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Harrison Mixbus Explained®

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    Introduction to Harrison Mixbus

    Gary welcomes you and describes what will be covered in the video series.

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    Setting Up Your First Project

    This video takes you through the steps of creating your first Mixbus session.

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    Importing Audio Into a Project

    Gary shows you how to add tracks and import audio files into a Mixbus project.

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    Import Audio from Pro Tools

    If you're a Pro Tools user, you're in luck, as Mixbus has a super handy Pro Tools Session Import feature. This video shows you how to use it!

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    Exploring the Transport Controls

    This video explains and explores the transport controls found in Mixbus.

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    Creating Location Markers

    Now take a look at how to create Location Markers to easily navigate your song.

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    Taking a Look at the Mixer Window

    Learn all about the Mixer Window found in Mixbus and Mixbus 32C.

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    Gain Staging & Metering

    Before going into a mix it's good practice to properly gain stage your track. This video shows you how to do this with Mixbus's awesome metering tools.

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    Recording Audio into Mixbus

    In this video, we show you how to record audio to a Mixbus audio track.

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    Managing Your Tracks in the Region List

    See how to manage and move your tracks around in the Region List Editor in Mixbus.

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    Using the Audio Editing Tools in Mixbus

    This video goes over the Mixbus audio editing tools available to edit your audio regions and tracks.

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    Setting Up and Recording MIDI

    Watch how to setup your MIDI device and instruments and record them to a MIDI track. We'll also explore the Mixbus inline MIDI editor.

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    Creating Groups for Your Tracks

    Here we show you how to group tracks together using Mixbus's grouping functionality.

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    Setting up the Mixbuses

    Discover the key feature in Mixbus; creating Mixbuses, or submixes of your tracks.

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    Foldback Buses to Use as Headphones Mixes

    If you need to send different mixes to your performers you can use Foldback buses for this. Watch how to set these up in this video!

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    Using the Different Compression Modes

    Explore the different console compression modes available on the tracks and how to use them.

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    Using the Console EQs

    This video shows you how to use the console-style EQs in Mixbus and Mixbus 32C.

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    Setting Up Send Effects

    See how to use your Mixbuses as Send Effects!

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    Using 3rd Party Plug-Ins

    In this video, we show you how to enable 3rd party plug-in support and how to search and use these in the Mixbus Plug-in Manager.

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    Using Parallel Compression

    Here we show you how to setup and use Parallel Effect processing, such as Parallel Compression in Mixbus.

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    Using Sidechain Compression

    This video shows you how to setup and use side chain Compression on your tracks.

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    Setting Up VCA Faders

    See how to create VCA Fader Tracks, and how to assign tracks to these VCA faders in Mixbus.

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    Using Automation

    This video goes through how to use and edit the Automation modes available.

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    How the Master Bus Works

    Here we show you the Master Track, and how you use this to add master bus processing and finalize your audio.

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    Moving Projects from Mixbus to Mixbus 32C

    Watch how you can move your Mixbus project across to its bigger brother, Mixbus 32C.

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    Using the Expanded Buses in Mixbus 32C

    In this video, we take a look at the extra Mixbuses you have available in Mixbus 32C, and creative ways you can use them when mixing.

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    Exporting Your Song

    Finally we show you how to export out your finished song!

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    The Recorded Window

    In this video, Gary walks through the recorded window and how to use it.

Product Overview


Gary Hiebner brings you detailed Harrison Mixbus 6 video tutorials! Learn all of Mixbus and 32c's features and functions, and see them in action as Gary mixes a great cover of "Dancing In The Street", which you also get the .wav files for, so you can follow along and mix on your system. These videos are for new Harrison Mixbus v6 and 32c users.

Gary welcomes you and goes over what will be covered in the videos, and then gets started by showing you how to set up your first Mixbus project, including how to import your audio. He also demonstrates how to utilize the Import Pro Tools Session feature if you happen to be a Pro Tools user.

