November 4, 2014 - by BROADCASTER

Roland and Waves Partner on SoundGrid Option for Live Mixing Console

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Roland, a leading manufacture of Pro A/V products, is pleased to announce a joint partnership with Waves in the development of a SoundGrid expansion card for the new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console.

SoundGrid® is a digital Audio-over-Ethernet networking and real-time processing solutions for live, broadcast and music production facilities using SoundGrid technology to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet networks. It provides a low-latency environment for high-precision audio processing. Together with a server, a Mac or PC host computer, SoundGrid and Waves MultiRack enables the user to run, in real time, a multitude of award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, and other tools by Waves, as well as any other SoundGrid-compatible third-party plugins and, enables FOH engineers to record and do virtual sound rehearsal.

SoundGrid audio networking is perfect for logistically complex events such as awards shows, music festivals, sporting events and houses of worship which often require real-time communication between multiple stages, consoles, broadcast vans and studios, as well as processing and recording computers.

“We are very happy to be able to offer our users the power of Waves effects in a live setting,” explains Roland Corporation U.S vice president, John Broadhead. “Waves has a tremendous track record in the studio and we are thrilled that engineers using our new console will be able to use all those same tools live as well as the additional power of SoundGrid networking – an ideal situation.”

The Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console sits on a new platform called O.H.R.C.A. This represents “Open”, “High Resolution”, and “Configurable Architecture” by delivering freely definable audio paths, supporting multiple audio formats protocols, plus pristine 96 kHz sound quality throughout the system. The M-5000’s internal mix architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined for mixing channels, AUXs, Matrices, subgroup buses, mix-minus buses within a range of up to 128 audio paths allowing the user to create a console structure to suit the needs of the application.

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP Sales & Marketing, stated “Waves is pleased that live engineers working on the Roland M-5000 can now utilize Waves MultiRack and the SoundGrid platform, making it easier than ever to bring Waves studio-quality audio processing to the stage.”

The Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console will be available Q1 2015 with the SoundGrid optional card available in the summer.

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