Roland R-MIX – The Photoshop of Audio Editors?

Roland’s new R_MIX audio editing software centers around a real-time visualization of the sound, or what Roland calls “color coded clouds of energy and harmonic matter.”

But lets put aside corporate concocted buzz phrases for the moment. The Roland demo video above is full of them, but starting around 1:40 you will find some impressive demonstrations of the programs power and ease of use. Just drag a box over an energy cloud and start manipulating that part of the audio mix. You can quickly find and isolate instruments, changing pitch and speed for learning a complex guitar lead for example, and even creating minus one, vocal-free songs.

Want to pan the recorded singer left while you harmonize in the right channel? No problem. Draw a box around her undulating harmonic matter (!) and you can drag her around to stereo field as you like.

A “simplified version” called R_MIX Tab is available for iPad in the App Store. So far it is gathering mixed reviews.

As president of Tracy Evans Productions, Inc. for over 18 years Tracy splits his time between being an animator, director, producer, stage magician, graphic designer, art director, programmer, editor, consultant, speaker and writer of third-person autobiographical blurbs.

3 Comments on "Roland R-MIX – The Photoshop of Audio Editors?"

  1. Flowsun says:

    So have you used it? Do you like it? is it worth it? any links to other reviews?

    • Tracy Evans says:

      I don’t have the software but I’m very interested in trying it out. I was hoping some users might chime in with opinions. I have yet to see any hands-on reviews on the product. Many have written about seeing it on the trade show floor, but actual user reviews have yet to surface.

      Here is a link to a lengthy Roland walkthrough. http://youtu.be/jW05NcfGxO0 Impressive stuff. Around the 8-minute mark he isolates and adds reverb to John Lennon’s vocals in Paperback Writer.

  2. Paul says:

    This concept is not new. Elevayta Extra Boy Pro has offered this kind of functionality since 2006.

    http://www.elevayta.com/product13.htm

    http://www.kvraudio.com/news/elevayta_releases_elevayta_extra_boy_pro_4596

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