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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-80s, 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, a Harrison console was likely used during 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, VST3, 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 VST3, 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)
- The lastest-generation of Harrison's "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 7
- Dedicated Recording Window is optimized for the task of multitrack band recording
- Provides a simplified recording timeline that keeps everything in view at once
- Learn more about the Recorder page in the v7 manual
- Mac and Windows installers are now Signed and Notarized: no more security prompts during installation!
- Updated Mac builds use the latest Apple tools to support the new Waves v12 plugins (among other benefits)
- Updated ASIO driver for Windows: improved cpu performance and better support for ASIO devices that use milliseconds to set the buffersize rather than samples
Own a prior version of Mixbus or 32C? Your old license will not work in the latest version. But you can install the latest software to evaluate it, without affecting your current installation. For "major" version updates, registered users will receive a coupon code via email to purchase the new version at a discounted price. Click here to see our full upgrade policy. If you did not receive your update email, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org