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All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. Although I had spent a lot of time researching this unit and had heard quite a few negatives I decided to take a chance. Its compressor and EQ tools sound great and are comprehensive in terms of sonic variety. After trouble shooting for 3 hours I finally gave up Focusrite’s Liquid Mix was originally released in to wide acclaim. Rated 4 out of 5 by The Wrabbit from Great but not without flaws I’ve used this in just about every mix i’ve made since buying. See any errors on this page?

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Screen absence aside, there’s almost nothing to distinguish Liquid Mix 16 from the original Liquid Mix. Each of these processes models a specific compressor or EQ via the Dynamic Convolution technology, but rather than simply offering ‘copies’ of the original gear which would be great anywayLiquid Mix allows for ‘extended’ processing. This means that your CPU will barely register Liquid Mix’s work-rate, ensuring that low latency applications, such as use during tracking, are extremely effective.

In other words, if particular functions such as Attack and Release settings weren’t available on the original compression unit in question, Liquid Mix’s Free mode enables you to tweak these parameters anyway, effectively meaning that a classic pile of processors gets dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

The subject of this review is Liquid Mix 16 which at first glance looks extremely similar to the original Liquid Mix, save for that screen. The EQ’s on the other hand didn’t impress me very much. Cons If you will miss the screen, you’ll need to pay more for the standard model. The included external power supply can be utilized in the event that the computer has only a four-pin FireWire connector An optional DSP expansion card is available to increase the maximum channel count at higher sample rates.

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As standard, half of the processing power is gone. In much the same way that convolution reverb provides sampled algorithms of ‘real spaces’, so dynamic convolution ‘samples’ and models dynamics and EQ processors to provide a set of tools which can also be applied at will. Rated 5 out of 5 by okutowa from Really Nice Tone!

Option to expand to channels of processing. We’ve always been a fan of this on Liquid Mix as Focurite has taken it seriously. However, if the “FREE” button is active then the compressor emulation will have all possible available controls with full ranges accessible for use The users can build their own EQs using all of the available seven slots on a single Liquid Mix channel.

You can get fat and warm tones easy. Will you really miss the screen? Focusrite’s Liquid Mix was originally released in to wide acclaim. One of Liquid Mix’s most popular elements was its hardware control surface, which allowed tweaking of all important software parameters and even provided visual feedback of its own in the form of a front panel screen. The Liquid Mix 16 does not have a LCD display and because of this, plug-ins cannot be instantiated from the hardware.

This technology is Focusrite’s alone and, in Liquid Mix, 40 compressors and 20 EQs were modelled from specific classic mixing desks and outboard focussrite. Liquid mix is so nice! You can do exactly this, either by selecting a ‘global’ EQ across the board or by piecing together a hybrid EQ solution one band at a time. Its compressor and EQ tools sound great and are comprehensive in terms of sonic variety.

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In keeping with its name, Liquid Mix 16 is limited to a standard 16 channels of EQ and compression processing, although this is expandable to 24 via an optional expansion card.

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The Eq’s are slightly iffy however.

Emulation of high-end vintage and modern day sound processors. The main difference between the Liquid Mix 16 and the Liquid Mix is the number of channels each provides at various sample rates. Upon arriving I set it up and everything was installed properly, I opened the unit in logic and everything loaded except the actual emulations.

Be the first to review this item. Rated 4 out of 5 by The Wrabbit from Great but not without flaws I’ve used this in just about every mix i’ve made since buying. The same controls flank the unit, with the bottom row of dials mostly dedicated to control of the compression settings while Gain, Frequency and Q dials allow control of the EQ, along with the EQ Band Select button, which cycles through the bands.

Fire up an instance of Liquid Mix in your plug-in chain and you’re greeted with a GUI which allows you to choose EQ and compression settings for that channel.

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It works great and sounds great. All of this is achieved courtesy of the relationship between the plug-ins themselves and the hardware unit which controls them, which is where the processing is carried out.

Firstly, does the absence of a screen bother you and, secondly, can you live with only half of the processing power?

This process provides a true representation of the actual analog circuitry while still allowing for absolute repeatability, something often impossible to achieve in the analog domain.

The good news is focusrihe all 40 compression models and all 20 EQs remain from Liquid Mix.