NAMM 2015 – AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

NAMM 2015 - AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

David Ireland the IRA King we've actually got something very special here this is a sort of preview if you're watching this at LAN time this should be the first day of Phnom we're not going to let this early I promise you but we have filmed early so David what have we got here well this is the mx1 mix performer basically it's a mixer for anyone who has the Irish series mainly but also for anyone who likes to sort of unify their outboard gear with actual dart channels so it's the same sort of size as the TRA yeah hasn't got the green strip though no it doesn't and I think this is this is mainly because it's supposed to be more versatile so not exclusively for IRA gear but also for other outboard gear so what makes this so different from any other mixture straight Audient well I would say there's two main factors there's of course there's the USB ports so we have four USB ports that are made for the iris series so basically you can plug in a TR 8 TB 3 system one and VT 3 and you can get immediate median audio through the mixer also acts as like a host yeah without a computer yeah exactly bring those into audio channels in right yes so you get everything into you're able to an order logic whatever you're using just via the mixer that is very cool and can you bus power and what's the yeah you we have one bus power feature so you can plug in 1 TB 3 or a VT 3 so they come in into the USB channels yeah audio and MIDI comes in and then how does the MIDI kind of communicate over that as well well you get four separate media interfaces for the USB ports so so you can send directly to your TV 3 or to your tr8 but it's named USB 1 USB 2 and so on and that's it that's when you hook up to the computer yeah yeah so that there is a connection to the computer as well yeah absolutely so what does that provide basically gives you tene inputs and outputs through USB audio Shannon returns yeah and including of course the USB ports and for that I thought via the computer you can address the items that are plugged into the USB ports as separate MIDI devices as well yes absolutely right so you can get you can send separate note sequences directly to the usb one or two or so on media interface right the 18 channels of audio what's the sample right you got 96 48 and 44 point does 18 plus 18 at 96 yeah and of course you can now bring down the the iris here is 2 44.1 really easily with this mixer because they're actually locked to 96 kilohertz so the USB to the computer is that class compliant or does that need its own driver it doesn't need its own graphic yeah but I want to come back to the other unit the USB host ports yep so they work standalone so basically they bring in the audio and the MIDI from the TRA and the whatever the other IRA stuff into the mixer without the need for any other computer absolutely so it's quite brilliant and also you get actually one bus power so you can I have my TB 3 connector here with just a USB cable to the mixer and nothing else right yeah so you can get a mediados and even power Wow ok so my next question is also going to be any chance that those can be class compliant so that we can plug in like an iPad or other devices into the host port well it's it they're not at the moment but who knows ok alright well that's that's that's very interest right carry on yes so also what makes the MX one quite unique is that you have this step sequencer here so you have step sequencer ball effects or as we call them beat effects you have filters side chain and slicer here and you can now sequence these on steps I kind of like you curl on the T alright yeah you could okay very much TR as these effects are they global or what how does that work no actually they're not that's the cool thing so you can actually have a filter slicer sidechain individually on each channel and you can have obviously also individual sequences on them as well right oh yeah tell me through the inputs the physical inputs and outputs and how are the signal change yeah so you have four big jacks and also a mini jack for step yo and four USB ports and digital spdf right and also one channel that we call a PC channel which is base that's not the return from yeah okay so we've also got them in the each channels got this tone filter knob what does that do yeah so this is a also an individual setting for each channel so you can have a high pass filter low pass filter and also some different just that that are called tone patches which essentially makes it brighter or darker changes the character of the sound for each Channel so we've got these many faders I presumably they're not motorized right no they're not motorized but you do get an indicator for each channel that is not in the correct position so you'll know when the fade is not where it has to be okay and we've also got a master effects section I see yeah and presumably that's also sequence able yes in a way the master effect is mainly for for switching on and off but you can also actually use this what we call the combi effects which is basically individual steps for each for each effect so you can have delay going here filter here and so on right okay yeah I think what we better do is let you show us what it can do because we can talk about it but I think we'll be clearer when you when you kind of give us an example so yeah well oh yeah of course so let me show you also the scene memories we have basically we have four banks of 16 scene memories live so you have 4 times 16 scene memories that are instantly recallable right and so like in the same way that the step sequencer is reused to step it also used to Patrick all right exactly right yeah and this is really useful for live mixing and just recalling your general so you can actually sort of recall patch memories very very quickly yeah yeah it's very useful when you're doing a live mix so basically I can give you an example I have my Ableton project running and also synchronizing the tb-3 and tr-8 but mainly I'm using actually this one to arrange it so so when you shake does this actually run the show effectively so when you hit start on there it starts everything going at the same time yeah because it has an internal midi clock but also it can be synchronized to external devices or the other way around so you can really choose that yourself and so what I'll do now is just switch around with my scenes and the mute button and so on actually my Ableton project and these devices are playing the exact same loop all the time so now I can switch around between the different scenes this is my intro again and I can go to number one which is the the full beat right like that and I also have a little sort of breakdown on number nine though all right so what you're doing here is muting specific channel so these channels here yeah alright okay so that's using the tone filter yeah so that's one of the algorithms you've got there yeah exactly so I have have this tone filter knob which has also its own setting for each channel so I have a low pass filter a high pass filter and so on and I can just tweak around with this one for each Channel and this is apart from the effects so we also have the effects on top of this and I notice