Roland will showcase the broadcast features of its new M-5000 mixing console at the NAB Show. The M-5000 (pictured) was wrevealed exclusively by PSNEurope in November (see EXCLUSIVE: M-5000 is “huge step forward” for Roland Systems Group).
The M-5000, based on the OHRCA platform, delivers freely definable audio paths supporting multiple audio formats/protocols, plus 96 kHz sound quality throughout the system. Because of the architecture of the M-5000, the 128 audio paths can be freely defined, including 5.1 surround mixing and monitoring, mix-minus buses, GPIO triggers and delay.
The 5.1 surround functions can be accessed to change pan positions via the built-in touch panel or free downloaded remote control software. For 5.1-channel monitoring, individual delay and alignment functions can be adjusted to speaker levels and delays. When using 5.1surround mode, operators can select output destinations and a simultaneous stereo downmix. Delays on every input and output with several different frame rates allow broadcasters the ability match the output.
Using the OHRCA platform in the M-5000, a typical broadcast set-up might include 84 mixing channels, 5.1 + LR output mix, six mono auxes, eight matrix, 5.1+LR monitor setup, two downmixes, talkback, headphone monitoring and talkback channel.
The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots with seven expansion card options that include Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid or more REAC ports, as well as future formats. The additional XI-Expansion card options also include XI-SDI to mix 16-channels in/out of embedded audio off an SDI cable. It also includes XI-DVI for mixing up to two channels and the XI-SFP card for fibre optics and gigabit ethernet communications with up to 16 channels in/out, ideal for broadcasting applications.