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Ultra-configurable console for live sound makes ISE debut

Installation Staff 10 February 2015

The M-5000, a live sound digital mixing console on a flexible new operating platform, is making its debut to the European market at ISE.

Roland said the platform, known as OHRCA stands for three key concepts: Open; High Resolution; and Configurable Architecture. This combination adapts to the needs both 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 24-bit/96kHz sound quality.

The M-5000’s internal architecture can be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input or output channels or busses, allowing the operator essentially 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. Roland suggested one primary application might be for the monitor position, where a high number of auxiliary busses are needed.

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 and other networking formats.

The back panel includes 16 x 16 analogue I/Os, 4 x 4 AES/EBUs, a 16 x 16 USB audio interface and a connection for control via an iPad, connected or wireless.

It also features control ports including foot switch, GP I/O, RS-232C and MIDI to enable the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz. Inputs can also be patched to outputs independently of mixing channel resources.

Workflow is intended to be user assignable, exploiting a 12in colour touchscreen, 28 channel faders in four groups, multifunction knobs and buttons, selected knob functions and an entire user assignable section. Displays are bright, colour-coded and highly visible in any light. The built-in GUI is expandable via Mac and Windows remote control software to any portable device.

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