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Developer(s) Harrison Audio Consoles
Stable release 1.0 / September 30, 2009
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Music editing software

Harrison Mixbus is a digital audio workstation (DAW) which can record, edit, play, and mix multiple tracks of mono and stereo audio. Mixbus is marketed by Harrison Audio Consoles. Mixbus is particularly notable because it is the first "commercial" workstation that is based on the Ardour open-source DAW infrastructure. Mixbus is a combination of the modern DAW editing model, with the additon of a "traditional" analog mixing workflow.


Features of Mixbus

Mixbus provides extensive DAW features via the Ardour (audio processor) Digital Audio Workstation. Additional features, implemented specifically for Mixbus, include:

  • Straightforward “knob per function” mixer layout based on Harrison's 32-series and MR-series analog music consoles.
  • Harrison DSP algorithms for EQ, Filter, Compression, Analog Tape Saturation, Panning, and Summing.
  • Unlimited stereo or mono input channels (based on available CPU power) featuring High-pass Filter, EQ, Compression, and 4 Mix Bus sends on every channel.
  • 4 Stereo Mix Buses (can be used for groups or auxes) featuring Tone controls, Compression, Sidechaining, and Analog Tape Saturation.
  • Stereo Master Bus that features Tone controls, Analog Tape Saturation, K-meter, and Limiting.
  • Plugin delay compensation to support effects such as parallel compression.
  • Comprehensive "at-a-glance" metering with peak, peak hold, and compressor gain reduction visible on every track and bus.
  • Supports AudioUnit plugins and any CoreAudio interface.


Mixbus is currently only available for Mac OSX 10.4 and 10.5, with 10.6 under development. A Linux version is expected in the future.


Mixbus does not have the ability to record, edit or play back a MIDI data.

See also

List of MIDI editors and sequencers


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