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Harrison releases Mixbus32C v4
Old 4th May 2017
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Harrison releases Mixbus32C v4

Harrison Consoles is proud to announce the release of Mixbus32C v4 - the latest generation of our "True Analog Mixing" workstation.


Mixbus32C is a full-featured DAW with all the features of a typical workstation: unlimited audio+midi tracks, unlimited plugins, virtual instruments, cut/copy/paste editing, and import/export in various formats. But Mixbus is much more than that! It incorporates a customized mixer developed by Harrison: a respected manufacturer of customized high-end audio consoles since 1975. You can learn more about Mixbus32C, and get a demo, from Harrison's website: Harrison Consoles: Mixbus32C





Mixbus32C is everything our users love about Mixbus, with the addition of the renowned 32C EQ in every mixer strip:



Traditional Analog-style mixing
Mixbus is optimized for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering live music. It works like a traditional console, and it allows you to make better mixes, faster!

(see full-size Mixer image here)


Full-featured Editing
Mixbus has a full-featured editor with MIDI tracks, automation, crossfades, rich keyboard shortcuts, and specialized features like "polarity optimization" built-in.

(see full-size Editor image here)

v4 adds hundreds of new improvements to the platform. Here are a few of the highlights:


New User Interface
Mixbus’s new & updated GUI answers user’s requests for a better window management, and it allows the transport controls to appear above the mixer. The new “mini-timeline” allows fast & easy locating directly from atop the mixer window:



Toolbar Customization
The transport controls have been streamlined, and are configurable to hide & show the elements that are needed during the different stages of production: recording, arranging, editing, mixing and mastering. Visit Preferences->Appearance->Toolbar to turn the various sections on & off. You'll find a great opportunity for customization, while still remaining sensible and recognizable if you have to work on someone else's computer.

(click for larger transport image)


Per-Bus Panning
Evoking the "dual-concentric" knob design from our MR-series consoles, this new features allows you to pan your mixbus sends separately from the master bus pan knob. Use this technique to pan your reverb sends opposite of the dry signal, for a wider stereo effect.



Stereo Width knob
Our latest-generation “True Analog Mixing” engine has been updated with a stereo width knob on the console mixbuses. The width knob varies from stereo to mono, and its primary purpose is to reduce the stereo width of reverb effects ( similar to using a mono bus send to your reverb effects, in an analog console ). After reducing the stereo width, you can pan the reverb image to one side or the other:




VCA Faders:
You may create an unlimited number of VCA faders, and attach them to your tracks and buses; then you can use the VCA's fader to adjust the slave's fader level, or trigger a Mute or Solo on the slaved channels.

Input Channels (tracks and mixbuses) may be assigned to an “unlimited” number of VCAs, allowing the user to control a snare drum from 3 VCA faders: the snare, drum, and all-instruments VCA groups (for example). This unparalleled flexibility is derived from Harrison’s large-format console VCA implementation.


"Spill" Buttons
The "Spill" button hides all channels except those that are attached to a VCA fader.
Even cooler: Mixbuses now have their own "Spill" buttons, so you can immediately show the channels that are sending to the mixbus. This is great to immediately show which channels are feeding the "Drum" bus, or the Reverb.
By combining the use of VCA Spill and Mixbus Spill buttons, you can organize much larger sessions than was practical in v3.


Recording
Global controls for track's input-monitoring, as well as improved support for pre-roll recording and several UI improvements, greatly improve the usefulness of Mixbus for tracking a live band. For example you can mouse-wheel on the metronome button to adjust the click volume, or right-click on it to take you directly to the metronome preferences. Combined with the new “tempo mapping” features, Mixbus is the new standard for live multi-track band recordings!

A comprehensive redesign of keyboard shortcuts, preferences, and window-management makes Mixbus more friendly to users of other DAWs.


VST Plugins on Mac
Mixbus can now load VST plugins on Mac (in addition to AU and LV2), allowing for better Mac-to-Windows-to-Linux sharing of sessions. Visit Preferences->Plugins to scan for your installed VST's. The plugin's format will be displayed in the right-click context menus, as well as the plugin manager window.


Control Surfaces
A custom mode for the Presonus Faderport8 provides elegant operation of Mixbus's transport, faders, eq, compressor, bussing, and plugins!




Tempo Mapping
Following a comprehensive redesign of tempo and meter conventions, Mixbus allows the user to elegantly add tempo markers on a live show; and when desired, the tempo can smoothly ramp to follow natural tempo changes. An elegant method of editing allows you to drag the "measure lines" directly behind your transients. You don't really think about the tempo itself; just line up the measure-lines with your performance and Mixbus does the hard work for you!



Mapping the mixbus timeline to your performance can dramatically speed-up your editing and mixing process without robbing a performance of its natural timing. For example, once you've mapped a guitar-vocal recording, you can drag&drop MIDI (or a virtual drummer) into your session, and they will follow the natural tempo changes in the music. Watch the video below for more details:




Inline Plugin Displays:
Mixbus v4 supports a new feature of the LV2 plug specification: Inline Displays.



We're often asked why we chose the LV2 format for our plugins, and this new feature is an example of the innovations that we will be able to implement with the new open-source format.

5 example plugins are provided that utilize this new feature: a-EQ, a-Filter, a-Compressor, a-Inline Scope and a-Inline Spectrogram.


Lua Scripting
A comprehensive new scripting engine has been added which allows users to write simple scripts to modify their sessions.


A Lua script can trigger a sequence of keyboard actions.

