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Roland M-5000 and M-5000C join forces for Ceres Awards (VIDEO)

The consoles simultaneously mixed the live theatre production and live musicians and broadcast live for Spanish television

A full Roland set-up, including an M-5000C controlling monitors and an M-5000 at the FOH position, was specified for the 2015 Ceres Awards ceremony in Merida, Spain, on 27 August

The Ceres Awards, Spain’s most prestigious theatre awards, take place each year in the town’s 2,000-year-old Roman theatre.

The Roland desks – the M-5000 running 90 channels and 5.1 + L/R and the M-5000C controlling wedges, in-ears and personal monitoring systems – simultaneously mixed the live theatre production and live musicians and broadcast live for Spanish television. Roland S-4000S, S-2416, S-1608, S-0816 digital snakes took care of inputs and outputs for the stage, OB van, PA and microphones.

Pepe Ferrer, sound system designer and FOH engineer for the awards (pictured), comments: “The Ceres ceremony is possibly one of the most complicated shows we work on every year. When we started to see this year’s requirements and the script I immediately thought, ‘This is a job for the M-5000.’ I’m glad we had the opportunity to use it; it behaved really well and fast.

Also, we noticed a level-up in terms of audio quality compared to other consoles we have been using in previous years. From now on, M-5000 will be my choice, no doubts.”

Nico Suárez, tech support for Roland Pro A/V, adds: “This kind of production, which combines live music with theatre acts, and on top of that has to be broadcast live, is where the OHRCA technology unveils all of its potential, rapidly adapting to all the various needs and offering appropriate workflows for each moment. It’s like have three consoles in one.”

The M-5000, the first Roland console to feature its OHRCA – Open High Resolution Control Architecture – technology, was revealed exclusively in the pages of PSNEurope in November 2014 (see EXCLUSIVE: M-5000 is “huge step forward” for Roland Systems Group).

Its smaller sibling, the M-5000C, made its debut at IBC in September (see IBC 2015: M-5000C, new compact Roland mixer, to get first European showing).

A video showing the entire Ceres set-up in action was filmed on location and can be viewed below, courtesy of the Roland Pro A/V YouTube channel: