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Old 19th March 2017
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If we own both MixBus v3 and 32C, when we upgrade to MixBs v4 do we get 32C v4, when it comes out, for free or should we pay the upgrade separately?
Was going to ask a similar thing. I have 32C v3 right now, if I purchase the current v4 upgrade, will that work for 32C or is there a different upgrade coming later for 32C?
Old 19th March 2017
  #2612
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Was going to ask a similar thing. I have 32C v3 right now, if I purchase the current v4 upgrade, will that work for 32C or is there a different upgrade coming later for 32C?
There is a different upgrade coming in May
Old 4th May 2017
  #2613
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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 5th May 2017
  #2614
Got it on May 1st immediately, loving it so far!
Old 2nd August 2017
  #2615
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FREE update for Mixbus and Mixbus32C - v4.1

Mixbus and Mixbus32C users may download a FREE v4.1 update!

New Features:
  • Template Manger ( contributed by open-source developer Johannes Mueller )
  • VCA fader automation


Improvements:
  • Allow listening to master output during realtime export.
  • Allow selection of automation lanes, so you can paste into them.
  • Add 176.4kHz rate to export dialog.
  • Enable the Non-layered button work for MIDI recording. When a new MIDI region is recorded, it will trim the underlying regions so there is nothing below the new region.
  • Various improvements to "touch" automation.
  • Various improvements to zooming & scrolling in the editor.
  • Improvements to the "Summary" at the bottom of the editor.
  • The "Summary" now operates more like a horizontal conventional scrollbar.
  • When instantiation a Track from a "template", use the template name for the new track; not the name of the original track used to created the template.
  • When plugins are copy/pasted or drag&dropped from one channel to another, retain their order.
  • Make VCA mute+solo buttons bindable to midi controllers.
  • Further speed-up the rendering of waveforms by using multiple drawing threads.
  • When creating a snapshot, a copy of every MIDI source file should be created (so a destructive change in one MIDI file doesn't propagate into other snapshots)
  • Prevent the storage of redundant Fader+Trim Automation in session files (reduces size of session files)
  • Don't de-select tracks when the track order changes.
  • The option for adding “at the top”, in the Add Track/Bus dialog, didn't work. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed a bug with external sync which sometimes caused the playhead to jump back & forth between 2 different positions.
  • Fix fader level operation when channels are grouped together AND attached to a VCA.
  • Allow the New Track dialog to stay open after you add a track, so you can add more tracks & templates.
  • Make "Import" the default action in the Import Dialog (Double clicking on a file or pressing the Return key will now import it, instead of auditioning it). You can still manually audition the file with spacebar, as before.
  • "Cut" buffer should not change the selection. Fixes range mode selection/cut/copy that would previously clear track selection.
  • If actively recording, prevent interaction between mouse and audio clock widget(s) which could stop recording by triggering a "locate".
  • Support note-name editing in midi list editor.
  • Loading a read-only Session, then making a copy with "Save As and switch" was not allowing the new Session to be saved, as writable state was not updated. This has been fixed.
  • Right-click on marker, "loop range" was not setting the loop range. This has been fixed.
  • Monitor-section state (show/hide, attached/detached) was not recalled after close/re-open. This has been fixed.
  • Limit clock displays to 30 days (720 hours).
  • When in smart-mode, don't switch to range-mode after "set range selection".
  • Updated German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Czech translations
  • Several Tempo-mapping & tap-tempo improvements.
  • Control Surfaces:
  • Many, many improvements to OSC remote-control protocol ( contributed by Len Ovens )
  • Watch for some cool new tablet control options coming soon!
  • Allow control-surfaces to enable the EQ/Comp when a knob is moved. (in-on-change)
  • Set Display Name for OSX/macOS (fixes EuCon surfaces on OSX 11, 12)
  • MIDI learn on ctrl + middle-click only (not ctrl + other mods + btn2).
  • Allow scripts and surfaces to change a route's Color
  • Midi map for Alesis QX25 (Len Ovens)
  • Many Mackie MCU protocol improvements.
  • Many Faderport8 improvements.

MacOS Fixes:
  • When in fullscreen mode, on 10.11 and 10.12, sometimes regions would not update without a zoom or scroll operation to trigger a re-draw. This has been fixed.

Windows Fixes:
  • Some 32bit .wav files from Zoom recorders (and maybe other sources) would not import successfully. This has been fixed.



All Mixbus customers should have already received an email with the 4.1 links; if not, please write our support email at: [email protected]
Old 3rd August 2017
  #2616
Awesome!
Old 3rd August 2017
  #2617
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Nice !
Old 3rd August 2017
  #2618
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Ben has done a great job updating and refining Ardour. I'm relieved with all the growing pains Mixbus has matured. The support has always been fantastic and it's been a looong ride....
Old 4th August 2017
  #2619
Absolutely. I feel with v4.1 Mixbus finally can proudly hang there with the more popular competition. The workflow, once you dive in, is fantastic.
Old 14th September 2017
  #2620
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Harrison Consoles has updated Mixbus and Mixbus32C to version 4.2.

