Roland has launched its next generation live sound digital mixing console, the M-5000, based on a new operating platform offering more adaptability to individual workflow than previous options.

The platform OHRCA stands for Open; High Resolution; and Configurable Architecture. The combination adapts to the needs of the application and the operator by delivering 128 freely definable audio paths, a flexible user interface, expandable protocols and multiple-format I/O choices. All paths are delivered at a 24-bit/96kHz sound quality.

A key to the Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console’s internal architecture is that it is not fixed to any configuration. It can be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input or output channels or busses, allowing the operator to ‘build’ a console to suit the application.

Each path can be used as a mixing channel, AUX, matrix, subgroup buss or MIX-MINUS buss in any input/output configuration. A primary application might be for the monitor position, where a high number of auxiliary busses are needed. But the M-5000 is equally at home at the FOH position for live music in touring, theatre, broadcast and more.

Network options are also versatile. In addition to two REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) ports, the M-5000 has two expansion card slots to support a range of system configurations and audio transport protocols such as Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid.

The back panel includes 16×16 analogue I/Os; 4×4 AES/EBUs; 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. These enable the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz. Inputs can be patched to outputs independently of mixing channel resources.

Meanwhile workflow exploits a 12in colour touch-screen, 28 channel faders in four groups, multifunction knobs and buttons and an entire user assignable section. The built-in GUI is expandable via Mac and Windows’ remote control software to any portable device.

Existing Roland products integrate with the new platform, knitting the M-5000 into systems already running worldwide. Scores of digital snake options already exist for I/O, but the Roland M-48 Personal Mixer offers a powerful solution. Hybrid monitoring takes the lead performers’ mixes off the console busses while the rest of the musicians use M-48 Personal Mixers.

Connecting M-48 and M-5000 via the powered REAC port on the console, the engineer can mix between those artists on aux busses and those musicians on personal mixers. Finally, the R-1000 48-channel Player/Recorder completes the family of devices fully integral with the M-5000.

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