Roland yesterday held the global launch of its M-5000 live mixing console. The desk, which has been in development for more than two years, is based on a new operating platform, OHRCA, which is said to provide more adaptibility to individual workflow than other previous options.
The network options are equally 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 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. Furthermore, inputs can be patched to outputs independently of mixing channel resources.
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.
According to the manufacturer, the key to the Roland M-5000’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 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. One 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.
The pliancy continues on the control surface. Workflow is above all 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.