On the MTLC-16, individual keyboards were equipped
with a small mixer -- student interface unit (SI Unit)
-- into which were plugged the sound output of the keyboard
along with the student's headphones. The SI Units
were then connected to the MTLC-16 via network cables
which were plugged into the back of the MTLC-16.
Students controlled their individual volumes by adjusting
the volume control on their keyboards. There were no volume
controls on the SI Unit.
The MTLC-16 was equipped to control 16 individual
keyboards and could be connected (networked) to another
MTLC-16 for a total of 32 individual stations. .
There was a USB computer connection which allowed the unit
to be connected to a IBM-PC computer (no Mac version was
ever available). Software was available to facilitate a
a computer-based "drag-and-drop" interface for
classroom management, and Roland's V-MT software for a variety
of music classrooms. Customized teacher/class lists could
be created along with grading and attendance records. The
software package was sold separately.
In addition to the computer interface the MTLC-16
had a monitor output which could be connected to either
a regular computer monitor monitor or an LCD projector.
The MTLC-16 has recently (January 1, 2005) been
replaced with a new model of Class Piano teacher controller
-- the RSC-848 Lab Conferencing System. Visit Roland's
site to view detailed specs for the RCS-848
* Note: Roland established a new sales policy with
the introduction of the MTLC-16 class piano lab teacher
controller. They only sold it COMPLETE -- that is, it came
complete with "16 EVERYTHINGS" (16 student controller
boxes, 16 sets of headphones, 16 audio cables, etc.). You
could not get it in any other configuration. So, if you
wanted, say... 8 student stations -- too bad, you had to
buy the whole thing. And it was not cheap. The complete
unit plus installation (if you already have digital pianos)
cost in excess of $4500.00. It is assumed that replacement
parts were available.
See A Critical
Overview of Class Piano Lab Manufacturers.
Back to Class Piano
for information about designing and installing a class/group
piano lab in your school.