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Paul Davis releases Ardour 3.0

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Paul Davis has released version 3.0 of Ardour, the open source digital audio workstation application for Mac and Linux.

Ardour 3
Ardour 3: Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux and OS X.

Changes in Ardour v3.0

  • Major New Features
    • MIDI recording, playback and editing, including plugin instrument support for LV2, VST and AudioUnits.
    • Parallelization of DSP operations to use any number of processors.
    • Matrix-style patching/routing.
    • Overhauled export system (multiple formats at once, stem exports, multichannel exports).
  • New & Improved Audio Signal Handling
    • Monitor section.
    • Solo operation redesigned, includes Solo Isolate and correct AFL/PFL modes.
    • Per-channel visible phase invert buttons.
    • Internal aux sends and explicit aux busses.
    • Improved send control.
    • Stereo panning via width+position.
    • Track/Bus groups extended.
  • Audio Editing
    • Option for Automation moves with Regions.
    • Rhythm Ferret improvements.
    • Vertical stacking of overlapping regions in tracks.
    • Non-destructive, non-overlapping recording mode.
    • New region editing features.
    • Strip Silence.
    • Media search path.
  • New & Improved GUI details
    • Session overview pane.
    • Unified processor list (plugins, sends, returns etc).
    • Extended Region list.
    • Extended Track/Bus list.
    • Improved and expanded editor cursor set.
    • Dynamically resizable big clock window.
    • New and improved preferences dialog(s).
    • New editing implementation for clocks.
  • External Control
    • MIDI binding maps
    • Dramatically improved Mackie Control support.
    • Linear Timecode support.
    • Improved MTC chase.
    • MIDI Clock chase.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 64 bit timeline
    • Dynamically resizable disk buffers.
    • JACK Session support.
    • Undo system internals use less memory and improve speed.

Ardour 3.0 is now available for Mac, Linux and as source code.

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Harrison introduces Mixbus v2.1 with Cloud Integration and Educational Pricing

Harrison has announced the release of version 2.1 of its Mixbus mixing console software, with special features and pricing that make it the preferred choice for educational facilities.

Mixbus is a virtual audio mixing console with an embedded DAW, making it an excellent tool for learning console mixing techniques as well as complex audio editing and processing. The key to Mixbus is that it is, first and foremost, a true audio mixer developed by a company that builds world-class audio consoles. Mixbus presents controls in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get format with knobs for EQ, Filter, Compression, Limiting, Saturation, and associated metering available directly on the screen without opening plugin windows.

Mixbus also provides full workstation features including industry-standard plugins, automation, nondestructive editing, crossfades, import/export, and bouncing. Windows runs on Windows, OSX, and even Linux.

Harrison Consoles Mixbus
Mixbus is a full-featured digital audio workstation with “True Analog Mixing” technology.

Mixbus 2.1 includes three new features that realize the benefits of “cloud computing”:

  • Importing directly from allows users to search a massive online database of royalty-free sounds, searchable by tags such as “drums”, or “car engine”, and import them directly into a session from the Mixbus import window.
  • Exporting final mixes to directly from the Mixbus export dialog allows users to securely share their mixes worldwide via the power of cloud computing.
  • New “Metadata” dialog allows users to store critical metadata inside the audio session, and also store critical global user metadata to speed up operations such as BWAV region-stamping, session copyright dates, and login details for included services such as Soundcloud. Metadata stays with the session and can be searched, sorted, stored and scripted using tools that recognize the industry-standard XML format.

What is different about Mixbus that makes it suitable for education?

  • Mixbus includes a real mixer console window; it acts as a bridge between analog signal flow and DAW technology. Students who are taught basic signal flow on analog mixer will find an easy transition to DAWs using Mixbus. Or Mixbus can be used in computer-only curriculums to introduce students to analog console operation.
  • Mixbus incorporates many best-in-class DAW concepts such as Playlists, Ripple Edit, Transient Detection and “Smart” tools. It also includes pre-configured keyboard shortcuts that match some popular DAWs. Mixbus was specially designed to incorporate the best practices that have evolved in other DAWs.
  • New “Freesound” import allows students to search a massive online database for royalty-free sounds which can be used in their sessions.
  • New “Metadata” window stores information about the user, session, and the course/instructor. This information is available in the XML session format and may be searched, sorted, and stored for future reference.
  • Portions of Mixbus are open-source. Advanced classes can view the source code of Mixbus, develop plugins, or otherwise take advantage of the open architecture. Session files use an open text-based format that can be operated on with scripts or versioning systems: perfect for streamlining the educational workflow.
  • Mixbus is cross-platform and has the widest compatibility of any DAW available. Because Mixbus runs on Windows, MacOS, and even Linux, your students can use Mixbus on any computer they have available. Mixbus uses industry-standard CoreAudio, ASIO, and JACK I/O; and it loads VST, AudioUnit, and LV2 plugins (depending on platform).
  • Mixbus sounds great! Engineers around the world agree that making a mix in Mixbus is faster and easier than other DAWs, because the most-needed tools are immediately at your disposal, just like a traditional analog recording studio with a console.

