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Description

Mixbus is a full-featured digital audio workstation for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering your music.

With dozens of DAWs to choose from, there's only one that is designed to work like a Harrison, with an analog paradigm that embodies form, function, and sound. Where other DAWs use a computer paradigm, MIXBUS grows from Harrison's distinguished 40-year heritage of platinum records and blockbuster films, such as Thriller, Graceland, and Spider-Man. MIXBUS is the first full-featured DAW with true analog style mixing.

What Makes Mixbus Different?
Harrison has a unique history. In the mid-80's, we developed fully automated, digitally-controlled analog mixer technology which was adopted by premiere film-mixing facilities around the world. When the digital revolution came, we were asked to convert the analog "processor" into a digital processor, while leaving the control surface unchanged. Film mixers wanted the control surface to -work and sound- exactly like the analog mixer they were using for previous projects. This required us to develop a digital audio engine that operated and sounded exactly like the analog mixer they were using for previous projects. This transition was not undertaken by any other company, and it has provided us with techniques and proprietary technology that we have incorporated into all of our high-end mixers. Mixbus gives us an opportunity to share this technology with a much wider range of users.

Mixbus Sounds Better
Other DAWs are designed by companies with experience in computer sound, but no pedigree in world-class recording facilities. The Mixbus DSP mixer is designed by Harrison specifically for its great-sounding EQ, filters, dynamics, and bus summing. If you find a music recording from the golden age of albums - the 70s and 80s - that has stood the test of time, it is likely that a Harrison console was used during the production. Mixbus invites you to produce recordings that will stand with the very best.

Mixbus is Ultra-Compatible
Mixbus works on the three most popular desktop operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux) in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions, and loads industry standard I/O and plug-in formats (VST, AU, & LV2). Do you collaborate with other Mixbus users? A session from a collaborator using Harrison plug-ins will playback in your Mixbus as originally recorded including full performance of all the plug-in information even if you have not purchased those specific Harrison plug-ins yourself. Sessions can be shared among Windows, Mac and Linux users.

Mixbus provides professional-level features to import or record an unlimited number of audio or MIDI tracks to your computer; then edit, mix and master your production.


A Partial list of Mixbus features:

  • Straightforward "knob per function" mixer layout based on Harrison's renowned music consoles.
  • Precision algorithms for EQ, Filter, Compression, Analog Tape Saturation, and Summing.
  • The Mixbus engine is internally dithered, ramped, and gain staged so that sound quality is preserved as close to analog as possible.
  • Unlimited stereo or mono input channels, each with unlimited plug-ins, sends, and hardware inserts. (limited only by CPU and disc speed).
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks, each with virtual instrument support, unlimited plug-ins, sends and inserts.
  • Polarity, Input trim, High-pass Filter, Sweepable 3-band EQ, Compression, and 8 Mix Bus sends on every track.
  • Stereo Master Bus that features Tone controls, Analog Tape Saturation, K-meter, Stereo Correlation Meter, and Limiter.
  • Automatic plug-in delay compensation to support effects such as parallel compression without time misalignment.
  • Comprehensive "at-a-glance" metering with peak, peak hold, and compressor gain reduction visible on every track and bus.
  • Extensive DAW editing features including "Smart Tool", Ripple Edit, and configurable keybindings for nearly every operation.
  • Industry standard plug-in support: Mixbus loads AudioUnit (AU) plug-ins on OSX; and both VST and LV2 plug-ins on all platforms.
  • Mixbus provides professional features such as Loudness Analysis (dBTP+LUFS+LU Range), LTC (SMPTE) generation and sync; video pullup/pulldown.
  • Persistent undo (undo remains possible after closing and reopening a session).
  • Fourth-generation Harrison "True Analog Mixing™" processing engine with enhanced compressor/limiter algorithms; built-in sidechain bussing, and increased plug-in flexibility.
  • Support for video timeline, video window, and audio+video exports.
  • Recording operates like a tape machine: Punch-in on the fly, and use per-track input monitoring just like a multitrack tape machine.
  • Extensive export features including multitrack stem export, simultaneous multi-format exports, multiple export ranges, CD track markers, silence trimming, normalization, and command-line arguments to trigger third-party encoders or file-management scripts.
  • Audio regions are stacked in "layers", and every region fadein/out is a crossfade to the region(s) beneath it.
  • Plugin "pin connection management" provides rich editing of signal-flow through each channel's path, including full support for dual mono, mono-to-stereo, sidechaining, and other advanced flows.
  • The user interface scales to fit your monitor; larger monitors will get bigger knobs and sharper text.
  • Refined workflow and graphics, including scaling and support for HiDPI (Retina) displays.
  • Generic MIDI devices can use "MIDI Learn" to assign MIDI controls directly to on-screen knobs or use MIDI profiles to select many pre-configured device layouts from a pull-down menu.
  • Mackie control protocol is provided for motorized fader controllers, and the Mackie protocols have been extended to ergonomically control the Mixbus channelstrip EQ, compressor, and 8 mixbus sends. Dedicated support is provided for popular devices like the Presonus Faderport, Mackie MCU, and Behringer X-Touch controllers.
  • OSC (Open Sound Control) protocol supports ethernet-based wireless tablet controllers such as TouchOSC and Lemur for iOS and Android to remote-control Mixbus.
  • Lua Scripting: Use the Lua scripting language to automate tasks such as track creation, renaming tracks, adding plugins, or creating "macro" operations.
  • VCA Faders: Use VCA faders to control multiple channel faders at once. A fader can be assigned to multiple remote VCA faders, adding another powerful dimension of control and organization to your mixes.
  • Tempo Ramps and Tempo Maps: Use advanced features to map your live recording's tempo and structure (no need to record to a click!) – or import a tempo map from MIDI.

New in version 6:
  • New 5th-generation audio engine with smoother operation, better looping, and extensive latency compensation through more DAW-style bussing and sidechain paths.
  • Cue-monitoring: MIDI tracks now monitor both the input and playback simultaneously, by default.
  • DAW-style "Aux" buses are now integrated in the Mixbus engine, with latency compensation and pans that can follow the main track panner, or not.
  • Foldback buses allow the building of unlimited custom cue mixes for artists.
  • A new Cut Tool is dedicated to splitting regions in addition to the existing keyboard shortcuts.
  • Source List: Organize your recordings by Take ID, so you can locate and recover that great take from yesterday's session.
  • Virtual MIDI Keyboard: enter rhythms and melodies with your QWERTY keybard, with controller and transposition features.
  • Native MP3 import+export on all platforms (Mac, Windows and Linux).

Discussions

Acustica audio acqua plugins general discussion

Since we are talking about DAWs, have anyone tried Acquas and Nebula with Harrison Mixbus? Is it at least on par with Pro Tools performance?

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DMGAudio Multiplicity

The sidechain in Harrison Mixbus has a distinct analog feel/warmth, but the Reaper sidechain is much more CPU efficient. Dangerous Music makes a sidechain box, but at $2,500 US it makes more sense to use the PA plug which gets you 93% of the way there. Personally I don't sidechain because The Beatles didn't...

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A&H Zed R16 Firewire Mixer

...always not responding and so had to try 3 or 4 times at least to get in and start working, Mixbus32c is a lot better but still a bit of a slow start. I also have another query- Due to the age of the desk am I restricted to 24 bit? I noted in...

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