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Every facet of the MPC series has been refined and incorporated into the newest, most feature-complete film console available, the MPC4-D.  7 Dual-concentric knobs per channel, rich displays, long-life switches, premium faders, and lavish center-section facilities make the MPC4-D stand head and shoulders above the competition.  The MPC4-D uses a new extruded aluminum frame with TFT waveform displays over every channel.  The surface is highly configurable, with an unlimited frame width to accomodate an unlimited number of faders. The massive DSP power available on the MPC4-D is provided via Harrison's revolutionary Xrange DSP system. Many hundreds of channels are available along with Harrison's industry standard Film Monitoring system and multi-operator IKIS Automation platform. The total MPC4-D package provides limitless mixing potential for demanding users.

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"If you're not mixing on a Harrison, you're working too hard!" -Kevin O'Connell, 17-time Oscar Nominee for Sound Mixing, Sony Pictures.  To see what other mixers are saying about the MPC, please click here: (PDF) 

Some of the facilities using an MPC include: Sony Pictures (Hollywood), Universal Studios (Hollywood), ARRI (Germany), MMZ (Germany), CinePostproduction Bavaria (Germany), MosFilm (Russia), Twickenham Studios (UK), Deluxe Sound|Picture (Canada), Ardmore Film Studios (Ireland), Ramoji Film City (India), Shree Balaji (India)and China Film Group.  MPCs are installed at film schools worldwide including Full Sail (USA) and FFS (Germany).  Working on an MPC4 puts you in this elite group.

MPC - The Motion Picture Console Created by Film Mixers for Film Mixers

Available Features in the MPC4-D Include:

  • 64-bit processing using Xrange DSP.  Each channel has 2 inputs, 8 bands of EQ, Gate, Compressor, and 2 patches. (click here to learn more)
  • 16-wide panning to 64 main busses and 16 auxes (typical, depending on configuration).
  • Complete signal processing: EQ, Dynamics, Routing and Panning available with NO allocation.
  • Xrange DSP plugins including "forensic" dialog cleanup, de-noising, de-essing, phone simulation and LFE enhancement. (click here to learn more)
  • Look-ahead Bus Limiters on every main bus.
  • Time-aligned throughput, even with multi-router, multi-engine systems.  Channel processing elements do not affect latency.
  • Comprehensive monitoring system including bus summing, Pec Direct switching, and speaker management.
  • Up to 8 Pec/Direct panels per console.  Full multi-operator functionality.
  • Harrison "In-Console" PreView™ waveforms with History. No DAW required.  A Harrison exclusive (patent applied for) (click here to learn more)
  • Motorized, Touch-Sensitive Joysticks for surround panning - another Harrison patent.
  • Only the highest quality components are used in the MPC4-D.  Built to ensure reliability and quality for many years.
  • Multi-operator configurations using IKIS automation system (click here to learn more)
  • Multiple control screens including satellite Machine Room Control.
  • Xrouter signal router, affording nearly limitless I/O and inter-process routing.
  • Efficient, traditional design means less keystrokes for critical functions, this provides more time for creativity.
  • Xdubber stem recorder, connects directly to console for 32-bit predub recording (click here to learn more)
  • Comprehensive AES (with SRC) and Analog I/O, plus MADI, ADAT and TDIF I/O.
  • Layering and profiling of channels into any configuration on the surface, including a mix of DSP and workstation channels, from 16 to 160 faders or more.
  • DAW control via IKIS Direct - Use the console faders to control dozens of DAWs simultaneously. (click here to learn more)
  • "Future Proofed" design allows your MPC to be upgraded to any future technology.
The faders of the MPC4-D are Penny & Giles faders of the highest quality.  The touch circuit has been refined to provide the best feeling fader automation in the world.  We guarantee that you will be impressed with this no-compromise mix surface.  A full complement of automation buttons is provided next to EVERY fader so the user can dance among automation modes while mixing.
Channel Functions
The Channel strip of the MPC4-D has been refined over 2 decades by numerous professional users.  The goal of the MPC4-D is to provide the ONLY no-compromise film mixing surface.  This is why 14-Oscar nominated Kevin O'Connell calls the MPC the "best mixing surface on the planet" (Mix magazine).  In order to achieve this distinction it is important that the surface have plenty of knobs in immediate reach of the user.  The MPC4-D has 7 dual-concentric encoders for a total of 14 encoders over each fader.  This "knob per function" design does not require paging of the knobs to mix.  The MPC series has always provided an analog-like mixing experience, with all the benefits of digital technology.
Master Section
The master section of the MPC is specifically designed for the needs of film mixers.  Each user of the console has their own master section, which consists of remote (VCA-style) faders, Pec/Direct toggles, buss assignment buttons, and a monitor control section.  Each user also has a master automation panel which globally sets and clears the automation modes for the faders and knobs.  Each panel may be located in any of several locations, as defined by the mixer.  And blank panels are provided to allow integration of motion control, lighting, or other systems into the console surface.  This level of customizability is a Harrison hallmark.
Input -  Dual concentric knobs control input trim and delay, while the buttons control such functions as phase, patch inserts and automation controls for the input section.  2 patch insert/returns are provided for each channel.  Each input channel has A and B inputs, which can be switched between or summed together.

