Roland M-5000Roland has released v1.101 software for its M-5000, equipping the Ohrca live mixing console with the latest M-48 Personal Mixing management and new GP I/O functions from the 25-pin port on the rear of the console.

The M-48 Personal Mixing System provides 40 channels mixed as 16 stereo groups to each musician on stage via a cat5/6e cable, and allows each musician to control their own mix. The v1.101 update allows the set-up 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, providing multiple monitoring mix options without taking up any console resources. 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 a 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. These new software features for M-48 personal monitoring ensure seamless integration and configuration from the console and sound engineer to each personal mixer and musician on the network.

Additional v1.101 software features include GP I/O control using peripherals, such as footswitches or touchpanels from contact closure inputs. On outputs, the M-5000 can send up to 12 GP I/O commands for fader, scene recall and user button control – valued in theatre, 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 SoundGrid or more REAC ports, as well as audio embedded over video protocols. The rear panel includes 16x16 analogue 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.

Version 1.101 software for the M-5000 is available for download from Roland’s Pro A/V site.


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