A Note of Thanks to Mixbus Users : Gary Thielman, President of Harrison Consoles
October 29, 2016
“Ten Reasons You Should be Considering Harrison Mixbus Over Pro Tools”… posted by Kevin Ward.
February 27, 2016
The entire post is available at https://mixcoach.com/ten-reasons-mixbus-protools/
Steinberg, and Harrison Form Strategic Alliance!
September 25, 2015
The entire news release is available at http://harrisonconsoles.com/images/150925_Alliance_Press_Release.pdf
Xtools: Paul Massey Doesn’t Leave Home Without Them!
October 12th, 2014
Paul Massey - film mixer on countless big-budget releases (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek, and X-Men 2 to name a few) - took his Harrison Xtools on the road with him when he traveled to England earlier this year.
Harrison consoles are installed at film facilities around the world; so, it’s not surprising that Massey chose a Harrison Trion film console when designing his own mix room in Ojai, CA. His console includes a suite of Harrison’s film-specific Xtools plug-ins. “I use Xtools on every mix! They’re in my ‘must-have, go-to’ toolbox of outboard gear. I have found many 'unusable' production dialogue tracks can be saved from ADR with the use of Xtools in the processing chain.”
Because of the flexible architecture of the Harrison console, it is possible to use the automation and processing engine separately from the console’s control surface. When Paul left for a project in England this year, he was able to take his Xrange processing engine on the road with him. The console engine includes an assortment of channel processing, XTools plugins, and soft-clipping bus limiters; this provides Massey with his familiar toolbox regardless of the facility.
Harrison’s Xtools plug-ins are rigorously developed for film-specific tasks - everything from de-noising, de-essing, de-buzzing (to remove unwanted sounds from lighting, cameras, etc), and subharmonic synthesis. “The 6 band de-noiser is, without question, the best multi-band de-noiser in the industry,” says Massey.
These plug-ins are exclusive to the Harrison IKIS system, and are available as add-ons in all Harrison digital consoles.
More information is available at http://harrisonconsoles.com/site/xtools.html
Consoles: Immersed in Immersive Sound
October 11th, 2014
Harrison has been entrenched as the leading console maker on film dubbing stages for over 20 years, and has been a frontrunner in adapting new technologies and workflows for film.
It’s no question, then, that adopting immersive sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and Barco Auro3D has been a high priority to Harrison. The company made waves when it announced the fully-integrated, knob-per-function console features that our users were demanding for these new formats.
Harrison’s Object++ panning system allows mixers to simultaneously mix in traditional surround, Barco Auro3D, Dolby Atmos, and future formats using a consistent set of tools. As part of the Object++ initiative, Harrison has developed several new techniques for managing traditional surround formats combined with discrete “object” channels. Dynamic Object Allocation, “Food Groups”, and DAW Automation Interchange are examples of the innovations that Harrison has developed in conjunction with our users around the world.
“Harrison made the tool that we all expected for mixing in Atmos,” says Alexis Marzin of Creative Sound in Paris, France. Creative Sound recently installed a Harrison MPC5 for their new flagship film-dubbing theater, the world’s first facility to be built from the ground up with Dolby Atmos capabilities designed into the room.
Harrison’s MPC5 incorporates motorized, touch-sensitive joysticks that make “flying” objects around the room much easier than using a plugin. Using Harrison’s Object++ technology, the same moves that were recorded for an Atmos mix can be incorporated into a Barco Auro3D or traditional surround mix. Harrison recently demonstrated the ability to write these automation moves into a Nuendo-compatible file format, so panning moves can be auditioned in an editing booth using Nuendo.
The strength of a console on the dub stage has always been the creation of many deliverables and the ability to monitor in multiple formats. This becomes even more important with emerging formats, and it has resulted in significant demand for Harrison’s new technology. Recent adopters include Sony (Hollywood), Universal Studios (Hollywood), Arena Synchron (Berlin), Creative Sound (Paris), Soundfirm (Beijing), Deluxe (Toronto), and several more facilities around the world.
Several Harrison consoles were on display at Mix Magazine’s massively successful “Sound for Film” event at Sony Pictures. Sony recently upgraded its William Holden theater to mix in the new immersive formats. Two days after installation, the new Harrison hardware was used to mix the feature film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 simultaneously in Atmos and Auro3D, as well as traditional surround formats.
