Harrison is perhaps best known for some of iconic mixing consoles they have produced since their inception in 1975 More recently they adopted Linux as the underlying technology for all of their products. They have also collaborated with open-source developers on their Xdubber and Harrison Mixbus products which are based on the Ardour open-source workstation. Harrison has now released AAX, AU and VST versions of their AVA De-Esser and their Mastering EQ.
AVA Mastering EQ
Everyone needs a mastering EQ. As the final step of the production chain, the mastering EQ provides a chance to tweak the tone of the mix after you’ve established a relative balance for the individual instruments. The AVA Mastering EQ features a revolutionary filter shape that is explicitly designed for mastering your tracks. Unlike a conventional EQ, when adjacent bands of the AVA Mastering EQ are adjusted, the response is "flat" between the band edges. This preserves the relative harmonic balance of the instruments in your mix while adjusting the overall tonality. The AVA Mastering EQ is optimised for small, wide-bandwidth adjustments.
Controlling the AVA Mastering EQ is easy and intuitive: just click and drag your mouse to draw the EQ shape that you need.
- 31 control bands, high pass filter, low pass filter, adjustable filter order, level trim, and momentary bypass controls.
- IInnovative DSP curve-match allows a "flat top" across adjacent band boost/cuts, and preserves the harmonic balance between instruments.
- Ultra-fidelity equalizer is based on Harrison's XTools: plugins developed for our renowned digital consoles.
The AVA De-Esser is the latest implementation of Harrison’s De-Esser algorithm, used in ultra-high-end post & film facilities worldwide.
Harrison claim that their reputation for “True Analog In-The-Box” sound is due to their 'unique development heritage', where they first created an analog console processor and then converted the processor to digital while retaining the sound and character of the original analog system.
The AVA De-Esser implements Harrison’s 4th-generation de-Esser algorithm: tuned by users to detect and eliminate harsh sibilance in real-time.
- Intelligent algorithm operates on harsh sibilance while ignoring other fricatives.
- Band Solos and Auto-Solo feature help the user dial-in the sibilant frequency range.
- Capable of up to 12dB reduction in sibilance.
- Adjustable threshold & depth allow fine control over the processor’s onset and strength.
- Fast and easy-to-use interface with 6 control dimensions accessible in the main graph.
- Zero-latency processing, suitable for “live” use.
- Gain-reduction meter appears on ProTools mixer strip. ( AAX format only )
Both are available as a demo, though be aware that both periodically become unresponsive in Demo mode.
To download a demo or purchase a full licence visit the Harrison Consoles Website