Roland has unveiled its new M-5000 Live Mixing Console, the first product based on OHRCA: ‘Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture.’ The OHRCA platform delivers freely definable audio paths, flexible user interface and workflow, expandable protocols, and multi-format I/O choices, at 96kHz sound quality.
The Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console’s internal architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined to allow the operator to ‘build’ a console structure to suit the needs of the application. The free assignable audio paths can be used for mixing channels, AUXs, Matrices, subgroup buses, MIX-MINUS buses, and other input/output configurations.
In addition to two REAC 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, more REAC ports, as well as future formats and functions. The back panel includes 16x16 analogue I/O, 4x4 AES/EBU, 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. All of this capability enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs.
A 12-inch colour touchscreen, 28 channel faders in four groups, multifunction buttons, ‘touch and turn’ functions, plus a user assignable section are designed to make mixing fast and accurate.
The M-5000 comes with remote control software (Mac/Windows) designed to fully operate the console, which extends the user interface and windows beyond the built-in GUI.
A single mixing channel can have three assigned inputs: primary, backup for instant swap, and one for playback/record. Each channel also includes 4-band PEQs, two dynamics processors that can be pre or post EQ, delay, and more. The Roland M-5000 includes eight stereo multieffect processors. 32, 31-band Graphic EQs (or 8-band parametric EQs) can be used simultaneously and are not part of the effects processor allocation. Mains support for 5.1, LCR, LR, plus surround panning and stereo downmix are also available in the mixer configuration.
The range of existing Roland products integrate with the new platform, meaning an M-5000 console can work with any of the thousands of systems already running.