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Roland Pro A/V Division Launches VR-6HD Direct Streaming AV Mixer for Professional Livestreaming

Published: 2023-04-17

Roland Professional A/V Division unveiled the VR-6HD Direct Streaming AV Mixer, a compact all-in-one hub for business livestreaming. The new mixer includes the core features from the flagship VR-120HD, except in a portable, go-everywhere format. The VR-6HD is ideal for corporate meetings, online sales presentations, worship services and other professional applications. Here, it integrates video switching, audio mixing, and LAN/USB streaming encoders into a single streamlined unit. Thus, it eliminates the hassle of connecting multiple devices. Thanks to the smart interface, deep automation tools, one-touch macro sequencing, PTZ camera control and more; operators can handle all production tasks with minimal study, says the company.

In addition, Roland Pro A/V says, the video capabilities in the VR-6HD make bringing high production values to business streaming productions simple. Users can connect multiple cameras and computers via six HDMI inputs for different views. They can also incorporate robotic PTZ cameras to change angles at the touch of a button. Sources can be assigned and switched on the fly. This includes camera inputs, presentation decks, still images and video clips. Custom feeds for live and online viewers can also be created by assigning composition layers to multiple busses.

The VR-6HD features a high-end video matrix with three HDMI outputs, a USB-C streaming output, and an ethernet streaming output. Intuitive routing tools provide the flexibility to feed program displays, monitors, multi-view producer displays and online audiences simultaneously.

Roland VR-6HD Direct Streaming AV Mixer Features

Advanced technology in the VR-6HD makes livestreaming to the most popular platforms smooth and worry-free. With direct streaming over ethernet, computer streaming over USB, and Adaptive Bitrate support, users can deliver high-quality presentations to any audience. And with simultaneous SDXC recording, it’s easy to capture presentations for archiving and distribution.

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The VR-6HD delivers world-class audio quality with 28 simultaneous channels and Roland’s acclaimed sound mixing and effects. Six balanced XLR/TRS combination jacks feature high-quality mic preamps and phantom power, while stereo RCA inputs are available for line-level devices. Users can mix the embedded digital audio from sources connected to the HDMI and USB inputs and stream wireless audio from any mobile device with onboard Bluetooth audio support.

The unique Audio Player section on the VR-6HD panel allows users to enhance streams with custom sounds. Six assignable pads are available to trigger sound effects, theme songs, event announcements and more.

Additional Features

The company says due to to the VR-6HD’s interface and intuitive workflow, it will make novice operators feel comfortable using it. Hardware knobs, faders and buttons offer direct control for essential functions. Meanwhile, the 4.3-inch touch display provides smooth access to parameters and settings. Scene memory, macro and sequencing features simplify operation even more, providing the ability to pre-program complicated actions and fire them off with simple actions.

The VR-6HD features PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera integration with native support for select Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, PTZOptics, Avonic, and VISCA-compatible PTZ LAN cameras. Different brands can be mixed and matched, and up to six PTZ cameras can be operated simultaneously.

The VR-6HD includes tally light support, external control via footswitches and expression pedals, RS-232 and GPIO ports and more. Free remote-control software is coming in Q4 2023 will allow users to enhance production workflows via an iPad or Mac/Windows computer, says the company.

The Roland VR-6HD Direct Streaming AV Mixer will be available in May for $2,995.

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