Throughout the videos, Gary covers every feature and function such as the Transport Controls, Location Markers, the Mixer Window, Gain Staging & Metering, recording audio, managing your tracks via the Region List, setting up and recording MIDI and editing it, creating groups, headphone mixes, using the different compression modes, EQs, effects, 3rd party plug-ins, VCA faders, automation, specific 32c features, exporting your song, and much, much more.

To see what these in-depth Harrison Mixbus tutorials show you, and how they'll allow get you up and running and mix your first song fast, see the individual Harrison Mixbus video tutorial descriptions on this page. Use the included wav files to supercharge your first Harrison Mixbus mixing project and learn everything you need to know about Mixbus... Watch "Harrison Mixbus Explained®" today.

Dancing In The Street
Words and Music by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter and William Stevenson
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Harrison Mixbus Explained® is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 22 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome easy video tutorial I decided to add MixBus to my traditional studio setup. I am a longtime user of Motu Digital Performer. The Harrison MixBus intrigued me somewhat. However the workflow is considerably different in so many ways. I stumbled upon the Groove3 tutorials on a Facebook ad, and since the price point was awesome, I took a gamble and purchased it. I won that gamble. Right from the start, this series was super helpful in the simplicity of loading a project. It saved me hours of hit and miss attempting to learn this software. The video's are easy to follow and are clear and concise. So much so that even an entry level engineer/producer can learn quickly. These handy video's have already saved me a ton of time and I'm only at the 1/2 way point in the series. I 100% recommend this series for beginners or pros alike who are wanting to learn the workings of Harrison MixBus.
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from If You Are New To Mixbus You Need This Video! I just purchased Mixbus 7 32C and decided to invest in this video. This video tutorial functions like a video manual. I had Mixbus 7 open as I went through the videos and everything the presenter did I was able to follow along and immediately applied it to my use of the software. Everything was clearly articulated and demonstrated. After finishing this video tutorial I have a clear understanding of how to use Mixbus 32C and how it best fits in my workflow. This won't be my main creative DAW but this will be where I do the final mixes before exporting to my mastering engineer. The sound that I am able to get from this DAW after watching these videos have me very pleased and excited about the music I am about to release!
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredible tutorial This is the bones on way to learn the in's and out's of Mixbus. Enjoy creating.
Date published: 2021-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Like 3 one hour lessons from a Mixbus instructor. I recently decided that Reaper, while excellent for music production, can be fiddly when songwriting and building demos. So my use case is different from many reviewers who are continuing to use their current DAW but switch to Mixbus for the final mix. I did this course one hour each night and it was a big help towards my goal which is using Mixbus to lay down demo tracks for songwriting. The course author and presenter, Gary, is very clear (some South Africans are not - I used to work with a South African company). I did one hour a night and spent another hour trying out features he explained. If you are switching to Mixbus for any reason this course will save you time. Mixbus has videos on YouTube that cover very narrow advanced topics in detail but you need this course first to get up to speed.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Straight Forward You'd be hard-pressed to find a tutorial on this 'Console' on Youtube that's up-to-date and this comprehensive.
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great, informative videos Very good tool for digging deeper into Mixbus 6, with great explanations of new features. The videos are laid out in a form that lets you look for answers to specific issues, whilst you are working. So much better than a pdf or printed manual.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent An excellent suite of videos, all the main topics covered in easily digested bite sized chunks.
Date published: 2020-11-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Build Your Confident Amazing course! After taken this course, the way I see Mixbus has changed and it really help me to see how Mixbus has to be. Now I feel more comfortable with Mixbus. Btw I am using Mixbus 32C and somehow I feel that there is a need of more walk-thru explanation about Mixbus 32C EQ. It would be great if there is an add-on session for Mixbus 32C EQ session in future, just my opinion.
Date published: 2020-09-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from It explains everything of Mixbus 6 and Mixbus 32c v6 When I reached the last video, I ended up understanding a relatively simple DAW. It covers everything and the tutor is pleasant to hear.
