I've used a half-dozen DAWs over the years. None of them come close to the sound, convenience, and functionality that I found with Mixbus 32C. Before I bought the DAW I had purchased several Harrision plug-ins (channel strip, EQ, compression, etc.) and used them in other DAWs. I was impressed with how these Harrison plug-ins outperformed my "go-to" plugins! Clearly Harrision puts sound quality as their primary goal.
Stepping up to the Mixbus 32C DAW was like reuniting with an old friend. It looked, worked, and sounded like an analog mixing board. The quality is spectacular. Any questions or comments have been responded to in less than 24 hours. The workflow is intuitive and simple. The built-in EQ, compression, saturation (appliable at three...or four...points) almost eliminate my use of third party plugins.
I can't recommend Mixbus 32C highly enough. Try it. Your ears will convince you.
"Expect" was not the word I used. Mixbus was released as a full featured DAW, but unfortunately it was not. Instead (after sales) they gave me the advice to use it as an external summer. Why isn't that stated in the official product description? So in that regard the product always fell short regarding usability. Now they released a native plugin version of (only a part of) the same product. I just HOPED that it would be a discounted or free product for users who already spent hundreds on the same software (the code in the 32C plugin probably is the same or very similar as the channelstrip part in Mixbus 32C).
But now I don't care anymore because I'm more than happy with my current DAW that does everything I ever dreamed of, and way more (also sound-wise). Harrison pretends that 32C is the best sounding DAW ever. It probably is when you're specifically looking for only that specific Harrison console sound. (One of the many many colours.).
I totally agree. Users of the Mixbus 32C should be offered a discount price. Sure, the launch price is already discounted, but nevertheless, we have channel strips from Plugin Allianace which seem at least of comparable quality (better, IMO) that have been also on sale in nore than one occasion for 49,00. Harrison doesn't care pof their customers, and this will lead them to failure, sooner or later.
I started out a few years ago by trying all the "usual suspects" of DAWs. Most were indistinguishable from each other. The big name was a huge disappointment. After trying five products I settled on Tracktion's Waveform. I loved the simplicity and logic and flexibility of it and invested in their "Pro" product. As I became more immersed in my studio activities I started hearing about Mixbus and wondering if I should look into it. When I watched a few reviews I realized that it was conceptually familiar to me. It functioned much like McCurdy mixing boards that I had used in radio in the 70s. I finally decided to give it a try and picked up Mixbus 7. I immediately loved it. It was a true, analog mixing board experience. And the sound was spectacular. That lead me to step up to Mixbus 32C. More and better. I haven't touched Waveform in months and don't see myself going back to it. I typically use 20-40 tracks with most of them used for MIDI. I haven't had any problems with compatibility of virtual instrument plugins in Mixbus. Everything I had in Waveform works in Mixbus. The MIDI editing is typical of what I've found in other DAWs. The layered regions are an exciting concept that save time and open up a quick and easy route to comping. Everything works perfectly and I've never had a crash. I think Mixbus is the "gold standard" in DAWs and I wouldn't trade it for any other product.