair of male XLR.
A headphones stereo output completes the M 18’s audio input and output suite. Using the Personal Mix function on the PHONES menu of MixRemote App it is possible to create a fully personalized stereo monitoring. The headphones’ output also offers MAIN MIX and, alternatively, PFL listening.
MIDI IN and OUT ports are also present on the rear panel, allowing the connection of various types of MIDI controllers.
The footswitch port allows connection of a single or double stage footswitch to recall effects’ presets or to mute effects’ returns, as well as providing several other control functions.
A USB type-A port allows connection of USB devices, such as pen drives or hard disks, to create a complete stereo system for playback and audio recording: this supports all the most common audio file formats, both high-quality and compressed. The intuitive graphics of MixRemote App helps the user to manage song playlists also with the AUTO play function.
M 18 INPUTS & OUTPUTS
M 18 ANCILLARY CONNECTIONS
The MixRemote App enables complete and versatile control of the RCF M 18 Digital Mixer.
Developed for iOS first, the MixRemote App has been designed with musicians in mind and is very simple to use, thanks to its intuitive Graphic User Interface. Each page or channel functions can be reached with a couple of touches of a single hand – an essential convenience while playing.
MixRemote app for iOS
MixRemote app for Android
COMPREHENSIVE CONTROL APP
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An OUTPUT control strip is always shown on the right side. A RED fader cap indicates the MAIN OUT, while all other output faders are shown in LIGHT GRAY.
8 Function Keys are always available on the upper side, from any view.
A list of Tabs on the left side modifies the inner area view. Their function vary depending on which Function Key has been activated.
The inner area shows a set of controls that is related to the active Function Key and Tab
Two large ARROW buttons assume different functions depending on the current view. They allow a fader scroll (with a step of 8) when in FADERS view, whereas they allow to move to the next or previous input channel when in single channel EDIT mode.
A dedicated App has been developed to ensure a quick and intuitive interaction with the M 18 digital mixer. Special care has been taken to offer consistent navigation among pages. The screen area is divided into 5 different zones: click on the dots to discover them.
The orange buttons select the send layer for each internal FX.
The orange faders are the FX send for every single input channel
The rightmost fader becomes the master fader level for the selected FX send.
The main page presents three fader layers to control the FX sends. FX1-FX2-FX3 allows three internal FX feeds.
The green buttons select the send layer for each AUX.
The green faders are the AUX send for every single input channel
The rightmost fader becomes the master fader level for the selected AUX send
The main page presents six fader layers to control the AUX sends. AUX1 to AUX6 allows six auxiliary output feeds.
ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE PROCESSING CHAIN
The EDIT button gives access to the complete processing chain, which is present on every M 18 input channel:
Complete processing in your hands
Channels that feature a high-end MIC preamp are equipped with a gain digital remote control. A gate, a dynamic compressor and a four-band parametric equalizer are present on all input channels.
In the M 18 model each of them has three auxiliary sends dedicated to feeding the three internal effects processors and six AUX sends for stage monitors or external effects.
All the input channels feature a four band parametric EQ, offering three intervention methods enabling different sound timbres.
The Standard EQ type features the classical frequency response curve, controlled by four separate bands. Ideal for precise intervention and accurate frequency adjustment.
The Vintage EQ type offers a specific sound print on all four bands, bringing to mind the great vintage equalizers of the analog world. With its distinctive sound-shaping algorithm, this EQ is perfect for voices and percussive instruments.
The Smooth EQ type features a modern and sonically flexible EQ section. Even the most demanding sounds are easy to equalize with this algorithm. Select your preferred type of smoothness for high and low frequencies.
STUDIO GRADE EFFECTS
Two realistic Amp modeling channels
Designed for musicians. Two line inputs can be switched to a Hi-Z mode and host several realistic amp modeling simulators.
Guitar and bass players can count on as many as 11 simulators specifically created for them: Darkface ‘65 (US), JazzC (JP), Rock ‘64 (UK), Rock 800 (UK) Crunch, Rock 900 (UK) Lead, Top30 (UK), Modern (US), BassMate (US), BassAmp (DE), Markbass Little Mark III (IT), Markbass TTE 500 (IT). The new firmware version adds a further four Amp Simulators: Slo88 Crunch (US), Slo 88 Lead (US), Overange 120 (UK) and Heavy 51 (US). It is also possible to substitute one of the Amp Simulators with a versatile Acoustic Simulator.
Combine each amp with many different cabinets and explore various sound possibilities, emulating three types of microphone and three distinct positions: Near on axis, Near off axis, and Far from cabinet (1 m).
The wide range of integrated sound options will allow every musician to re-create his own personal familiar sound without the need to transport heavy and bulky amplifiers and cabinets.
The M 18 digital mixer can provide up to 19 simultaneous effects. Three of them are defined as “SEND EFFECTS” and are fed by dedicated FX SENDS.
FX1 is a particularly deep and transparent reverb, providing a realistic simulation of large ambients, such as halls, or rooms and plates.
FX2 is a professional delay with a tap time up to 2500 ms and dedicated filters on the feedback signal, thus creating interesting sounds and complex tapping effects.
FX3 is an assignable multi-effect with several choices: chorus, flanger, pitch shifter, among the others.
It is a proprietary algorithm-based modeled reverb, which has been developed in cooperation with some of the best local and international studio engineers. The reverb provides up to 12 different algorithms as the original Large and Medium Halls, Medium and Small Rooms, Plates and two unedited Ambience programs. Up to 200 presets can be saved for user’s reference, 40 of which are ready-to-use and provide the most commonly used ambients.
