Roland GO:MIXER Pro X review


Roland GO:MIXER Pro X: What is it?

The principle behind Roland’s GO:MIXER series is simple: give your smartphone as much audio I/O for every musical eventuality with video creation at its heart.

The latest iteration in the series, the Pro X, retains the same form factor as the previous two generations – clearly Roland thinks it’s a winner – but adds some much-needed compatibility tweaks.

For the uninitiated, the Roland GO:MIXER Pro X has 11 audio input channels (two more than the Pro) and three output channels (one more than the Pro). This is configured via two 1/4″ jack inputs (L/mono, R), two 3.5mm stereo line inputs, one 1/4″ guitar/bass input, one TRRS smartphone input/output (stereo, CTIA) and an XLR combo / 1/4 jack input. There is also a headphone or headphone socket (stereo, CTIA) and the obligatory micro USB socket to complete the inputs/outputs.

Roland GO:MIXER Pro X

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Roland GO:MIXER Pro X

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The unit can be powered by three AAA batteries, or directly from a host device, such as your smartphone or tablet and Roland earns extra points for supplying the appropriate cables, however, batteries are not included.

Five knobs adorn the top of the unit to control guitar/bass input, line inputs, mic input, headphone input, and an overall output level.

Roland GO:MIXER Pro X

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Roland GO:MIXER Pro X: performance and verdict

As already mentioned, the three additional inputs and outputs are an improvement over the Pro, with the inclusion of the TRRS port meaning you can use a headset or headset mic and the Smartphone I/O open use on any device. with a TRRS connection. There’s also the much-needed guitar/bass pad to help tame high levels from active pickups etc. Additional unit power includes phantom power, power on/off and Loop Back.

Disabling Loop Back is great when you just want to monitor a backing track while recording, so if you’re tracking vocals, you’ll just capture the vocals. Of course, the alternative is to use the Loop Back function to record everything in a live script, including arrangements or backing tracks from your smartphone.

With the announcement of the Pro X we had hoped that multi-channel audio support might have been included, but alas this was not the case so all channels are downmixed to stereo. This is by no means a real problem as the Pro X still works admirably for mixing multiple sources in multiple scenarios. Maybe it should have been called mk2?

The form factor hasn’t changed from the original, which isn’t really a bad thing. But, if you’re using the smartphone/tablet holder to shoot video and have everything plugged into the device, it’s worth noting that it’s very easy to end up dragging it through heavy wiring. A more robust chassis would be much more advantageous here. You can also forget about portrait mode shooting for TikTok, unless you have your own accessories to do so.

Version X significantly improves on its predecessor

You can use the Pro X with any camera or audio app like GarageBand, but Roland is obviously pushing its own, particularly the 4XCamera app, an ideal setup for content creators wanting to capture those synth jams for YouTube in multiple angles.

The GO:MIXER Pro X is one of the most feature-rich smartphone audio/mixing interfaces for video creators. The new X version significantly improves upon its predecessor with what may seem like minor, but nonetheless essential, tweaks.

MusicRadar’s verdict: One of the best smartphone audio mixers just got a little smarter, leaving some of the previous models redundant.

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Roland GO:MIXER Pro X: Specifications

  • MAIN CHARACTERISTICS Portable audio mixer and interface for smartphones and tablets of all types with multiple I/O connectivity for all recording situations
  • CONTACT: Roland

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