mLAN or Music LAN is a local area network that uses FireWire technology to transmit MIDI, audio, and video data. This technology was created to replace the multiple cables, plugs, and sockets needed to connect synthesizers, mixers, and other A/V equipment in the digital era.
mLAN supports multiple data channels that go over logical paths between virtual connectors called “plugs”, and it can connect devices in a star, tiered star, or daisy-chained configuration. One significant advantage of mLAN, developed by Yamaha, is its connection management. The settings of each connected device can be saved on a computer in the network, making reconfiguration automatic upon reconnection.
mLAN utilizes the Audio and Music Data Transmission Protocol (A/M protocol), which is standardized as the transport layer of the network. With mLAN, musicians and audio engineers can simplify their equipment setup and have more control over their configuration.
FAQs about mLAN:
What is the benefit of using mLAN?
mLAN simplifies the setup of musical and audio equipment by replacing multiple plugs, sockets, and cables with a single connector based on FireWire technology. It also provides connection management that saves device settings for automatic configuration upon reconnection.
What kind of devices can be connected using mLAN?
mLAN can connect synthesizers, mixers, and other audio and video equipment that support MIDI, audio, and video data transmission.
What is the transport layer used by mLAN?
mLAN uses the Audio and Music Data Transmission Protocol (A/M protocol) standardized by IEC 61883-6.
mLAN is a network technology that simplifies the connection and configuration of musical and audio equipment that support MIDI, audio, and video data transmission. By using FireWire technology and the A/M protocol, mLAN efficiently transmits data between devices. Furthermore, the connection management system automatically reconfigures the devices after reconnection, saving time and effort for musicians and audio engineers.