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VM-7200/7100/C7200/C7100 V-Mixing Processor & V-Mixing Consoles
Redefining Digital Mixing
VM-C7200 94-ch V-Mixing Console
The Roland V-Mixing System represents the
world's first separate-component digital mixers, capable of a mixing environment with up
to 94 channels, 16 stereo (32 mono) onboard
multi-effects, flexible "virtual patchbay" and
FlexBus functions, and revolutionary onboard
COSM Speaker Modeling capabilities. Better
still, all of this breakthrough digital mixing
technology can be easily navigated via a
friendly user interface with a large informative
LCD and ultra-fast short cut keys. And as a
separate-component system, engineers are
free to configure the V-Mixing System as
needed for unprecedented flexibility in a range
of applications.
VM-7200 48-ch V-Mixing Processor
* Products pictured are prototype models. Actual
product appearance may be subject to change.
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Up to 94 channels of digital automated mixing
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EZ Routing allows mixer settings to be saved as templates (e.g., "Live Jazz," "16-ch. rock recording," etc.)
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Separate console/processor design eliminates need for
expensive multi-channel audio cables between
stage/studio and console
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Realtime Spectrum Analyzer checks room acoustics in
conjunction with noise generator and oscillator
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All-digital console with quiet motorized faders, transport controls and total recall of all parameters including
input gain
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Up to 48 channels of ADAT/Tascam T-DIF digital
audio I/O with optional expansion boards and interfaces
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Liberating FlexBus and "virtual patchbay" for extreme
routing flexibility
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System supports Scene memory, onboard mix automation, 24 fader groups, dual-channel delays, 4-band
parametric channel EQ + channel HPF
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Up to 16 stereo (or 32 mono) multi-effects processors
using optional VS8F-2 Effects Expansion Boards
derived from the VS-1680 effects algorithms (2 stereo
effects processors standard)
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Mix and match configuration; any console can control
either processing unit depending on space requirements, budget, and audio requirements
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Component design allows unprecedented live sound
reinforcement capability where two single digital cables
(up to 100 meters long) connect the on-stage processor to the front of stage console
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Revolutionary COSM Speaker Modeling and Mic
Simulation technology
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5.1 Surround mixing capabilities
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A Powerful, Separate-Component
Digital Mixing System
The first thing users will notice about the Roland VM-7000
Series is that it’s a separate-component system. This in
itself is a big departure from current digital mixer thinking,
which holds that the console should include all audio
inputs/outputs and communication jacks on the rear panel.
But the VM-7000 Series is designed for professional uses
beyond many of today’s affordable digital mixers. Uses like
live recording and sound reinforcement applications, as
well as traditional digital mixer environments like post-production and professional recording studios.
The VM-7000 Series is comprised of the VM-C7100 or
VM-C7200 V-Mixing Consoles and the VM-7100 or VM7200 V-Mixing Processors. The benefit of this separatecomponent design is primarily the elimination of long,
heavy multi-channel analog audio cables between the
stage or studio and the mixing console. Such analog
cables are inherently noisier, less manageable and more
expensive than digital connections, contributing to less
flexibility in a digital mixer’s placement and increased possibility of compromised sound quality. On the other hand,
the VM-7000 Series employs VM-Link technology and
standard AES/EBU digital cables so that the only thing
being exchanged between the console and the rackmount
processor located in the stage or studio is control data.
This allows comfortable placement of the V-Mixing
Console up to 200 meters (220 yards) from the processor,
as well as the assurance of uncompromised, hum-free
connection.
V-Mixing Processor and Console Design
Essentially, the VM-7100 and VM-7200 processors are the
“heart” of the VM-7000 Series, and the VM-C7100 and VMC7200 are the smart, supremely user-friendly remote controllers. The rackmount processors house the digital and
analog audio connections employing Roland’s best 24-bit
D/A and A/D converters as well as expandable onboard
multi-effects and master effects, including brand new COSM
Speaker Modeling technology (more on this later). In addition
to strong basic mixing features which put them on par with
the best compact digital mixers on the market today, the VM
processors offer some unique features which really set them
apart. An electronically controlled input gain allows for storing
and instantly recalling basic gain settings per channel  a
very helpful feature that isn’t found in other digital mixers on
the market today. Dual-channel delays allow for phase delay
and feedback delay with Hi/Lo damping available. Extensive
channel EQ consists of shelving low, peaking low-mid, peaking high-mid, shelving high, and a high-pass filter, while the
low-mid can be shifted to a filter with resonance
(LPF/HPF/BPF/notch). Additionally, the VM processors support Surround 5.1 mixing for post-production applications.
