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Focusrite Liquid Mix Multi-Channel FireWire Mix Processor  

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Each of Liquid Mix's 32 channels provides Focusrite-quality EQ and compressor emulations selected from a huge pool of high-quality vintage and modern day classics. 20 EQs and 40 Compressors are availa... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Each of Liquid Mix's 32 channels provides Focusrite-quality EQ and compressor emulations selected from a huge pool of high-quality vintage and modern day classics. 20 EQs and 40 Compressors 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 all 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.

Every Liquid Mix channel uses dynamic convolution to provide 20 EQs and 40 compressors, with a free expanding library online.

Onboard DSP
32 Channels of Liquid Mix Compression and 32 EQs run off Liquid Mix'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.

Liquid Mix 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 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.

LIQUID MIX VERSION 2 AVAILABLE NOW!
Brand-new version 2.0 software for your Liquid Mix is available as a free download from the Focusrite website. The software provides some extremely useful improvements and several solutions to popular requests from Liquid Mix users, including enhanced interaction between software and hardware, as well as expanded latency options.

Features
  • Use any compressor or EQ in history
  • Dynamic convolution on each channel
  • 20 EQs
  • 40 compressors
  • Free library online for more processing
  • Onboard DSP handles processing
  • Run 32 channels of compression and EQs simultaneously
  • Software and hardware control of EQ and compression
  • Customizable 7-band EQ section
  • Large format LED bar-graphs
Specifications
    • VST/RTAS compatible host
    • 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)
    • 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
    • AU, VST, RTAS compatible host
    • 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
    • Firewire chipsets from TI (Texas Instruments), VIA, and NEC are recommended
    • It is highly recommended that Liquid Mix be run on its own Firewire bus/card
    • In order to use Liquid Mix with a 4-pin IEEE1394 port you will need a 4-pin to 6-pin cable (not included) and must use the PSU (included)
    • AMD processors have unique compatibility requirements. Focusrite has determined it is definitely possible to run Liquid Mix on AMD processor-based PC computers. However some problems have been documented with AMD Dual Core 64-bit machines involving conflicts between a number of connected devices. For example, if you try to run a FireWire sound card and Liquid Mix on the same bus, you may experience CPU spiking, crashes, or poor performance of the FireWire devices themselves. Tests have revealed these problems can be avoided by running Liquid Mix on a separate PCI FireWire card. That is, it should have its own PCI or PCIe card which isn't shared by any other FireWire devices.
    • Latency: Due to the round trip transmission which is required on the firewire bus, a delay equal to 2 x the audio buffer size + 8 samples is incurred. This sample delay results in different amounts of time delay depending upon sampling frequency. With a DAW buffer size of 1024 samples (ie, Liquid Mix latency of 2056 samples), the Liquid Mix latency is as follows:
    • 47 ms @ 44.1kHz
    • 43 ms @ 48kHz
    • 23 ms @ 88.2kHz
    • 21 ms @ 96kHz
    • 11 ms @ 192kHz
    • With a DAW buffer size of 256 samples (ie, Liquid Mix latency of 520 samples), the Liquid Mix latency is as follows:
    • 12 ms @ 44.1kHz
    • 11 ms @ 48kHz
    • 6 ms @ 88.2kHz
    • 5 ms @ 96kHz
    • 3 ms @ 192kHz
    • The card is suitable for those people interested in operating at sample rates of 88.2 or higher. The channel count increases as follows:
    • Channel counts:
    • 44.1kHz/48kHz: 32 channels mono, (16 stereo) unexpanded. No change with expansion card
    • 88.2/96kHz: 8 channels mono, (4 stereo) unexpanded. Expansion card provides 16 mono/8 stereo
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

Just Amazing

By Mitchell

from Chicago, IL

I have a real 1176 and Now with the liquid mix I have 32 channels(mono) of a great unit. Gives my mixes that professional polished sound without having to use my outboard gear. The API 550a/b EQ's just rock. The Manley Slam Compressor is slammin! I don't like the way they name the models in the pluggin because it doesn't go be the real name, the give you a list and tell you which ones are which, and once I found the ones I really like I didn't forget the name. Over 40 Compressors and over 20 Eqs on 32 channels, I don't think there is anything like this anywhere. I have UAD cards and I like them, but not as much as my liquid mix. The controller is awesome to and makes things faster.

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