Date published: 2020-09-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Learn everything from scratch, perfects! Thanks!!! Learn everything from scratch, all the chapters are clear and helpful. Perfect way to begin in Mixbus!
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Series! The instructor was very knowledgeable, and was able to teach in a way that's so easy to understand.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Decent overview of the DAW and it’s features. I’d love to see more of an emphasis on setting up preferences and file management, as well as hot keys and customization. That said, it’s a good overview.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Vocal not clear Trouble hearing: The speaker (accent) is difficult to work with.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Long winded and boring. After watching these videos, they are not worth paying for. Maybe give them away to very beginners. But watching a full 7 minutes of adding markers,.... Come on. Just do one, show the short cuts. And other tips for markers. That video could have been 30 sec and I would have learnt as much as the full 7 min version.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Decent Intro to Harrison Mixbux It's a decent intro to Harrison Mixbus. That said, I question his procedure for gain staging.
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good overall introduction to Mixbus I didn't watch this entirely since I'm a longtime Mixbus/32c user. I think this series is great value for someone jumping on Mixbus from PT, Cubase or Logic because there IS a learning curve. And I did find some interesting things or shortcuts that weren't on my radar. However, there's a few things that bothered me: - Gainstaging: Mixbus has this wonderful and customizable meterbridge, I don't understand why the author doesn't at least demonstrate it. It's perfect for gainstaging all your tracks across the board in a matter of minutes. Plus: Gainstaging a kick by dropping down the fader to where it has very low resolution and boosting the input trim almost by the same amount to compensate makes no sense to me - Polarity optimization: This is one of the absolute standout features of Mixbus and I would happily for that alone as a single plugin. So powerful and easy to use, why doesn't it get mentioned? (correct me if it does and I missed the part) - 32c EQ: Tamas IS right. Don't know what exactly Harrison said, but Ben and Nik certainly know their stuff. I remember them saying that the numbers shown in the scribblestrip when turning the EQ should not be taken too seriously. In fact, before v6 they did not show any frequencies at all, just values. Anyway, the low band definitely does NOT go up to 8kHz. This can easily be proven by just using one's ears. When in peak mode, it does show 40Hz and 600Hz as limits in the scribble, exactly as "printed". In shelf mode, frequencies shown are shifted higher to about 200Hz and 2kHz - I guess because more of the spectrum is affected, I don't know, maybe it's just a bug, but it doesn't matter. Interestingly, the frequencies shown are different in the video, so I guess it's another build than I use. But whatever value is shown does not affect the EQ itself. And again, just listen to the low band, it does NOT go up to 8kHz.
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Well, I have hope for more... I still have to Consul the manual. Lots of ?? Still!
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very concise. Been a Mixbus32C user for a few years. Always look to learn something new. These vids showed me a couple things I've missed.
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course to Gain Familiarity with Harrison Mixbus 6 As a recent purchaser of Harrison Mixbus 6, my first purchase of this DAW, I began searching for a good education course. Initially I was unable to find a true course on this DAW and then during a recent search in the Groove3 library I found this new addition by Gary Hiebner. I was familiar with other courses by Gary and new immediately this would be a great course, and it is just that! All new owners/users of Mixbus 6 needs to view this course. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent video series!! I am so stoked by this video series, I'm only halfway through it and I know far more about the "Harrison Mixbus 6 32C", than I was ever to figure out on my own. I purchased this series because I knew that trying to figure it out on my own would be daunting, but this video series is the very best hand-holding I have ever experienced and I know that by the end of the series, I will be an experienced expert with this software title, fantastic offering, especially for someone moving into using a brand new system and this Harrison system is powerful on steroids!!
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and very useful tutorial as always. I love Harrison Mixbus for mixing and I always enjoy Gary's tutorials. Just one comment. Something weird seems to be going on when Gary is demonstrating the EQ section of the 32C. The bands are in fact in order from low to high, with the low band ranging from 40 Hz to 600 Hz and the low-mid from 200 Hz to 3.1kHz. And they can be boosted or attenuated by 15 db. Otherwise great work, thank you very much.
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very clear I am waiting to learn how to use Mixbus in my Ableton projects
Date published: 2020-06-27
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