Dolby is a registered
trademark of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Atmos is a registered trademark
of Dolby Laboratories.
Auro3D is a registered trademark of Auro Technologies N.V.
32-Series Console - The Ongoing Legacy
October 11th, 2014
In 1975, Harrison released its first console to the world. The Harrison 3232 master recording console was introduced at AES with the simple slogan “It has to be the best.” This continued with Harrison’s later analog offerings, each implementing “No Compromise” engineering.
Due to popular demand, Harrison partnered with Universal Audio and Great River to bring back the sound of this legendary console in software and hardware form. The Universal Audio 32c plugin and Great River 32EQ 500-module were introduced in 2009.
For 2014, Harrison has revived the sound of the 3232 console through two new analog products - the 32cs Channel Strip and the 832c Filter Unit. Each product bears the name and sonic signature of the most popular 32-series console model, the 32c.
The 32cs Channel Strip features a transformer-coupled mic pre section, switchable high and low-pass filters with Harrison’s popular “Bump” feature, a 4-band semi-parametric EQ with switchable shelving / bell modes, a switchable insert point that can be moved pre or post filters, a zero-latency analog monitoring section with high-powered headphone output, comprehensive I/O using differentially balanced connections, colored LED indicators above each switch that clearly indicate when the switch is engaged, and a laser-etched front panel for long life.
The 832c Filter Unit features 8 channels of high / low pass filters - providing classic Harrison sound for recording and mixing in a convenient 1U rack space. Each channel features independent controls for both the high and low-pass filters, a Bump button, 2 sweepable filter knobs, and a 7-segment LED input meter.
Both products are soldered and assembled by hand in Nashville, Tennessee, using the same robust designs that have made Harrison famous around the world.
The 32-series sound can also be found in 2 channels of Harrison’s “Lineage” mic preamp, which features 2 channels from each decade of Harrison consoles (totaling 8 channels).
To learn more about Harrison’s analog products, please visit http://analog.harrisonconsoles.com.
and Steinberg Demonstrate Automation Exchange at Sony Pictures
October 10th, 2014
Harrison Consoles and Steinberg have jointly developed a new technology that allows large-format mixing consoles to transfer automation data between a Harrison console and Steinberg’s Nuendo DAW seamlessly. Harrison and Steinberg demonstrated this amazing new workflow for the first time at the William Holden Theater at Sony Pictures.
Film mixers and sound designers from major studios in Hollywood attended the demonstration at Sony Pictures. Representatives from Harrison and Steinberg demonstrated how automation data is preserved when transitioning from a Harrison pre-mix to editing in Nuendo and back again. This enables workflows that utilize the strengths of each platform. No other DAW or console manufacturer provides this flexibility.
Unlike other exchange formats, the newly developed format includes 3-dimensional panning (left/right, front/back, and up/down) for immersive mixes. This is only possible because both the DAW and the console have native support for 3-dimensional panning. Transferring the automation to Nuendo allows the audio and accompanying automation moves to be auditioned and manipulated in an editing suite before returning to the dub stage. Even the z-axis (up/down) is preserved in the Nuendo session and may be auditioned in a suitably-equipped editing room.
Film sound mixer and Nuendo user Michael O’Farrell attended the demonstration and praised Harrison for their integration plans: “The ability to take automation data from the Harrison console and export it for editing in Nuendo is something I have needed (and been asking for) for years.”
O’Farrell believes Nuendo is the right choice for immersive sound formats, and supports Harrison’s decision to team up with Yamaha: “Choosing Nuendo as your editing platform makes total sense to me since it is the only major platform that has native Z-plane panning, accommodating the height pan data of the [emerging Dolby and Barco] systems.”
Harrison has been the leader in large-format film consoles for over 20 years. The company’s MPC series of audio consoles have been a mainstay in dubbing theaters all over the world. Sony Pictures has been a Harrison customer for over 20 years, and continues to partner with Harrison when they need to incorporate emerging workflows. Harrison’s goal is to “solve today’s problems now” when their enterprise-class customers can’t find solutions from commercial products.
Harrison unveiled their proprietary Object++ panning software in 2013. Film mixers have found Object++ to be instrumental for manipulating sounds in the new immersive formats. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - mixed at Sony Pictures - was the first major release to take advantage of this new technology.
