Hands-On Review: Roland R-MIX Software

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Software manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve their products, and with advances in audio-to-graphics technology, we’ve seen several new products recently that represent audio elements as colors in some form or another. One of these is R-MIX from Roland. The software allows for displaying components of a stereo mix as color-coded “clouds,” and while that might be entertaining for a while, it’s what you can do with this representation that is truly remarkable.

This eight-minute video explores the various ways that the on-screen information can be manipulated to alter elements in a stereo mix. Isolate vocals and change their volume, or remove them completely. Change panning choices, or add reverb or delay to individual instruments. Create your own remixes and mash-ups by using two pairs of stereo tracks, or isolate any instrument within a mix, and then solo and slow down that element for study. And there’s much more.

Playback 2 x Stereo tracks
Recording 1 x Stereo track
Internal Data Format 44.1 kHz, 64-bit floating-point, stereo
Effects Compressor, Delay, Reverb
Import File Format* WAV (16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz, stereo or mono), AIFF (16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz, stereo or mono) Mac OS only
Export File Format WAV (16-bit/44.1 kHz, stereo)
System Requirements Windows** Intel Core 2 Duo/compatible multi-core processor 2.0 GHz or higher
Windows XP Home Edition/Professional SP3 or later, Vista (32-/64-bit) SP2 or later, Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) SP1 or later
2GB or more RAM (3GB or more recommended)
300MB or more free hard drive space 
1024 x 768, 24-bit full color minimum display resolution
Audio interface or sound card
CD-ROM drive 
System Requirements Mac*** Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0 GHz or higher
OS X 10.5.8 or later
2GB or more RAM (3GB or more recommended)
300MB or more free hard drive space 
1024 x 768, 16.7 million colors minimum display resolution
CD-ROM drive

*Does not support compressed formats such as MP3, AAC, etc.

**Does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition/Professional x64 Edition. R-MIX is a 32-bit application, but can run on 64-bit versions of Vista and Windows 7. Cannot be used in a virtual Windows environment

* **Mac computers running Microsoft Windows are not supported

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