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Harrison MixBus 4

Music Production Software For Mac OS, Windows & Linux
Published November 2017
By John Walden
Harrison’s MixBus is intended to offer the ‘look and feel’ as well as the sound of a  large-format mixing console.Harrison’s MixBus is intended to offer the ‘look and feel’ as well as the sound of a large-format mixing console.

Harrison’s MixBus promises the sound and user experience of a large-format console, at approximately one-thousandth the price!

Harrison have built their reputation around the construction of high-end, large-format mixing consoles. These are used in some of the best studios around the world, and many classic recordings have been made through them. In more recent years, they have integrated digital technology into their hardware consoles and, in 2009, they added the next logic step in the product line: MixBus, a consumer-level digital audio workstation.

The Editor screen provides a  fairly conventional timeline-based view of your project, with tools for all the usual audio and MIDI editing. The Editor screen provides a fairly conventional timeline-based view of your project, with tools for all the usual audio and MIDI editing. MixBus wasn’t conceived as a standard DAW, though. The design and implementation was built very much around Harrison’s console-based background. From day one, MixBus was intended to provide the same recording and mixing experience as their large-format consoles and, as importantly, the same ‘analogue’ sound. Harrison have added to its feature set in subsequent versions and, by the time SOS reviewed version 3 in September 2015, it had become a very capable DAW. However, the fundamental design elements of console workflow and console sound remain at the heart of the design. This has won MixBus a number of admirers, including many who record in another DAW but use MixBus as their mix platform of choice exactly because of the workflow and sonics. MixBus is also unusual in being available for Linux as well as Mac OS and Windows.

 

 

Harrison have now delivered MixBus 4, with an array of new features. Does this mean the program is now ready to relinquish its specialised status and move into the DAW mainstream?

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Published November 2017