Paul Massey was the lead mixer on The Amazing Spider-Man 2: “Harrison’s Atmos implementation averted a lot of headaches typically associated with mixing in immersive formats. Switching from Atmos to traditional bus structures and back again was easy and intuitive. Harrison has the best system design for ensuring that all Atmos panning decisions are maintained throughout all of the deliverable surround formats.”
Steinberg has engineered award-winning, advanced music and media production products since 1984. The company pioneered early multi-track software, and is well-known for establishing one of the most popular plug-in formats: VST. Steinberg’s Nuendo DAW is widely used in both the film and post-production industries.
Steinberg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation. Yamaha develops the Nuage control surface for Nuendo. Because the automation exchange technology works via Nuendo, the Nuage can play an important part in an end-to-end solution for multi-room facilities. This 3-way collaboration between Harrison, Steinberg, and Yamaha Commercial Audio provides a unique workflow that extends across small, medium, and large-format mixing stages.
Consoles See Sales All Over the World
October 10th, 2014
Harrison consoles have been a mainstay on the dubbing stage for over 35 years; so it’s no surprise that with the adoption of new workflows and deliverable formats (Dolby Atmos and Auro3D, for example), Harrison has been busy with new console orders.
Harrison worked directly with major console mixers in Hollywood to develop a robust, console-integrated solution for mixing in immersive formats. This integration caught the attention of Dolby, who picked up Harrison’s MPC5 demonstration videos to use as promotion and training for their Atmos format. Numerous facilities have adopted Harrison’s new Object++ workflow solution.
Creative Sound, a feature-film mixing facility in Paris, France, was the first studio in the world built from the ground up to take advantage of immersive mixing. The studio purchased a Harrison MPC5 because of Harrison’s integrated Atmos solution. “Harrison made the tool that we all expected for mixing in Atmos” says Alexis Marzin, mixer at Creative Sound.
In early 2014, Sony Pictures upgraded its William Holden Theater with additional Harrison Xrange systems for mixing in immersive formats. “Harrison’s Atmos implementation averted a lot of headaches typically associated with mixing in immersive formats. Switching from Atmos to traditional bus structures and back again was easy and intuitive. Harrison has the best system design for ensuring that all Atmos panning decisions are maintained throughout all of the deliverable surround formats,” says Paul Massey, regarding the recent mix of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in this room.
Berlin’s Arena Synchron has just completed their order of a Harrison MPC5 / Xrange system. This new package will provide 726 channels of DSP and 48 faders to accommodate a wide palette of projects.
Soundfirm is awaiting a new console for its facility in China - a Harrison MPC4-D configured for immersive mixing with Harrison’s MC² - 64 wide monitoring engine and Object++ 3D panning software. This console will feature 726 channels of DSP and 40 faders.
German film company ARRI is awaiting new consoles for its facilities in Berlin and Munich. Each is a Harrison MPC4-D upgraded for immersive mixing with Harrison’s MC² - 64 wide monitoring engine and Object++ 3D panning software. The console being shipped to Berlin will feature 1,014 channels of DSP and 108 faders in a dual operator configuration. The console being shipped to Munich will feature 1,014 channels of DSP and 136 faders in a dual operator configuration.
Harrison continues to provide “future proofing” for every console shipped. The company provides lifelong hardware support, lifelong software support, and a cost-effective upgrade path for every Harrison console. Because of this, every Harrison console can be adapted to meet the needs of today’s workflow changes for film mixing.
To learn more about Harrison’s latest digital console offering - the MPC5 - visit http://mpc5.harrisonconsoles.com.
To learn more about Harrison’s immersive sound integrations, visit http://atmos.harrisonconsoles.com.
Harrison will be demonstrating new products at the company’s AES booth (#1524). You can also stop by and talk with company president, Gary Thielman, if you would like to learn more about these offerings.
Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Atmos is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Auro3D is a registered trademark of Auro Technologies N.V.
Products Featured in Two Talks at AES
October 1st, 2014
Harrison products will be featured in two presentations at this year's AES show. Here are the two talks you should check out:
Ben Loftis of Harrison will be presenting his brief on "Object Panning for Film" in Room 308 AB on Friday, October 10th @ 5:30p. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the challenges faced when producing for immersive formats, and how Harrison's solutions can help make the process easier.
