Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2016)—24 hours, 8 cities, 30-plus products and a slew of performances; Roland’s “The Future. Redefined” online festival had it all. The day-long streaming event in September was built around performances from eight sites around the world—including a five-hour finale at Six01 Studio in Burbank, California—and introduced the better part of three-dozen new products, even as it featured performances by Linda Perry, Mike Garson, Echosmith, Ric’key Pageot, She Wants Revenge, Tal Wilkenfeld, Gregg Bissonette and many more.
“Roland supported the three unique and individual stages — a main stage with traditional rock bands, a DJ-oriented and technology stage, and a piano-oriented stage — with its own Pro A/V equipment,” reports Christian Delfino, vice president of Product Management for the Roland Professional A/V Division. The equipment included three M-5000 live audio mixing consoles, V-1200HD video switcher and V-800HD multi-format video switchers, and the V-1SDI video switcher that was launched at the event.
Front-of-house engineer Brian Belcher at the M-5000 handled a total of 94 audio inputs fed from the three stages via individual S-4000 S32x8 digital snakes. Belcher and monitor engineer Tomas Wolfe were able to mix the three stages with a single monitor console and single FOH console due to the remote capabilities of the M-5000 iPad App and the M-5000 remote control software on Apple iPads and Windows tablets.
A third M-5000 was used by broadcast mix engineer Andy Santos to provide an audio mix to a V-1200HD that switched between 16 different video input sources, including wireless remote mobile cameras, two fixed cameras, and a camera on a jib, plus a number of remote-controlled cameras. Those camera feeds, together with graphics and video playback were switched and combined with live audio that was embedded by the V-1200HD and transported to a computer capture device running Wirecast by Telestream, one of the event’s sponsors. Wirecast encoded the stream for delivery and internet broadcast by Ustream, a title sponsor of the event, which also provided the embedding links for dealers and Roland’s TFR websites to be able to support the webcast.
Delfino noted, “The M-5000 made it easy with the ability to quickly recall scenes. As each band got on-stage, the team recalled one of 28 scenes on each respective console and the band was ready to go with all of the monitor, front-of-house and broadcast settings that they had following their sound check that happened over the previous two days.”
Artists performing at Six01 Studio autographed a variety of Roland gear that will be auctioned at a later date to benefit MusiCares, the non-profit organization established by The Recording Academy to help music people in times of hardship.
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