Roland Systems Group will be using the PLASA Focus event in Leeds to exhibit their pro audio and video products to attendees.
People who head to Roland’s stand (RA-A9) will be able to take a look at the VR-3 AV Mixer, R-1000 48 Track Recorder/Player and the M-480 48 Channel Live Mixing Console.
Roland will use the stand to showcase the recently launched version 1.5 firmware update for their popular M-480. The new update, as previously revealed on Audio Pro International, was announced at this year’s ProLight+Sound event in Frankfurt and see a number of improvements.
Some of the headline improvements include an increase in the number of DCA groups from 8 to 24. This provides the engineer huge improvements in controllability in larger or more complex mixes as well as when using the M-480 in 96 channel cascade configurations.
The update also includes an added Scene Fade function which allows channel fader levels to be set to fade smoothly when a scene is changed. The Fade time is selectable up to 100 seconds and can be set to on or off for each channel and each scene.Article continues below
The VR-3 AV Mixer—also previously raised on API—simplifies production and streaming. The VR-3 incorporates a video switcher, audio mixer, preview monitors and streaming-ready USB output all in a compact, single unit. Web streaming is also made simple thanks to the fact that it is a USB Video/Audio class device. Thus by simply connecting the VR-3 via the USB port to a computer which is running a live streaming service such as USTREAM you can stream to the net.
The R-1000 is designed to work with the Roland V-Mixing System in any live event or production. It is ideal for virtual rehearsal, playback and video shoots and can be used with any digital console with a MADI output thanks to its Roland S-MADI REAC MADI Bridge.
The R-1000 is based on REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication). Thanks to this the R-1000 overcomes the size and noise susceptibility typically associated with analog snakes by replacing the cables with the uniquitous Cat5e/6 (Ethernet/LAN) cable.
The R-1000 can record up to 48 tracks of 24-bit audio in BWF format. It also has a removable hard drive which ensures smooth integration with DAWs. The external hard drive provides the user with around 20 hours of recording—at 44.1/48 kHz—using a 500GB HDD.