I will never forget witnessing a demonstration of R-MIX software for the first time. Fast-forward a bit, and I will also never forget being in a meeting where I discovered that R-MIX was going to be incorporated into SONAR X2 Producer. Music production light-bulbs started going off in my head imagining what I was going to be able to do with multiple instances of R-MIX inside SONAR (see video below.)
Technically speaking it is an audio manipulation plugin that is powered by Roland’s newly developed V-Remastering technology in conjunction with VariPhrase — lets you see the components of a stereo mix as color-coded clouds of energy and harmonic matter as the track plays. Speaking as a musician, the only way I can describe it is by calling it “visual sound,” and it is truly impressive as well as creative.
What can you do with R-MIX?
There are many interesting things you can do with R-MIX SONAR. You can create “minus-one” type mixes from a stereo track to get rid of the lead vocals. You can isolate instrumentation or elements within a stereo track and manipulate the sound further. You can isolate vocals in a stereo mix. You can use R-MIX’s onboard FX to further manipulate an isolated part. Another great use is the ability to clean up old recordings or get rid of noise in a track; such as an air conditioning unit in another room that a sensitive mic/preamp has picked up.
For me, I’ve had a blast using R-MIX for the last two weeks as a sonic-generator. I’m able to get unique cutting edge sounds out of this plugin that are different from anything I have heard or used before. The fact that all the parameters are automatable (see video) is key; and to further my point, setting it into an effects chain with other plugins where multiple parameters can be controlled by individual knobs makes this a no-brainer for someone looking to stir the pot with unlimited possibilities of sound creation.
What are the components to R-MIX?
Effect: R-MIX allows you to isolate the desired sound, and then add 1 of 8 available effects. There is a depth slider which is nice for more subtle tones, or you can heavily manipulate the isolated audio.
Noise Cancel: Here is a section which offers 4 modes to help you restore audio or get rid of unwanted noise. Each mode has a different benefit depending on your source (Hiss, Hum, Wind, Air conditioner.)
Inside Pan Knob: This allows you to take the isolated sound within the scope and move the panning.
Outside Level: This is the level of the audio outside of the scope.
Outside Pan Knob: This gives you the ability to move the audio on the outside of the scope to different areas of the stereo field.
Bypass: Bypasses the plugin.
In conclusion, I have to say that this is an amazing addition to SONAR’s arsenal. There are so many different things you do with R-MIX and they are all very unique. There’s no right or wrong, you simply place it on a track and use your ear to come up with some very interesting sounds.
As a noise reduction tool, it’s amazing. As you will see and hear in the video, I was able to take the hiss out of one side of a track where the mic pre and compressor were cranked and had picked up air conditioning noise.