L-R: Will Kerlick, CenterStaging Business Manager, and Doug Dubin, CenterStaging Audio Manager, with CenterStaging’s new Roland M-5000 OHRCA Live Mixing Console.
Burbank, CA (August 7, 2015)—A key rehearsal and backline facility specializing in production and technical support for TV and live performances, Burbank’s CenterStaging recently they took delivery of a Roland M-5000 OHRCA live mixing console, adding it to the company’s rental arsenal and using it in the facility, including during rehearsals for the BET Awards.
Will Kerlick, CenterStaging Business Manager, notes, “We have to be ready for a lot. Big acts come through here to rehearse in one of our 10 studios before they go out on tour—that’s about half of our business, and the other half is backline rental. You could say our main niche is the TV market, so we provide gear to programs like American Idol, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, the Grammy Awards and a lot of other shows. The M-5000 is really going to help us on both sides of our business. Obviously it will be a real asset in our rehearsal studios, and it has the capability for broadcasting and streaming applications, which will be very important moving forward. It’s also very easy to see that this is a beautiful console—there’s obviously a lot of thought that went into it, design-wise, and it’s a delight to use.”
The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots with seven expansion card options including Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as audio embedded over video protocols. 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. The desk can handle up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs at 96kHz, and more at 48kHz.
Doug Dubin, CenterStaging Audio Manager, adds, “As Audio Manager, what I was attracted to mostly about the M-5000 is its high number of inputs and outputs, which is more than we have with many of our other consoles, so if we get a really big rehearsal in here, it’s the only console that we have that can really do anything over 48 inputs without having to bring in an outside sub-rental. I was also very impressed with its versatility in being used as an FOH console or a monitor console. The fact that it’s compatible with Dante and MADI and the rest, through the expansion cards, and that it has high resolution—that will all be really good for broadcast applications. Also, our guys picked it up with very minimal training. There are a lot of things I like about it. We are all very excited to have this console in our arsenal.”
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