Nashville’s Sound Check facility was one of many stops Roland Systems Group made on a tour of dealers and reps. Shown here after the private Nashville launch of the M-5000 are Christian Delfino, VP of Sales (left) and Rob Read, Marketing Communications Manager.
Los Angeles, CA (November 5, 2014)—Roland Systems Group has introduced its M-5000 Live Mixing Console, based around a new system architecture dubbed O.H.R.C.A (Open, High Resolution, and Configurable Architecture). The manufacturer boasts that the system delivers freely definable audio paths, multiple audio format protocol support and 96 kHz sampling resolution.
The Roland M-5000’s internal mix architecture is user- and application definable for mixing channels, Auxs, Matrices, subgroup buses and Mix-Minus buses within a range of up to 128 audio paths.
The M-5000 has two built-in Roland REAC interface ports, plus two expansion card slots for Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as for future support of additional 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. Roland says that the sum of these capabilities enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96 kHz, and even more at 48 kHz.
The M-5000’s O.H.R.C.A control includes a 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-function remote control software for Mac or Windows computers can extend the user interface beyond the built-in GUI, allowing users to organize pages appropriately for their work flow, including metering and configuration/control windows.
Roland calls the built-in mic pres “world class.” The M-5000 is compatible with Roland’s family of digital snakes, as well as with the M-48 personal mixing system and the R-1000 recording playback system.
Built-in effects include 4-band PEQs, 8 stereo multi-effect processors of Roland algorithms and “classic vintage and famous” Boss compact pedals plus 32, 31-band Graphic EQs. Mains can be configured for 5.1, LCR, LR (including surround panning) and stereo downmix.
As might be expected, Roland reports that the new M-5000 Live Mixing Console is but the first product based on O.H.R.C.A, with more to follow.