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Roland M-5000 and M-5000C go BAM in Barcelona

The M-5000 and M-5000C, together with Roland Digital Snakes, handled FOH and monitors, respectively

After being chosen for a number of European festivals over the summer, the combination of Roland’s M-5000 and M-5000C live digital consoles was a hit with engineers at the Barcelona Acció Musical, or BAM, Festival in late September.

Now in its 20th year, BAM Festival takes place across Barcelona over five days and coincides with the city’s annual festival, La Mercè.

The M-5000 (main picture) and M-5000C (below), together with Roland Digital Snakes, handled FOH and monitors, respectively, with their OHRCA (Open High Resolution Control Architecture) architecture adapting to changing requirements and offering appropriate workflows for each situation.

For the Saturday night performances on the La Mercè stage, the larger M-5000 mixed down 72 channels delivered from the I/O boxes on the stage before splitting the signals down to the compact M-5000C at monitor position.

Inputs from the bands were provided by a Roland S-4000S-3208 Digital Snake (32 x 8 modular stage unit), while the M-5000 used REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) to connect via Cat5e cable at 96kHz to the S-4000S-3208. The M-5000 has two REAC ports allowing extra I/O boxes to be added and a third REAC port which can be used for connection to monitors, recording to a PC or standalone recorder such as the R-1000 or to the Roland M-48 personal monitoring system.

The AES/EBU outputs for the PA system and processors were provided by a Roland S-2416 Digital Snake (24 x 16 stage unit).

“There were a couple of features of the M-5000 that really stood out on this job,” says Roland Pro A/V product manager Nico Suarez. “Since everything outdoors in Barcelona has to have a limiter inserted, the ability to use any input or output on the system to make an insert point was great. On top of that, having two insert points, one before EQ&Dyn and the other after EQ&Dyn, on each channel/bus allowed me to use the onboard limiter for the master before the real one was inserted and have control over the attacks and releases.

Also, as the PA system was very complicated we needed to have a Lake processor at the FOH position so the ability to make tie lines between any input and any output of the system allowed us to use the existing infrastructure to run back the outputs of the Lake.”

The M-5000 and M-5000C, launched in November 2014 and April 2015, respectively, are based on the proprietry OHRCA platform. This internal architecture is not fixed to any configuration and can be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input or output channels or buses, allowing the operator to essentially ‘build’ a console to suit the application. Each path can be used as a mixing channel, aux, matrix, subgroup bus or mix-minus buss in any input/output configuration. It supports Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid and REAC audio protocols, as well as audio delivery over video using SDI, DVI and SFP cabling.