Roland Introduces M-5000 Live Mixing Console
Nov 4, 2014 3:38 PM
LOS ANGELES�Roland Systems Group introduces the M-5000 Live Mixing Console, which utilizes the O.H.R.C.A (�Open,� �High Resolution,� and �Configurable Architecture�) platform.
The Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console''s internal architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined to allow the operator to essentially �build� a console structure to suit the needs of the application. The free assignable audio paths can be used for mixing channels, AUXs, Matrices, subgroup buses, MIX-MINUS buses, and other input/output configurations within a range of up to 128. O.H.R.C.A enables the console to be flexible enough to accommodate an array of uses.
The M-5000 comes with remote control software (Mac/Windows) designed to operate the console, which extends the user interface and windows beyond the built-in GUI.
In addition to two REAC ports, the M-5000 has two expansion card slots to support a range of system configurations and audio transport protocols, as well as future formats and functions. The back panel includes 16x16 analog I/O, 4x4 AES/EBU, a 16x16 USB audio interface, connection for control via an iPad connected or wireless, and control ports including footswitches, GP I/O, RS-232C and MIDI. All of this capability enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz and even more at 48kHz. Furthermore, the patching ability allows and input to be patched directly to one or more outputs without having to use up a mixing channel.
The M-5000 features a 12� color touch screen, 28 channel faders in four groups, multifunction knobs and buttons, �touch and turn� functions, plus a user assignable section. The channel and user-assignment displays utilize bright, full-color organic technology for high visibility in any light. A user-assignable section comprised of four encoders and eight buttons in 3 banks provides quick access to key functions.
96 kHz audio with mic pre''s built into the console as well as Roland''s digital snake lineup ensures the highest quality of sound end to end. A single mixing channel can have three assigned inputs: primary, backup for instant swap, and one for playback/record. Each channel also includes 4-band PEQs, two dynamics processors that can be pre or post EQ, delay, and more. The Roland M-5000 includes 8 stereo multi-effect processors with an array of effects, as well as Boss compact pedal effects. 32, 31-band Graphic EQs (or 8-band parametric EQs) can be used simultaneously and are not part of the effects processor allocation. Mains support for 5.1, LCR, LR, plus surround panning and stereo downmix are also available.
The family of the Roland Pro Audio products such as digital snakes, personal mixers and recording/playback work seamlessly with the new platform. This allows an M-5000 console to work with any of the thousands of systems already running worldwide.
In addition to the digital snake options available for I/O, integrating an M-48 personal mixing solution is indtended for hybrid monitor positions.
The R-1000 48-Channel Player/Recorder rounds out the family of devices that are integrated with its ability to playback or record up to 48 channels.
Roland''s Pro A/V division supplies application-specific equipment from Roland professional audio and video product lines.