Roland Takes It to City Hall

You may not always be able to fight city hall, but Roland recently made one sound better. As part of an AV upgrade for the City of Dallas, Roland M-5000 consoles have been installed in three control rooms with Dante connectivity and a MADI interface to provide control over any audio feed from any control room.
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Dallas, TX (May 4, 2016)—You may not always be able to fight city hall, but Roland recently made one sound better. As part of an AV upgrade for the City of Dallas, Roland M-5000 consoles have been installed in three control rooms with Dante connectivity and a MADI interface to provide control over any audio feed from any control room.

Digital Resources, Inc. (DRI) recently entered into a multi-year master agreement with the City of Dallas to handle all of the municipality’s audio and video requirements, which included a need to enable the recording of virtually every meeting held at City Hall, mandated by the City Council to assure complete governmental disclosure and transparency.

DRI, based in nearby Southlake, TX, built out a single-mode fiber backbone between floors at City Hall and to several locations on each floor, linking areas such as parks and recreation, the briefing room, the cafeteria, the auditorium, main entry, an EOC and the City Council chambers. As part of this plan, three control-room locations were installed to allow simultaneous recording, live broadcasting and streaming of multiple events. “The video signal paths were pretty clear-cut, utilizing a large matrix router,” explains Tim Davis, DRI’s Director of Engineering. “But audio was the big question: How can we mix audio from any of the locations in any of the three control rooms?”

 The answer DRI chose was the M-5000. “We tried to plan for any contingency, and that includes letting City Hall make the best use of its manpower,” says Davis. “Running digital audio over fiber, we’re able to network all three control rooms and consoles. So, for instance, if one technician needed to operate a console in one control room for a meeting but also needed to set up the console in another room for another meeting, he or she could do so from any of the control rooms. The addition of the Dante network card to the M-5000 expansion slot allows every mixer to gain access of any other mixers’ inputs, which is a key requirement of the system. Along with passing multiple channels via fiber between the mixers, now multiple channels can also be moved between mixers on the data network via Dante protocol. Functionality like that is why we chose the M-5000.”

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