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|Developer(s)||Harrison Audio Consoles, Ardour contributors|
|Stable release||3.3 / April 26, 2016|
|Operating system||Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, Linux, Windows (XP Pro or newer)|
|Type||Digital Audio Workstation|
Mixbus provides a modern DAW model incorporating a "traditional" analog mixing workflow. It includes built in analog modeled processing, based on Harrison's 32-series and MR-series analog music consoles.
Features of Mixbus
Mixbus provides all of the features of Ardour, with additional functionality from proprietary DSP, replicating the workflow, signal path and sound of a Harrison console.
Each channel strip in Mixbus features analog modeled 3 band EQ (including a high pass filter), compression (with 3 compressor types), panning, and summing.
It also includes 8 stereo mixbusses featuring tone controls, tape saturation, compression (including a sidechain compressor).
The master bus is similar to the mixbusses but has the additions of a limiter, a K14 meter for loudness monitoring and a stereo correlation meter.
Mixbus features "at-a-glance" metering with peak, peak hold, and compressor gain reduction visible on every track and bus.
Mixbus started out as an audio only workstation. In earlier versions, it also depended on the JACK audio server as it's backend. Since version 3, Mixbus now supports both audio and MIDI tracks and it no longer depends on JACK, although JACK can still be used as one of its many audio backends.
Mixbus also includes bundled plugins based on Xtools plugins that are part of Harrison Xrange digital consoles. These plugins require users to purchase individual licenses to use them, although they will still process audio which allows Mixbus users to share sessions with other users that do not have purchased licenses.
They include the following:
- Plugin Essentials Bundle
- Character Plugin Bundle
- XT-DS De-Esser Plugin
- XT-EG Expander/Gate Plugin
- XT-EQ Equalizer
- XT-ME Mastering Equalizer
- XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor
- XT-LC Lookahead Compressor
3rd party plugins
Harrison also promote some third party LV2 plugins, which are included in the default installation of Mixbus. Similar to Harrison's bundled plugins, these require users to purchase individual licenses. They include:
Control surface support
As of version 3.1, Mixbus has built-in support for:
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- Harrison Mixbus page http://mixbus.harrisonconsoles.com
- Harrison Consoles http://www.harrisonconsoles.com
- Ardour open-source workstation http://www.ardour.org