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Harrison has announced the release of the version 2.5 update for the Mixbus DAW. Existing Mixbus customers will receive this update for free. In addition to program improvements, this release includes three new plug-in demos from Harrison's XTools for Mixbus series: the XT-EG Expander / Gate, the XT-DS De-Esser, and the innovative XT-VC Vocal Character plugin.

Harrison has also addressed a long-standing limitation with VST plugins on the Windows version. See this forum thread for more details.

The XT-EG Expander / Gate ($109) provides fast gating or expansion with precision timing for demanding tracks. A helpful scrolling graph is provided to visually tune the gate's timing. A switchable "Expander" mode provides soft expansion for vocals and dialog, while adjustable "Lookahead" allows the gate to open slightly before incoming transients for minimal distortion. The XT-EG has an intuitive layout that combines common gate features with professional elements such as adjustable hysteresis and a sidechain EQ.

The XT-DS De-Esser ($109) provides fast and accurate De-Essing of sibilant tracks. It offers a rich set of redundant controls so mixers can adapt the plug-in to fit their workflow. An "Auto Solo" mode highlights the altered frequency range while adjustments being are made. Proprietary processing inside the XT-DS recognizes voiced sibilants, and doesn't de-ess when it shouldn't. This makes it more transparent and more effective than typical De-Esser plug-ins.

The XT-VC Vocal Character plug-in offers an innovative new way to adjust the character of your vocal recordings. It uses proprietary technology to track the pitch of the input signal, and EQ the signal based on the note played. This allows the plugin to target specific harmonics of an instrument and change the fundamental character in a way that is more natural than traditional equalization. The XT-VC will be included in a new bundle for $129 with the XT-BC Bass Character companion plugin. Existing XT-BC owners will be able to use this plugin without an additional purchase (the XT-VC uses your same license keyfile).

Licenses for the XT-EG, XT-DS, and other plugins are available through Harrison's Direct Online Store.

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