High Wycombe, U.K. (March 29, 2006)–Focusrite has released its Liquid Mix, a multichannel FireWire mix processor. Each of Liquid Mix’s 32 channels provides compressor and EQ emulations selected from a huge pool of vintage and modern-day classics. Forty compressors and 20 EQs are available straight out of the box, with an expanding library online.
Focusrite’s Liquid Mix controllerFurthermore, a 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. 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 a 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 vintage processors at the user’s fingertips. The Liquid Mix GUIOne 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.
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.