Dan Kennedy of Great River will be featured on the panel "Authentic Replication and Modeling of Vintage Audio Gear." Great River's Harrison 32EQ is one of the most popular 500-series units ever made! The panel is on Sunday afternoon, October 12th in Room 408 A from 2:30p to 4:30p.
Harrison's analog products (including Mixbus) will be available for demonstration at Harrison's AES Booth (#1524)
MPC Provides Intuitive Dolby Atmos Implementation for Creative Sound
and Sony Pictures
June 30th, 2014
The Harrison MPC series has been THE king of film consoles for over 20 years. Harrison’s latest model - the MPC5 - continues the company’s commitment to unsurpassed quality and versatility.
Harrison provides the most intuitive, thorough Dolby Atmos implementation to date - featuring dynamic ObjectID allocation, extensive group management, and Pro Tools stem recording. Harrison’s “future-proofing” policy also ensures that owners of previous-generation MPC consoles can upgrade to the new Atmos features available in Harrison’s IKIS automation system.
Dolby Atmos allows mixers to break free of the limits imposed by traditional channel-based film panning. This presents an incredible new opportunity for theaters and content creators. But new workflows introduce new challenges. To meet these new challenges, Harrison has developed an elegant new panning model, Object++, for the Trion, MPC4, and MPC5 consoles.
Creative Sound - a new mixing facility in Paris, France - is one of the leading Harrison-equipped facilities currently taking advantage of this revolution in film sound. Creative Sound’s MPC5 features four of Harrison’s patented motorized joystick panners, allowing the mixers to manipulate sound objects freely in Atmos’ 3D sound stage.
Regarding the Harrison MPC5 console, Creative Sound Re-Recording Engineer Alexis Marzin says, “We think that Harrison made the final tool that we all expected for mixing in Atmos.”
Sony Pictures has been a Harrison customer for over 20 years, and has always relied on the company to provide solutions for emerging workflows. The studio recently upgraded its landmark William Holden Theater to accommodate Dolby’s new format. This install included a new Harrison Xrange system featuring 1,230 DSP channels, a 6,656 x 6,656 audio router, full Atmos RMU panning interface, full Auro3D panning, 64-wide monitoring, and a full Xtools plug-in system.
Sony’s most recent mix was for Spider-Man 2. Film mixers Paul Massey and David Giammarco enjoyed the creative freedom provided by Atmos, and were thrilled to be behind a Harrison MPC console. Because of Harrison’s unmatched expandability, console features can be updated without the need for new hardware!
Sony was especially impressed with the MPC’s ability to “fold-down” an Atmos mix to other popular surround formats. This way, no time is lost in the mixing process. Other necessary deliverables can be accommodated at the push of a button!
More information on Harrison’s Dolby Atmos implementation - including over 20 minutes of feature videos - is available at Harrison’s Atmos web page: http://atmos.harrisonconsoles.com
For an overview of Harrison’s Atmos implementation, watch this video from Harrison’s YouTube channel.
For an explanation of Harrison’s Atmos “Food Groups” feature, watch this video from Harrison’s YouTube channel.
For an explanation of Harrison’s Atmos workflow integration with Pro Tools, watch this video from Harrison’s YouTube channel.
Lineage Mic Pre and 832c Filter Unit Receive Rave Reviews in
June 12th, 2014
Harrison's Lineage and 832c have received rave reviews on pgs. 31-32 in this month's issue of ProAudioReview.
Of the Lineage, Rob Tavaglione mentions that the 32c pres "provided the classic rock / vintage sound that we know and love," and that the later model pres "deliver lifelike clarity."
Of the 832c, Rob praises the "Bump" feature. "These resonant filters put a little 'junk in the trunk' and a little bounce in your walk...[it] actually fattens while it thins."
"These units offer sonic excellence, range and flexibility. Most importantly, they offer a musicality that is hard to match."
Both units are currently available from Harrison's direct online store.
Introduces 832c Filter Unit - Now Shipping!
March 11th, 2014
Harrison is proud to announce the newest addition to their Analog Studio product line - the Harrison 832c Filter Unit.
