Roland has announced the availability of GO:MIXER, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, GO:MIXER connects digitally via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that's a marked upgrade over using the phone's built-in mono mic or analog line input. With multiple inputs available, users can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players, and mix them all together live while they shoot.
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With the great video quality of today's smartphones, capturing music performances and other types of content has never been easier. However, recording a high-quality audio soundtrack along with a video has typically required complicated external gear and time-consuming editing in post-production. GO:MIXER greatly simplifies the production process, enabling users to capture audio directly to a smartphone video in real time.
Offering plug-and-play convenience, GO:MIXER is ready to use out of the box. It's powered by the smartphone connection, so no batteries are required. And with a compact size that measures just 3.75 inches (95 mm) square and 1.1 inches (28 mm) tall, GO:MIXER is perfect for desktop and mobile use.
GO:MIXER supports connecting up to five sources at once via inputs for a vocal mic, guitar/bass, stereo keyboard, and two stereo line-level devices (such as music players, drum machines, etc.). Front-panel knobs provide hands-on mixing for the mic and instruments. There's also a stereo output jack for monitoring the sound via headphones or an external amplification system, plus a dedicated panel knob for adjusting the monitor level.
One of GO:MIXER's line-level inputs offers a selectable Center Cancel function, which reduces the volume of the main vocal in a music track that's playing through the input. This is a great feature for singers, allowing them to create karaoke-style tracks on the fly.
The GO:MIXER compact audio mixer for smartphones has a U.S. Street price of $99.