Roland has launched the OHRCA M-5000C digital mixing console, a compact, ~30" version of its M-5000, first revealed exclusively to PSNEurope late last year (see EXCLUSIVE: M-5000 is “huge step forward” for Roland Systems Group).
Measuring under 30 inches (74cm) in width and weighing 70lb (32kg), the M-5000C offers the flexibility and power of the M-5000 console in a smaller footprint, making it the ideal choice for touring, broadcast, theatre and live performance, says Roland.
The M-5000C will make its début to the European market at IBC in Amsterdam, on the HHB Communications stand (8.D56), on 11–15 September.
The M-5000C uses the same OHRCA (Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture) platform as its bigger brother, which supports the Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, and REAC audio protocols and audio delivery over video using SDI, DVI and SFP cabling.
As well as the same freely definable audio paths, expandable protocols, multi-format I/O choices and 24bit/96kHz sound as the M-5000, the new compact console features a new 72bit summing bus, newly designed discrete analogue circuitry and a redundant power supply.
According to Roland, an intuitive and flexible workflow is key to the design of the M-5000C, with an "abundance of user-centric features", such as the 12” colour touchscreen controlled by multipurpose knobs below the screen. Sixteen (of a total of twenty) faders are divided into two banks of eight that can work together or isolated; each can be assigned with a total of four different workflows: scroll, spill DCA, anchors and user-assignable layers. The remaining four faders can be freely assigned by the user depending on their requirements. Also free to be assigned by the user are three banks each with four knobs and eight buttons (for a total twelve knobs and twenty four buttons).
The M-5000C is the latest addition to Roland Pro A/V (formerly Roland Systems Group)'s growing line-up of OHRCA-based consoles. The 28-fader M-5000 won the ‘best mixing system (live)’ award at the 2015 Prolight + Sound International Press Awards (PIPA) and is nominated for a 2015 Pro Sound Award for best marketing campaign.