From Abba to Zappa: Countless ground-breaking artists have been recorded and mixed on Harrison-designed consoles. AC/DC's "Back in Black", Robert Plant's "Ship of Fools", Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" and Michael Jackson's "Beat It" all feature the signature Harrison sound! The greatest selling album of all time - Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” - was recorded and mixed on a Harrison 32-series console using the very same filters featured on the new Harrison 832c Filter Unit!
The 832c features 8 channels of high / low pass filters from Harrison’s world-renowned 32c console - providing classic Harrison sound for recording and mixing in a convenient 1U rack space. Each channel features independent controls for both the high and low-pass filters, a Bump button, 2 sweepable filter knobs, and a 7-segment LED input meter.
When engaged, the “Bump” button creates a resonant boost just above the selected high-pass filter frequency - re-creating the signature low-end of the Harrison 32-series consoles. This feature keeps instruments from sounding thin when you roll off the unwanted low frequency energy. Combined with proper execution of the low-pass filter, the “Bump” feature makes the 832c the perfect tool to fatten kick drums, beef up bass lines, and add body to guitar tracks - all while helping each instrument find its place in the mix.
The audio connections are provided on AES59 (Tascam DB-25) connectors. Combined with other Harrison hardware, setup becomes painless and clutter-free, as the input connector of the 832c Filter Unit matches the output connector of the Lineage Mic Preamp. When used in tandem, the 832c Filter Unit and the Lineage Mic Preamp provide a complete Harrison 8-channel input section with preamps, filters, and metering.
For more information on the 832c Filter Unit, please watch the introduction video from the Harrison YouTube channel.
Introduces 950SC Sidecar and 950RR Roller Rack - Now Shipping!
February 26th, 2014
Harrison Consoles is proud to announce the introduction of the 950 line of studio furniture - the 950SC Sidecar and 950RR Roller Rack. Both units are now shipping to pre-order customers.
The Harrison 950SC and 950RR were designed to match the look of the Harrison 950mx analog console, but are also well-suited for any studio requiring high-end furniture solutions.
The 950SC features a solid, heavy-duty construction using extruded aluminum framing and a powder-coated metal finish. In a studio workspace, the 950SC provides 10 rack spaces at desk-height. Harrison designs have always emphasized ergonomics - thus, the rack space has been angled 15 degrees for usability.
The 950SC features a conventional open-back design that provides ample heat dissipation and room for cables. Rails and movable inserts are provided for cable dressing. The front of the 950SC features a convenient bolster for a computer keyboard or controller, and the top panel provides space for a computer or audio monitor.
The 950RR also features a solid, heavy-duty construction that includes the same extruded aluminum framing and powder-coated metal finish as the 950SC. There are 16 rack spaces available on the front of the unit. In a studio workspace, the 950RR provides easy access to each side of the unit with its solid, industrial wheels. The engineering quality of the 950RR is apparent just from getting your hands on it - something that an engineer may need to do often during a studio session.
The 950RR also features rack rails on the rear which can be used for power conditioning, lights, additional I/O, or custom panels. This is helpful if the rack needs to move from room-to-room.
The top of the 950RR includes a vent for heat dissipation - a feature that is almost always overlooked in studio furniture. Because Harrison has accommodated proper airflow, the 950RR can be filled all the way to the top without worry of overheating.
For more information about the Harrison 950SC and 950RR, please watch the introduction video at the Harrison YouTube Channel.
Consoles Launches New Website Featuring Direct Online Store
January 23rd, 2014
The new HarrisonConsoles.com features information on all Harrison products and technologies. Users can stay up-to-date with all of the latest news from Harrison and watch product videos from the company’s YouTube Channel.
The Harrison Direct Online Store features products from Harrison’s analog and digital studio product lines. Customers can configure a Mixbus software bundle that fits their needs, or purchase a Lineage 8-channel preamp or 950mx analog console. Harrison will be releasing more products for both the analog and digital studio product lines throughout 2014. Harrison’s enterprise product line - including large format consoles and infrastructure solutions - remains available through Harrison’s console sales division and international resellers.
The Harrison Direct Online Store is available at http://store.harrisonconsoles.com
For more information on Harrison’s analog studio products, please visit http://analog.harrisonconsoles.com
For more information on Harrison’s digital studio products, please visit http://mixbus.harrisonconsoles.com
Consoles Unveils 950mx Analog Console
January 16th, 2014
Harrison Consoles is proud to announce the release of their newest analog console: the 950mx.
