NAB 2015 Preview: Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console

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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 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, 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. 

For more information visit proav.roland.com/OHRCA.