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Hi all, just a mini one this week. I wanted to list a few of my favourite features in Harrison Mixbus 3. I've been a Mixbus user since the early days, but during the last 12 months or so I have more or less completely migrated to doing all of my mixing in this DAW. WHY? Well I'll tell you why.

It gives me the sound I want when mixing IN THE BOX and the tools I need when mixing OUT THE BOX.


I was intending to give you 5 Cool Tips but I couldn't narrow it down from the 20 or more that I had on my list, so here are 6 tips/features that I like to use. Maybe you are new to Mixbus, or maybe you just want to think about how you would achieve these results in your DAW of choice. Either way enjoy...watch the video for full details on how each function is achieved and used. 


1. Polarity Optimization

Mixbus has a polarity checking algorithm with a handy pop up, it's awesome for getting you on the way to the ideal phase flip configuration. Phase can cause all sorts of issues if not understood (see WHAT THE FLIP IS PHASE?).

Correct phase can be especially useful for any static sound source with multiple static mics - DRUMS - multi mic guitar cab setups etc.. So select a little of the audio with the RANGE mode and right click, then select Optimize Polarity.

Mixbus brings up a handy window that lets you audition suggested configurations of phase. Choose your favourite and tweak from there if needed.

 

 


2. Direct outputs

Yes Mixbus has handy little direct outs at the bottom of each mixer channel.

Where you see that little -sign just click and you will be presented with a list of all the inputs to which you can route this output. Pick from other channel and bus inputs, hardware outputs and so on. Really handy applications like the New York City Compression trick.

 

 

 

 

 


3. Plug-in Order

Wave goodbye to the days of playing 'the missing tile game' with plug-ins to change your processing order. Mixbus allows complete control over the order and routing of each plugin and each component of a mixer channel. Just drag and drop your channel EQ, Compression and FADER(!!!!) to any order. Put your plug-ins pre or post fade and drop in sends wherever you like in the chain.

I use this a lot for making sure I drive into compression as desired, tapping off signals mid-chain etc.

 


4. Additional Buses

I didn't realise for a while when I first started using Mixbus that it was possible to add additional buses to the mixer. Yes there are the Mixbus buses that have a 3 band EQ and tape saturation. These are great for gelling a mix together...but if you want you can just hit cmd shift N (Mac - sorry I don't know the shortcut for Linus or Windows).

Why would you want this? Well sometimes you just need more busses...sometimes you want certain groups to have different amounts of saturation and maybe you have a large project that requires just a few more clean buses. These cam be routed from anywhere to anywhere (more or less).



 

 

 

 


 5. The Monitor Section

Having a fully fledged monitor section on my DAW reminds me of the console I mix on. I can just reach for the DIM control and there is even a MONO. But there's a secret hidden in there in between all the solo controls. 

THE PROCESSORS section

Click the button and a window opens allowing you to drop in plug-ins for use in the monitoring chain, these will not be printed on audio export, mixdown, offline bounce...whatever you want to call it.

So if you are a room correction plug-in user then pop them in here and you'll never have to worry about bypassing them before bouncing.

You could even pop in something like Audified's MixChecker here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 6. Sidechain Compression on the Mixbuses

Harrison have sneaked on a tasty little sidechain compression option on the Mixbuses. Simply select Sidechain in the modes drop-down and you can create everything from subtle ducking to full on sidechain EDM spanks.

 

But where does the sidechain come from?

Make sure you have your mixer channels in WIDE mode (double click on the channel scribble strip name) and click the little white arrow adjacent to the Master bus assign button.

When it turns red you are feeding the sidechain compressor.


Of course you can do normal sidechain compression with plug-ins too if you like. 

 


So I hope you folks all enjoyed these tips whether you are a Mixbus user or not these are certainly things to think about in any DAW.

Happy recording folks.

 

 

 

 

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