Focusrite Liquid ChannelItem ID: LiquidChannel
Professional Channel Strip with Advanced Convolution of Classic Microphone Preamplifiers and Vintage Compressors
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40 Classic Mic Pres and 40 Vintage Compressors!The Focusrite Liquid Channel is a revolutionary professional channel strip that can precisely replicate virtually any classic mic-pre and compressor ever made! Combining radical new analog pre-amp technology with special Dynamic Convolution techniques, the Liquid Channel fuses cutting-edge analog design with lightning fast SHARC DSP. Augmented by fully digital controls and optional remote software, The Liquid Channel provides the ultimate fluid vintage collection.
Focusrite Liquid Channel at a Glance:
Liquid technology for accurate sound replication
Rather than creating a similar sound to vintage units, as with modelling devices, The Liquid Channel precisely replicates their sonic behavior. This is achieved through Dynamic Convolution - the application of a unique, level-dependant set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for accurate replication.
Mic-pre replication can't be achieved with software alone. Hardware is required in addition to account for the physical interaction with the microphone. As a result, Focusrite invested vast amounts of time and energy into designing and building the ultimate 'liquid' preamplifier, able to match the input impedance and signal path (transformer or electronic) of the device being replicated.
Not all vintage units are born equal
Second order harmonic distortion is a beneficial artifact of analog circuits (especially tube and transformer-coupled designs) providing the much-loved "warmth." However, often two units of the same type will vary in the amount of second order distortion produced, so an additional control for modifying this vintage property is provided. This allows for precise matching of the Liquid Channel to your own beloved mic-pre.
The best of both worlds - analog and digital
The Liquid Channel combines a highly complex, massively flexible analog front-end with Dynamic Convolution processing, which utilizes lightning-fast SHARC chips and runs at sample rates of up to 192kHz. The front panel controls are digital, with tactile rotary encoders; all parameters can be stored in one of 99 program memories. At the press of button, you can reload all mic-pre, compressor and EQ settings for an individual session. If using the Liquid Channel in conjunction with a recording platform (e.g. Pro Tools), both the session files and The Liquid Channel's program memory can be sent via standard data transfer methods, providing a completely mobile recording session. Perfectly replicated vintage classics with the power and ease of use of the digital domain.
Infinite expansion and remote control
The USB port on the rear panel allows remote control of The Liquid Channel, leaving the processor safely racked away. But that's not all. The software application also serves as an archiving system for additional replicas and program memories, and permits downloads of additional classic units. So, the Liquid Channel is infinitely expandable.
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Bruce, North Canton, OH
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
Just what I needed
by Lecxs from AZSince I am an independent record company and studio owner, and I am in the Air Force and I have moved around and deployed a lot, I tend to be of the mindset that you buy something that will, by it's v... read more [+]ery nature, expand your potential. This is one of those products. The unit has what "today's producers" need, a multitude of options. I am glad Focusrite used vintage components to base the emulations on but I am glad they came up with there own names, even if it was due to copyright/legal issues. Every mic pre and compressor are different and I personally wanted "different". If you want the real thing, do like most large recording studios and stock up on the real mic pres and compressors. If you want real world options, get this product it will not let you down and if you can't use it in your recordings, stop making music! Along with the Liquid Mix, this is a great product, tons of options at your fingertips. You'll run out of ideas before you run out of uses. I thank Sweetwater for being the awesome company it is and for stocking this unit, thanks to your company and many like it for helping my company compete. close [-]
March 23, 2012
Music Background: Independent Record Company and Studio Owner
Why I love it
by DB from MidwestI have only had my Liquid Channel for a few weeks, but here's why I love it so far
July 19, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
Very simply, as a musician who has played with Grammy artists BUT only possesses very intermediate-lev... read more [+]el engineering skills in my own project studio, this unit serves me perfectly. Here's why...
1. While I love my actual Avalon 737, the Liquid Channel instantly gives me a huge range of preamp/compr models to mix and match w/o the enormous outlay of $$$
2. The "Session Saver" button is just what I have wished for. I have screwed up perfectly good vocal takes in the past (while recording myself) by clipping. This feature will reduce your gain (not compress) if it sees clipping (or possibly potential clipping - I have to review manual). Truly a session saver
3. The settings are recallable if saved. I have already labeled various settings as "YadaYadaSong Verse" and so on. I can do back a month later and have the same settings if needed. LOVE this!
As for whether this thing truly has a billion perfectly convoluted models of great hardware preamps is beside the point for me. These other features are perfect for my situation close [-]
by Elswee L. Vazquez from Ponce PRGreat performance, very flexible and versatile unit. Instead of pay what if worth for only one comp of it's type, pay it for 40 of them plus the ones that can be download for the Focusrite website. If... read more [+] you have the $$ buy it!!! Another recommendation from my sales engineer!! Andrew!! close [-]
March 9, 2011
Music Background: G-SON'S Studio Owner, working hard to become a great producer!!
Focusrite has got it right...
by David Lloyd Merrill from MiamiForget about the fact that this unit models so many of the classics (40 of 'em!). Forget that you get the warmth of tubes and/or the precision of transistors. Forget the hype if you must (tho this u... read more [+]nit has earned it). This unit is worth every dollar you spend solely due to the rich pallet of sound you can use, modify, or flat-out create. It's about the music, campers -- and the creativity you glean from this is worth much more than what you pay... close [-]
April 18, 2007
Music Background: Pro Musician
by: Sean Wooldridge
The Focusrite Liquid Channel is a single channel modeling microphone preamp, compressor, and EQ. By themselves,... read more »
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