Roland has debuted the Go:Mixer Pro smartphone audio mixer and Virtual Stage Camera app — two new tools for content creators who share videos on YouTube and other social media platforms.
Roland said the Go: Mixer Pro and Virtual Stage Camera offer an integrated hardware and app solution that makes it easy for users to create high-quality video content with a smartphone.
A smartphone can capture video, but its built-in microphone doesn’t provide the sound quality and control needed to create polished content. Roland’s mixer combines multi-channel mixing and sound monitoring in a palm-sized device.
The mixer allows the connection and mixing of up to nine audio sources at once, including pro-quality powered microphones, line level gear and guitars or basses. An XLR mic connector is on one side. Dedicated controls provide volume adjustment, and the resulting stereo digital audio output is sent straight to the user’s smartphone for capturing in a video or audio app.
The unit can be powered by the smartphone connection or via four AAA-size batteries to conserve the mobile device’s battery. A headphones output with level control is also provided for monitoring the mix and listening to backing audio from the smartphone. If desired, the user can route this backing audio to the capture app along with the live audio inputs via a dedicated Loop Back panel switch.
When it’s not being used to capture content on a mobile device, the Go: Mixer Pro doubles as a standalone battery-powered audio mixer.
The Virtual Stage Camera App allows users to create videos that look like they were done with more sophisticated video equipment. This app removes the background from a performance video in real time and replaces it with movie footage or stills stored on the smartphone. Virtual Stage Camera can also instantly produce a blue/green screen background in a video for later manipulation in a video-editing app like Apple’s iMovie.
The Go: Mixer Pro also works with Roland’s 4XCAMERA, a free video app that makes it easy to create split-screen videos. Projects can be shared online among 4XCAMERA users.
Virtual Stage Camera and 4XCAMERA are compatible with iOS mobile devices. The supporting apps are available as free downloads from the Apple App Store.
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