Some of the many included example scripts:
  • "Faders to trims" sets all of your channel faders to unity, while inserting a “trim” plugin before each fader with the fader’s previous value. This is an awesome way to keep your mix, but zero the fader so you can try 'vocal up' or other alternative mixes.
  • "Reset Mixer" resets the mixer faders, mutes, EQs, compression, and bus sends; and it disables any third-party plugins. Because it's a script, you can tweak it for your own needs: do you like to start with faders at OFF? Or start with all the EQ's enabled? You can change the script to do whatever you need!

Your Lua scripts may be triggered from keyboard shortcuts or the Toolbar. You can write your own DSP or MIDI processing plugins as Lua scripts. They can even display their own icons!



Development News
You might have noticed that Mixbus's development is accelerating quickly. This is largely due to the rapidly increasing open-source community that we are encouraging. Over the last year, Harrison has worked to lower the barrier to entry for developing the Ardour platform so more developers can take part in the process. The new Lua scripting features are also a new opportunity for users and casual developers to take part in the development of Mixbus.

Continuing our collaboration with the Ardour open-source community, Mixbus v4 is session-file compatible with other Ardour-using workstations: Ardour5, Waves Tracks Live, and the newly-announced iZ Session. This unprecedented level of inter-application support is largely due to Harrison's continued funding and support of open-source development.

And speaking of inter-application support, you'll find something very interesting in the v4.0 release: .ptf and .ptx file import. This new item in the "Session" menu allows you to select a Pro Tools session file, and import the raw audio and midi data. This is a "Beta" feature that was developed by a member of the open-source community, and has limited functionality. It is provided for adventurous beta-testers only, to help us develop it further. *Pro Tools is a trademark of the Avid corporation.

Get It Now!
Our website has been updated with a new "Specials" page, so you can always find our best offers in one place.


Mixbus32C v4 is available on our web store for $299 ... buy today and you'll be prompted to add the Essentials plugin bundle for 50% off!


We would like to thank our users for your continued support and enthusiasm. We hope that you will recognize the results of your suggestions and comments in this latest version!

If you are a previous Mixbus32C customer, you should receive an update offer via email. Feel free to contact us (mixbus at harrisonconsoles.com) if you have not yet received your update email.

Old 4th May 2017
  #2
I like the direction this DAW is going BUT there are a couple of things I have hoped to find in this release:

Layout customisation:

1. The EQ and Busses layout needs work. One really cool feature MB has over the 32C is the way the name of the busses changes automatically in the channel strip. The Freq number and Q values are too small on any screen smaller than 28". In MB4, the freq value would show in the channel's name when operated...in 32C it only shows the dB levels for the bus sends. Sure you can increase the font size or the mixer size but it doesn't address the problem. I don't see a section where you can customise the layout of the channel strip.
2. Therefore, the channel strips are too tall. On a laptop MB 32C is unusable. MB4 barely... but workable
3. I don't understand the drop of support for the 32 bit version...

Apart from that, I am having great fun mixing on this thing.
Old 16th May 2017
  #3
Gear Nut
 

Mixbus 32c V4 is working amazingly well on my 2008 Mac Pro running OSX 10.11.6. Gone are the strangely sluggish graphics from V3 - this thing is somehow more CPU efficient than the last version, and the workflow improvements are incredible. Well done Harrison, Mixbus 32c is finally MY DAW OF CHOICE.
Old 19th May 2017
  #4
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Too bad you need a TV in order to fully enjoy the software. Mixbus + Laptop.... forget about it
Old 20th May 2017
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Originally Posted by petergreeny View Post
Mixbus 32c V4 is working amazingly well on my 2008 Mac Pro running OSX 10.11.6. Gone are the strangely sluggish graphics from V3 - this thing is somehow more CPU efficient than the last version, and the workflow improvements are incredible. Well done Harrison, Mixbus 32c is finally MY DAW OF CHOICE.
Man I envy you. I personally find it difficult to mix on the 32C than MB standard.
Yes the EQ is very musical...but the layout of the mixer makes it very hard/uncomfortable on the eye... What size of monitor are u using may I ask?

Lack of channel strip resize (normal or narrow), no name on the aux sends and the lack of info shown when using the EQ makes it for me pretty frustrating to use at the mo...
Old 20th May 2017
  #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Swift Mastering View Post
Man I envy you. I personally find it difficult to mix on the 32C than MB standard.
Yes the EQ is very musical...but the layout of the mixer makes it very hard/uncomfortable on the eye... What size of monitor are u using may I ask?

Lack of channel strip resize (normal or narrow), no name on the aux sends and the lack of info shown when using the EQ makes it for me pretty frustrating to use at the mo...
Hey man. I hear you, and I too would like some numeric EQ feedback, however I do like that it forces me to take the old "close the eyes and listen" approach to EQ. I just bought a 32" monitor to make Mixbus viable, and it's fantastic so far. I produce roots music so it's right in line with my way of working. I'm really happy that the development has come this far; it's not perfect yet, but it's a far sight better than it was and totally useable in my environment. As DAWS go, the sound is unparalleled in my opinion.
Old 22nd May 2017
  #7
Gear Guru
I work on a 13" laptop and regular Mixbus is almost unusable with microscopic displays. 32c is out of the question. I would think a company like Harrison would think about stuff like this. Fairly basic to make GUI's that work well on laptops.........I'd welcome something like Valhalla. I don't need the pseudo realistic Darth Vader styling!
Old 22nd May 2017
  #8
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The only thing I am missing currently is Freeze to free up resources of process intensive plugs.

Obviously there are the standard work-a-rounds, but I look forward to this being implemented in the future.

Thanks,
Brock
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