Harrison Consoles Announces New Plug-In Series + v2.3 Update for Mixbus DAW

If you’re not familiar with Harrison Consoles, here’s a quick history lesson: Bruce Swedien made Michael Jackson’s Thriller and BAD on a Harrison console. Paul Simon’s Graceland and sound for countless feature films have been mixed on Harrison consoles. And now, with its newly updated proprietary open-source DAW, Mixbus v2.3, Harrison is working to become even more of a household name with modern studios and musician-recordists.

Mixbus is based on the Ardour open-source DAW and was first introduced back in 2009. The v2.3 update – announced last week – brings new improvements including a faster routing setup, enhanced keyboard layout, and a more refined editing workflow. But beyond that, Mixbus v2.3 also coincides with the launch of Harrison’s new XTools plug-in series, which is releasing with an initial set of three dynamics plugins that will be compatible with Mixbus or can be purchased separately for Mac, PC and Linux.

The three initial releases include XT-ME Mastering Equalizer, XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor and XT-EQ Equalizer.

The powerful "True Analog Mixing"™ window allows users to record as if they were tracking on an original Harrison console.

The “True Analog Mixing” window allows users to record as if they were tracking on an original Harrison console.

Mixbus v2.3 is available now for an introductory price of $39 until June 12th ($219 MSRP). Of the XTools set, a launch price is available for all three plugins with XT-ME for $79 ($100 MSRP), XT-MC for $79 ($100 MSRP) and XT-EQ for $39 ($49 MSRP). The XTools set is preinstalled in v2.3 for evaluation, then purchase if desired.

Here are more details directly from Harrison Consoles:

Haven’t heard of Mixbus yet ?

Well you certainly will hear more about Mixbus in the next months and years! We believe that Mixbus might simply be a revolution in the way that we Record and Mix music! Mixbus isn’t just a new DAW… it’s a new way of thinking about digital recording!

So what exactly is Mixbus ?

In short, Mixbus™ is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with “True Analog Mixing”™: A combination of Harrison’s world-renowned sound and features in an affordable, knob-per-function interface. Mixbus provides professional-level features to import or record an unlimited number of audio tracks to your computer, edit them, and mix them together. You can use Mixbus to record your band, mix a record, make a podcast, or edit the audio for your video.Learn more from the Mixbus web site.

Harrison Consoles and DontCrack.com today proudly announces that they have joined their forces in order to make the launch of Mixbus v2.3 a very successful and exciting event. In addition to many small improvements and fixes, Mixbus 2.3 includes major enhancements to its already-great workflow :

  • Several new shortcuts for faster Bus Assignments… imagine working with the immediacy of an analog console, but with a digital turbo-boost button.
  • A complete user-driven editing and keymap overhaul that makes Mixbus more intuitive to users of other widely used DAWs.
  • Mixbus v2.3 introduces 3 new high-end plug-ins “bundled” inside that you can evaluate and purchase.

Mixbus v2.3 is a totally FREE UPGRADE. Previous owners will receive an email with download links to version 2.3. Users that haven’t heard about Mixbus yet can take advantage of the special 2.3 introductory price for a limited time period.

XTools Plugins:

The XT-ME Mastering Equalizer plugin from the XTools bundle.

The XT-ME Mastering Equalizer plugin from the XTools bundle.

XT-ME Mastering Equalizer Plugin for Mixbus

Features:

* Mastering Equalizer Plugin with 31 control bands, high pass filter, low pass filter, level trim, and momentary bypass controls

* Innovative DSP curve-match allows a “flat top” across adjacent bands

* Ultra-fidelity equalizer based on Harrison’s XTool plugins for digital consoles

* LV2 format plugin for Mixbus and other LV2 hosts

The XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor from the XTools bundle.

The XT-MC Multi-Band Compressor from the XTools bundle.

 

XT-MC Multiband Compressor Plugin for Mixbus

Features:

* 4-band compressor with phase-accurate crossovers

* Each band has threshold, crossover frequency, and depth

* Master Threshold, Attack, Release, Knee, Makeup, and LF Trim controls

* 5 direct-access presets

* Ultra-fidelity compressor based on Harrison’s XTool plugins

 

XT-EQ Equalizer Plugin for Mixbus

The XT-EQ Equalizer plugin from the XTools bundle.

The XT-EQ Equalizer plugin from the XTools bundle.

Features:

* Harrison XT-EQ Equalizer plugin with 10 control bands.

* Innovative DSP curve-match allows a “flat top” across adjacent bands

* Ultra-fidelity equalizer based on Harrison’s XTool plugins for digital consoles

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