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Thoughts on the Harrison Mixbus? DAW Software
Old 22nd August 2018
  #91
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Just to check in. The current version has been great and as always their support is great. I'm hoping that the 32c isn't going to make regular Mixbus a legacy product. I can't use 32c because I mix on a small laptop and the layout won't fit easily. I like it because sounds great seems intuitive, and looks like a console.
Old 22nd August 2018
  #92
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Thanks for all the nice comments!

@ ardis : 32C does not replace regular Mixbus. A Mixbus v5 release is coming in a few weeks.

Best,
-Ben at Harrison
Old 22nd August 2018
  #93
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What will Mixbus 5 do?
Old 22nd August 2018
  #94
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Mixbus5 will have all the new features added to Mixbus32C5 ( but with the regular Mixbus mixer strip, of course )

-Ben
Old 23rd August 2018
  #95
Personally I feel featurewise v5 is the weakest upgrade so far. I like what's new - except scrolling through the busses which I hate, but many will love it - but it feels not that much more than some of the free updates before. But I'm sure there's a lot going on under the hood. Didn't wanna rant, just sayin'...

Ben, will some feature upgrade/update see more busses or is it technically impossible? 4 more to make it 16 would be killer.
Old 9th October 2018
  #96
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Originally Posted by JSchlomo View Post
You pretty much nailed it, great post. I might add that with v4 I find 3rd party plugins to be no more problematic than in other DAWs with very few exceptions.
That said, anyone tried v5 already?
I have v5. Not sure of the new features as although I owned v4, I barely used it (I got it cheap when they offered a sale price to SONAR customers following the demise of Cakewalk).

That said, I've just actually properly mixed a project in v5, the first time I've sat down and played with it properly. I'm very impressed with the EQ, compressor etc. I managed to get a good sounding mix much quicker than I did with SONAR, so it works on that front.

However, it's very barebones in terms of packaged plugins, and although I got the essentials bundle which includes a few useful ones, the purchased reverb and delay aren't as good as what I got with SONAR back in 2015.

I've also found 3rd party plugin support to be awful compared to SONAR and Reaper, which are the other DAWs I've used. I'm having a hell of a time trying to get a load of my plugins to be accepted by Mixbus - the plugin scan finds them, but puts them on the blacklist, without any explanation and I can't find a way of overriding this.

I'm aware that I can't use 32-bit plugins in the 64-bit version of Mixbus, and I've tried both versions and get the same result either way.

I currently have dialogue with Harrison support trying to get this resolved. If I can get the issues with these plugins resolved, then based on the one project I've mixed so far, it gets a thumbs-up from me.

I wouldn't want to program midi using the piano roll in it though - the controls for this are fiddly to say the least. SONAR/Cakewalk does this much better. As does Reaper.

EDIT: Turns out I'm an idiot - the plugins I was trying to use were DX plugins and not VST, which is the reason Mixbus won't accept them.
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