The VM consoles are more aptly described as controllers
for the VM processors, as they primarily send and receive
control data, not audio. For this reason, the VM-C7100
and C7200 should not be mistaken for the actual mixers;
all “mixing” occurs within the rackmount processors.
However, the VM consoles do sport a wealth of helpful
“mixer” features like smooth, quiet motorized faders with
two adjustable physical clickpoints per fader, a huge backlit LCD with a host of easy-to-understand graphic icons,
24-Track Digital Recording
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and luminous dedicated function buttons for quick confirmation of mixer status. Above all, these consoles were
designed with intuitive operation at heart, as evidenced by
the variety of quick keys which simplify complex operations to a single button press. The VM-C7100 can even
be rackmounted with an optional rackmount kit.
Though they don’t “mix” any audio, the consoles do
include two mic/line input jacks, a built-in talkback microphone, and an XLR input for plugging in an additional mic
or line input. These audio signals are “sent” back to the
VM processor as dual-channel digital audio via VM-Link
and are provided simply for added convenience. Similarly,
the console also includes two analog line out jacks and
two digital out jacks which turn around two channels of
audio from the processor for monitoring purposes; this is
most likely where users would connect reference monitors
like the new Roland DS-90 Powered Monitors.
Liberating Flexibility
Configuration Possibilities
Central to the VM-7000 Series is its flexibility. Users can
freely select between the VM-7200 and VM-7100 processors and VM-C7200 and VM-C7100 mixing consoles to put
together a system which most closely matches their needs.
A console can control two processors simultaneously, and
a processor can be controlled by one or two consoles,
greatly enhancing configuration possibilities such as in a
dual-console mixing/monitoring system. A basic digital mixing system for live sound recording might include the VMC7100 console mixing front-of-house and a VM-7100
processor rack-mounted just off stage, while a more
sophisticated system might employ a VM-C7200 console at
front-of-house, a VM-C7100 console for monitor mixing,
and include an additional VM-7100 or 7200 processor off
stage for more inputs and outputs. Altogether, a maximum
of 94 channels of digital mixing is available to VM-7000
Series users.
Enhanced Signal Routing
Signal routing flexibility in the VM-7000 Series is simply
unrivaled in this class of mixers, thanks largely to a new
“FlexBus” design. Put simply, FlexBus allows for 12 individual busses to be freely switched between Aux. and
Rec. purposes, making these mixers equally suited to
recording and live sound applications. In fact, this feature
is like having a mixer specifically built for a user’s exact
application, routing audio in the way which makes the
most sense.
Similar flexibility is available in the VM-7000 Series’ input /
output functions. Much like a “virtual patchbay,” the destination channel for each input can be defined as desired (e.g.,
an input can be assigned to multiple channels simultaneously). And each of the eight Assignable Output jacks or 24
optional Multi-Outputs can pull from any source channel,
from any bus, or even directly from an individual channel 
bypassing the bus routing altogether. This flexibility results
in some very liberating routing possibilities. With the aforementioned optional Multi-Outputs, Input channels can be
connected directly to a multitrack recorder from any point in
the signal path, enabling 24-channel direct simultaneous
recording. Altogether, a maximum of 48 channels of multitrack recording plus the ability to simultaneously mix 46
additional channels is possible.
EZ Routing
Rounding out its amazing routing flexibility, the VM-7000
Series also includes an enhanced version of Roland’s
acclaimed EZ Routing technology. EZ Routing allows for common settings to be saved and recalled when pre-programming a signal path. Thus, users can define templates like
“Live Jazz Combo,” “16-Channel Rock Recording,” “Hip-Hop
Mixdown” and more, and have them instantly recalled with
the press of a button  complete with all signal routings
including external effects inserts. EZ Routing even displays
the names of each instrument connected to every channel, so
all a user has to do is set up the corresponding microphones.
