Summary: The Roland BRIDGE CAST X is a versatile and user-friendly desktop interface and connection hub designed for online gaming and livestreaming, featuring multiple USB-C, HDMI, and audio ports, assignable control pads, and access to a high-quality music library.
- Multiple USB-C, HDMI, and audio ports for simultaneous connectivity
- XLR mic input, assignable control pads, and support for royalty-free music enhance streaming experience
- Companion app for deeper customization and access to high-quality music library
Roland, a pro AV brand, has recently announced the BRIDGE CAST X, an exciting addition to their growing family of BRIDGE CAST products. Designed specifically for online gaming and livestreaming, the BRIDGE CAST X is a powerful desktop interface and connection hub that aims to simplify setups and enhance content creation.
One of the standout features of the BRIDGE CAST X is its multiple USB-C, HDMI, and audio ports, which allow for simultaneous connectivity of computers, gaming consoles, and other devices. This eliminates the hassle of repatching for different streaming scenarios, providing a seamless experience for streamers. Additionally, the inclusion of an XLR mic input, assignable control pads, and support for thousands of royalty-free backing music titles via the BGM CAST service on Roland Cloud further enhances the streaming experience.
From online gaming to podcasting, vlogging, and other video content creation, the BRIDGE CAST X aims to keep users focused on their creativity rather than dealing with cable management and specialized gear. The integrated design simplifies connections and reduces clutter, while the user-friendly panel is equipped with controls for executing actions in real-time while streaming.
With two USB-C ports, two HDMI inputs, and an HDMI Thru connector to feed an external gaming monitor, the BRIDGE CAST X offers versatile connectivity options to suit various applications. This allows users to freely combine computers, gaming consoles, and high-quality cameras to create their desired live video workflow. The six assignable control pads also provide quick triggering of sound effects, background music, OBS commands, and more, enhancing the overall streaming experience.
The BRIDGE CAST X inherits all the audio connectivity and mixing features from its acclaimed sister product, the BRIDGE CAST Dual Bus Gaming Mixer. This means users can connect a broadcast-quality XLR mic and headphones to create independent sound mixes for personal monitoring and online streaming. The ability to prioritize game audio and voice chat in the personal mix while optimizing the stream mix for maximum viewer engagement adds another layer of control and customization. Dedicated volume knobs and assignable buttons make controlling the audio easy and efficient.
To unlock deeper features and customization options, users can utilize the companion BRIDGE CAST app. This app provides access to mic and audio processing, voice transformer settings, Game EQ presets, and more. Users can also re-assign hardware controls and save/recall configurations for different games and streaming audiences, allowing for a personalized streaming experience.
In addition to its impressive AV tools, the BRIDGE CAST X also offers access to a high-quality music library through the BGM CAST service. Managed within the BRIDGE CAST app, this eliminates the need for third-party music services and complex software setups. All tracks in the BGM CAST library are royalty-free, ensuring streamers can use them without fear of copyright strikes on their channels. Signing up for a Roland Cloud Core membership through the BRIDGE CAST app unlocks thousands of additional music tracks and hundreds of sound effects, with new selections added each month.
The Roland BRIDGE CAST X will be available in the U.S. in February with a price tag of $499.99. With its powerful features, simplified connectivity, and focus on enhancing content creation, the BRIDGE CAST X is set to be a game-changer for streamers and content creators alike.
USB-C: USB-C is a new type of USB connector that is quickly becoming the industry standard for connecting devices to computers. It is a reversible connector, meaning it can be plugged in either way, and it is capable of transferring data at speeds up to 10 Gbps. It is also capable of providing up to 100 watts of power, making it ideal for charging laptops and other devices. USB-C is quickly becoming the go-to connector for connecting peripherals to computers, such as external hard drives, monitors, and printers. It is also being used to connect smartphones and tablets to computers, allowing for faster data transfer and charging. USB-C is quickly becoming the industry standard for connecting devices to computers, and its applications are only expected to grow in the future.
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