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Focusrite Liquid Mix 16 Firewire Audio Processor  

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The Liquid Mix 16 FireWire Processor is the latest product in Focusrite's award-winning Liquid range, bringing the power of Liquid Mix to an even wider audience. Combining the same pool of classic EQ ... Read More

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Overview

The Liquid Mix 16 FireWire Processor is the latest product in Focusrite's award-winning Liquid range, bringing the power of Liquid Mix to an even wider audience. Combining the same pool of classic EQ and Compressor emulations with a killer control surface, Liquid Mix 16 brings the sound of the rare, the priceless, and the historically significant, within reach of even the most modest studio owner.

Each of the audio processor's sixteen mono channels provides Compressor and EQ emulations selectable from a huge pool of high-quality vintage and modern day classics. Forty Compressors and twenty EQs are available straight out of the box, with some additional emulations available for free online. As with the original Liquid Mix, a hybrid seven-band "super EQ," which you can build out of separate classic EQ sections, is available in every instance. Liquid Mix 16 also offers a "Free" mode for the compressor: original compressors with limited or absent controls suddenly become fully featured - yours to use as you choose. Each channel appears as a separate VST/AU/RTAS effect within the sequencer and will work within all major applications, including Pro Tools. The same optional expansion card is available for both Liquid Mix and Liquid Mix 16. With Liquid Mix 16, the card allows users to increase the number of available channels at 48kHz from 16 to 24 (sold separately).

Liquid Mix uses the same patented Dynamic Convolution process as Focusrite's other Liquid products. 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. All this processing is done using onboard DSP, so the processing has a relatively low effect on your computer's own CPU, (variable subject to the sequencer used). Liquid Mix 16s DSP is housed within an elegant desktop control solution and connects to the computer via Firewire, which also provides bus-powering. The physical metering, rotary controls and buttons from the original Liquid Mix are provided here. The hardware helps to provide a tactile ergonomic solution, placing the sounds of an array of classic processors at your fingertips. You can choose to control each channel either from the desktop control unit, or from within the sequencer or an alternative controller, using the same simple GUI from Liquid Mix, which functions exactly like a plug-in.

The Liquid range of products has won in excess of twenty awards to date, becoming a worldwide hit in the audio production world, from project studios to post production and broadcast facilities, not to mention the Live arena. Focusrite looks forward to bringing Liquid technology to a growing audience, providing the sound of vintage processing and the reliability of digital processing to studios the world over.

Features
  • Classic Emulations
  • 40 compressors and 20 EQs, sampled from vintage originals with a free expanding library online.
  • Dynamic Convolution process delivers unparalleled EQ and Compression emulations.
  • Hybrid Super EQ -
  • Create your own totally unique 7-band super EQ, built out of separate classic EQ bands.
  • Compressor 'Free' Mode -
  • Original compressors with limited or absent controls suddenly become fully featured - yours to use as you choose.
  • Hardware-powered Plug-ins
  • -16 instances of Liquid Mix run off the desktop hardware, reducing the impact on your CPU.*
  • Tactile Control Surface
  • -Just plug in, power-up, and dial in the perfect mix using hands-on tactile controls.
  • Full Plug-in Operation
  • - Each instance has a dedicated GUI Desktop Metering
  • - 12 LED meters on the hardware controller display i/o levels and gain reduction alongside their respective controls.
  • The optional expansion card, which is easy to install and fits neatly into the underside of the unit, allows Liquid Mix 16 users to increase the number of channels at 44.1/48kHz from 16 to 24 and the number of channels at 88.2/96kHz from 4 to 8.
Specifications
  • System Requirements:

    Windows
    Operating System:
    VST, RTAS
    Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Home, Professional, or Media Centre Edition) or Windows Vista (32bit only) - OS Version subject change
    Min version of ProTools required - 7.0 if planning to use the included FXpansion (earlier versions will require the full Fxpansion VST wrapper.)

    Computer:
    Windows XP compatible PC (Pentium 4 2GHz or higher recommended)
    400Mb/s IEEE1394/FireWire port (OHCI compliant recommended)
    DVD drive required for Installation

    CPU/Clock:
    1.4 GHz Intel or compatible
    2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or Xeon recommended

    Memory (RAM)
    256MB or more
    512MB or higher recommended


    Apple Mac
    Operating System
    AU, VST, RTAS
    Mac OS X Panther (10.3.9 or later) - OS Version subject change
    Min version of Logic required - Logic 7.1, but 7.2 highly recommended
    Min version of ProTools required - 7.0 if planning to use the included FXpansion (earlier versions will require the full Fxpansion VST wrapper.)

    Computer
    Apple Mac Power PC G4, G5 or Intel Mac (any)

    CPU/Clock
    G4/800 MHz (minimum)
    G4/1.5GHZ or higher recommended

    Memory (RAM)
    256MB or more
    512MB or higher recommended


    Sequencer compatibility: Liquid Mix 16 operates as VST, AU, or as a RTAS-wrapped VST within compatible hosts.

    Cubase 4 on Intel Macs does not support VST 2.3 plugins. If you want to use Liquid Mix 16 with Cubase 4 on an Intel Mac, you must install the Liquid Mix 2.4 VST plugins available separately on the Liquid Mix downloads page.

    Optional Expansion Card details: The card is suitable for those people interested in increasing the channel count. The channel count increases as follows:

    Channel Counts:
    44.1kHz/48kHz: 16 channels mono, (8 stereo) unexpanded. Expansion card provides 24 mono / 12 stereo
    88.2/96kHz: 4 channels mono, (2 stereo) unexpanded. Expansion card provides 8 mono / 4 stereo

    Weight:
    0.8kg
    1.76lbs

    Dimensions:
    220mm (W) x 28 - 45mm (H - front to rear) x 152mm (D)
    8.66" (W) x 1.1" - 1.77" (H - front to rear) x 5.98" (D)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All Focusrite products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Focusrite undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Focusrite product, please contact your local Focusrite distributor in your country of residence or business : Find your local distributor here and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Focusrite Reseller from which you purchased the product. If you purchase a Focusrite product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Focusrite Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Focusrite Distributor.

This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Focusrite Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact the Focusrite Tech Support team at the Focusrite Answerbase for general advice.


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5.0

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This box is awesome.

By Brad Bishop

from El Paso, TX

With that being said, it has a fair share of problems and quirks. The unit itself is well built and the knobs feel pretty nice, although they are incremental and not smooth. The problem here is that the software integrates so well into the host environment that I find myself rarely using the LM and relying instead on my pre-existing midi setup or mouse control. Now for the most important part, the emulations. It's been said numerous times and even backed up by Focusrite (read the known issues for LM 3.0) that the EQs don't behave properly under the 200Hz range, which is sad, because low cuts are so common. The compressors on the other hand sound pretty decent. I find myself using the SSL and Empirical Labs stuff a lot. It boils down to being a lot of decent stuff at a good price, not amazing stuff at a steal. I don't know exactly why I like it, it's not a game changer so to speak, but it is a great tool to have at a great price.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny!!

By ALTZ

from Hong Kong, China

This unit will make you crazy. Imagine you have all those vintage and modern compressors/EQs, once you try it, you can live with out it. I love the Distressor and 1176 emulations on it. They should bring my kick drum and snare into lives and sounds punchy and professional. If you want to have that professional sound without selling your house, it is the best choice. 16 channels matters? It depends on your usage. For myself, 16 channels is enough as i mainly use it for drums and vocal. It is best purchase ever for me! I have no regret at all! I sit down for my first run on it, i just try different emulations (some I know how it is sounded originally), it gives you surprise!

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