Building Upon the Legendary V-Studio
Concept
As a Roland V-Studio product, the VM-7000 Series carries on in the bold tradition of VS-Series Digital Studio
Workstations. This means, first and foremost, that this
system is a self-contained, “all-in-one” digital solution with
amazing built-in digital effects and patchbay, that it is controllable via MIDI, and that it’s supremely expandable.
Powerful VS-1680-Quality Effects
The VM-7100 and VM-7200 V-Mixing Processors offer two
onboard stereo multi-effects processors and one stereo
master effects processor. The multi-effects processors are
the sonic equivalent of the highly acclaimed VS8F-2
Effects Expansion Board for the VS-1680 workstation,
incorporating unrivaled effects such as high-end reverbs,
delays, dynamics processing, COSM Guitar Amp modeling
and Mic Simulations for amazing direct recording capabilities. Three optional VS8F-2 Effects Expansion Boards can
be user-installed into the VM-7100/7200, yielding up to 16
stereo (or 32 mono) channels of amazing-sounding effects.
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COSM-Based Speaker Modeling
Technology
Realtime Spectrum Analyzer
One of the standout VM-7000 Series effects is undoubtedly
the new COSM-based Speaker Modeling. By carefully analyzing the response characteristics of a variety of high-end
studio reference monitors and low-end consumer speakers,
Roland engineers have graced the VM-7000 Series with
the ability to convincingly “model” the sounds of these
speakers when used in conjunction with the new Roland
DS-90 Powered Monitors. Speaker Modeling with the
DS-90’s thus eliminates the hassle and expense of switching between multiple pairs of audio monitors during professional mixdowns. From esoteric and expensive to common
and cheap, a variety of speaker types are now available at
the touch of a button  providing multiple sonic perspectives for those who want a second, and a third, opinion.
An SST-optimizing Speaker Modeling mode is also provided for live PA application, enabling the VM-7000 Series
to drive Roland SST stage speakers with ultimate
response and sound quality.
Essential for a great mix is a consideration of the
acoustics of any given control room. Similarly, essential
for great live sound is a consideration of the acoustics of
a given performance hall or theater. For this reason, the
VM-7000 Series includes a Realtime Spectrum Analyzer
which employs a noise generator and an oscillator in the
VM-7100/7200 processor. Using this function, engineers
are free to adjust EQ for a room’s acoustic characteristics
and to eliminate annoying feedback quickly in live sound
situations.
Control via MIDI
All of the VM-7000 Series parameters can be controlled
and even automated via MIDI. This permits control using
PC and Mac-based MIDI sequencers  a boon to those
who desire the power of the VM-7000 Series but don’t
have the space for a console or prefer to work within the
context of their desired software sequencers.
VM-7000 Series Inputs/Outputs
Name
Connector
[Analog Inputs on Processor]
INPUT 1-6
XLR (balanced; w/Phantom power),
INPUT 7-10
XLR (balanced; w/Phantom power),
INPUT 11-16
XLR (balanced; w/Phantom power),
INPUT 17-20
XLR (balanced; w/Phantom power),
Level
TRS
TRS
TRS
TRS
1/4"
1/4"
1/4"
1/4"
(balanced)
(balanced)
(balanced)
(balanced)
-60
-60
-60
-60
to
to
to
to
Remarks
+4
+4
+4
+4
dBu
dBu
dBu
dBu
[Digital Inputs on Processor]
DIGITAL IN A
DIGITAL IN B
24-BIT MULTI IN 1-8, 9-16,
17-24
[Analog Inputs on Console]
INPUT 23, 24
MIC 1
MIC 2
TRS 1/4" (balanced)
(built-in microphone)
XLR (balanced; w/Phantom power)
-60 to +4 dBu
[Analog Outputs on Processor]
MIN OUT L, R
REC OUT L, R
MONITOR OUT L, R
FEEX BUS OUT 5-12
ASSIGNABLE OUT 1-8
XLR (balanced), TRS 1/4" (balanced)
RCA Pin (unbalanced)
TRS 1/4" (balanced)
XLR (balanced, 7-12 only), TRS 1/4" (balanced)
TRS 1/4" (balanced)
+4
+0
+4
+4
+4
[Digital Outputs on Processor]
DIGITAL OUT A
DIGITAL OUT B
24-BIT MULTI OUT 1-8, 9-16
24-BIT MULTI OUT 17-24
1-8.
