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Harrison Mixbus 5 Explained®

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    Introduction to Harrison Mixbus

    This video gives an introduction to what Harrison Mixbus software is and what Gary is going to be covering in the series.

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    Setting Up Your First Session

    Here you?ll see how to create your first Mixbus session and the settings you can use.

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    Adding Tracks to the Project Editor

    Gary shows you how you can add/import tracks into the Editor Window.

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    Exploring the Editor Window

    Explore around the Audio Editor Window and learn what the functions do.

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    Exploring the Transport Controls

    Here Gary shows you how to work the transport controls that are available in Mixbus.

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    Location Markers for Navigating Your Song

    This video shows you how to create Location Markers so that you can easily navigate through your song arrangement.

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    Audio Editing in Mixbus

    Now discover the available Audio Editing Tools and how they can be used.

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    The Mixer Window

    Mixbus's unique feature is its console style Mixer Window. Gary shows you the ins and outs of this powerful window.

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    Creating Groups for Your Tracks

    See how to group tracks together and how to create groups for different sections in your mix.

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    Metering & Gain Staging Pt. 1

    Here Gary goes over the Metering Tools available in Mixbus and how you can use them to adjust the Gain Stage of your tracks in the mix.

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    Metering & Gain Staging Pt. 2

    Gary continues exploring metering and Gain Staging.

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    Setting Up Mix Buses

    This video explains what the Mix Buses are and how you can use them, including by sending tracks to them.

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    Recording Audio into Mixbus

    Gary now demonstrates how to Record Audio to tracks.

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    Using the Console EQ's

    This video covers the Console Style EQs available on the different tracks and how they can be used.

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    The Compressors

    This video covers the different Compression Modes available on Mixbus tracks.

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    Using Tape Saturation

    See, hear and learn all about the Tape Saturation Mode available in Mixbus and how it can be used to impart extra harmonics and compression onto the signal.

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    Compressing Drums

    In this video, Gary now shows you how you can use the different Compression Modes to get the most out of your drums.

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    Compressing Bass

    Here we look at how to use the Leveller Compression Mode on Bass Guitars.

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    Mixing the Guitars

    This video takes it a step further and shows you how you can use the Console EQs, Compression Modes and Panning to mix your guitar sections.

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    Creating Reverb Sends

    Discover how to use the Mixbuses to create Reverb Send Effects.

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    Setting Up VCA Faders

    This video goes over how to setup and use VCA Faders in Mixbus.

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    Using Automation

    Learn all about the different Automation Modes in Mixbus, and how you can Record, and Edit Automation Data on your tracks.

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    Adding Plug-Ins & Inserts

    This video goes over using Plug-Ins in Mixbus and how to use them as Inserts. You?ll explore the Plug-In Manager, the Signal Chain Routing of the Plug-Ins, and how to Show and View 3rd Party Plug-Ins.

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    Using Sidechain Compression

    See how to setup and use Sidechain Compression, including how to duck the bass when a kick plays through Sidechain Compression.

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    Using Parallel Compression

    This video shows you how to setup parallel compression. Where you mix your original sound source with a heavy compressed version of the sound, and then blend the two together.

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    Setting Up MIDI in Mixbus

    In this video, Gary shows you how to setup your MIDI devices and MIDI tracks in Mixbus.

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    Recording & Editing MIDI Tracks

    Next we go over how to Record MIDI to tracks, and the MIDI Editing Tools you can use to Edit the MIDI regions.

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    How the Master Bus Works

    Here you?ll learn how the Master Bus works, and the processing you can use to improve the Final Output of your song.

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    Exporting Out Your Song

    Gary concludes with showing you how to Export out your finished song.

Product Overview

In this Groove3 video tutorial series, DAW pro Gary Hiebner delivers in-depth instruction on all things Harrison Mixbus. Also applicable to Mixbus32C, learn all about this powerful audio and MIDI production and mixing solution, as well as how to use it to produce stunning mixes for your songs and productions.

Gary starts by welcoming you and then goes over exactly what the Harrison Mixbus is, as well as setting up your first session. After that you’ll see how to add your tracks, explore the Editor Window, and get familiar with Mixbus’s Transport Controls.

