Roland: firmware update, REAC driver kit for V-mixers

Roland has announced the new REAC driver kit for the V-Mixing System, and a firmware update for the M-480 at Prolight + Sound.
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Yesterday Roland Systems Group (RSG) introduced the Roland Ethernet Audio Communication (REAC) Driver Kit for the company’s V-Mixing System, enabling users to record 40 simultaneous audio tracks into SONAR X1 Producer software via one Cat5e/6 cable from a REAC System to a PC Ethernet Port.

The kit is intended for use with the Roland V-Mixer Consoles M-480, M-380, M-400, and M-300, and is compatible with Roland S-4000 and S-1608 Digital Snake Systems. It will be available for purchase from RSG authorized resellers starting April 2012.

In related Roland news, a new firmware update (V1.5) has been released for the M-480 V-Mixer console. The free update includes increased DCA groups - from 8 to 24 - and a scene fade function for use in theatre and broadcast situations.

Additionally, five new channel effects have been included in the release: multi-band compression/expansion and four modeled BOSS compact effects including OD/DS series (Overdrive/Distortion), DD-3 (Digital Delay), DM-5 (Delay) and CE-1 (Chorus Ensemble).

The V1.5 update will also be available in April 2012 and can be downloaded from the RSG website under the M-480 section.


BCE snaps up Roland V-Mixing system

UK: RSS by Roland has released details of an early M-400 sale in the UK, writes David Davies. The Bedford Corn Exchange's sound team has taken delivery of one of the V-Mixing system consoles plus a Snake package to use as a portable configuration for commitments at its home venue and several other local venues owned and operated by the Borough Council. Meanwhile, RSS by Roland's Martin Thomas says the V-Mixing system has enjoyed a "really strong start" since deliveries commenced at the end of January.


Entec invests in d&b V-Series

London-based rental company Entec Sound & Light has added more d&b loudspeakers to its hire stock, investing in the German manufacturer’s V-Series line array system.