Roland M-5000

Roland M-5000
Roland M-5000

The M-5000 is Roland’s next-generation flagship mixing console, featuring an ideal user interface for operating a 96-kHz mixing engine loaded with original Roland technology. The M-5000 can flexibly transform its configuration and functions to accommodate a wide range of situations with its large complement of outstanding features. The following key words encapsulate the novel technology built into this unit. “OHRCA = Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture” Configurable Architecture The M-5000’s mixing engine can freely change its configuration and functions to accommodate the situation. This means it’s not definable the M-5000 as a mixer having a specific number of input channels and output buses. For instance, it can become an FOH mixer with 100 input channels at one time, and a monitor mixer having 60 output buses at another. How is this incredible flexibility and functionality achieved? The M-5000 is provided with internal processing power for 128 audio paths. These paths can freely be used as input channels, auxiliary buses, groups, matrices, etc. You, the user, can assign these any way you like. When considering the configuration, keep in mind that talkback, oscillators, monitor speakers, and other such functions also each use up audio paths, and plan accordingly. Some actual examples of the kinds of mixer configurations: STANDARD

  • 75 monaural input channels
  • 6 stereo input channels
  • Main LR/C
  • 24 AUX
  • 8 MATRIX
  • Monitors, talkback, oscillator, headphones (6 audio paths used)
Monitor mix
  • 48 monaural input channels
  • 8 stereo input channels
  • Main LR
  • 54 AUX
  • Monitors 1 and 2, talkback, oscillator, headphones (8 audio paths used)
FOH mix
  • 79 monaural input channels
  • 8 stereo input channels
  • Main LR/C 5 10 subgroups
  • 6 AUX
  • 8 MATRIX
  • Monitors, talkback, oscillator, headphones (6 audio paths used)
  • 72 monaural input channels
  • 6 stereo input channels
  • Main 5.1 + stereo downmix (8 audio paths used)
  • 8 subgroups 5 8 AUX 5 4 MIX-MINUS
  • 8 MATRIX
  • Monitors 1 and 2, talkback, oscillator, headphones (8 audio paths used) Main Features T

  • HIGH RESOLUTION All elements installed in the M-5000 operate at a sample rate of 96 kHz. Not only AD/DA but the mixing engine as well operate at 96 kHz. All effect algorithms operate at 96kHz. The analog input and output section that has such a big impact on mixer sound quality, also incorporates Roland expertise with even further refinements. The discrete microphone preamps in the input section has been exclusively designed for 24bit/96kHz operation of the M-5000, enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio for unaffected, high-resolution sound. Combining these examples of precise analog and digital technology achieves a clarity of sound with an easy naturalness and a sense of high resolution — just what you’d expect a flagship unit to deliver.
  • OPEN The M-5000 is provided with two slots for installing expansion interfaces to expand input and output capability. A variety of formats are supported for installable expansion interfaces, including MADI and Dante as well as REAC, with even more types to be added. Each of these expansion slots provides an additional option of bidirectional input and output on up to 160 channels (when at 48 kHz) or 80 channels (when at 96 kHz), assuring expandability of the M-5000 on into the future.
  • CHANNEL STRIPS The high-functionality channel strips that can operate as either input channels or output buses as we have seen can also modify content. The EQ and dynamics algorithms deliver superb sound quality and reproduce the feel of analog effecters when manipulating parameters. It is also possible to rearrange the sequence of EQ and dynamics applied.
  • GEQs & EFFECTS The M-5000 is equipped with 32 31-band graphic equalizers that you can insert in input channels and output buses. You can also select either proportional or constant as the Q type for GEQs as well as switch a GEQ to operate as an 8-band PEQ. Eight stereo (16 dual-mono) effects are available as well. The high-quality effects provided on Roland mixers have been redesigned to operate at 96 kHz, and operational feel is also improved. A new "dynamic EQ" effect type has also been added.
  • REAC At the core of digital transmission on the M-5000 is Roland’s own originally developed REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) protocol. Roland was among the first to note the usefulness of digital transmission, and announced the first REAC device, the S-4000S Digital Snake, in 2005. Since then, the simplicity of setup and high stability of REAC devices has been acknowledge by acceptance and used around the world. One of the three REAC ports on the M-5000 supports REAC Embedded Power, making it possible to power and communicate with an M-48 personal mixer or S-0808 digital snake over a single LAN cable. You can also install additional REAC expansion interfaces in the expansion slots described later in this manual.
  • SUPER PATCHBAY Because digital communication using REAC and expansion using the optional expansion interface are both covered, the M-5000’s patchbays are amply powerful on their own. With the combinations of input and output ports, and with the ability to incoming signals to output without passing through the mixer core, it is possible to create flexible setups such as for transmission between front of house and monitors or direct out to recorders.
  • REMOTE CONTROL You can use the M-5000 RCS dedicated control program to operate the M-5000 remotely from a Windows or Macintosh computer. You can also remotely control the console from an iPad by using the M-5000 Remote dedicated application.
  • EXTERNAL CONTROL With the M-5000’s four input and 12 output GP I/O connectors, you can send and receive control signals to and from external devices. The M-5000 also provides four inputs for footswitch pedals. As with other Roland digital mixers up to now, control via MIDI or the RS-232C interface is also possible.
  • LIVE RECORDING Connecting a Macintosh or Windows-based computer to the USB COMPUTER connector engages 16x16 recording and playback audio interface that can be used with most digital audio workstation (DAW) software. Recording and playback of two-channel WAV files on USB flash drives is also available using the USB port on the console surface. Connecting an R-1000 48-track recorder to the REAC connector lets you carry out 48-track (48 kHz) or 24-track (96 kHz) recording and playback as a standalone device.
  • REDUNDANCY Connecting an optional S-240P to the EXT. POWER DC INPUT connector achieves redundant power so if a problem occurs in the M-5000’s main power source, backup power is supplied by the S-240P. Using 2 REAC ports to a digital snake achives redundant audio transmission.
  • IDEAL USER INTERFACE So far we’re taken a look at many of the M-5000’s outstanding functions. A basic rule of design holds that increasing the number of functions generally can have a negative impact on ease of use. However, the M-5000 shatters this rule by architecting a highly rational user interface using a small number of controls.

Mixing Channels



Max 300 ports (96 kHz), Max 460 ports (48 kHz / 44.1 kHz)
- CONSOLE: 16 .AES/EBU: 4 .REAC: 40 x 2
- EXPANSION SLOT: 80 x 2 (96 kHz), 160 x 2 (48 kHz / 44.1 kHz)
- FX 1L-8R: 16 .TALKBACK: 2 .OSC: 2


- AES/EBU: 4
- REAC: 40 x 2
- EXPANSION SLOT: 80 x 2 (96 kHz), 160 x 2 (48 kHz / 44.1 kHz)
- DOCK: 2
- USB RECORDER: 2 FX 1L-8R: 16
Max 296 ports (96 kHz), Max 456 ports (48 kHz / 44.1 kHz)

Internal Processing

72 bits (fixed point, bus summing)

Signal Processing

AD/DA Conversion: 24 bit
Sampling Rate: 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz

Console Latency

Network Latency: 1.6 ms (typ.)
Console Latency: 1.1 ms (typ.)

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