Equippers Northshore campus had been successfully using a Roland M300 based digital audio system for the past 5 years, but audio requirements had outgrown the existing small portable system. They were also looking for a platform that could meet all their audio needs today but could be expanded to meet the largest of audio requirements. They were also looking for a system that could be interfaced with other digital audio systems, as currently other campuses rent various technologies for Sunday services and larger events. Being long time users of Roland audio equipment Equippers Church came to Gencom to find a solution to fit their needs.
Gencom worked with the church to find the best solution for their growing AV needs. The chosen console would be used not only for their weekly services, but also for larger conferences and the youth based Revolution tour events. It would need to be able to support 64 channels of 96kHz audio and interface with existing Midas Pro and Yamaha consoles via DANTE.
The timing couldn’t have been better for Equippers, as Roland had just launched a brand new audio console in to the NZ market.
The Roland M-5000 live mixing console, a new era in live audio mixing, was launched in Auckland in March 2015. OHRCA (pronounced “or-ca”) brings adaptability to the world of live audio mixing. It conforms to the needs of both the application and the operator by delivering 128 freely definable audio paths, expandable protocols, multi-format I/O choices, and flexible user interface and workflow – all delivered at a pristine 24-bit / 96kHz sound quality. The Roland M-5000 console’s internal mix architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input/output channels/busses. This allows users to essentially "build" a console structure based on the immediate needs of the application. This makes for a console that accommodates high levels of flexibility for precise response to dynamically changing applications and venues.
Naturally the church was concerned about the risk of being first to market with a new model, and that their crew would have to learn an entirely new system. However with local support from Gencom, backed by Roland’s regional support base and Sydney, the church was assured of effective technical and warranty support.
Equippers Northshore production team was very impressed with the M-5000 and was able to quickly understand the technical aspects of the system and appreciate the overall value proposition. Especially impressive was being able reuse all of the current investment in Roland snakes and M-48 monitoring systems. Equippers subsequently purchased a complete system along with Roland’s REAC digital stage boxes.
Says Brent Smart (lead audio engineer), “we are very happy with both the quality of the M-5000 system and the audio it produces. The M-5000 system has proven to be easy to operate, and like all of our existing Roland systems, very reliable and subsequently purchased a complete system along with Roland’s REAC digital stage boxes.
Says Brent Smart (lead audio engineer), “we are very happy with both the quality of the M-5000 system and the audio it produces. The M-5000 system has proven to be easy to operate, and like all of our existing Roland systems, very reliable and as the system is highly expandable will provide all our audio requirements for years to come.”
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