Mixbus and Mixbus32C users may download a FREE v4.2 update!






New features in Mixbus v4.2:


Improved "New Session" dialog



When creating a new session, you may select from a list of your session templates directly from a list, while viewing a description of the selected template.



Once you've selected a template, an included script can prompt you for further input to accelerate the new session process.


Improved "New Track" dialog, with scriptable templates



The "New Track" dialog has been redesigned to provide direct access to your track templates as well as some new factory presets.

Like the "New Session" dialog, there's a description for each selection, and your templates appear in the same list so you can access them more easily.

Track templates can be created by right-clicking on a mixer strip and choosing "save as template". But you can also create a Lua Script that prompts the user for more information and then creates, or edits, the tracks that you need for your session.

It is now much faster to add a mix of tracks without closing & re-opening the dialog.

Like session templates, the new track templates can have a scripted element that prompts you for additional input before adding the new tracks.

Advanced users can write their own Lua scripts which can add plugins, change settings, assign routing & groups & VCAs.....


New "Template Manager" window



The "Template Manager" window allows you to manage your session and track templates. You can add, remove, and rename your templates. And you can export your templates for a friend to use, or import their templates for your use.



New "Patch Selector" dialog for multitimbral MIDI synths

The new patch selector allows point&click access to 128 patches, and it can automatically audition your synth's sound when you click a new preset.



This feature works for the included General MIDI Synth and a-Fluid Synth soundfont players, as well as external MIDI synthesizers which have a patch map file.

Learn more here: MIDI Banks and Patches - Mixbus v4 - 1


Mixbus customers should have already received an email with the 4.2 links; if not, please write our support email at: [email protected]
Old 8th February 2018
  #2621
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Mastering Eq on sale for $20- and really good
Old 16th September 2018
  #2622
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Now its 2018

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Awesome! Just imagine 5 years from now...
How time fly's and to your point it has come a long way.
Old 16th September 2018
  #2623
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How time fly's and to your point it has come a long way.
Ha! Been waiting 5 years to post that, and you beat me to it
Old 16th September 2018
  #2624
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Thumbs up Yup

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Ha! Been waiting 5 years to post that, and you beat me to it
Lol I thought you'd get a kick out of that.
Old 22nd August 2019
  #2625
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Happy Birthday to Mixbus: 10 years of mixing !!!

My, how time does fly!

I'm not sure if anybody is still subscribed to this thread after 10 years, but it's interesting to reflect on the process of launching a new DAW ..... it was a wild ride! The first day generated 99 posts, and then it BLEW UP. For a long while, Mixbus was the most talked-about product on the whole GS forum.

I spent a few moments scrolling through this thread, and it was a fun blast-from-the-past to see where Mixbus started and how far we've come.

It cracks me up to find posts like this one ... 4 months after launch, we already had 1,500 comments on the thread, and we were publishing our second software update, v1.2, with "lots of AU plugin fixes". Looking back, I remember that it was a very intense time for us. We had to keep reminding ourselves that the intense interest and scrutiny was a great problem to have! As the product manager, I depended on some of our experienced management and mentors for sanity, because it felt pretty overwhelming at the time. Luckily we weren't a small startup company; Harrison was already 35 years old, with a long history of wins and losses to learn from.

Many of the people who posted in those first days and months have become personal connections of mine. And I somehow picked up a frenemy or 2, as well (I'm looking at you, Tui). Those early versions had some warts, for sure. Very early versions required that you install a utility called JACK to connect to your soundcard. We didn't have a Windows version until 2.something. And we caught a lot of flak because many plugins didn't work .... then again, KVR lists over 15 thousand plugins, so I still think we did OK considering the variety of pugins out there.

We also got a lot of flak for not having a demo. Versions 1 and 2 had no licensing mechanism at all, and Mixbus was pretty inexpensive at $79; so we felt that a demo wasn't practical or necessary. But due to "popular demand", we introduced a free demo starting with version 3. We also added basic support for MIDI in version 3. Some of our users were very happy to see MIDI, and others were concerned that we would lose our focus on audio-engineering . But I think we've managed to maintain a focus on the sound, even with the MIDI and virtual instruments.

We've maintained a very successful partnership with the open-source community. In addition to the continuous development of the editor and basic workstation features, we've had third-party contributions like polarity optimization and even .ptf session import. Our open development model makes it possible for products like the upcoming RuCo controller to exist. And by funding the development of an open-source project, we are doing something truly lasting and good for our industry. We're really proud of that!

What started as a single DAW has grown into a sophisticated range of products including our higher-end Mixbus32c product and quite a large suite of plugins.

To celebrate Mixbus's 10th birthday, we are having a huge promotion! If you've never jumped on the Mixbus bandwagon (or if you did, but haven't checked back lately), this is a great chance to get on-board at a ridiculously low price. Mixbus32C is our higher-end version, normally $299, but we've chosen to sell it at the Mixbus "original MSRP price" of $79.... on this thread where we started it all 10 years ago! Mixbus32C has never been on sale at a lower price. This is a time-limited offer.

