On 09/05/2017 12:08 PM, Tom Van Gorkom wrote:
Thanks for the reply and good info. I'm just getting back to this
subject and decision for a moment. Which product/bundle would compare
well to Audition 3.0? 8 tracks should normally be adequate for what we
produce here as far as I know - I'm not on the production side - but
they do want various effects available. Should we look at the basic
v41., 32C 4.1, or a bundle? I don't want it to be too overwhelming
either. Start simple and add to it?
You're very welcome. I would start with the basic Mixbus; if you like
the workflow, Harrison usually offers a good discount on purchase of 32C
for Mixbus owners. I am a 'plugged-in' subscriber, and that has gotten
me some really nice discounts on plug-in bundles and major version
upgrades. Plus, being a subscriber at $9.99 per month I feel like I'm
helping support the development, and being that Mixbus is based on
Ardour, that's supporting an open source development. Start simple and
add to it. The Harrison license is a user-based license; one user can
have Mixbus on as many computers as needed, and you're on the honor
system. The user to whom the license belongs is displayed during
startup. There is no activation; just a simple license code in a plain
text file that you put in the user's home directory.
The workflow is more console-oriented than many simple wave editors,
with processing happening real-time for all plugins and adjustments.
Work the faders, work the knobs, hear your results like on a physical
board; when you're ready to print the export, do the export. You get
console-like solo, pre- or post- fade listen, pans, aux sends to
outboard equipment if you'd like (and have the audio interface to do
it), per-channel eq and compression, and many more console-type
features. Mixbus is first and foremost a mixing board approach to
multitrack production; you produce just like you would have produced in
a Studer-equipped 24-track studio back in the day.
You have full punch-in/punch-out with preroll capabilities as long as
your audio interface has good full duplex support (I use an M-Audio
Delta 1010LT for overdub work; my laptop's sound card is good enough for
basic mixing of pre-recorded tracks with music bed or intro/lockout
pair). The manual tells you how to get that all set up.
Speaking of, the Mixbus v4 manual is available at
I have a few sample tracks available; three are from a CD I produced
(and for which I have redistribution rights), and the other is my radio
broadcast for last Saturday. All were produced with Mixbus (the songs
were produced with Mixbus 2.5; the broadcast with 4.1). The songs were
tracked with a combination of interfaces: initial two-track (vocal and
guitar) was recorded on an Edirol R-09; my bass playing was direct-boxed
to the Delta 1010LT; harmony vocals and other instruments were
overdubbed with a Tascam US-428. Tracking was actually done with
Ardour, but mixing was in Mixbus. The artist was specifically looking
for a vintage 'Mark V studios' -type of sound with very little effects
(just a touch of a plate reverb), so I had the levels pretty cranked up
during mixing, and gave the Harrison bus tape emulation a good workout.
She was happy; so I was happy.
The music I use for the broadcast is a live recording of the
congregation singing 'I Want to Know More' at the 2012 WGCR Share-a-thon
recorded with a 24-track Presonus board and mixed in Mixbus 3.x.
Link to demos: https://nebula.pari.edu/index.php/s/r6ZGiQzd4ejs7ms