Legendary rule breakers Teenage Engineering have done it again with the TX-6, pristine pro audio gear –
We expanded our studio with the Teenage Engineering TX-6 field mixer and audio interface. Fitting in the palm of your hand and loaded with features, the TX-6 is impressive.
If you’re not familiar with Teenage Engineering, you’ve heard or seen them. Their instruments are featured on records by Childish Gambino, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Tame Impala and their toy-style, lego-style designs look fantastic and are often seen in studios around the world. We even built their 400 Modular Synth which comes in a flat pack.
The TX-6 is their latest product which primarily acts as a mixer and audio interface. As usual with Teenage Engineering, there’s more to it than meets the eye. There are 6 stereo inputs, plenty of built-in effects, a basic drum machine, synthesizer, compressor, tuner and plenty of other assignable functions in the menu, which we found very useful.
Using the TX-6 as a mixer, we plugged into all available inputs – and a few important adapters – to make the TX-6 the center of our studio. We plugged in a drum beat from Ableton, a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator (Street Fighter Edition), a Moog iPhone Animoog Synth, a Sequential Prophet Rev 2 synthesizer, a Teenage Engineering Modular 400 Synth, and a Heritage electric guitar.
Each of the 6 stereo inputs comes with 3 knobs – called pots – and a slider fader. Setting up the top pot as a compressor, the middle pot as a send to FX 1, and the bottom pot as a pan, I started playing the sounds of each instrument and tweaked the TX-6 on each.
Starting with the drum beat I gave it a nice level and some compression, moving on to the Prophet Rev 2 synth and iPhone Moog synth I played something in, pressed Hold, j added TX-6 effects and panned each of them left and right.
That’s when I realized the size of the TX-6 wasn’t holding me back – I was creating music and wasn’t being helped by the technology. I was able to easily add compression and effects, pan instruments, and adjust individual volumes in this small package.
Continuing with the Teenage Engineering Modular 400 – which we already did an Engineering the Sound video – I added a low drone bass note from its sine oscillator, then grabbed the Street Fighter Pocket Operator edition, gave it some reverb and played in some ‘Haaaaduuuuckens’.
I ended up playing electric guitar – which I tuned earlier with the TX-6 – adding onboard compression and reverb, which completed my 6 instruments, all mixed in the TX-6 and recorded here in the video below.
There’s so much more I could have done with the TX-6, for example, my next stop would be to use it as an audio interface. However, my problem would be how to input a microphone.
To learn more about the Teenage Engineering TX-6, head over to their website.