DAW

We don't need another Hero - but do we need another DAW?

Well HARRISON thinks so. The Nashville based now legendary console manufacturer has just released a new version of their wonderful Mixbus3 digital recording, editing and mixing package; Mixbus 32C. Harrison delivered their first 32C analogue console way back in 1975 after designer and founder Dave Harrison left MCI where he'd built some of their best gear. I got to drive a 1974 MCI at Woodstock Studios here in Melbourne when Joe Camilleri first built it. That MCI was the last desk by Harrison before founding his own company. Harrison is a whole chapter in audio-engineering history and was responsible for the advent of "in-line" console design, where a single channel-strip would have inputs, outputs and a return from the tape machine. This meant we no longer had to give up separate channels on the console for both inputs and returns - revolutionary for the 1970's!

I am posting this blog because I firmly believe we DO NEED ANOTHER DAW package. We need more variation in the SOUND of software available to creative engineers and producers. If we all use the same "Tools" then we minimise the chaos within our creative Universe - we risk losing the ART based on the individual that comes from the myriad of choices we make when recording, mixing and mastering a record. Harrison's Mixbus 32C features the most famous aspect of the Dave Harrison design dynasty, the 32C EQ. Another revolutionary design and one that became an incredibly musical and expressive shaping tool for engineers. I am fortunate enough to own a pair of channel-strips from a double transformer-version of the 32C (link) consoles and there have been 3rd party models and copies of this famous EQ that I have not needed to purchase. Now I can have 32C EQ across my entire mix, on every channel. That's certainly a creative bonus. And, it comes standard with the package; no add-on or plug-in.

Check this software package out, regardless of what you think your favourite DAW is. I sincerely think you'll be swayed to the sound of the 32C ... and isn't SOUND why we began this journey in the first place?

Harrison Mixbus

There are several high-end software packages on the market other than ProTools and it would be remiss of me not to draw your attention to a new contender; Harrison's Mixbus. The iconic console designer and manufacturer has entered the DAW market with a TEC Award nominated package, working seamlessly across three operating systems: Mac, PC and Linux. The affordable price of Mixbus is not a reason to be discouraged and at a little over $200 it presents itself as a true alternative to the major software based DAWs on the market. Seriously thought out Mixbus is an audio only package uncluttered by MIDI or Scoring capabilities, instead focusing on some excellent signal processors built into the software: Harrison 3232 historic EQ, Compression, Limiting and Tape Saturation. Able to host both AU and VST plug-ins Mixbus will soon join the software packages delivered to students at RMIT University's Sound Production program - it is simply that good. I sincerely believe before purchasing another package you check out Mixbus. Even if you already own another package Mixbus possesses a sound that is uniquely Harrison and should be included in your toolbox of DAWs.