Roland XS Series Matrix Switchers

Roland has released a v2.0 update for its XS Series Multi-Format Matrix Switchers, adding uninterrupted output mode switching, cross-dissolve switching, PGM/PST operation, enhanced customisation picture-in-picture capabilities and a new customisable iPad app for wireless touch control.

The switchers are aimed at applications in live production and fixed installation, enabling processing and switching of digital or analogue video sources to multiple outputs simultaneously.

The XS Series is offered in three configurations – XS-84H is 8-input x 4-output, XS-83H is 8-input x 3-output, and the XS-82H is 8-input x 2-output. Each provides high-quality, integrated video and audio conversion and switching with iPad control. The XS Series supports HDMI, HD Component, RGB, and composite video signals with output resolutions up to 1080p. Up to eight compatible line or two mic inputs with digital audio effects can be accommodated.

Audio level adjustment and detailed settings can be configured remotely by downloading the XS Remote native iPad app, via RS232C interface, and over a network with a LAN connection. Remote control is valuable in fixed installations where front panel controls are not accessible, or a programmable touch control interface is required to access the functions of the XS Series.

With built in Roland audio DSP technology, the XS Series offers sophisticated sound processing with eight HDMI audio inputs and the ability to accept eight stereo analogue inputs. Volume levels can be monitored via a level meter display on each output. Two channels of the XS Series feature mic level audio input, while a built-in ducking function can be used to lower the volume of other audio during mic input. Each audio input has an internal high-pass filter, four-band equaliser, noise gate/expander and compressor.

The video processing features make multiscreen video production possible for both digital signage and live applications. A single image can be scaled across multiple displays using the Span mode, and then be switched to a different image on each screen with Matrix mode. Each input channel supports adjustments for scaling, positioning and aspect ratio before output ensuring the best possible result. The Preview Out function enables checking of a video source before sending it to an output.

The Roland XS series can switch between and route HDCP video from computers, smart phones, Blu-Ray, and still images from its internal memory to displays. With up to four HDBaseT outputs available, high quality, long distance transmission of audio and video content to displays throughout a venue or site can be easily achieved.

For teleconferencing applications, the Roland XS series features four internal buses each for video and audio. The switcher can be used to create minus-one audio to feed directly into existing teleconferencing systems and to switch up to eight computer and video devices in both analogue and digital formats. A built in audio ducking function lowers other audio levels beneath a mic signal for conference or boardroom use.


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