This is a complete and professional delay. This superb delay provides up to 5 different algorithms – Vintage Delay, Stereo Delay, Dual Delay, Early Reflection (ER), and Modern. 200 presets are on user’s hand and can be saved as favorites. 20 of them are ready-to-use presets with spectacular effects.
The third available internal effect is a Modulation Machine equipped with Chorus-Flanger, Tremolo, Pitch Shifter, or an additional delay algorithm. Using these algorithms it is possible to create deep chorusing or doubling effects, and enrich the guitar’s or bass’s sound with an octaver through the application of Pitch Shifter’s special programs.
A unique function that is available only in the M 18 digital mixer is the MultiFX effects chain. This powerful option can be applied to up to 4 channels:
DELAY. This effect counts on as many as three different algorithms: Mono Delay, Vintage Delay and ER Delay.
MONO DELAY. Essential effect for any vocal or brass instrument. Using the LO-CUT and HI-CUT filter controls, musicians can generate sophisticated 1300ms rebound sounds with frequency-controlled feedback.
VINTAGE DELAY. A variation of the MONO DELAY, the VINTAGE DELAY program increases the delay time up to 2500ms, and adds a vintage filter frequency control.
ER DELAY (Early Reflection Delay). A shorter delay time, up to 200ms, produces very natural reflection sounds that are typical of small ambients. The filters’ control allows creating frequency-adjusted reflections.
CHORUS. With chorus, flanger, and tremolo presets.
CHORUS. An essential effect module for any guitar player. It helps creating spacious and clean guitar sounds and giving rise to unique atmospheres.
FLANGER. A fantastic “doubling” effect, ideal for guitars but also very effective when used on main vocals, and able to create impressive results. Try it!
TREMOLO. Classic effect heard in many records, past and contemporary. Mostly used on guitars, but also on electric pianos.
PITCH SHIFTER. Very useful effect, ideal to create detune effects or harmonized sounds. The extension of detune up to +/- 1 octave allows the use of Pitch Shifter as an “octaver” for bass or guitar typical sounds.
AutoWah. Indispensable tool for soul, funk and dance guitarists to re-create the characteristic sound of several hits of the 70’s and 80’s.
Ring Modulator. Very useful tool to create atmosphere sounds. Ideal to obtain psychedelic guitar and synth tones.
Octaver. Nice tool for guitarists and bass players, allowing to obtain complex sounds composed by up to two additional octaves lower than the fundamental tone. Precise controls allow the user to measure out the desired octaves levels.
OVERDRIVE. With overdrive and distortion programs:
TUBENINE. Emulation of a classic distortion pedal with a typical overdrive sound.
DISTORT+. It reproduces the sound of classic distortion pedals. Tuning the three controls – DRIVE, LEVEL and TONE – it is possible to generate several nuances of distorted sounds, while maintaining a perfect dynamic control.
AMP EMULATION. A powerful preset of 11 choices:
Model of a notable 2x12” American guitar amp, perfect for both clean or distorted sounds. It faithfully reproduces all the nuances and is referable to the original amplifier when associated with its own cabinet
Emulation of a famous Japanese guitar amplifier, which is particularly popular among jazz guitar players. Its main features are the cleanliness of sound and richness of low frequencies.
The Bassface made it to the UK and a great engineer turned it into the amp of choice for the UK rock revolution.
An early 70’s model of the classic “800”. It is an evolution of the Rock ‘64 modeled guitar amp.
The evolution continues! This is a lead channel model of the UK rock guitar amp, a true sound from the 90’s.
Model of a classic 2x12” UK combo amp with ‘blue’ speakers. The amp is the preferred choice of several great guitarists of the last 40 years – the Beatles, U2, and the Queen have often used this amp for their guitars’ sound.
Model of the tube/diode rectifier US Amp, which has started the NuMetal wave and is also used in many other genres.
Model of a classic American 4x10” bass combo amp, tuned to be great for playing rhythm & blues on guitar once overdriven.
Model of the well-known German bass amplifier, that is the first choice of the best heavy metal and progressive rock bass players.
Model of the 500-Watts solid-state amplifier of the iconic Italian producer. It has a warm and natural sound, and it faithfully reproduces the true tone of your instrument.
Markbass TTE 500 (IT). One more model of the iconic Italian producer MarkBass. TTE500 is the “Modern-Vintage” tube bass amp with unique sound reproduction characteristics.
The re-creation of a 1972 amplifier, 120W, all-tube head with dirty crunchy tone
Emulation of the outstanding American Super Lead Overdrive amplifier, that set the benchmark for high-gain tube amp overdrive and distortion
Same emulation as Slo88 Lead, but using the Crunch sound channel. The Crunch creates a moderately distorted sound, rich in harmonics, typical of blues guitarists.
Emulation of an all-tube amplifier from 1992, signature model for Eddie Van Halen. Heavy 51’s sound is well known for its high-gain overdrive channel that has been widely used by rock, hardcore and metal guitarists
Ideal to obtain the characteristics and nuances of an acoustic guitar, even when using a solid body electric guitar. When is use, the Acoustic Simulator substitutes one of the two Amp Simulator’s session.
Darkface ‘65 (US)
Rock ‘64 (UK)
Rock 800 (UK) Crunch
Rock 900 (UK) Lead
Markbass Little Mark III (IT)
Markbass TTE 500 (IT)
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