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
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.