Roland’s new M-5000 live mixing console delivers 128 freely defined audio paths, including 5.1 surround mixing and monitoring, mix-minus busses, GPIO triggers, and delay important for broadcasting applications and OB Vans. The 5.1 surround functions can be accessed to change pan positions via the built-in touchpanel or free downloaded remote control software. The M-5000 also features a mix-Minus function, indispensable for recording and relay feeds and ideal for location or mobile broadcasts to remove a reporter/talent mic channels from the mix. The console has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots with seven expansion card options that include 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, GPIO, 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.