Coaxial (S/P DIF)
XLR (balanced)
RMDB II (DB-25)
RCA Pin (unbalanced)
Stereo 1/4"
[Digital Output on Console]
DIGITAL OUT 1, 2
Coaxial (S/P DIF)
VM-7200 only; with Insert I/O (TRS 1/4").
VM-7200 only.
DIGITAL IN A and B cannot be used simultaneously.
DIGITAL IN A and B cannot be used simultaneously.
With optional VM-24E.
dBu
dBu
dBu
dBu
dBu
Coaxial (S/P DIF)
XLR (balanced)
RMDB II (DB-25)
RMDB II (DB-25)
[Analog Outputs on Console]
MONITOR LINE OUT L, R
PHONES 1, 2
With Insert I/O (TRS 1/4").
INPUT 24, MIC 1 and MIC 2 cannot be used simultaneously.
INPUT 24, MIC 1 and MIC 2 cannot be used simultaneously.
INPUT 24, MIC 1 and MIC 2 cannot be used simultaneously.
Same source as MAIN OUT.
VM-7200 only; source selectable.
VM-7200 only.
Source selectable.
Same source as ASSIGNABLE OUT 5,6.
Same source as ASSIGNABLE OUT 7,8.
With optional VM-24E; source selectable.
With optional VM-24E; same source as ASSIGNABLE OUT
+0 dBu
Same source as MONITOR OUT.
Same source as MONITOR OUT.
Same source as MONITOR OUT.
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Expansion Options
Following are the expansion options currently available to
VM-7000 Series users:
VS8F-2 Effects Expansion Board
VS8F-2 Effects Expansion Board -- Provides two stereo
effects processors with the highly acclaimed effects algorithms from the VS-1680, as well as innovative new
effects like COSM Speaker Modeling. Up to three additional boards can be user-installed into the VM-7100/7200
processors, for 16 stereo (or 32 mono) effects.
VM-24E I/O Expansion Board
Offers three R-BUS jacks on a single board. Each R-BUS
jack provides 8-in/8-out 24-bit digital audio I/O, yielding
24-in/24-out audio with a single expansion board.
DIF-AT Interface Box for ADAT/Tascam
Converts signals between R-BUS and ADAT/Tascam
T-DIF. Handles 8-in/8-out digital audio. 1/3 rackmount size.
VM-24C Cascade Kit
Allows connecting two VM-Series processor units in line
without sacrificing an MTR bus Using two VM-7200
processors fully expanded with R-BUS I/O, 94 channels of
audio processing are available.
Beyond State-of-the-Art
As a professional system, the VM-7100/7200 and VMC7100/7200 offer all the “basics” of cutting-edge digital mixing in
an elegant, easy-to-use package. Users can store Scene memories for instant recall. Onboard mix automation allows the console to memorize and replay all fader movements and mix
adjustments by itself. And for increased flexibility, up to 24 sets
of fader groupings are possible.
But the VM-7000 Series also offers some helpful “extras” which
put it ahead of the pack. These features include transport buttons and locate/channel buttons for controlling external multitrack recorders without additional remote controls, an Output/All
Mute button on the processor unit which allows for silent connection of audio cables, and SmartMedia™ card compatibility for
storing mix information on low-cost, removable media. A built-in
Sampling Rate Converter on the VM processors’ coaxial/XLR
digital inputs allows for digital audio conversion within the standard 32-48kHz range, and also allows for asynchronous digital
audio. And the VM-C7100/7200 console’s quiet motorized
faders even offer two digitally adjustable physical “click” points
per fader, letting users set resistance at appropriate levels for
“normal” and “solo” sections, for example.
