NAMM 2015: Roland Announces the MX-1 Mix Performer


Roland has unveiled the new MX-1 that combines the elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector to be the nerve center of your electronic music rig. The MX-1 provides the integration of hardware synths, drum machines, and DAW tracks into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument. There are four AIRA link USBs that provide audio, MIDI, and sync over a single USB cable, with port 3 providing bus power for compatible AIRA devices, such as the TB-3 Touch Bassline or VT-3 Voice Transformer.

Additionally, the MX-1 Mix Performer can send all 18 inputs to your computer’s DAW, acting as a high-quality audio interface, while simultaneously sending 18 channels back from your DAW, putting them on the MX-1’s faders. Each fader offers six different volume curves with adjustable Tone/Filter knobs with ten different filters, EQs, and isolator options. Mutes are placed at the bottom of the mixer for quick access and feature LED-lit faders to clearly show their status, even in dark environments.

Highlights Include:

  • 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

You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.