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Roland Mx-1

Tone / Filter Types

The MX-1 contains 10 different types of Tone/Filter settings. By default, each Tone/Filter knob is set to “FILTER 1.” To change the mode, follow the steps below:

Press the [TONE] button to make it light. Press the [SELECT] button of the channel which you want to apply; the button lights. Turn the [VALUE] knob to select the type.

# Message Descipription
1 FILTER 1 (FL1) Low pass and high pass filters are applied.
2 FILTER 2 (FL 2)
3 TONE 1 (Tn1) The volume of the low frequency and high frequency region is changed.
4 TONE 2 (Tn2)
5 EQ LOW 1 (Lo1) The volume of the low frequency range is changed.
6 EQ LOW 2 (Lo2)
7 EQ HI1 (Hi1) The volume of the high-frequency region is changed.
8 EQ HI2 (Hi2)
9 ISOLATOR 1 (iS1) The low frequency and high frequency regions are cut.
10 ISOLATOR 2 (iS2) The low, mid, and high frequency regions are cut.

“Simple” demo: Sweetwater Full Aira Demo Fast bpm good demo of Scene memory: MX 1 Demo Good tips: Select all BFX, MFX, MUTE


Selecting Channels

Selecting All the [BFX], [MFX], or [MUTE] Buttons

Operation Explanation

[GAIN] + [BFX], [GAIN] + [MFX], [GAIN] + [MUTE], [GAIN] + pad (1–16) Select all
[PAN] + [BFX], [PAN] + [MFX], [PAN] + [MUTE], [PAN] + pad (1–16) De-select all
[TONE] + [BFX], [TONE] + [MFX], [TONE] + [MUTE] Select only one
[AUX] + [BFX], [AUX] + [MFX], [AUX] + [MUTE] De-select only one
[FADER] + [BFX], [FADER] + [MFX], [FADER] + [MUTE], [FADER] + pad (1–16) Invert selection

* The 16 pads are available only a BEAT FX pattern is displayed. * Shortcuts for the [SELECT] button are listed in the owner’s manual. Note that the method of operation is different.

Power on modes

The MX-1 has a number of different modes available depending on what button is depressed when the power is switched on. These are described in the following table.

Press and hold the button in the left-hand column and power on the MX-1 to get into the desired mode.

None Normal Power on.
RECALLFactory Reset
GAINSetup Mode
TAPFirmware Update
PAD 1Mixer Parameter Backup and Restore

The different modes and the functions available are detailed in the sections below.

Factory Reset

Press and hold RECALL and power on.

Display shows ‘rSt’ Press START/STOP button. When display shows ‘CNP’ power off. NOTE: This will also reload the factory Mixer Scene Memories, Master FX Patterns and Master FX Combis, so make sure any edited patterns or kits are backed up prior to performing this operation.


Press and hold GAIN and power on.

START/STOP button flashes, some of the Pad LEDs are lit and the CHANNEL SETTING display shows NiH whilst the TEMPO display shows C15. Channel Link

Channel link determines if the input jacks for channels 1,2,3 and 4 are two STEREO inputs or four individual MONO inputs, the latter being the default setting.

Selecting either Channel 1 or Channel 2’s SELECT button will toggle between mono and stereo. If the setting is mono, the Channel 2 LEDs will be lit. When Stereo is set Channel 2 LEDs are turned off.

Selecting either Channel 3 or Channel 4’s SELECT button will toggle between mono and stereo. If the setting is mono, the Channel 4 LEDs will be lit. When Stereo is set Channel 4 LEDs are turned off. DIGITAL Jack Operation

Sets the DIGITAL jack to be an INPUT or OUPUT.

Pressing the DIGITAL channel SELECT button will toggle between the to settings. When the channel LEDs are lit, the channel is set to an input and when off, the channels is set to be an output.

Default setting is INPUT. USB Audio Frequency

Press the BFX button and turn the VALUE knob to select one of three options for the mixer sampling rate, 44.1, 48 or 96kHz, the latter being the default.

Use this setting to match the mixer’s sampling rate with the audio interface it is connected to. MIDI Channel

This is set by pressing and turning the TEMPO knob .

  OFF – MIDI is off
  Ch1 thru’ Ch16 – Indicates the selected MIDI channel. Ch15 is the default MX-1 MIDI channel
  ONn – The MX-1 is in OMNI mode and will receive MIDI on all channels

PAD Functions

The pads 1-4 have specific functions when in setup mode:

PAD 1 – FADER Mode

  UNLIT – FADER Jump. On scene recall, the operating a fader will cause the value to jump to the recalled value.
  LIT – FADER Passthrough. On scene recall, the fader value will not be updated until the fader is moved past the recalled value.

PAD 2 – AUX SEND Routing

  UNLIT – Pre-FADER send
  LIT – Post-FADER send


  UNLIT – MASTER FX is not applied to the return signal
  LIT – MASTER FX applied to return signal


  UNLIT – MIDI THRU is off
  LIT – MIDI THRU is on

Mixer Modes

Press TONE button and turn the VALUE knob. The mode type is shown in the CHANNEL SETTING display as the value knob is adjusted. Three modes are available:

  MIXER Mode – Display shows NiH
  The MX-1 acts as a conventional mixer and all inputs are fed to the MIX OUT jacks.
  CONTROLLER Mode – Display shows Sur
  The MX-1 assigns MIDI channels 1 thru’ 11 to each of the physical channels allowing the MX-1 to operate as a USB controller for a DAW. Mixing is not performed by the mixer and all sound output from the computer connection is fed to the MIX OUT jacks.
  EXTERNAL Mode – Display shows Ext
  The MX-1 operates as a mixer for a DAW.

Screen Saver

Press PAN and adjust the VALUE knob to the time, from 1 to 30 minutes, for the screen saver display to occur. Set to OFF to disable. PAD Colours

Press AUX and select from 6 colour schemes for the MX-1 PADs. CL2 is a dimmed version of the default. System Version

Press GAIN to show the current software version. This will be displayed in the CHANNEL SETTING display when setup mode is entered so pressing GAIN is only required if one of the other buttons has been pressed whilst in setup mode.

Press START/STOP to save any changes and restart the MX-1.

Midi Implementation

Default mixer channel is 15


roland_mx-1.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/10 21:38 by admin