Focusrite has released a new version of its Liquid Mix software, which can be downloaded freely from the Liquid Mix web site. The software provides some improvements and solutions to popular requests from Liquid Mix users, including enhanced interaction between software and hardware, as well as expanded latency options.
First up is the implementation of a side-chain facility, which allows for de-essing or other frequency-selective compression. Pressing the 'side-chain' button in any of the 32 instances of Liquid Mix activates an eighth EQ band, which appears on the EQ graph within the software window and can be selected as low-, high- or band-pass, alongside frequency, gain and Q settings. This side-chain band can be monitored separately and then sent to the compressor with the touch of a button.
Version 2.0 also ensures that the hardware can follow (as a default setting) whichever instance of the Liquid Mix plug-in is active on the screen.
Liquid Mix version 2.0 delivers the ability to adjust latency settings. This enables Liquid Mix to be used as a tracking processor, since latency figures have now been reduced by up to 75%. It also allows the user to set a minimum latency from one of 6 options, spanning 264 to 8200 samples and ensuring operation with those DAWs that only offer fixed buffer sizes above 2056 samples (such as Bias Peak, Steinberg WaveLab, Adobe Audition, Sony Sound Forge, Vegas and ACID).