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NAB Sneak Peek: Roland Releases VR-4HD AV Mixer

Not too big, not too small audio/video mixer

Music and A/V specialist Roland has a new A/V mixer that might be just right for many radio stations wanting to dip a toe in or stay in the shallow end of video.

The portable VR-4HD has three HDMI input connectors compatible with a variety of equipment and offering 1080p/1080i/720p video resolutions. A fourth input includes a scaler to support video and computer resolutions along with supporting analog RGB and component input, as well as HDMI, so older devices can be used as sources without the need for external conversion equipment. HDCP is supported for input of copy-protected content from devices such as Blu-ray disc players.

An 18-channel audio mixer offers three-band parametric EQ, reverb, a compressor/gate on the mic inputs and level/multiband EQ on the master mix. The VR-4HD supports advanced features including auto-mixing, echo cancel, audio follow and up to 500ms of delay for lip-sync between audio and video. The VR-4HD’s audio mixer can mix the four XLR microphone inputs, unbalanced stereo inputs on RCA and 1/8-inch mini connectors, along with the audio embedded in the four HDMI inputs. The final mix can be outputted via XLR or RCA and also embedded into the HDMI output.

A loop-back audio capability via a USB 3.0 port can bring in audio from a connected PC using a conferencing software such as Skype and return audio to the PC without any audio feedback courtesy of the echo cancellation feature.

For video duties, the VR-4HD includes downstream keying, picture-in-picture, split and quad composting effects ideal for creating news-style broadcasts and corporate presentation content. The DSK supports both luminance keying (black/white) and chroma keying (blue/green).

NAB Show Booth: SU10124

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