Next you’ll see how to create Location Markers for easier Navigation and control of your session, followed by a detailed overview of all the audio editing tools. The Mixer Window is next, where you do all your mixing, and you’ll get advanced information on creating Mix Groups, proper Metering and Gain Staging, setting up and understanding Mix Buses, Recording Audio into Mixbus, and using the built-in Console EQ, Compressors, and Tape Saturation for extensive sonic shaping and coloring.

Gary then gives you practical videos on Compressing your Drums, Bass, and Guitars, as well as creating Reverb Sends for mixing in Reverb for multiple tracks at once. VCA Faders and Automation are then introduced, and you’ll see how these powerful features are used for precise mixing control.

Wrapping it all up, Gary gives you videos on adding Plug-Ins and Inserts, using Sidechain and Parallel Compression, setting up and using MIDI, how the Master Bus works, and Exporting out your mixed song for all the world to hear.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to Harrison Mixbus or just want to see if it’s right for you and your studio, Checkout “Harrison Mixbus 5 Explained®” today!

Tutorial Song Credit: David Keats - Waiting Out My Time In Richmond

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Harrison Mixbus 5 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 44 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from really helpful really explains all the parts you need to get the most out of mixes
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely Done This tutorial was really helpful, and very well done. Well worth the money. This DAW is not very intuitive for me, but I like the sound better than the Cubase I’ve been using. My only problem is that I have the 32C version, and I can’t figure out how to get it to recognize my VSTs. I know there is a function for this but I can’t find it, and the manual is not helpful. It would be nice to have a 32C version.
Date published: 2020-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great detail very through explanations and examples. This is a great review of the Mixbus product and all the features this great DAW has to offer. I highly recommend taking the time to review this entire course.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good tricks 4 mixbus i use mixbus since one year, i'm happy with this tutorials, i learned some functions that makes the mix easier with this daw Cheers !
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful Whilst with most video lessons, it does spend some time on the basics. However, I learned more than I knew. Very good value, in depth and yet easy to understand. Having learned on digital mixers I found this video series invaluable in getting to grips with the featurs and flexibility of Mixbus 5. Highly recommended. :)
Date published: 2020-01-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The Best Mixbus5 Tutorial on the Internet This course is well written, illustrated and presented. I had been trying to find some sort of online learning to help introduce me to the capabilities of Mixbus5, but the varying videos I found were not helpful in painting the bigger picture of what was possible. The format of the videos, in short durations, is very helpful. The presenter also reinforces the concepts by showing you immediately how to accomplish a task/function with actual audio files. As an added bonus, Groove3 has a Roku channel, so you can watch this series on your large television and really be able to see the finer screen details when needed. For only a few dollars, you can get a great introduction to the software and walk away with a good understanding of several topics. Do yourself the favor and watch this series, even if you think you know enough about Mixbus5. It’s time well spent.
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent informative and great teaching style I bought Mixbus 32c two weeks ago and this course has helped me to understand the application and some tips and tricks. I have already started doing kisses using Mixbus because of this course. Highly recommended !!
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial series. Very helpful and informative. Great video series. Really covered everything I needed to know. Feel a lot more confident using this excellent DAW now and my mixes are already sounding better!
Date published: 2019-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial Easy to follow and in depth
Date published: 2019-11-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome, safes time and helps for a quick start I bought Harrison Mixbus and needed a good tutorial to get into the flow to switch from Reaper to Mixbus v5 .. and I had a headache and didn't where to start This tutorial is just THE HIT and a time safer and give you good examples and infos to a quick start with MixBus v5 Thanks for this !
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from New things I didn't know about I been using Mixbus off and on over the years, along with Cockos Reaper. I found this video tutorials very good and I got some new things/ features I didn't know off or knew they existed. Thanks alot.
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great learning Love it explained everything I wanted to know
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Mixing Very helpful videos
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good intro If you already understand DAWs and their common elements this is a good overview of what you need to know to start using Mixbus. The presenter is well organized and the pacing is good. I'd suggest this presenter use annotation to point to things on the screen he wants you to look at, rather than rapidly shaking the mouse pointer, which can be quite distracting at times. A useful addition would be a couple of sections on the differences between MIxbus and Mixbus 32C