what's happening here is these channels are actually able to return channels rather than analog input channels right yeah exactly so now I have my MX one set to external mixing mode this means I'm actually streaming everything from Ableton at the moment but of course my TB three and tr8 are being input here but they're being monitored through a so yo-yo so that there are different modes that you can use the mixer and perhaps you better explain those two yeah exactly so we have three different mixer modes we have a mixer mode that we call it simply and that is basically a way it works as a basic mixer so you get everything direct including of course the iris series and so on we also have external mixing mode which means this is the mode I'm using now right so all of the returns are coming from Ableton yeah but the audio inputs are coming via the USB into able to in the back into channels yeah exactly exactly and there's also Plex um yeah yeah yeah and there's also an of course you can process everything in Ableton or logic whatever you're using so you I actually have some compression and stuff going on for the tr-8 and some distortion on tv3 and so ok and the third is the surface control surface mode this is where you just mainly use it as a midi controller and you can also so if i just stop that then this becomes the whole surface just transmits MIDI CC's and what yeah exactly and you have one master output for the actual sound so it looks like this could incorporate quite nicely into a deejay setup I know that some DJ's are already using our products for live performance yeah absolutely because you have the different types of effects that are very much rhythm based a very typical DJ style effect but also you have a different fader curves our final yeah yeah up so you have the slow fade in the fast food and all that kind of stuff yeah exactly so you can set these individually for all channels and how is it to use and learn very very easy I mean I already have a tr-8 and the interface is very similar with a step sequencing and the different effects is on one side so it's very if you know the tr-8 you probably you kind of already know this one one thing that I also want to know was the switching between the different modes is that something that you can do on the fly or do you have to kind of reconnect and that requires a reboot though it does a reboot of the hardware yeah right yeah and you were saying that the switching of scenes can be really fast can you just demonstrate how quickly we can switch soon so yeah sure so here again here's my break 1 2 3 and so you actually kind of almost play them like if you were to do it very very fast how fast here we go well it's not in a millisecond right here so fast enough for this for this amount of data and I say yeah kill them so it looks like there's a lot more other stuff we've got um auxilary sends and returns froze us what are those inputs and outputs as well yeah so we have a UX send and return but we also have on the phone and the phone's knob here you can actually monitor your selected channel individually so you get that channel so load and here is the master mix or you can do a blend yeah you can say hi it's almost like silo in place or silo or Iraq yeah exactly and of course we also have the master effects here which are how does that come by sequencing where that look very interesting yeah so basically i have delay filter scattered flanger bit crusher and roll effects but they all have some great variations inside as well now there's also the combi thing that we're talking about this basically lets me sequence put put parts of the effects individually on the sequencer so I can put delay over here bit crusher over here instead I have a lesson I think yeah so I'll just play this presetting right now so now it's playing I'll just turn on the combi effects like this and now you can see the different effects changing around and I can actually hold one effect and select okay I want some delay over here yeah i'll perfecter some bit crusher on this section and so on and maybe some flanger over here and the role if the emphasis there already is so okay so you could and adjusting the actual parameters of those effects what what kind of you know is it just a less more it's kind of a bit like the in the TRA way you just have basic control of them or what well of granular yeah you have various variations of each effect like different types of filter different types of scatter and so on and the global level of all of them is controlled with this knob so if I have the combi effect here this will affect all of the effects right this is just one not so how do you change the the filter type for instance on the master effects yeah it's very easy I just hold the filter button and just turn the tempo dial over here so now I feel to note one and yeah we can maybe have a listen to that so that's a high-pass filter right but here it's a low-pass filter when you go on – so it kill myself yeah exactly and so you have a yeah all kinds of variations here there's another one with a little bit more a little bit more resonance and can you record these kind of even if you're not in controller mode the surface mode can you control can you record these kind of performances as well as MIDI so that you could then play the whole thing back as a performance at this moment it's not recorded so this is mainly a live performance right future yeah okay so I'm just going to think if there's anything else so each channel has you select that consumer the one you're editing yeah that's then the effect and then that is to switch on the the master effects send it's a fixed sound level is it yeah so will the master effect is basically an insert yeah but you can turn it on and off for each channel okay and same thing of course with with the BFX now there's also some interesting mute modes and even modes for selecting be FX and m FX so for instance if I hold the pan button right and I press a mute button all my channels will be on if I hold the aux button and press the mute button that will be a solo switch right okay and so on so there's different different types of mute modes and you can actually do this for the BFX and so on as well so I know it's Panda is that this double is pan or what when you go into pan mode what is it that actually changes the pan level if I want to change the pan I just press pan and select the channel and here you see you see the current panel with the value about yeah oh yeah so and so on I see right so I guess the really big question is going to be you know when is this going to be available and how much is it going to be price is still to be announced but it's probably going to be around the same price as the tr8 right yeah and release date is somewhere around March April right oh yeah well David it's been a pleasure to have you previewing this I mean as we said before this is very much a preview this isn't the final production so things may change a little bit away it's going to be previewed at NAMM so we'll be able to see it in the flesh there as well in which case that things may have changed again but I hope you've enjoyed this I'll be at NAMM as well denying this so see you yeah exactly so looking forward to that and thank you very much yeah okay thank you thank you very much