The 950mx is intended for facilities that need an analog monitoring, mixing, and summing solution when working with a DAW. It provides large-format console sound and construction while forgoing the expensive multitrack buses and inline monitoring features that have become less necessary with modern DAW workflows. The 950mx is the perfect centerpiece for a commercial recording studio, live 2-track recording rig, or project studio.
Harrison has been building consoles since 1975, and the 950mx incorporates design elements found across a wide range of console models such as the 32 Series, MR Series (2, 3, 4, 5 and 7), SeriesTen, SeriesTwelve, MPC and LPC.
The 950mx was designed by Harrison’s most experienced analog designers who were challenged to make the best-sounding, highest-spec analog console available today. The 950mx features a robust ground plane, gold module connectors, gold-plated switches, conductive plastic knobs, and fully-differential balanced I/O at every point. The summing busses are carried via PCBs, not ribbon cables. A custom-designed linear power supply provides rock-steady voltage for clean sound, robust EQs, and generous headroom.
The 950mx is the latest model in Harrison’s 950 series consoles, introducing various user-suggested improvements. All 950mx mono input modules now feature individually switchable, sweepable high-and-low pass filters, and 3-band sweepable EQ - featuring the same circuitry as the original Harrison 32-series consoles. Mono input channels also feature switchable inserts, a mic pre (switchable to a line input), 4 aux sends, 100mm P+G faders, 2 Mix Bus assignments, and a post-fader direct output. Stereo input modules feature switchable high-and-low pass filters, 3-band tone controls, balance, channel reverse, mono-sum, input trim, 4 aux sends, 100mm P+G faders, and 2 Mix Bus assignments. Another user-requested feature was the addition of an alternate speaker output.
The mono and stereo modules of the 950m and 950mx are interchangeable. 950m users can arrange to have their mono channels updated to the reflect the new features of the 950mx.
The 950mx console features 2 discrete mixbusses, each offering a different flavor at mixdown. Mix Bus 1 features a transformer-balanced output, while Mix Bus 2 is electronically-balanced. The buses can be used separately or may be summed to achieve effects like parallel compression.
The 24-module version is now available in a standalone format with optional legs. For customers with existing analog gear, Harrison has designed a matching line of studio furniture to complement the 950mx console. These pieces include a “sidecar” which provides 10 rack spaces at the desk surface, and a 16-space standalone rack. Both pieces use the same laser-cut and powder-coated aluminum framing as the 950mx - providing a professional and cohesive look for any 950mx user.
Harrison has been a leader in analog technology and design since shipping its first console in 1975. Since then, many prolific artists have been recorded on Harrison-designed boards - from AC/DC to Zappa. The greatest-selling album of all time - Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” - was recorded and mixed on a Harrison 32c console.
For more information about the Harrison 950mx Analog Console, please watch this video from Harrison’s YouTube Channel.
For a listing of Harrison’s analog products, please visit http://analog.harrisonconsoles.com
Pictures Installs Harrison MPC5 / Xrange
December 10th, 2013
Sony Pictures Studios has installed a new Harrison MPC5/Xrange system with MC² - 64 wide monitoring and Object++ 3D panning software to support wide-format and object-based immersive sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and Auro3D.
The new MPC5/Xrange system provides 1230 channels of DSP processing to accommodate the wide variety of specific processing requirements for immersive sound feature-film mixing. The new MPC5/Xrange provides the latest "MC² - 64 Wide Monitoring Matrix" and "Object++" 3D panning system, which can treat the incoming channels as "objects" placed in a virtual space. Using Harrison's patented ESP waveform technology, objects appear and disappear along with the regions on the DAW screen allowing mixers to anticipate sounds and see their placements in the room. The new MPC5/Xrange includes advanced new panning features, such as direct Ethernet control of the Dolby Atmos RMU, as well as various wide-format panning modes that include multiple levels of height. Most importantly, the MPC5/Xrange system consolidates the capabilities of multiple mix formats, and puts them under the user's hand via motorized joysticks (another Harrison patented feature).