Date published: 2019-07-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful for someone completely new. I found the video to be extremely helpful. I am new to the Mixbus applicaton and also music recording/mixing. The production quality was good, and having the application introduced throught the steps of a project was both educational with regards to the program itself, but also (for a newbie like myself) some of the thought processes of someone familiar with the mixing process.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Truly Helpful I learned alot in watching these vids The commentator was great very easy to follow his instructions
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Not all about what the title suggests I was looking for a more in depth series on the software itself. I've been recording and mixing for nearly 30 years so I didn't need to see someone else approach to mixing. Although some items were covered, a great deal was simply not.
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The Best Daw Market The Sound Is Incredible it's Very Easy To Use User Friendly
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good introduction This is a good introduction to using Mixbus 5. It should be noted, however, that unless you're a complete beginner to digital audio production, Harrison Mixbus is not all that different compared to other DAW:s when it comes to basic functionality and workflow. If you're used to working in Cubase, Sonar, Logic or any other DAW, you'll quickly get the hang of Mixbus by just playing around with it. The unique features, i.e. the mixing console, are more a matter of understanding signal flow than understanding specific knobs and buttons. Nevertheless, I love to watch DAW tutorials as a form of edutainment, and this one is definitely a good one. Not the least, I appreciate seeing a tutorial dedicated to a DAW that is available in a native Linux version (although the tutorial is made using a Mac).
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Very superficial I bought this video in order to learn about the functionality of Harrison Mixbus 5 (as the title suggests) without having to read the manual. Unfortunately, this aspect is only explained superficially, the author spends about half of the time showing how to use the 3 channel-compressor-knobs, EQ and saturation, again and again. If you have no clue about compressing drums or bass, this video might be ok, but if you want to know how to handle the DAW you're better off watching Youtube or reading the manual. For me this tutorial (with this title) is a disappointment or it should honestly be named: "Mixing for beginners with Harrison Mixbus 5".
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing tutorial very useful I am a Protools and Studio one 4 Pro user, first of all, harrison mixbus 5 is is just mind blowing, I loved it, the instructors tone and voice are calm and professional, I liked the way he explained the content. thanks groove 3 for this video, I went on this site hoping to find the Mixbus5 explained, and i wasn't disappointed. I wrote a shocking review, from a person saying how the instructor is saying "Awesome", shame on such people, seriously. Again thanks for a great tutorial guys. you rock!
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Ready to keep learning more.
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from This is an outstanding course! I really enjoyed and understood this course! The instructor is one of the best that I have ever had! He is very knowledgeable and he can teach to the point that I had no questions to ask because his explanations were so crystal clear!
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very informative was messing around with mixbus but have already learned some features I was not aware of.
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very useful I have been using DAWs for, err, well, since long before the Millennium. But I have only just started to use Mixbus. This set of videos helped me get up to speed with Mixbus and the few queries I had were very rapidly addressed by the producers. Recommended. I give it my top rating. 5 stars would require utter perfection and a version covering the -C version so it gets 4.5 :)
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Harrison Mixbus 5 Explained I came to Mixbus from Cakewalk SONAR because Cakewalk was sold and I lost all my lifetime free updates. I started using Mixbus and soon realized that there is a learning curve to overcome even though most of the DAWs are virtually acting te same. I needed help in understantings some aspects of the software and that's when I grabbed the Groove 3 video as soon as I saw it. It definitively sped up the understanding and I can now use it with ease.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Must watch for newbies. Perfect balance of high level overview with select deeper details on key features.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overview This tutorial is meant for people already familiar with a DAW that are switching to or trying Mixbus 5. Gary is very good at covering all the basics, and uses existing DAWs as a reference.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good! Clear and helpful for a MixBus beginner. Perfect beginner guide! I've appreciated the editing video. Very well recorded, but I wished a scope of more advanced features. Thanks
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from GOOD INTRODUCTION TO MIXBUS 5 I enjoy learning new things. This series helped me to know where and how things work in Mixbus 5. I don't care if the guy says "awesome" a **load of times, I purchased this to learn, not dog the guy and the way he talks.
