Roland Adds MX-1 Mix Performer to AIRA Line

The hybrid, performance-focused machine is being presented as an 18-channel mixer with step-sequenced FX, transport, and tempo control.
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Rolled out as part of this week's NAMM convention in Southern California, Roland has added the MX-1 Mix Performer, an "18-channel performance mixer with step-sequenced FX, transport, and tempo control," to its AIRA line. Joining the TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, and System-1 units in the AIRA family, the MX-1 has been designed to be the "nerve center of your electronic music rig," combining the functionalities of a mixer, a control surface, an audio interface, and a "step-based effector" into a single unit.

Among its key features, the MX-1 boasts 18 mix channels (which can be configured in a few ways depending on the mode one uses), a tone/filter knob for each channel (which can control one of ten kinds of EQs, filters, and isolators), and a slew of both master and channel-specific FX. Furthermore, though the MX-1 is optimized to be used in conjunction with other AIRA pieces (the device features four AIRA-specific USB ports which support audio, MIDI, sync, and bus power for AIRA gear), the unit can also serve as an independent MIDI control surface as well.

The full specs and feature set for the MX-1 can be found here, while the demo video below gives a better idea of what the unit is capable of in the midst of a performance. No pricing information has been shared at this time, though the MX-1 is expected to arrive in stores "soon."