Facility administrators appreciate Harrison’s sterling reputation at worldwide facilities including Full Sail, Sony, Universal, ARRI, Mosfilm, Soundfirm, and more. Instructors who are interested in evaluating Mixbus should contact

To accommodate the tight budgets of schools and students, Harrison is providing 3 new payment methods for Mixbus:

  • Anyone may purchase a Mixbus Subscription for $49 + $9/month.
  • Facilities may purchase a recurring yearly site license for only $999 which provides 10 instructor/lab licenses.
  • Students may subscribe to Mixbus for only $9 per month, waiving the $49 initial payment! This makes it VERY cost-effective for students to install Mixbus on their own systems.

All three new plans provide free updates to Mixbus (including major and minor version updates) during the period of the subscription, as well as email support from Harrison. Subscribers may cancel their subscription after the initial 3 months, and continue to use Mixbus without the free updates or email support. Mixbus is also available for the one-time payment of $219.00 (MSRP)

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Harrison Consoles releases Mixbus 2.0

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has announced the release of Mixbus 2.0, a progressive workstation that combines open-source development with Harrison’s 30-year heritage of building world-class mixing systems.

Mixbus provides an integrated “analog-style” mixer along with a world-class editor in a very cost-effective package. Version 2.0 represents a dramatic leap forward for mixing and editing in the box.

Changes in Mixbus 2.0

  • New Mixer Features:
    • 8 Mix Bus Sends! We doubled the mixbuses so there are enough for groups as well as FX returns. Even more of what made Mixbus special!
    • Plugin Effect Control Sliders allow you to map plugin controls directly to controls on the mixer strip. Give your plugins the Mixbus treatment!
    • Input Trim, Makeup Gain, Sidechain, and Master Limiter controls are now available directly from the mixer window.
    • Improved Mixer navigation and display, including narrow mixer strip and the ability to show/hide Mix Buses as needed.
    • New Phase-Correlation meter on the Master Bus displays mono compatibility of the stereo mix.
    • Polarity (phase) buttons on the top of every mixer strip.
    • Plugins, sends, inserts and the fader now appear in a single redirect box at the top of the mixer strip. This allows easier signal reordering and allows more space for Mixbus controls.
  • Editor Improvements:
    • New, improved Crossfade, Layering, and Automation editing.
    • “Smart Object” Mode : Allows a combination of object and range mode.
    • Ripple Editing mode : Greatly speeds up the process of spoken-word and radio edits.
    • Regions are transparent while being dragged, but switch to opaque when you drop them in place. Line up transients on overdubs with ease!
  • Other Improvements:
    • New, better documentation and easier installation.
    • More keybindings such as mute/solo/record for selected tracks. Keyboard power-users never have to touch the mouse for recording & editing.
    • Taller, higher-contrast faders on the mixer strips.
    • Many user-suggested menu tweaks which make the most-used functions easier to find.
    • Range-selection behavior now allows you to drag down across multiple tracks at once – while also supporting edit groups.
    • Realtime automation recording is much more robust; you can even record automation while looping!
    • Automation and Region Gain Line editing is much faster. You can now grab a range of time and drag the automation line for quick level rides.

Mixbus 2.0 is available to purchase for Mac and Linux (Windows under development) for $219 USD.

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Harrison Mixbus, console mixing software updated to v1.5

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Harrison Mixbus (on Linux)

Harrison Consoles has released version 1.5 of Harrison Mixbus, a console mixing software for Linux and Mac OSX.

Mixbus is an “analog console” that has been incorporated into a Digital Audio Workstation. The Mixbus engine was developed in-house at Harrison Consoles, where we have been designing high-end digital and analog consoles for over 30 years.

Changes in Harrison Mixbus v1.5

  • New Region-Gain-Range editing mode.
  • New “Join Playhead to Edit Range” transport/editing mode.
  • New key-mappable “play with pre-roll” in Transport menu.
  • Channel compressor controls are tweaked for easier setup with drums & percussion.
  • Dynamic automation is now “thinned” during recording. Thinning strength is configurable via ardour.rc file.
  • Fixed bug with automation editing associated with zooming in & out while editing.
  • Fixed bug where end marker moves to the end of last recorded region whenever you change the end trim of any region.

