Harrison Releases the Next Generation Product in the Mixbus DAW family - Mixbus32C-14in_6bus_all.jpg

“Mixbus was hailed by the industry as a breakthrough for 'in the box' mixing by incorporating decades of console building experience into a cost effective mixing platform for today,” says Gary Thielman, President of Harrison Consoles. “Mixbus32C takes that concept to the natural next step by using the full resources of today’s technological advancements to precisely emulate not only the operational advantages, but to faithfully emulate the analog performance of a traditional Harrison analog console.”

Because of the way the Mixbus32C mixer page is laid out, the most commonly used controls are displayed and are accessible at all times using a rich, high contrast GUI design that gracefully and accurately emulates the original hardware version of the original Harrison 32C console. This traditional layout not only looks good but allows the engineer to approach the console as if it were a musical instrument, directly affecting the art of mixing and contributing greatly to the success of any given mix.

Harrison has pioneered the use of high performance computer technology over the last 20 years to provide unmatched processing power in the world’s largest mixing environments. By keeping up with these incremental technological steps through the decades, Harrison can now faithfully emulate the beautifully designed analog signal processing designs of the past and incorporate them into a full function “True Analog” mixing console within the digital audio workstation environment.

Ben Loftis, Mixbus Product Manager added, “Each Mixbus32C channel strip incorporates an exact emulation of the original Harrison 32C parametric four-band sweepable EQ with a separately switchable filter section including second order high-pass and low-pass filters. Every resistor, capacitor, and transistor was modeled. To run this complex DSP on every channel strip was impossible just 5 years ago.”

Mixbus32C also provides 12 stereo mix buses, each with individual level control, latency compensation, and associated master channel incorporating the highly successful Harrison tape saturation, bus compression, and tone control functionality.

“The last 32C analog console was produced 33 years ago,” says Ben, “we are thrilled to be able to finally bring it back.”



Some Mixbus32C Features
  • Straightforward “knob per function” mixer layout based on Harrison's renowned 32-series music consoles
  • Precise emulation based on Harrison's famous 32 series analog console circuit designs
  • Precision algorithms for EQ, Filter, Compression, Analog Tape Saturation, and Summing
  • Fourth-generation Harrison "True Analog Mixing™" processing engine with enhanced compressor/limiter algorithms; built-in sidechain busing, and increased plugin flexibility
  • The Mixbus32C 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 plugins, sends, and hardware inserts. (limited only by CPU and disc speed)
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks, each with virtual instrument support, unlimited plugins, sends and inserts
  • Phase, Input trim, Sweepable 4-band EQ with second order HP and LP filters, Compression, and 12 mix bus sends on every track
  • Mixbus32C has an optimized signal flow with 12 stereo mix buses and a master bus, all featuring Tone controls, Compression, Sidechaining, and Analog Tape Saturation simulation
  • Stereo Master bus that features Tone controls, Analog Tape Saturation, K-meter, Stereo Correlation Meter, and Limiter
  • Automatic plugin 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: Mixbus32C loads VST plugins on Windows, AudioUnit (AU) plugins on OSX, and LV2 plugins on all platforms
  • Industry standard audio I/O support: Mixbus32C uses ASIO/Directsound on Windows, CoreAudio on OSX, and ALSA/JACK on Linux
  • Mixbus32C 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)
  • Multi-core and 64-bit optimizations provide increased track counts across all OS platforms
  • Over 50 ‘MIDI filter’ plug-ins including functions such as transposing, velocity scaling, etc
  • Support for video timeline, video window, and audio+video exports
  • Includes a brand-new virtual instrument: “SetBfree”, a lovingly modeled Tonewheel Organ by Robin Gareus plus Harrison's Dyno-Mite envelope-designer plug-in for drums
  • 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
  • Incredibly cost effective because of our world-wide open source collaborators
  • 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 12 mix bus sends. Dedicated support is provided for popular devices like the Presonus Faderport, Mackie MCU, and Behringer X-Touch controllers
  • OSC (Open Source Control) protocol supports ethernet-based wireless tablet controllers such as TouchOSC and Lemur for iOS and Android to remote-control Mixbus32C
  • Mixbus32C will open Mixbus sessions. However, the EQ will not covert since they are completely different.

Harrison Consoles: Mixbus32C