Harrison Mixbus

Brandon Drury —  October 21, 2009

Harrison, the manufacturer of world-class analog and digital consoles, is proud to announce Mixbus(tm) for OS X.

Mixbus is a virtual “analog console” integrated into a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Mixbus “True Analog Mixing”(tm) provides critical mixing functions in a knob-per-function interface. “True Analog Mixing” is based on Harrison’s renowned 32-Series and MR-Series console designs, plus Harrison’s proprietary digital mixing technology. Mixbus enables the user to record, edit, and mix a musical performance “in the box” but get a sound that harkens back to the golden age of album recordings.

Traditional DAW mixers, designed by companies with no pedigree in music mixing, all suffer from well-known flaws. Harrison eliminated these flaws by completely redesigning the DAW’s internal mixing engine and applying proprietary algorithms. Harrison large-format consoles are known for their great-sounding EQ, filters, dynamics, and bus summing on every track. Now Mixbus offers every engineer a real Harrison music console “in the box”. With Mixbus’s logical knob-per-function interface, the user works with the fluidity of a traditional analog recording studio while retaining the convenience of a DAW.


* 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
* 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.

Many influential works – from Michael Jackson’s Thriller (the best-selling album of all time) to the latest blockbuster films – have been mixed on Harrison consoles. Historically, only the most exclusive facilities could afford the sound of a Harrison console. But modern computer technology has finally reached the point where a True Analog Mixing engine can live inside your desktop or laptop. Drawing on Harrison’s proprietary DSP algorithms and an extensive analog heritage, the mixing engine in Harrison’s Mixbus will change the way you think about mixing in-the-box!

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.