Roland MX-1 Mix Performer

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The MX-1 Mix Performer unites synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single  mixing instrument optimized for performance. Combining elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effects unit, the MX-1 is built to be the nerve center of an electronic music rig. It’s a mixer than can be played – and so much more.

Featuring six analog inputs, four AIRA Link USB ports, digital I/O, send and return jacks, and the ability to stream 18 channels directly to and from a DAW, the MX-1 combines a huge range of audio sources and makes them easy to access and control. But this is not your standard mixer. The smooth, solid faders each boast six different volume curves available to them. Every channel has an adjustable Tone/Filter control with ten types of filters, EQs, and isolators. Mutes are placed for easy access, working with the LED-lit faders to clearly display their status, even in dark environments. The DJ-style headphone cue monitoring lets users smoothly mix in any source whenever they're ready, or drop in tracks right to the beat. Separate headphone and master volume controls along with smooth and bright metering make sure levels stay firmly in check. And everything, including all the FX configurations and settings, can be saved and recalled for instant access.

There’s no doubt that effects play a huge part in creating a unique and personal sound. And the MX-1 integrates effects in creative new ways. Not only do the MX-1’s effects sound amazing, they’re also designed for quick manipulation and with rhythm in mind, thanks to the MX-1’s tempo awareness and the TR-style step interface. In addition to an aux send for piping signal out to external effects, each channel features its own Beat FX including Filter, Side Chain, and Slicer. These are employed using sixteen TR-style step sequencer buttons like those found on legendary Roland drum machines. This lets users separately filter, duck, and slice each channel, creating cool rhythmic variations, poly-rhythms, and all manner of complex grooves. Beat FX can be quickly switched on and off per channel with dedicated, lit buttons. Six kinds of Master FX, each one featuring lots of variations, add spice and drama to any or all channels. And the big control knob provides them with superb playability. The Master FX can even be step-sequenced in different combinations, creating stunning movement and glitchy interludes that must be heard to be fully enjoyed.

Computers undoubtedly already play a big role in music production, and they are starting to play an increasingly large a role in performance. But they don’t always integrate seamlessly with other live instruments, and require their own audio interface and controller. The MX-1 tackles these problems through its ability to function in any one of three different modes. In Control Surface mode, the MX-1 will sync to a computer and act as a high-quality MIDI controller for any DAW. But it gets even better. In Mixer mode, the MX-1 will mix all connected sources, including analog and digital inputs, AIRA gear, and a computer’s output. While there’s a dedicated channel for a stereo audio output from a computer, users 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 has the ability to send all its inputs directly to a DAW, acting as a high-quality audio interface. While at the same time, it's able mix 18 channels back from a DAW, assigning them to the MX-1’s faders. This lets users utilize the recording, clip triggering, effects, and mixing functions of a DAW along with the MX-1’s cue monitoring, sync, and performance-optimized mixing and effects features. It’s mind-blowing stuff. Just take a second to imagine the possibilities. While the MX-1 clearly makes working with a computer way more engaging, it’s just as functional on its own. From full hands-on control of a DAW to completely out-of-the-box music production and performance, the MX-1 is right at home.

The MX-1 is so engaging to play that users are sure to want to plug all kinds of equipment into it. Four individual 1/4-inch jacks for just about any kind of instrument, and the stereo 1/8-inch jack is ideal for smartphones, tablets, and various gadgets with stereo outputs. There are also four AIRA Link USB ports that make connecting other AIRA gear extremely simple, just plug and play. With fully automatic detection, AIRA Link USB ports transmit audio, MIDI, and sync through a single USB cable. One of the ports can even provide bus power for a compatible AIRA device such as the TB-3 Touch Bassline or VT-3 Voice Transformer. AIRA Link reduces messy piles of cables and makes setup fast and easy. The MX-1 is also fully time aware and gives users hands-on control of start, stop, tempo, and timing. Sync a whole lineup of musical devices over MIDI or AIRA Link. Control everything with the brightly illuminated TR-style start/stop button and large tempo knob with fine scale adjustment, shuffle control, and tap function.

While the MX-1 is solidly built, highly flexible, and incredibly capable, all this mixing and effect control would be for nothing if it were confusing or a burden to use. But the way mixing and effects are so cleverly and intuitively implemented in the MX-1, everything is quick, and easily usable. Most of all, it’s musical, and built to be played. 


  • 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

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