Roland’s M-5000 live mixing console is the first product to sit on a new platform called OHRCA (“Open,” “High Resolution,” and “Configurable Architecture”) that is said to deliver freely definable audio paths, supporting multiple audio formats protocols, as well as pristine 96kHz sound quality throughout the system. The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots for Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as future formats. The back panel includes 16x16 analog I/O, 4x4 AES/EBU, a 16x16 USB audio interface, connection for control via an iPad connected or wireless, and control ports including footswitches, GP I/O, RS-232C, and MIDI. All of this capability enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz and even more at 48kHz. Control includes 12in. color touchscreen, 28 channel faders in four groups, anchor points, DCA spills, multifunction knobs and buttons, plus a user assignable section. Full functioning remote control software (Mac/Windows) extends the user interface beyond the built-in GUI resulting in flexible organization of critical pages or meters on external monitors.