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Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Music Gear Monday: Roland M-5000 Digital Console

When it comes to digital consoles for live sound, Roland usually isn't mentioned in the same conversation as Midas, DiGiCo, Yamaha or Avid. That might change soon with the introduction of the company's new O.H.R.C.A. M-5000.

The O.H.R.C.A. (which stands for Open, High Resolution and Configurable Architecture) M-5000 takes a different different approach from formats in that it features 128 assignable signal pathways, each at 96kHz. These can be configurable into any combination of inputs, groups, outputs and auxes as needed. Although the console comes standard with 16 inputs and outputs, it can handle up to as many as 300 inputs and 296 outputs at 96kHz (and more at 48kHz) in a variety of analog or digital formats.

The control surface features a 12 inch color screen, 28 faders in 4 groups, and a variety of multifunction knobs and buttons. There's a variety of effects built in as well, including 4 band parametric EQ, 8 effects processors, and thirty-two 31 band graphic EQs.

The M-5000 can also be remotely controlled via an iPad, Mac or Windows PC, and includes ports for footswitches, RS-232 or MIDI. The console also has expansion slots for Roland's REAC, Dante, MADI and Waves Soundgrid.

There's no official price yet, although it's said to be around $25k. You can find out more on the dedicated M-5000 website, or by checking out the video below.


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