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Mixbus is a Digital Audio Workstation developed by Harrison, a famous high-end American large format console company. It's an analog style mixing environments with great-sounding smooth EQs, filters, compression (leveler, compressor, limiter), analog tape saturation (super impressive), dynamics, bus summing, and a knob dedicated to each function. The GUI is clean, and the transports are familiar and comfortable to anyone who has worked in a "real" pro studio. The workflow is simple and powerful with a choice of importing audio from another source/DAW or recording. The design and layout is intuitive, straightforward, simple, and powerful. You won't have to labor through endless windows, popups, and menus to track, mix, and master. Yet, the most impressive thing about Mixbus, IMO, is the sound. Whatever audio I run through it simply sounds better. I don't know if it's because of feel of classic, vintage tweaking or if there is an invisible little wizard inside helping me. To quote another reviewer, "Mixbus improves in areas where others fall short and offers something no other DAW can boast: a million-dollar mixer." I have found this to be very true.
MY FAVORITE FEATURES
Classic console interface/GUI (based on the famous 32 and MR-series).
Two window approach (editor and mixer).
Small learning curve, especially for those who grew up pre-digital.
Plays nice with other DAWs via Jack.
Flexible looping and auto-punch.
Versatile audio routing.
Levels can be dragged up and down by swiping across the waveform.
Phase, trim, filters, compression, mix bus sends on every track.
Impressive shuttle wheel speeding, slowing, and scrubbing audio with or without pitch-changing.
Excellent metering (channel meter, compressor gain reduction meter, tape saturation meters, peak limiting meter, K-14 average level meter, and a final peak limiting meter).
Amazing $ value.
Responsive, innovative developers (frequent updates + great communication).
I have heard that Mixbus will soon release a version with advanced MIDI capabilities. Wow!! At that point, "Fully Featured" will have a new meaning.
Snapshot saving is something I have never encountered before.
Sync via Jack can be buggy at times.
Hey, throw in that highly acclaimed G-verb. I'm greedy.
Harrison Mixbus delivers the very best of analog-style mixing to eMusicians, producers, film/game scorers, DJs, sound designers, etc. It helps to create great tracks; it does not get in the way and suck the creative juices out of your muse! The workflow is fast and fun. Tracking with Mixbus is a breeze and the virtual real console mixing is a dream. There is something unmistakably special about this software that helps bring recordings to life — nice bottom end, punchy mids, and crisp, clean (not shrill) top end. Mixbus is linear and will probably not be the primary DAW for those who use a Launchpad and link clips a la Live or Bitwig; however, even in such a case, Mixbus provides an excellent secondary DAW for mix-downs and mastering. Even with its limitations, i.e., lack of MIDI, this is a must buy — the mixer section is do die for! Once I used it, I couldn't imagine not using it. It provides lots of analog without much effort. Don't let the price tag fool you — this is pro stuff. Tommy Zai gives Mixbus two tracks up. Thank you, Harrison, for developing such an amazing workstation. Fantastic.
*As soon as Harrison releases an update with MIDI is implemented my rating for Mixbus shoots up to 10+.