New Mac DAW – Harrison Mixbus

Harrison, a manufacturer of analog and digital consoles, has announced Mixbus, a Digital Audio Workstation for Mac OS X.

Mixbus is a virtual “analog console” integrated into a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). It retails for $79.99.

Details below.

If you’ve used Harrison Mixbus, leave a comment!

Features:

  • Straightforward “knob per function” mixer layout based on Harrison’s renowned 32-series and MR-series music consoles.
  • Precision DSP algorithms for EQ, Filter, Compression, Analog Tape Saturation, and Summing based on Harrison’s world-renowned large format analog and digital mixing consoles.
  • Unlimited stereo or mono input channels (based on available CPU power) featuring High-pass Filter, EQ, Compression, and 4 Mix Bus sends on every channel.
  • 4 Stereo Mix Buses (can be used for groups or auxes) featuring Tone controls, Compression, Sidechaining, and Analog Tape Saturation.
  • Stereo Master Bus that features Tone controls, Analog Tape Saturation, K-meter, and Limiting to help you make polished mixes.
  • Plugin delay compensation to support effects such as parallel compression.
  • Comprehensive “at-a-glance” metering with peak, peak hold, and compressor gain reduction visible on every track and bus.
  • Extensive DAW features via the Ardour Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Supports AudioUnit plugins and any CoreAudio interface.

via BenLoftis

6 thoughts on “New Mac DAW – Harrison Mixbus

  1. To describe this product as being extraordinary and unbelievably amazing is an understatement!

    During a mix session a few days ago, I mentioned to my assistant that it would be GREAT if a company came out with a software for in-the-box mixing that was a TRUE clone of a REAL recording console. This was on Tuesday, November 3 and on Friday, November 6 about 9 PM EST, I get a call from him saying.. “you are not going to believe this!”, then he gave me a web address to check out. The web address was to the Harrison website. After reading the MixBus information and based on the introductory costs, I decided to purchase MixBus. Played around with it the remainder of the evening and was sold! We will use the MixBus on our next mix project (within 2 weeks) and will be in better position to speak to its capability, flexibility and its compatibility with some high end gear.
    We use Logic 9, Apogee interfaces, WAVES Mercury, Mac G5 2.0 (until our 8Core arrives), all the Spectrasonics plugins, NI Komplete 5, Core 2 and Maschine, and Synthogy’s Ivory Grand, etc… A lot of our mix editing is performed on an Intel Macbook Pro.

  2. MixBus is stunning. The channel strip are simply wonderful, with pristine eq and True analog limiter and compressor. Editing is a lot pro tools like, very easy and intuitive. I simply love it. I work mainly with ableton and logic and i’ve started doing all my final mixes with mixbus. For the price it’s a steal!

  3. I've just been getting into MixBus… I purchased it at the Nashville AES. To call this program is a bargain is an understatement. At 79 bucks, they are really giving this program away, Its design follows the Harrison consoles… in other words, it has a "real mixer" layout (you can customize if you want) which is familiar and logical to me… I'm a 2" 24-track old-school engineer. It sounds amazing, just like the real deal (I worked with a real Harrison broadcast console on a telethon once, many years ago). A GOOD print manual would be a big help, though there are some on-line resources available. Learning to use it will take some time and practice, but it seems to have all the processing power that I'll need for a full commercial project.

    This is one of the best-kept secrets out there. If you've got a Mac, you really can't go wrong with it.

  4. I've just been getting into MixBus… I purchased it at the Nashville AES. To call this program is a bargain is an understatement. At 79 bucks, they are really giving this program away, Its design follows the Harrison consoles… in other words, it has a "real mixer" layout (you can customize if you want) which is familiar and logical to me… I'm a 2" 24-track old-school engineer. It sounds amazing, just like the real deal (I worked with a real Harrison broadcast console on a telethon once, many years ago). A GOOD print manual would be a big help, though there are some on-line resources available. Learning to use it will take some time and practice, but it seems to have all the processing power that I'll need for a full commercial project.

    This is one of the best-kept secrets out there. If you've got a Mac, you really can't go wrong with it.

  5. I just went went through the Mixbuss by out putting each track from a previous logic 9 mix into MixBuss by way of jack. First thing I noticed is with out any plugins and all levels at unity. The tracks already had a warmer sound. With just a lil tweaking, using the busses in a normal set up. DRUMS-GTRS-VOCALS-REV my mix was already gaining life. I added a few plugins to the tracks and…… whalla. Now it wasnt a mix I would let out of the house. I didnt want to invest the effort in an already completed project. However I will use it going forward. The work flow is faster. The sound is definitely superior and I am not distracted with all the plugins I didnt need to use. It truly does feel and sound like times gone by….Great Job guys. Well worth the $$$. Ditto to all the positives. I did not use any of the editing side. But was able to easily work through the mixer in an afternoon. The EQ, on board compressors and tape saturation sound great and will eliminate the need for some of your favorite plugins. It did for me…bitter sweet I guess

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