Roland’s new mobile mixer has better support for Android and headphone mics

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Roland today announced the Go:Mixer Pro-X, a new flagship portable mixer to help on-the-go creatives improve their sound. The Pro-X is, like its siblings, designed to plug into a phone or tablet to create pro-quality sound for live streams, podcasts or movies. The company says the Pro-X has better support for Android and iOS devices, and the ability to use a headset microphone or your smartphone’s headphones as a sound source.

Many of the improvements are more nice than essential, like the fact that the number of input/output channels has been increased to 11 and three, compared to nine and two on the Pro. The other big improvement is the new pad button, which mutes the volume of particularly loud signals, say from an instrument with active pickups. Basically, if you’re looking to, say, start recording a podcast on a tight budget, this is the kind of platform to start with.

The rest of the specs list looks a lot like the Go:Mixer Pro, although one thing that has changed is the rated battery life. You’ll get half an hour less from the Pro-X on those same four AAA batteries (four hours) than you did from the previous model (four hours thirty minutes). But it may be the price to pay to be able to better record your jam sessions. The Roland Go:Mixer Pro-X will be available in the US sometime in August, priced at $150.

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