The following image will help you understand a few conventions used in the online version of the Mixbus manual. A PDF version has been made available for download via a link in the lower left corner of the page. Don’t forget to use the “Feedback” feature near the bottom of each page. (Feedback is intended for manual specific items only. If you need tech support or would like to make a feature request please email us or visit our user forum.)


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Bjørn wrote: Nov 21, 2016

Maybe you can make a ePub file of the manual? It would also be great if the manual/text could be downloaded as one file. (Ihave the same problems with reading the PDF file as Martin.)

mixbus wrote: Aug 31, 2016

Hi Martin,

Unfortunately the formatting options provided by this vendor is limited and I am unable to change the options you spoke of.


Martin Zuther wrote: Aug 31, 2016

Please consider enlarging the main font size by at least 50%. Even on a large screen, the PDF is on the edge of readability. When you try it on an smaller screen (like my hardware e-book reader), it is completely unreadable.

Another (and in my opinion better) option would be to make the PDF available in DIN A5. This has two advantages: first of all, the font size will automatically be enlarged. But even more important, the readability will radically increase.

A book on typography I once read claimed that the average reader can read some 40 characters a line (including spaces!), a good reader 50 characters and a professional reader (used to reading scientific papers) up to 65 characters. If the lines get any longer, the reader's eyes will often skip to the previous or next line and reading gets much harder. The current PDF has some 100 to 110 characters per line and is pretty hard to read even for me, although I am rather in the "professional" class. I think you should format for the average reader because that is most likely your target audience.

If you want see the difference for yourself, have a look at the documentation of my open-sourced plug-in:

Thanks for supporting open-sourced software, making a great sounding DAW and for reading this!


Alexander wrote: Jul 3, 2016

I consider Mixbus (3.X and 32C) an evolving system and therefore the manual should be evolving likewise. I have owned Mixbus since January 2016 and I reread the manual whenever I have a few minutes to spare. I am always learning new things about Mixbus from reading the manual. Thanks to all the good people at Harrison!

Bambang Herry wrote: Jan 16, 2016

terima kasih harrison akhirnya saya menemukan software yang saya butuhkan dan saya inginkan, konsep DAW dengan pendekatan analog....berbasis komputer namun tetap mengedepankan analog feel....saya telah lama mengenal mixer analog harrisan sejak tahun1981 dan saya sangat suka karakternya....sekarang di era digital saya kembelai bertemu dengan harrison dalam format digital mixer dan telah berada dalam komputer saya menemani saya dalam bekerja di wilayah musical sebagai DAW utama saya....terima kasih harrison....(Bambang Heri - Indonesia)

Mike wrote: Jul 20, 2015

Hi Wayne and thanks for your feedback. The PDF version is "auto compiled" and I have limited control over how it will be formated. Some areas could be edited and improved for the PDF but then any updates made to the "live" version of the manual runs the risk of upsetting those changes. Updates to the manual will come often so it turns into a wild goose chase with no end sight.

Wayne Duke wrote: Jul 19, 2015

You are the second vendor who has switched to online documentation. I don't like it. Why? Because sometimes I want to study the manual offline. Some studios do not keep their systems connected to the Internet for security reasons. Also, the pages are optimized for viewing on a web page. Multi-page tables, in the pdf version, lose header information on subsequent pages. I do not object to an online manual. But, your offline PDF manual should not be given short shrift because you have an online version. How much effort will it really take to just go through and make sure the PDF is as useable as the web version? Examples: p49-50 Audio Connections Manager and graphic separated. pp 71-72, try to interpret the columns and data without having to refer back to page 70 repeatedly. It is like the PDF document was an afterthought rather than a primary source of documentation.