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good tutorial Very good offer discount from Mix-Buss & the explanation is totally helpful to understand more details how to use the MixBuss. Good job
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY Helpful, Thanks Wunderfull,
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from well explained . well explained and worth every penny.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informative Very informative, easy to under stand, made my feel very comfortable with Mixbus 5.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good tutorial What I like about this video is the content and the teacher's voice tone is quiet and respectful. Since I'm a french Canadian, it is easy to understand the English accent of the teacher but sometime I have to rewind the video to make sure. Also, the teacher goes straight to the point. He doesn't lost time to talk about his life or any other audio experience he has in the pass that will lost time to talk about it. I didn't finish to view the whole course yet but I will because there is good content and helpful for anyone. Harrison offer me to buy this video course at $10. It is a very good deal. Please, take the time to buy the video at this price. Has a music teacher myself, I know what it is to built a video tutorial. It takes time and it is to help people using their software and get better production. I'm glad having it and feel good buying it. Thank you Groove3 and Harrison!
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yes ... I recommend this great work by Groove3 Harrison Mixbus 5 explained? I helped myself and helped my mind to discover and capture the details of this magnificent DAW; Then, in my daily work with Mixbus 5, they served me very efficiently, etc. Yes ... I recommend this great work by Groove3 ... Learn, advance and enjoy ... matter ;-), Greetings to all classmates!
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial Great tutorial to learn all main functions to start the work. One thing I missed there is : bus automations explain. Anyway it’s great one to learn all main basics for work.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good explanation Very good explanation of the way how to handle a project in Mixbus. A good example in how a workflow in Harrison is set up, which is very different from "classic" DAW's, since it has a very close resemblance of the actual hardware. I liked the part where the mastering on the mixbus was explained, the first time I think this was covered in a video. The fact that the entry product was used (with eight busses and 3 band eq) helps to show this is a real DAW and you can use it to do real productions. I learned a lot from it and Harrison Mixbus DAW will be used a lot more in the near future for my own productions.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Could you please add close captioning? It would be much more convenient if there is a closed captioning as in YouTube. Or better - open captioning. That way I can focus on the meaning easier. I can switch off the sound and watch on the video reading the text. Also if I can copy/paste the text it would be nice - can keep track and make my notes. Also watching videos is not very convenient.
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from wounderful platform for learning awsome tutorial
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great one! Thanks a lot Keep those Mixbus Tutorials coming. It's a great tool, very affordable and it keeps getting better. How about some expert tutorials on shortcuts, automation, hardware inserts for hybrid setups,...
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good overview of Harrison Mixbus features. This was helpful for me as I desire to learn !it's about the various DAW programs and the features they offer. I am ok with the occasional mistake, such as mistakenly calling the reverb an eq, or calling the h/p filter a "high cut". But there's an awful lot of incidents where the presenter is speaking over the demo audio. And I'll be honest, the gain staging portion is a low point. Not good.And Still, I'll go with four stars. It wanders into mixing where it should IMO have stuck to feature presentation though.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from although very anxious the quality of the narrators voice and also of the audio tracks is (sorry!!) poor. and I am tired to her at the end of every and almost each sentence the word "awesome".... Pleas don't think that I want to offend someone!! But being one of the first clients of th very well made groove 3 platform, I would expect a bit more quality for the fee I pay each year. I think that the narrators earn money with their work and so the quality of the instructors talking (and the used tracks - they sound like 128kb mp3) should be definitely better than all of these youtube blogs and series, which are free. Especially when presenting a DAW who's strength and power is the sound quality, needs well sounding tracks to show the benefit of using and buying the product. Sorry for my honest words but they should d help to keep the quality of groove 3.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction to a great DAW I recently purchased Mixbus 5 as an upgrade from v.4, which I had not really made much progress with, despite watching the Harrison tutorial videos available. The instructor of this course and the format it is presented in really allowed me to grasp the essentials of using this DAW, and it's handy having the files used in the video series to practise along with. Thank you very much!
Date published: 2018-12-30
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