Harrison Mixbus is available to purchase for $79.99 USD. The update is free for current Mixbus users.

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus, virtual mixing console updated to v1.3

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has released version 1.3 of Mixbus, a virtual mixing console for Mac.

Mixbus™ is a virtual “analog console” integrated into a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Mixbus “True Analog Mixing”™ provides critical mixing functions in a knob-per-function interface. “True Analog Mixing”™ is based on Harrison’s renowned 32-Series and MR-Series console designs, plus Harrison’s proprietary digital mixing technology. Mixbus™ enables you to record, edit, and mix a musical performance in-the-box while getting a sound that harkens back to the golden age of album recordings.

Changes in Mixbus v1.3

  • Mixbus and Master tracks may now appear in the editor so their automation can be graphically edited.
  • An “ALL” group allows edits to apply to all tracks simultaneously without having to select them manually.
  • Greatly improved touch automation & automation editing.
  • Better handling of mono files with stereo tracks.
  • Many bug fixes & tweaks to usability.

Mixbus is available to purchase for Mac, priced at the introductory price of $79.99 USD.

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Harrison Consoles updates Mixbus to v1.2

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has released version 1.2 of Mixbus, a virtual “analog console” integrated into a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Mixbus “True Analog Mixing”™ provides critical mixing functions in a knob-per-function interface. “True Analog Mixing”™ is based on Harrison’s renowned 32-Series and MR-Series console designs, plus Harrison’s proprietary digital mixing technology. Mixbus™ enables you to record, edit, and mix a musical performance in-the-box while getting a sound that harkens back to the golden age of album recordings.

New in Mixbus v1.2

  • Show all tracks with regions under playhead — Right-click the Track/Bus side panel, and you’ll find a new option to show all tracks with regions. Any track with a region under the playhead will be unhidden. Tracks without regions under the playhead will be hidden. This is a nice editing convenience that helps you manage large sessions.
  • Save As — In addition to Save and Snapshot, there is now a ¨Save As¨ function which creates a new snapshot in the session, but differs from “snapshot” in that future Save commands to go into the newly-created snapshot.
  • Track templates — Track templates can be stored by clicking on the track name and choosing “Save As Template”. Templates can be recalled by choosing the template from the ¨Channel Configuration¨ selector when making a new track/bus.
  • Language translation — Mixbus now supports many different languages for menus and dialog text. To select a different language on OSX, use the “System Preferences->International->Language” dialog. Supported languages include English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Czech, and Norwegian. (See the About page for translator credits)
  • Ardour Exchange compatibility — Ardour Exchange is a third-party utility which allows you to import AAF session files into the Ardour/Mixbus session format. Mixbus supports the abilty to import AAF files from the regular “Open” dialog if Ardour Exchange is installed on your system. Ardour Exchange for Mixbus is not yet released.
  • Various improvements and fixes, details here.

Mixbus for Mac OSX is available to purchase for $79.99 USD.

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Ardour updated to v2.8.4

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Ardour, the digital audio workstation for Mac and Linux, was updated to version 2.8.4.

It has been a month of mostly bug fixing activity, but some nice fixes they certainly are and we’ve included a couple of new features just to keep you all interested and paying attention. If you use BWF files for anything, this update is critical, because we have fixed a very serious error in the way we generate the header for such files. As of this writing, this is planned to be the last release of Ardour 2.X before 3.0alpha is announced (unless there are any critical breakages in this release).

New in Ardour v2.8.4

  • Plugin manager now has a “hide” option so that you can control which plugins show up in the plugin menus (J. Abelardo Gutierrez).
  • New “by category” plugin menu, to complement the “by creator” one that already existed (J. Abelardo Gutierrez).
  • If auto-play is enabled, defining or changing a range selection will immediately start playing it.
  • New action, ToggleRollMaybe, which leaves loop play or range play mode but without stopping the transport (Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-space by default).
  • PortInsert GUIs now have a builtin hardware latency “ping” tester, modelled on Fons Adriennsen’s jdelay. This can accurately measure the roundtrip signal latency of your insert and sets the latency that JACK sees. You can now use external h/w processing and get sample-accurate latency compensation within Ardour.
  • New Region Layering Editor. This is accessed via the region context menu, and provides an easy way to modify the layering of regions at a given location (it will only show in the menu if there is more than one region under the mouse pointer). It can be used as an excellent tool for comping loop recording or overdubs in general. Thanks to JAG for this excellent addition.

Check the change log for more details, including some critical fixes and improvements.

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