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Roland Announces M-5000 Live Mixing Console

The new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console is the company’s first product based on its O.H.R.C.A platform. O.H.R.C.A stands for “Open”, “High Resolution”, and “Configurable Architecture”. It promises to deliver freely definable audio paths, support multiple audio formats protocols, and offer 96kHz sound quality throughout the system.

The Roland M-5000’s internal mix architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined for mixing channels, AUXs, Matrices, subgroup buses, MIX-MINUS buses within a range of up to 128 audio paths allowing user to create a console structure to suit the needs of the application.

Dante Expansion card

The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots for Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as future formats. 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, 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 96 kHz and more at 48 kHz.

Control includes 12-inch color touch screen, 28 channel faders in four groups, anchor points, DCA spills, multifunction knobs and buttons, plus a user assignable section. Full functioning remote control software (Mac/Windows) extends the user interface beyond the built-in GUI resulting in flexible organization of critical pages or meters on external monitors.

World-class mic pre’s are built into the console. Effects include 4-band PEQs, eight stereo multi-effects processors of Roland classic vintage and Boss compact pedals plus 32, 31-band Graphic EQs. Mains can be configured for 5.1, L/C/R, L/R, plus surround panning and stereo downmix.

The extensive family of the Roland Pro Audio products such as digital snakes, M-48 personal mixing system and Roland R-1000 recording/playback products are said to work seamlessly with the new platform, providing an ideal upgrade for thousands of existing users.

Roland also announces its support for Audinate’s Dante audio networking solution as an optional expansion card in its new M-5000 Live Mixing Console. Roland’s offering of a Dante solution addresses the need from system integrators, consultants and pro audio professionals wanting to interconnect digital audio products. Supporting Dante in addition to REAC, MADI and Waves SoundGrid positions the new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console and the O.H.R.C.A platform as one of the most openly networked audio consoles on the market.

Roland states that the Roland M-5000 along with the Dante Expansion card will be available early 2015.

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