Roland MX-1 Mix Performer (18 Channel)

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8-Channel Performance Mixer with Step-Sequenced FX, Transport, and Tempo Control

The MX-1 Mix Performer brings together your synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument. Combining elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector, the MX-1 is designed to be the nerve center of your electronic music rig. Its a mixer you can play and so much more.

  • 18 channel performance mixer with step-sequenced FX, transport, and tempo control

  • Three kinds of step-sequenced Beat FX (Filter, Side Chain, Slicer) with TR-style buttons

  • Six kinds of Master FX (48 variations) with large performance control knob

  • Beat FX and Master FX can be applied to any or all inputs; Beat FX are per channel

  • Combi mode rhythmically alternates the Master FX using the step-sequencer

  • Four AIRA Link USB ports support audio, MIDI, sync, and bus power (on Port 3) for AIRA gear

  • Mix mode provides six analog, one digital (stereo), four AIRA (stereo) , and two PC channels through mixer and FX

  • External mode provides 18 channels from DAW through mixer and FX (all inputs direct to DAW)

  • Control Surface mode for full DAW control via MIDI

  • DJ-style cue monitoring, quick mutes, and six fader curves per channel

  • Per-channel Tone/Filter knob with ten kinds of EQs, filters, and isolators

  • Transport and tempo control with fine, shuffle, and tap-tempo functions

  • Instantly save and recall complete setups including all FX configurations

  • Ableton Live Lite is included

Great for Creative and unorthodox use2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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I love the MX-1 for creative use: you can send existing tracks through it and chop, mangle, stutter, filter and otherwise transform your sounds for remix purposes or alternate arrangement ideas. I'm using the digital inputs with DAW tracks, a TR-8, a VT-3, Aira Modular Demora FX and an old E-MU MP7 via the SPDIF input (surprisingly it seems to re-clock somehow?). The sound quality is good, (especially for live) although I wouldn't use it for the final studio mix. However to record your processed output you only have the master stereo mix available, not individual tracks. I mostly use it as a side-car to effect and process elements, not as my main mixer. Price could be lower, considering this is a bit of a closed off system for non-Roland Aira products. Bit of a missed opportunity in regards to I/O as the USB is not class compliant. VER.1.05 Update of the System Program has added more Roland product compatible with the MX-1 as well as DAW Control Surface mode. Perhaps OS updates or Version 2 of this product will improve features and functionality? Roland deserve points for creating a new product category: the creative mixer.
Posted by DEA on Feb 5, 2017
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AIRA - MX-1 Performer
Description: What you see in this video was all recorded live, in one take, using AIRA gear, Even the laser robot was controlled from the TR-8 and TB-3 via SBX-1.

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