Roland has updated its software for the M-5000 O.H.R.C.A. live mixing console to version 1.101. This update equips the console with M-48 Personal Mixing management and GP I/O functions from the built-in 25-pin port on the rear of the console.
Roland’s M-48 Personal Mixing System provides 40 channels that are mixed as 16 stereo groups to each musician on stage via a cat5/6e cable and allows each musician to control their own mix. Version 1.101 software allows the setup and control of each M-48 on the network directly from the M-5000. Users can set up two monitor mix zones using REAC A and REAC B ports, which allows a separate set of 40 input sources that can be assigned in 16 stereo groups. The Engineer’s Monitor function allows the sound engineer at FOH to mirror a monitor mix to a local M-48 at the console from any M-48 on the network, listen to it, make adjustments, and send it back to the musician on stage. Each M-48 can store up to 16 presets that can be recalled from the M-48, and those settings can be associated with scenes on the console, enabling automated memory preset recall of all personal mixers when a console scene is recalled.
Additional version 1.101 software features include GP I/O control using peripherals such as foot switches or touch panels from contact closure inputs. On outputs, the M-5000 can send up to twelve GP I/O commands for fader, scene recall and user button control, which is highly valued in theater, broadcast and live production applications.
The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots with seven expansion card options including Dante, MADI, Waves Sound-Grid, or more REAC ports, as well as audio embedded over video protocols. The back panel includes 16×16 analog I/O, 4×4 AES/EBU, a 16×16 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 more at 48kHz.