Mixbus32C Only $79 <- click HERE



Thanks VERY MUCH for your continuing support and interest. Here in Nashville, we continue to work hard on the development, marketing and support for this great new(ish) platform.

-Ben at Harrison
Old 22nd August 2019
  #2626
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Wow - that's quite a deal! (steal?) I purchased at $99 and I always use mixbus 32c as my final mix/master tool. I look forward to upgrading over the next 10 years!
Old 22nd August 2019
  #2627
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Still subscribed . Mixbus5 and 32c.
Old 23rd August 2019
  #2628
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[SIZE="3"] but we've chosen to sell it at the Mixbus "original MSRP price" of $79.... on this thread where we started it all 10 years ago! Mixbus32C has never been on sale at a lower price. This is a time-limited offer.


Thanks VERY MUCH for your continuing support and interest. Here in Nashville, we continue to work hard on the development, marketing and support for this great new(ish) platform.

-Ben at Harrison
I'm pretty sure standard Mixbus will always meet my rather basic needs,
imported audio sure sounds nice without much intervention on my part.

What size/brand of video monitor did the screenshots come from?
Does dual monitor support work well with one big monitor + one average
size? Maybe a 37" and a used 24" could fit my budget, and can plugin gui's
be directed to the second monitor?

Congrats on the anniversary, probably lots of people here should
buy in, at such a bargain! A second or third daw/mix-master setup
can prove to be very very lucky! (not to imply Mixbus wouldn't be first,
for many)

Can tours of your facility be scheduled, like around
summer namm season?
Cheers

Last edited by guildorf; 23rd August 2019 at 01:16 AM.. Reason: clarity
Old 23rd August 2019
  #2629
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Still subscribed. It has been a loooong journey indeed, and a great one. I've started on Linux with Mixbus 2!
Old 23rd August 2019
  #2630
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Great venture indeed !

I hope the moderators won't mind if I mention that we are also celebrating the Mixbus 10th anniversary with a promo where one can buy any Harrison AVA plug-in at only $49 bucks and get a FREE copy of Mixbus

Long life to Mixbus...
Old 25th August 2019
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...
I just love it. The first DAW with a "real thing" feel. With no need to open any window at all in standard mixing situations it really brings intuitive working so much closer to the fun we had with the big desks. So it is NOT another logicubaseprotools - its a new mixing experience and saves lots of time aswell...
I'm still on it and I'm still loving it.
My personal 10th anniversary comes in about two months and I will celebrate it with the new RuControl, which I have the fortune to get one of the first pieces.

I really tried a lot of those things on Logic but have never been happy with them. It looks like the controller comes with the same attitude and feeling of the "real thing" like I mentioned 10yrs ago about Mixbus.

Here are some of the very rare infos that went to public so far:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiI...LIcgPRXoVkPWuA
http://rucoproaudio.com/

Last edited by stephan s; 25th August 2019 at 11:57 PM..
Old 27th August 2019
  #2632
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I'm still on it and I'm still loving it.
My personal 10th anniversary comes in about two months and I will celebrate it with the new RuControl, which I have the fortune to get one of the first pieces.

I really tried a lot of those things on Logic but have never been happy with them. It looks like the controller comes with the same attitude and feeling of the "real thing" like I mentioned 10yrs ago about Mixbus.

Here are some of the very rare infos that went to public so far:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiI...LIcgPRXoVkPWuA
http://rucoproaudio.com/
Awesome, how/where can you (pre)order one?

Edit: nevermind, found the webstore. For now I'll stick to controlling 32c with Console 1 plus Faderport.
Old 27th August 2019
  #2633
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Has anybody tried the “The CoMondo Mix System” they are advertising now?

Always nice to learn new workflows...but I cant find much info.

Old 27th August 2019
  #2634
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Awesome, how/where can you (pre)order one?
Edit: nevermind, found the webstore. For now I'll stick to controlling 32c with Console 1 plus Faderport.
At this time the Facebook group (Link from the website) is the only way to get closer infos and meet the people that made it possible.
Old 6th September 2019
  #2635
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Has anybody tried the “The CoMondo Mix System” they are advertising now?

Always nice to learn new workflows...but I cant find much info.

No, but I can absolutely recommend this course:
https://mixbusmania.com/p/make-brill...ow-with-mixbus

Learned a LOT of functions I hadn't known yet because they are hidden somewhere in the manual.
Old 6th September 2019
  #2636
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No, but I can absolutely recommend this course:
https://mixbusmania.com/p/make-brill...ow-with-mixbus

Learned a LOT of functions I hadn't known yet because they are hidden somewhere in the manual.
Thank you
Old 6th September 2019
  #2637
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Please redesign the GUI! The track Names are tiny on a laptop..... One of the MOST important pieces of info and scaling really doesn't help!... At least make as legible as the plug in's used on the track..... I liked the gray look 10 times better. Dumb design
Old 13th September 2019
  #2638
I prefer the new design. However, Ardis is right about usability on a Laptop. But then, the manual and specs say a larger monitor and resolution are recommended.
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