Paul Massey, Sound Director and re-recording mixer at Sony Pictures commented: "Instead of using a different workflow involving a mix of Atmos, Auro3D, and ProTools panning plugins, we prefer a single workflow that generates multiple mix formats using a consistent framework. The console software will handle the details, so we can focus on the artistic effects we are trying to achieve. This is going to allow us to work more efficiently while maintaining the consistency of creative decisions made in the original mix throughout all formats."
Harrison consoles are unusual in their commitment to "Future Proofing". The Sony Pictures facility will continue to use the recently installed MPC4D large format control surface with the new MPC5/Xrange system and latest IKIS automation software. Supporting older platforms is a difficult engineering task, but it pays off because customers are more comfortable knowing that their investment in a Harrison console can outlast several generations of other systems by being able to upgrade critical components of the system to meet their specific needs.
Future-proofing doesn't just apply to hardware. The new MPC5/Xrange system is software-based, taking advantage of modern native processors. It can be reprogrammed to meet new requirements such as the wider Atmos and Auro3D panning formats more readily than consoles that still use the previous generations of proprietary Sharc or FPGA-based hardware. The Harrison MPC product family is specifically designed for the feature-film industry and adapts the software when new technologies or workflows appear. Harrison customers have learned that whenever technology shifts under them, they can count on Harrison to help accommodate the tasks requested by their clients.
Harrison President Gary Thielman noted: "This is another step in the long and successful collaboration between Harrison and Sony. A big part of our success has been our collaboration with customers like Sony Pictures and high level mixers like Paul Massey, who come to us with specific problems that spur us to come up with technical solutions that streamline their workflow. Together we have the ability to come up with those artistic and technical solutions, and then carry them through to implementation."
For more information on Harrison's integration of Dolby Atmos, watch this video from Harrison's YouTube Channel.
Consoles Announces New XT-Series Plug-in, Releases Free v2.4 Update for
Nov 26th, 2013
Harrison is proud to announce the availability of the FREE v2.4 update for Mixbus. This update brings numerous fixes, as well as a new addition to Harrison’s XT series for Mixbus: the XT-BC Bass Character plug-in. Mixbus users can purchase a license ($109) from the Harrison Mixbus store. Mixbus subscribers received this plug-in for free.
The XT-BC Bass Character plugin is an innovative new equalizer from Harrison’s R&D department. It is designed to musically alter the tonality and character of bass instruments such as electric bass, stand-up bass, and synth bass. Unlike a traditional EQ, the XT-BC is “frequency-agile,” meaning that it tracks the pitch of the sound, and applies EQ specifically to the note’s fundamental or overtones.
The XT-BC can be used to beef up a thin recording, subtly change the tonality of an instrument, or attenuate the fundamental of a bloated bass track that is overshadowing other instruments in the low end of a mix. For more information, watch the introduction video at the Harrison Consoles YouTube Channel.
This new plug-in is compatible with Mixbus v2.4. Current customers received a link to download the program update via e-mail. For detailed information about Mixbus, please visit the Mixbus website.
Mixbus can be purchased for $149; or, customers can purchase a “subscription” for $49, plus a recurring fee of $9 per month. The subscription provides ongoing benefits (including at least 50% off new plug-ins) and fosters continued development for Mixbus and the Ardour open-source workstation platform. Subscribers received a free copy of the XT-BC Bass Character plug-in. The v2.4 update email also provided a coupon allowing existing customers to switch to a subscription without the initial $49 payment.
Consoles Announces New Plug-In Series, Releases v2.3 Update for Mixbus
May 29th, 2013
Harrison is proud to announce the availability of the v2.3 update for Mixbus. This update adds numerous improvements - a faster routing setup, enhanced keyboard layout, and a more refined editing workflow - and resolves multiple user-reported issues.
This release also marks the introduction of Harrison’s new series of plug-ins - XTools for Mixbus - that are derived from the company’s digital console software. The first three plug-ins are the XT-ME Mastering Equalizer, XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor, and the XT-EQ Equalizer. All three plug-ins are now available at the Harrison Mixbus store, and can be purchased at a special introductory price.
The XT-ME Mastering EQ features a revolutionary filter shape that was originally designed for precision speaker management. Unlike a conventional EQ, when 2 or more adjacent bands are adjusted, the shape is “flat” across the top. This avoids the “comb filter” shape of a typical multiband EQ.
