1010music Bluebox, Portable Digital Audio Mixer & Recorder For DAWless Jams

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1010music Bluebox is a portable 6/12-track digital audio hub that integrates, mixes, and records your electronic music instruments on a microSD card.

“DAWless” is a big topic. Moving away from the computer screen towards hardware music-making. A hardware synth for the price of a plugin is no longer uncommon. However, there is one critical point. If you want to bring all sounds together, you end up sooner or later on a computer. 1010music has presented today the Bluebox, which can possibly prevent that.

Bluebox is a portable digital audio mixer in the same shape as the Bitbox sampler. It is an audio hub that can mix, manipulate, and record audio signals on a microSD card. No recording needed, no problem. Bluebox also operates as a classic mixer by routing each track independently to the three outputs and effects sends. The concept is reminiscent of the Zoom L series, only much smaller and handier.

1010music Bluebox

1010music Bluebox

It features six switchable inputs (6 stereo/12 mono tracks) to which you can connect your favorite instruments (Eurorack, sampler, Synthesizer…). From here, Bluebox users can mix them easily with the physical knobs or via the built-in 3.5” touch screen. Each track offers control of volume, gain, 4-band parametric EQ, pan, mute, and solo functions. The onboard delay and reverb effects bring your sounds to life.

MIDI inputs/outputs allow you to sync the clock with external gear for synchronized effects and metronome. A nice feature that shows that the developer has thought about which features electronic musicians need. Thanks to the built-in memory slot, it can also record independent tracks or the main mix in 48k, 24-bit WAV on a microSD card. Further, it’s possible to playback previously recorded track while recording new ones.

1010music Bluebox


One should highlight the flexibility of the connections of the Bluebox. This goes from mono/stereo inputs to the freely assignable outputs 2 & 3.

Lastly, it can also be operated with a standard battery pack that makes mobile music making possible.

 Technical Specs

  • 6 stereo 3.5 mm TRS inputs
  • 12 mono tracks, 6 stereo tracks or something in between
  • 3 independently controlled stereo 3.5 mm TRS outputs
  • 5” touch screen, 4 knobs, 8 navigation buttons and 3 transport buttons
  • 3 effects: reverb, delay and compressor
  • Records and plays back 48k, 24-bit audio WAV files
  • 4 band EQ per track
  • MIDI In and Out for beat syncing effects
  • Dimensions: 5.5″ x 5″ x 2″ (14 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm), 1 lb (450 grams)
  • Durable metal case

In summary, 1010music has introduced an audio tool that will appeal to many musicians. Mix, manipulate, and record audio signals in one super-compact device. Many will love the good mix of the solid feature set and the portable form factor. I really like it too.

1010music bluebox will be available in December 2020 for $499 USD.

More information here: 1010music

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