At the front, there are four XLR balanced mic inputs with one button assigning phantom power to all or none, and each is paired with a balanced TRS line in socket. Pros A solid digital mixer. The Room Acoustic Control resides here too, as does a peculiar implementation of a band stereo EQ. Image 1 of 2 The control surface is the primary element of the MDX. Cursor, Utility, Value and Display buttons feature, as does a Scene button. There are three Power Compressors available as inserts and they work really well with guitarsand vocals. If you don’t mind the learning curve, the MDX is an attractive option for project-studio audio control.
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While it can’t be used when the device is set to 96kHz and is hooked up via USB although it can be used at 96kHz in standalone modeprojects to which the effect is applied come alive. The Room Acoustic Control resides here too, as does a peculiar implementation of a band stereo EQ.
The EQ mid is sweepable and there’s also the facility to Q the frequency range, but rather than multiple or concentric rotaries, you’ve got multi-function rotaries at the right that adjust mids for the eight channels that have EQ controls.
The mixer appears reasonably sturdy if lightweighttakes up little space and has a bonus pair of line ins.
But there’s fun to be had by messing about with the built-in signal processors. A closer look reveals we’ve moved beyond edirool operation. There’s a Narration Enhancer which combines a de-esser and enhancer and does a tidy job with close-miked, spoken-word material. Pros A solid digital mixer.
Any changes show up in the backlit LCD, which switches to display whichever parameter you’re adjusting. 16xx, it would have been nice to have MIDI ports, though their inclusion would likely mean a higher price-point. There’s also a Vocal Enhancer, which is effectively a four-band EQ designed to give the voice clarity.
Punch it in and you have to twiddle one knob to access one of the 32 frequency bands, and then use another to boost or cut, then move on to another frequency band with the first knob. In certain ways, this system enables you to control a computer-based mix in analogue style, although there are no transport controls on the mixer’s fascia.
If you don’t mind the learning curve, the MDX is an attractive option for project-studio audio control. Further down, you’d expect to see level sliders, but they’re actually rotary pots with centre detents, which could be off-putting to many. So far, so good, but it’s the mixing desk that leads edorol some head-scratching. Each has a low-cut filter at 75Hz, three-band EQ, pan, solo and mute, but a couple of things make it apparent that we’re dealing with a decidedly digital device here.
At the front, there are four XLR balanced mic inputs with one button assigning phantom power to all or none, and each is paired with a balanced TRS line in socket. The first four channel strips are familiar enough.
There are also control room outs and a single quarter-inch headphone socket, plus the data-connection socket for hooking it to the audio module. The MDX has a small selection of ambient effects but it’s the Finalize feature that 16xd makes ears prick.
It suffers a little from digital multifunction overload – enough to confuse at the outset – and an absence of MIDI ports and levels sliders also count against it.
They’re designed to emulate vacuum tube amps and compressors, and operate on low, mid and high frequencies. Cursor, Utility, Value and Display buttons feature, as does a Scene button.
Cons Takes a bit of effort to master. This extends to the Aux controls which are multi-function, too: Sound-wise, the MDX is as clean as a whistle, and channel EQ is flexible and transparent – no analogue colouration here.
Edirol / Roland MDX – Channel Digital Audio Mixer MDX
With a basic, well-balanced mix already configured, a stab at the Finalize button kicks in a multiband compressor and enhancer on the whole mix. However, the signal-processing options are not only useful but sound great. Aux Return 1 has quarter-inch jack sockets. With an analogue desk, once you’ve learnt one channel strip, you’ve usually learnt the lot, but with digital, you’re suddenly confronted with Shift, Utility, Enter and other keys more usually associated with computer keyboards.
You can save configurations for later recall.
There are six effects available, each of which can be adjusted, and the Natural preset is great. Image 1 of 2 The control surface is the primary element of the MDX. Digital mixers can prove a headache for those who are used to traditional studio gear.