Getting Started (Overview)

Mixbus is an editor that works on a document format called a Session. A session is a folder on your hard drive that stores all of your recordings, edits, and mixer settings together. Unlike a word processor, Mixbus does not allow you to start an empty document and then “save” it later. Instead, when you first launch Mixbus, it will guide you through creating or selecting a session before you can start to record, import, edit or mix your project.

A session is a collection of tracks. Use the “Add Track/Bus” dialog which can be found in the Session and Track menus. You can also create tracks by right clicking in the gray track area under the track headers, or by right-clicking in empty mixer-window space, or by clicking the blue “+” button in the top of the mixer window’s left-side panel.

Alternatively, you can create new tracks by Importing existing audio from the Session-Import menu.

If you find yourself starting the same way for each session, you can create a session template which will be available as a starting point next time you start a new session. You’ll find the list of available templates when you create a new session. Click Session Templates to learn more.

You can save multiple snapshots of your settings inside that session. Snapshots conveniently save your entire editing/mixing session for later recall. Saving a snapshot is instantaneous and takes up essentially no extra disk space (snapshots all share the same audio data in the session folder). Click Snapshots to learn more.

If you make a mistake while recording or editing, you can click “Undo” to revert your changes. Only a few editing operations (such as adding or removing a track) cannot be undone. One of the cool features of Mixbus is the fact that your “Undo” history for each session snapshot is stored when you save the session; This means that you can return to a session after a few days, and still undo the last changes you made, if you decide that they weren’t a good idea.

When you are finished, you can Export your session to an audio file using the Session->Export menu item. The exported file can be shared online or burned to a CD.

Need Help?

Getting started with a new DAW can be a challenging task. While Mixbus shares conventions with many other popular DAWs, it can still be a little difficult at the beginning. Rest assured that it is worth your time and effort to learn Mixbus. For technical issues, bug reports, and feature requests, email support is available from Harrison Consoles:

If you’d like to interact with other users of Mixbus, you can visit our forum:

“Once you have reached the level of a Harrison Console, you are ready for new flights of engineering imagination. Unlimited. Unhaltered. Uninhibited by the bounds of technical obstructions. YOU BECOME THE STUDIO. You are the living extension of the electronic link between the perfect sound and the perfect master. You are the ultimate conductor in the universe of recorded music” – Harrison 4032 brochure, circa 1975


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