Roland yesterday held the global launch of its M-5000 live mixing console - a desk that has been in development for over two years.
The M-5000 is based on a new operating platform known as OHRCA (Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture), which is said to provide more adaptibility to individual workflow.
OHRCA 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.
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 formats of the future.
The back panel includes 16x16 analogue I/Os; 4x4 AES/EBUs; a 16x16 USB audio interface; connection for control via an iPad, connected or wireless; and control ports including footswitches, GP I/O, RS-232C and MIDI – enabling the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz.
The surface operation is based around a 12-inch touchscreen, 28 faders in four banks including four assignable faders, plus an additional assignable section comprising four encoders, eight buttons and an OLED.
Remote operation will also be possible using M-5000 RCS software for both Mac and Windows, while an iPad app named M-5000 Remote is due for arrival in the second quarter of 2015.
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