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PLASA Focus: Roland exhibit top products and new M-480 firmware update

Ahren Lester
PLASA Focus: Roland exhibit top products and new M-480 firmware update

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.

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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. 

Tags: roland, Roland M-480, roland vr-3

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