A mere 15 years ago, one would have called you insane if you would have told them they could make their own fully-produced music from a device in their pocket. While recording software such as Apple’s GarageBand has been on the market for a couple of decades now, the ability to mix and master on your phone or tablet has only been truly possible since 2011. And with the rapid progression of technology for homemade music, devices like teenage engineering’s TX-6 are just the beginning.
Whether you’re mastering your tracks on mobile or on your laptop, the TX-6 audio interface serves as a highly-compact mixing board with 6 stereo input jacks, 2 stereo output jacks, a main headphone connector (with both 3.5mm jacks and a 6.35mm jack with adapter), and a USB-C port. The 12-channel multi-track mixer also has wireless connectivity to BLE-MIDI units and can plug into either your computer or any iOS device for creating on the go. While many small audio interfaces are phantom powered, the 32-bit TX-6 runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours.
Amongst its array of features utilized through its display screen, the TX-6 has a built-in synthesizer and sequencer, with the option to be controlled via an external MIDI device. It also has a metronome, tuner, drum machine, and various effects such as reverb, distortion, and delay, among others, and can be used in “DJ Mode” for cross-fading between channels.
Transcending the popularity of the ever-transitory audio gadget, the aluminum TX-6 is revolutionary for how accessible it allows the mixing process to be. Compact devices like this will enhance the mobility of production while also simplifying it. You can grab the TX-6 now on teenage engineering’s website for $1,199.