The XT-EQ contains all of the sound of the XT-ME Mastering Equalizer in a smaller footprint.
The XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor is equipped to enhance or repair tracks in a mix. It uses a precision algorithm with phase-correct crossovers, adjustable hard/soft control, and intelligent attack/release times to perform delicate tweaking or major surgery without artifacts.
For more information on XTools for Mixbus, watch the introduction video at the Harrison YouTube Channel.
These new plug-ins are compatible with Mixbus v2.3. Current customers will receive a link to download the program update via e-mail. For detailed information on refinements, including corresponding version history, please visit the Mixbus website.
Launches MPC5 Film Console; Announces First Two Sales
May 23rd, 2013
The Harrison MPC series has been THE king of film consoles for over 20 years. Major facilities depend on their MPC consoles to work faster and better every day. Harrison is introducing the newest version of the MPC series: the MPC5.
The MPC5 includes all of the most in-demand film features: Touch sensitive knob-per-function layout, multi-operator control surface, Automation / EDL conforming, multi-DAW control, Xrange 96kHz DSP, Xtools film-specific plug-ins, patented touch-sensitive motorized joysticks, patented ESP waveform displays, Dolby Atmos panning, Auro3D panning, 64-channel monitoring and speaker management processing, faster and wider stem recording functionality, QC metering including EBU loudness, region-write automation, faster processing, and a new console profile…adding up to the most refined and complete large format digital mixing console available.
Harrison's Future-Proof policy allows upgrading from previous MPC consoles, and it guarantees that the MPC5 can be upgraded to remain the most cutting-edge system during its lifetime.
The first two MPC5 systems are underway at Harrison's factory in Nashville.
Creative Sound, a leading film post production facility in France, has chosen a large format Harrison MPC5 digital film mixing console for their new facility located near the popular Rue du Commerce area of central Paris. The new MPC5 will be the center piece in a new 450 cubic meters film mixing stage that will also include Dolby’s new Atmos immersive 3D sound system. The console will include a 672 input Harrison Xrange 64bit processing engine, a full suite of Harrison Xtools film specific plug-ins and a dual operator MPC5 control surface featuring twin master sections, 80 faders with 64 full featured input strips and Harrison’s patented ESP Waveform displays. Twin producer desks mounted at 10° on the far left and right ends round out the “wrap-around” console surface that will span 18.5 feet (5.75m).
Sony Pictures has ordered a Harrison MPC5 digital film mixing console for the newly renovated Stage 17 in Culver City. The new console ushers in a new era for Sony Pictures who have purchased 17 Harrison MPC console systems over the last 23 years. The console will include a 144 channel Harrison Xrange 64bit processing engine, a full suite of Harrison Xtools film specific plug-ins and an MPC5 control surface featuring 40 faders with 32 full featured input strips and Harrison’s patented ESP Waveform displays. Dual motorized joysticks and a full featured film monitoring master section complete the configuration.
From its Nashville, Tennessee facilities, Harrison designs, manufactures and markets large-format, professional audio mixing consoles and specialized software products for international film and television production, post-production, broadcasting, sound reinforcement and music recording markets.
Object Panning and Monitoring Features Added to Harrison's IKIS
March 16th, 2013
|Dolby Atmos: Panning parameters can be controlled directly from each console channel, and allocated dynamically to the available Dolby RMU paths.||Object++ Panning: Manage 3D audio objects on-screen. Only active sources are shown! Works with any DAW input and panning system.||MC2 : Monitor speaker layouts up to 64 channels. Meter, trim, mute, solo & EQ your speakers from IKIS.|
Dolby Atmos panning is a technically-advanced delivery system that allows panning to be stored as separate streams of audio and panning "meta-data". During playback, the metadata allows the pan moves to be re-rendered to match the playback room's speaker layout. This pragmatic approach was immediately recognized for its benefits and has been adopted for many current and upcoming projects. Harrison consoles with their motorized, touch-sensitive joysticks are very well suited to this new panning paradigm!
Harrison is launching amazing new panning and monitoring features for the MPC5... many of which may be retrofit to the MPC4 and Trion. Look for a full description of our new features, including a complete implementation of Dolby Atmos, on the site soon!