Roland Introduces New Snake Technologies

Roland Systems Group has announced two new audio snake technologies at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition being held in Tokyo.

One of the products, the RSS-0808 digital snake, provides eight inputs and eight outputs, and supports multiple powering options including batteries, power-over-Ethernet and Roland’s own REAC embedded-power system. The new snake features remotely controllable preamps, 96 kHz 24-bit A to D conversion, and connector choices that include XLR, TRS and high-Z.

Another new product being shown is the RSS-4000M Merge Unit. It allows up to four snakes to be combined into a single REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) stream, which a master device recognizes as a single slave unit. By using it, users can connect any combination of the RSS snake heads and merge all inputs/outputs into a single REAC signal. The RSS-4000M can also provide embedded power to compatible devices, including Roland’s newly released S-0808 8x8 I/O unit.

“We are happy to be able to announce merging capability within the REAC protocol. Consultants, designers and integrators have requested the ability to distribute I/O around their installations and stages so we’re happy to be able to now meet that need,” said John Broadhead, vice president of Technology and Communications at Roland. “The S-4000M represents an evolution that now permits flexible digital audio configurations that were just not possible before.”