R-BUS  A New Digital Audio Format
The new R-BUS digital audio format sends and receives
8-in/8-out of up to 24-bit digital audio using 25-pin D-sub
terminals. It also permits sending MTR sync/control information and can handle electrical power for phantom
powering of ADAT/Tascam T-DIF interface boxes, etc.
This new format is now used exclusively by the Roland
VM Series in their 24-in/24-out I/O Expansion Board
(VM-24E) and VM-3100Pro, but can be converted to different digital audio formats like ADAT or Tascam T-DIF.
R-BUS is planned for incorporation into a variety of
upcoming Roland products.
* ADAT is the property of Alesis. Tascam is the property
of TEAC.
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Optional Accessories for the V-Mixing System
MB-24 Level Meter Bridge
RO-C7100 Rackmount Angle for VM-C7100
RO-7000 Rackmount Angle for VM-7200/7100
VM-SP72 Side Panel Kit
for VM-C7200
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Specifications
<Audio>
• Inputs (total 48): Analog inputs: 22, Digital inputs: 2, 24bit digital multi inputs: 24 with optional VM-24E
<Analyzer / Generator / Oscillator>
• Analyzer: Realtime Spectrum Analyzer; 31/15/10 bands
selectable; Peak Hold function; Microphone Character
Canceling; 8 spectrum memory
• Outputs (total 50): Analog outputs: 22, Digital outputs:
4, 24-bit digital multi outputs: 24 with optional VM-24E
• Generator/Oscillator: Sine wave/White noise/Pink noise
• Talkback: Built-in mic (on Console), Talkback ext. input
(XLR balanced, w/Phantom)
<Effects / EQ>
• Effects: 2 stereo or 4 mono (16 stereo or 32 mono with
3 x optional VS8F-2): Compressor, Reverb, Chorus, Delay,
RSS, Mic Simulator, Speaker Modeling etc
• Cascade: (16 busses: 24-bit digital; with optional VM24C) Main (L, R), Cue (L, R), FlexBus (1-12)
• EQ: Input Ch.: 24 x 4-band (48 x 4-band with option),
Main Ch.: 2 x 5-band
<Other I/O>
[Processor]
• MIDI: In, Out
<Others>
• Fader: VM-C7200: 25 x 100mm, motorized, VM-C7100:
13 x 60mm, motorized
• Word Clock: In (terminator on/off selectable), Out
• Display: 320 x 240-dot backlit graphic LCD
• VM-LINK: In, Out
• Dimensions: VM-7200/7100: 430 (W) x 418 (D) x 133
(H) mm (16-15/16” x 16-7/16” x 5-1/4”), VM-C7200: 675
(W) x 428 (D) x 69 (H) mm (26-9/16” x 16-7/8” x 2-11/16”),
VM-C7100: 435 (W) x 428 (D) x 69 (H) mm (17-1/8” x 167/8” x 2-11/16”)
• Bus (total 16): Main (L, R), Cue (L,R), FlexBus (1-12)
[Console]
• MIDI/Meter Bridge: In, Out/Thru/Meter
• Footswitch: (for Punch In/Out, Scene select, etc.): 1/2
• Mixing Data Memory Interna: 1MB, External:
SmartMedia™ (removable, 2 to 16MB, 5 or 3.3V)
• VM-LINK: In, Out
• Weight: VM-7200: 8.4 kg (18 lbs. 8 oz.), VM-7100: 8.0
kg (17 lbs. 10 oz.), VM-C7200: 12.4 kg (27 lbs. 5 oz.), VMC7100: 7.1 kg (15 lbs. 10 oz.)
• Options: VS8F-2 Effect Expansion Board (accepts up to
3 additional boards), VM-24E I/O Expansion (3 x R-BUS
port), DIF-AT Interface Box for ADAT/Tascam (accepts up
to 3 boxers), VM-24C Cascade Kit, MB-24 Level Meter
Bridge, VM-SP71 Side Panel Kit for VM-C7100, VM-SP72
Side Panel Kit for VM-7200, RO-7000 Rackmount Angle
for VM-7200/7100, RO-C7100 Rackmount Angle for
VM-C7100
* Specifications are subject to change.
Preliminary Info as of 11 Dec. 1998
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