MESSE06: Focusrite Announce Liquid Mix

US A revolutionary liquid multi-channel firewire mix processor      29/03/06

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MESSE06: Focusrite Announce Liquid Mix

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Well. Here we go – Wednesday morning, the show is under way and this is first on our list because we think it’s going to be one of the highlights of the show – watch out for a vid as soon as we can get one… Following in the footsteps of their popular Liquid Channel, Focusrite have launched Liquid Mix, a Firewire-connected mix processor with onboard DSP that hosts 32 classic EQs and 32 vintage compressors simultaneously in the mix – an impossible task to achieve with your computer’s CPU alone.
Each of Liquid Mix’s 32 channels provides Compressor and EQ emulations selected from a huge pool of high-quality vintage and modern day classics. 40 Compressors and 20 EQs are available straight out of the box, with an expanding library online. Furthermore, a totally unique hybrid 7-band ‘super EQ’ can be built out of separate classic EQ sections in every one of the 32 channels. Each channel appears as a separate VST/AU/RTAS effect within the sequencer and will work within all major applications, including Pro Tools.
Liquid Mix uses the same patented Dynamic Convolution process as Focusrite’s Liquid Channel. Unlike standard convolution techniques, Dynamic Convolution utilizes vast processing power to sample the effect of a classic processor on a series of audio pulses, at many different gain settings and frequencies. In Liquid Mix, all this processing is done using onboard DSP, so the processing has almost no effect on your computer’s own CPU.
Liquid Mix’s DSP is housed within an elegant desktop control solution and connects to the computer via Firewire, which also provides bus-powering. The physical metering, screen, rotary controls and buttons on the hardware help to provide a tactile ergonomic solution, placing the sounds of an array of high quality vintage processors at your fingertips. You can choose to control each channel either from the desktop control unit, or from within the sequencer, using a simple GUI that functions exactly like a plug-in.

That Simple Graphical User Interface
An optional expansion card is available for Liquid Mix, allowing users to increase the number of available channels at higher sample rates (sold separately). The card is quick and easy to install and fits neatly into the underside of the unit.
A Focusrite spokesperson told us this about Liquid Mix, “The original Liquid Channel won a plethora of awards, and has been a worldwide hit in the audio production world, from project studios to post production and broadcast facilities, not to mention the Live arena. Liquid Mix complements the original, delivering dynamic convolution for use in the mix. Since The Liquid Channel’s vast, elaborate and expensive analogue mic pre section is not required at mix down, Focusrite has been able to bring Liquid Technology to the masses at a much more accessible price.�
Liquid Mix Highlights
  • One of a kind – any Compressor and EQ in history
    Every Liquid Mix channel uses dynamic convolution to provide 40 compressors and 20 EQs, with a free expanding library online.
  • Onboard DSP
    32 Channels of Liquid Mix Compression and 32 EQs run off the desktop hardware’s own DSP – many more than are possible with CPU alone
  • Software and Hardware control
    EQ and Compression can be applied via a hands-on control surface, or within your DAW application via a simple GUI.
  • Hybrid Super EQ creation
    Unique 7-band super EQs can be created, constructed from separate classic EQ sections of your choosing
  • Desktop Metering
    Large format LED bar-graphs mean ergonomic display of levels and processor impact.
  • Optional Expansion Card
    An optional DSP expansion card is available to increase the maximum channel count at higher sample rates. Price and availability
    The Mac version of Liquid Mix is targeted to ship in the second quarter of 2006. The PC version is expected to follow later in 2006. The unit is expected to retail for £499 inc. VAT in the UK. US Price TBA
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