Roland MX-1
AIRA Mix Performer 18-Channel Mixer


The Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer is an 18-channel mixer that brings together your synths, drum machines, loops...
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The Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer is an 18-channel mixer that 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.

With six analog inputs, four AIRA Link USB ports, digital I/O, send and return jacks, and the ability to stream 18 channels to and from your DAW, the MX-1 brings together a wide range of musical sources and puts them under your fingertips. The MX-1's smooth, solid faders each have six different volume curves available. Every channel has an adjustable Tone/Filter knob with ten types of filters, EQs, and isolators. Mutes are placed for quick access, working with the LED-lit faders to clearly show their status, even in dark environments. The DJ-style headphone cue monitoring lets you smoothly mix in any source whenever you're ready, or drop in tracks right on the beat. Separate headphone and master volume knobs along with smooth and bright metering keep levels firmly in check. And everything, including all the FX configurations and settings, can be saved and recalled for instant access.

The MX-1 integrates effects in exciting new ways. They're designed for ready manipulation and rhythmic sensibility thanks to the MX-1's tempo awareness and the TR-style step interface. In addition to an aux send for feeding external effects, each channel has its own Beat FX including Filter, Side Chain, and Slicer. These are applied using sixteen TR-style step sequencer buttons like those found on famous Roland drum machines. This lets you independently filter, duck, and slice each channel, creating cool rhythmic variations, polyrhythms, and all manner of intricate grooves. Beat FX can be instantly switched on and off per channel with dedicated, illuminated buttons. Six kinds of Master FX, each with lots of variations, add spice and drama to any or all channels. And the large control knob gives them supreme playability. The Master FX can even be step-sequenced in various combinations, creating stunning movement and glitchy interludes that must be heard to be fully appreciated.

The MX-1 addresses the problems inherent to integrating computers into the live performance arena (as well as in production scenarios) by operating in any one of three different modes. In Control Surface mode, the MX-1 can sync to your computer and act as a high-quality MIDI controller for your DAW. In Mixer mode, the MX-1 can mix all connected sources, including analog and digital inputs, AIRA gear, and your computer's output. While there's a dedicated channel for a stereo output from your computer, you can also send computer audio to USB channels 1 thru 4 if no device is connected to the AIRA Link USB ports. In External mode, the MX-1 can send all its inputs directly to your DAW, acting as a high-quality audio interface. At the same time, it can mix 18 channels back from your DAW, putting them on the MX-1's faders. This lets you utilize the recording, clip triggering, effects, and mixing functions of your DAW along with the MX-1's cue monitoring, sync, and performance-optimized mixing and effects capabilities. While the MX-1 obviously makes working with a computer way more fun, it's just as happy on its own. So whether it's full hands-on control of your DAW or completely out-of-the-box production and performance, the MX-1 is right at home.

The MX-1 is so much fun to play that you're bound to want to plug all kinds of things into it. Four individual 1/4" jacks support just about any kind of instrument, and the stereo 1/8" jack is perfect for smartphones, tablets, and various gadgets. There are also four AIRA Link USB ports that make connecting your AIRA gear literally plug and play. With fully automatic detection, AIRA Link USB ports transmit audio, MIDI, and sync over a single USB cable. One of the ports can even provide bus power for a compatible AIRA device like the TB-3 Touch Bassline or VT-3 Voice Transformer. AIRA Link reduces cable clutter and makes setup fast and simple. The MX-1 is also fully time aware and gives you hands-on control of start, stop, tempo, and timing. Sync an array of musical devices over MIDI or AIRA Link. Control everything with the brightly lit TR-style start/stop button and large tempo knob with fine adjustment, shuffle control, and tap function.

Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer 18-Channel Mixer Features:

  • 18 channel performance mixer with step-sequenced FX,transport, and tempo control
  • Three kinds of step-sequenced Beat FX (Filter, SideChain, Slicer) with TR-style buttons
  • Six kinds of Master FX (48 variations) with largeperformance control knob
  • Beat FX and Master FX can be applied to any or allinputs; Beat FX are per channel
  • Combi mode rhythmically alternates the Master FXusing 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 throughmixer and FX (all inputs direct to DAW)
  • Control Surface mode for full DAW control via MIDI
  • DJ-style cue monitoring, quick mutes, and six fadercurves per channel
  • Per-channel Tone/Filter knob with ten kinds of EQs,filters, and isolators
  • Transport and tempo control with fine, shuffle, andtap-tempo functions
  • Instantly save and recall complete setups including all FXconfigurations

Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer 18-Channel Mixer Specifications:

  • Tempo: 40-300
  • Scene Memory: 16 x 4 (Bank A, B)
  • BEAT FX:
    • FILTER: 5 types
    • SIDE CHAIN: 5 types
    • SLICER: 5 types
    • DELAY: 8 types
    • FILTER: 8 types
    • SCATTER: 8 types
    • FLANGER: 8 types
    • BIT CRUSH: 8 types
    • ROLL: 8 types
  • MASTERING: 10 types
  • Number of USB Audio Max Input/Output Channels:
    • Sampling frequency: 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
    • Input: 18 channels
    • Output: 18 channels
  • Signal Processing:
    • PC interface: 24 bits
    • AD/DA conversion: 24 bits
  • Sampling Frequency:
    • AD/DA conversion: 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
    • DIGITAL (IN, OUT): 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
  • Nominal Input Level (variable):
    • Input 1–4: -26– +4 dBu
    • Input 5/6: -26– +4 dBu
  • Nominal Output Level:
    • MIX OUT: +4 dBu
  • Head Room: 18 dB
  • Input Impedance:
    • Input 1–4: 100 k ohms
    • Input 5/6: 100 k ohms
  • Output Impedance:
    • MIX OUT: 1 k ohm
    • PHONES: 24 ohms
  • Frequency Response:
    • 96.0 kHz: 20 Hz–40 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
    • 48.0 kHz: 20 Hz–22 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
    • 44.1 kHz: 20 Hz–20 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
  • Dynamic Range:
    • AD block INPUT 1–4: 100 dB typ.
    • AD block INPUT 5/6: 100 dB typ.
    • DA block MIX OUT: 108 dB typ.
  • Connectors:
    • PHONES jack: 1/4" stereo phone type
    • MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4" phone type (unbalance)
    • INPUT 1–4 (L/MONO, R/MONO) jacks: 1/4" phone type (unbalance)
    • INPUT 5/6 jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    • AUX RETURN (L, R) jacks: RCA phono type
    • AUX SEND (L, R) jacks: RCA phono type
    • USB FUNCTION Port: USB type B (Audio, Midi)
    • USB HOST 1–4 ports: USB type A (Audio, Midi, for only TB-3/VT-3/TR-8/SYSTEM-1)
    • USB HOST 3 port can supply USB Bus power
    • COAXIAL IN/OUT jack
    • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    • DC IN jack
  • Interface:
    • Hi-Speed USB
    • Digital input, output: Coaxial type (conforms to IEC60958)
  • Power Supply: AC adapter
  • Current Draw: 1.7 A
  • Accessories:
    • Owner's manual
    • AC adaptor
    • Ableton Live Lite Serial Number Card
  • Dimensions: 15-3/4" W x 10-7/16" D x 2-9/16 H (400 x 264 x 65 mm)
  • Weight: 3 lbs, 16 oz. (1.81 kg)

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