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NAB 2015 Preview: Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console

The Roland M-5000 will make its NAB debut to showcase its extensive broadcasting features. The M-5000 will be on display at Roland’s booth, C2635. 

Based on the O.H.R.C.A platform, the M-5000 delivers freely definable audio paths, supporting multiple audio formats protocols, plus pristine 96kHz sound quality throughout the system. Because of the flexible architecture of the M-5000, the 128 audio paths can be freely defined, including 5.1 surround mixing and monitoring, Mix-Minus buses, GPIO triggers and delay, which is important for broadcasting applications and OB vans.

OB vans today require products that offer a lot of features within a small footprint, as well as the flexibility to handle a variety of remote broadcast events such as sports, concerts, newscasts, and awards ceremonies. 

The M-5000’s 5.1 surround functions let users change pan positions via the built-in touch panel or free downloadable remote control software. For 5.1-channel monitoring, individual delay and alignment functions can be adjusted to speaker levels and delays. When using 5.1 surround mode, users can select output destinations and a simultaneous stereo downmix. Delays on every input and output with several different frame rates allow broadcasters the ability match the output.

The M-5000 features a Mix-Minus function, indispensable for recording and relay feeds, ideal for location or mobile broadcasts to remove a reporter/talent mic channels from the mix. M-5000’s flexible architecture allows users to freely assign the desired number of outputs for a Mix-Minus setup.

Using the flexibility of the O.H.R.C.A. platform found in the M-5000, a typical broadcast setup might include 84 mixing channels, 5.1 plus L/R output mix, six Mono Auxes, eight Matrix, 5.1  plus L/R monitor setup, two Downmixes, Talkback, headphone monitoring and talkback channel.

The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots with seven expansion card options that include Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as future formats. The additional XI-Expansion Card options also include XI-SDI to mix 16-channels in/out of embedded audio off an SDI cable. It also includes XI-DVI for mixing up to 2-channels and the XI-SFP card for Fiber Optics and Gigabit Ethernet communications with up to 16-channels in/out ideal for broadcasting applications. 

The back panel includes 16×16 analog I/O, 4×4 AES/EBU, a 16×16 USB audio interface, connection for control via an iPad connected or wireless, and control ports including footswitches, GPIO, RS-232C and MIDI. All of this capability enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96 kHz, and more at 48 kHz. 

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