  • GB3770 says:

    so the mixer does a delay stutter and a bit crusher? lol.

  • Dennis Mossinkoff says:

    Hey Mr david     check the problems with the usb connection with mx1 to tr8s    it is a no go!!!! distorted sound  even after all the new softwareversions installed!!!     no answer for me so now trying this

  • Miss Dchamps says:

    any way to have a tutorial to explain how to set all this with ableton? specially the scenes

  • need2knowblue says:

    Digital junk – spin a cd. Analog is still king… learn to be a real musician.

  • bh617 says:

    "Yeah exactly"

  • Sellican - says:

    Hi do you know if you can Midi Map the faders and mute button whist in Ableton Live mode? If the MX-1 is set to Ext > Ableton live mode but the track faders and their mute (disarm track) buttons do not correspond with my DAW. I have updated the MX-1 to v1.05 but the solo, sends, record, solo and play button only seems to work. thanks

  • Lee Wilbraham says:

    Oh yeah it's WELL easy to use. It's so sodding confusing. Had one a week, hardly does anything the guy says. It really doesn't intergrate with Ableton. The control surface setting selects channels, that's it!! One of the most complicated pieces I've owned.

  • tothead says:

    I understand that MX1 is a master clock – then can you programme odd tempos? like set a loop on a sequencer on eg. 7th or 9th or 11th step? Odd tempo signatures…..

  • vixstar46 says:

    Is there any way this can output to an iPad instead of a DAW via usb? Or in any other way?

  • Solomon Jenkins says:

    He's saying u get 18 separate channels into ur DAW from this fkn thing? I thought it all got smushed into one and you couldn't apply additional effects individually

  • tibiluk99 says:

    can i sync traktor with roland mx-1? im using kontrol x1

  • Jihad Joseph says:

    Theoretically, can I run a Gaia SH01, TR8, SYSTEM1 and, tah dah! a TB3 and VT all from the MX1? Planning on getting MX1 later this week if they're compatible.


    Dave's The Man.

  • fig. 8 says:

    seriously. sell me a damn Aira tshirt.

  • ETERNAL BLUE says:

    can you have the synth, 2 x tb3s and a tb8 as well as the voice shit thing hooked up?

  • ETERNAL BLUE says:

    Scatter always ON

  • Ian Philp says:

    Dont know why Roland didnt employ DJ Pierre or another acid pioneer, Great product pity its the same guy playing shit all the time!

  • dubprocesslbc says:

    need that shirt

  • FOLDER says:

    Personally I have no interest in machines that re-hash sounds from the 80s & 90s. Electronic music culture prides itself on being stylistically forward thinking – it seems there's only a handful of non modular companies that cater for this such as Elektron. The Aira series seems to rely on pretty colours and lights, retro sounds we are all so familiar with (for me, totally bored with) and childish, glitchy, beat repeat/stutter effects for cheesey overcooked dance build ups. It seems like Roland are wasting their history and expertise by playing it too safe, leaving them stuck in the past – or at least catering for a demographic that is.

  • DannyPolDiaz says:

    Great, another way to over complicate things and another reason for people to complain about what it does or doesn't do.

  • Marcelo Alcantara says:

    Can we sequence other gear with the MX-1?

  • SoulfulElectricity says:

    a real shame is the lag of inputs, only 4 mono-jacks, one mini-stereo-jack,
    but therefor 4 usb-ports, but only usable for aira products…
    that it's also an audio interface tops it off a little bit,

    but that brings me to one clue, you can only get the amounts of channels full by using a computer or owning other Aira products, but you could never fill it with all the synths and grooveboxes you already have at home….

    so what ?  a 11 channel mixer with only 4 mono, 1 stereo input ?
    and that for 599 €  ?  

    well,… in my eyes useless…. (maybe as audio interface, but as mixer no)

  • Josh Jeggs says:

    i like this interview guy ..goes strait to the point.

  • Järvinen says:

    Gotta love how Nick keeps stopping the demo track! Pretty cheesy stuff… but then again this is the same product line that touted the "instant skrillex" effect 😉

  • Mick F says:

    Will it be possible to record in the future the effects live into your DAW? I know right now you said no. For me would be a big plus point when mixing and arranging on the fly!!

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