Roland's M-400 V-MixerBilled as a breakthrough in live digital audio control and distribution, Roland's RSS V-Mixing System brings together the company's new RSS M-400 digital console, configurable digital snakes with remotely controllable mic preamps, and a multi-track recording option.
Roland says the system eliminates the bulk and noise susceptibility typically associated with analog snakes, and replaces it with Cat-5e (ethernet/LAN) cable. The system generates superior sound quality by converting analog inputs to 24-bit digital streams at the stage via high-quality mic preamps located near the source. The V-Mixing System then secures the quality of audio signal throughout the complete system path en route to the M-400 V-Mixer, back to any outputs and on to limitless split positions.
While the elegance with which Roland has integrated a new control surface with its established Digital Snake product line has rightly attracted attention, AV integration and events professionals may also be drawn to the system's potential to interface with the worlds of audio recording and video control.
"Onboard effects, stereo linear WAV recording to USB flash key, and splits for external recording devices are key features of the V-Mixing System," Rob Read, marketing communications manager, Roland Systems Group, tells SCN. "And because Roland Systems Group is part of the Roland family and our roots are in music and performance, we are constantly looking for ways in which we can integrate video and audio in a performance setting.
"About five years ago Roland developed a V-Link button, which is found on many audio and video products that we manufacture. When pressed, it quickly identifies the products and MIDI-maps the controls between audio and video devices."
The M-400 V-Mixer can be integrated with Edirol video products such as the V-440HD multi-format video mixer, promising a complete AV solution for live performances where audio follow is required.