Waves’ CLA MixHub plugin could change the way you mix in your DAW – Buckets!

MixHub was developed in collaboration with engineer Chris Lord-Alge, and models channel strips from his console. The workflow involves you creating ‘buckets’: each of these can contain up to eight channels, and you can use up to eight buckets. When working with the plugin, you can switch between the Bucket view, which lets you control up to eight channels at a time, and the Channel view, which focuses on a single channel’s processing chain.

Each channel in MixHub is divided into five sections. The Input stage lets you apply high- and low-pass filtering and switchable harmonic distortion; Dynamics include two modes of compression along with a gate, expander and ducker and sidechain options; EQ gives you four bands of equalisation; Output covers metering and stereo imaging, and Insert Point lets you add an additional Waves plugin.

“Mixing in buckets means the world to me,” says Chris Lord-Alge. “It’s one of the secrets to my success and to my fast-paced, decisive mixing. By creating this plugin, I’m able to give others access to that same quick workflow in a plugin, pushing the envelope of in-the-box mixing to the next, CLA-approved level.”

CLA MixHub runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats and is available now (you can also download a demo). The regular price is $199, but it’s currently on sale for $69.

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.