Dynamics - This section allows control of the gate and compressor.  The knob defaults to the most common controls, and can be switched to control any gate or compressor function within a single button press.

Using Harrison's Xrange DSP, the compressor has a flexible sidechain input and its own EQ section.

Aux / EQ - The auxes and EQ share these 4 dual-concentric knobs.  in EQ mode, you can access 4 bands simultaneously.  In Aux mode, you can access 8 mono aux sends simultaneously.  The user can quickly access the remaining 4 bands of EQ, or the remaining aux sends.

Each Aux send may be pre- or post-fader.  Pre-fader auxes can be "picked off" at any point in the signal flow on a per-channel basis.  Signal flow can be changed on a per-channel basis so any combination of EQ, dynamics, filters, fader, and patch points can be accomodated as needed.

ALL parameters of the MPC are individually automated ... even the Q on each of 8 bands, can be individually automated.  Yes, this amounts to more than 20,000 parameters on a large console... but don't worry, the IKIS automation engine is up to the task.  Everything is handled elegantly.

Pan - The dual-concentric knob controls front/back and left/right panning, or can be switched to divergence and LFE send when access to these lesser-used controls is needed.  It is also possible to "attention" the motorized joysticks to control front/back and left/right panning on any channel.
Parameter display - This 40-character display provides feedback on the current control being modified.

Fader - The main purpose of a console is to mix on the faders... so it is important to find a console with the absolute best fader operation possible.  Harrison's years of experience allow us to provide a fader experience unlike any other on the market.  The MPC's faders are of the highest quality from Penny & Giles, and they incorporate Harrison's famous touch circuit - known by many to provide the best-feeling fader automation in the world.  A 4-segment meter next to the fader shows the audio level coming into the channel.

 The MPC has a full complement of fader automation switches on every channel.  This gives the user immediate access to write, read or any of several other automation modes.  Holding the button for a few seconds applies the new mode to all of the user's faders (one of the benefits of a multi-user console is that this global mode switching will not affect the other users of the console!)

Using IKISDirect, it is possible to control workstation mixer from the MPC surface.  The dedicated Layer/Profiling buttons makes it possible to put DAW and DSP channels side-by-side on the surface.

Universal Studios' Dub Room 4 (a.k.a. Alfred Hitchcock Theater) is shown here.  This console has 384 processing channels, each with 2 inputs, 8 bands of EQ, full dynamics along with 64 bus limiters and 2 Digital Tools cards and extensive routing options. The console is over 30' long and has more faders than any single console in the world.  In 2005, Universal's MPC3-D consoles were upgraded with TFT screens, making them equivalent to the current MPC4-D model.  This "future proofing" policy is what makes an investment in a Harrison console so appealing to the most prestigious facilities in the world.  Harrison not only means "good mixing", it means "good investment".  For a complete list of Harrison film facilities, please contact Harrison directly.

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