Mix it up
With six analog inputs, four AIRA Link USB ports, digital I/O,
send and return jacks, and the ability to stream 18 channels to and
from your DAW, the MX-1 brings together a wide range of musical
sources and puts them directly under your fingertips. But this is
no ordinary mixer. The smooth, solid faders each have six different
volume curves available. Every channel has an adjustable
Tone/Filter knob with ten types of filters, EQs, and isolators.
Mutes are placed for quick access, working with the LED-lit faders
to clearly show their status, even in dark environments. The
DJ-style headphone cue monitoring lets you smoothly mix in any
source whenever you’re ready, or drop in tracks right on the beat.
Separate headphone and master volume knobs along with smooth and
bright metering keep levels firmly in check. And everything,
including all the FX configurations and settings, can be saved and
recalled for instant access.
Dramatic. Rhythmic. Get the desired effect.
There’s no question that effects play a huge role in creating a
unique vibe and defining your sound. And the MX-1 integrates
effects in exciting new ways. Not only do the MX-1’s effects sound
great, they’re designed for ready manipulation and rhythmic
sensibility, thanks to the MX-1’s tempo awareness and the TR-style
step interface. In addition to an aux send for feeding external
effects, each channel has its own Beat FX including Filter, Side
Chain, and Slicer. These are applied using sixteen TR-style step
sequencer buttons like those found on famous Roland drum machines.
This lets you independently filter, duck, and slice each channel,
creating cool rhythmic variations, polyrhythms, and all manner of
intricate grooves. Beat FX can be instantly switched on and off per
channel with dedicated, illuminated buttons. Six kinds of Master
FX, each with lots of variations, add spice and drama to any or all
channels. And the large control knob gives them supreme
playability. The Master FX can even be step-sequenced in various
combinations, creating stunning movement and glitchy interludes
that must be heard to be fully appreciated.
Loves computers. But enjoys its alone time
Computers already play a big role in production, and they
increasingly play a role in performance. But they don’t always
integrate so well with other live instruments, and require their
own audio interface and controller. The MX-1 addresses these
problems through its ability to operate in any one of three
different modes. In Control Surface mode, the MX-1 can sync to your
computer and act as a high-quality MIDI controller for your DAW.
Cool. But it gets way more interesting… In Mixer mode, the MX-1 can
mix all connected sources, including analog and digital inputs,
AIRA gear, and your computer’s output. While there’s a dedicated
channel for a stereo output from your computer, you can also send
computer audio to USB channels 1 thru 4 if no device is connected
to the AIRA Link USB ports. Very cool. In External mode, the MX-1
can send all its inputs directly to your DAW, acting as a
high-quality audio interface. At the same time, it can mix 18
channels back from your DAW, putting them on the MX-1’s faders.
This lets you utilize the recording, clip triggering, effects, and
mixing functions of your DAW along with the MX-1’s cue monitoring,
sync, and performance-optimized mixing and effects capabilities.
It’s mind-bending stuff. Just take a moment to imagine the
possibilities. While the MX-1 obviously makes working with a
computer way more fun, it’s just as happy on its own. So whether
it’s full hands-on control of your DAW or completely out-of-the-box
production and performance, the MX-1 is right at home.
Get connected. Link in and sync up
The MX-1 is so much fun to play that you’re bound to want to
plug all kinds of things into it. Four individual 1/4-inch jacks
support just about any kind of instrument, and the stereo 1/8-inch
jack is perfect for smartphones, tablets, and various gadgets.
There are also four AIRA Link USB ports that make connecting your
AIRA gear literally plug and play. With fully automatic detection,
AIRA Link USB ports transmit audio, MIDI, and sync over a single
USB cable. One of the ports can even provide bus power for a
compatible AIRA device like the TB-3 Touch Bassline or VT-3 Voice
Transformer. AIRA Link reduces cable clutter and makes setup fast
and simple. The MX-1 is also fully time aware and gives you
hands-on control of start, stop, tempo, and timing. Sync an array
of musical devices over MIDI or AIRA Link. Control everything with
the brightly lit TR-style start/stop button and large tempo knob
with fine adjustment, shuffle control, and tap function.
The mixer. Reimagined as an instrument
While the MX-1 is sturdily built, highly flexible, and extremely
capable, all this mixing and effect control would be nothing if it
were confusing or cumbersome to use. But the way mixing and effects
are so cleverly and thoughtfully implemented in the MX-1,
everything is fast, immediate, and intuitive. Most of all, it’s
musical, and designed to be played. Like all AIRA gear, there are
no confusing menus or layered functions to slow you down.
16 x 4 (Bank A, B)
FILTER: 5 types
SIDE CHAIN: 5 types
SLICER: 5 types
DELAY: 8 types
FILTER: 8 types
SCATTER: 8 types
FLANGER: 8 types
BIT CRUSH: 8 types
ROLL: 8 types
Number of USB Audio Max Input/Output Channels
Sampling frequency: 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Input: 18 channels
Output: 18 channels
PC interface: 24 bits
AD/DA conversion: 24 bits
AD/DA conversion: 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
DIGITAL (IN, OUT): 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
Nominal Input Level (variable)
Input 1–4: -26– +4 dBu
Input 5/6: -26– +4 dBu
Nominal Output Level
MIX OUT: +4 dBu
Input 1–4: 100 k ohms
Input 5/6: 100 k ohms
MIX OUT: 1 k ohm
PHONES: 24 ohms
96.0 kHz: 20 Hz–40 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
48.0 kHz: 20 Hz–22 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
44.1 kHz: 20 Hz–20 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
AD block INPUT 1–4: 100 dB typ.
AD block INPUT 5/6: 100 dB typ.
DA block MIX OUT: 108 dB typ.
PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone type
MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type (unbalance)
INPUT 1–4 (L/MONO, R/MONO) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
INPUT 5/6 jack: Stereo miniature phone type
AUX RETURN (L, R) jacks: RCA phono type
AUX SEND (L, R) jacks: RCA phono type
USB FUNCTION Port: USB type B (Audio, Midi)
USB HOST 1–4 ports: USB type A (Audio, Midi, for only
USB HOST 3 port can supply USB Bus power
COAXIAL IN/OUT jack
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
DC IN jack
Digital input, output: Coaxial type (conforms to IEC60958)
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
Ableton Live Lite Serial Number Card*
* Internet connection is required for installation. http://ableton.com/live-lite
Size and Weight
Updates & Drivers
MX-1 System Program (Ver.1.03)
This system program updates the MX-1 system program to the
latest version 1.03.
MX-1 Driver Ver.1.0.1 for Windows 10
This contains information on the MX-1 driver compatible with
Microsoft Windows 10.
MX-1 Driver Ver.1.0.0 for Windows
This is the MX-1 driver for Microsoft Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7.
MX-1 Driver Ver.1.0.0 for Mac OS X
This is the MX-1 driver for Mac OS X 10.7 / OS X 10.8 / OS X
10.9 / OS X 10.10.