Roland Announces R-Mix Music Software

Tools to visually and intuitively manipulate stereo mix audio easily in real time      16/09/11

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Roland Announces R-Mix Music Software


The book containing Roland’s history of software releases would be a pretty short read, though perhaps the second edition, bolstered recently by the arrival of CakeWalk and their applications would keep you on the loo for longer. But to be fair they do have  quite a lot of nifty software technology in their synthesizers. Who can forget the VP9000, ground-breaking and much underestimated sampler, VariOS, V-Synth and Fantoms.

Enter R-MIX  “innovative mix manipulation software”. Allowing isolation and manipulation of elements of complete mixex - think iZotope RX rather than Melodyne DNA.
Here’s the science part: it uses VariPhrase technology and something called V-Remastering,  what appears to be spectral analysis and manipulation, with a temperature style frequency display, lasso and other controls to perform audio wonders, probably.

Undoubtedly there’s some good stuff there. And there is a version for the iPad R-MIX Tab - not entirely clear what that will have to offer, as it appears to yet to be approved by Apple’s crack app team, but I’m guessing its significantly cut-down.

Interestingly, its available for PC (with Cakewalk connection you’d expect it) AND Mac OS X. I wonder if this is the signal for some Sonar love for OS X - probably not, but its a nice thought to hold on to as the nights draw in.

Bullet Points follow:
  • View the elements of a stereo mix as color-coded clouds of energy and frequency matter onscreen
  • Freely select and manipulate any element within a stereo mix
  • High-quality sound
  • Create “minus-one” type karaoke files from existing songs by lowering the level of the pre-recorded vocal or any other instrument you select
  • Create your own remixes and mash-ups by using two pairs of stereo tracks within R-MIX t Isolate any desired instrument within a mix, and then solo and slow down that element for study
  • Clean up old recordings and master your stereo mixes by adjusting individual instrument levels within a mix and applying noise reduction and effects
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • Simplified version available for Apple iPad

R-MIX is expected to ship in December with a street price of £85.



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3 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Brian from USA    Said...

Where was this software when I need it 30 years ago? Pretty amazing.

16-Sep-11 07:51 AM

Eau    Said...

This tech has been around for at least 10 years (and available to those enterprising enough to learn the method, simple as it may be). It looks like QuikQuak's MashTactic product which already gives a nice front-end to the methods that are employed for isolating specific frequency bandwidths. IF Melodyne released a simplified DNA equipped app, there would be little stopping the remixers from ever having to come up with something original ever again.

16-Sep-11 11:18 AM

Ben    Said...

Too bad it is from Roland, as they never update anything and don't care about their customers.

17-Sep-11 03:00 PM

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