Focusrite is shipping version 2.0 of Liquid Mix, its multichannel DSP-based EQ and compression tool. The 2.0 software provides improvements such as enhanced interaction between software and hardware and expanded latency options.
The implementation of a side-chain facility 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 resonance settings. This side-chain band can be monitored separately and then sent to the compressor.
Version 2.0 also ensures that the hardware can now follow (as a default setting) whichever instance of the Liquid Mix plug-in is active on the screen. In addition, the new version offers adjustable latency settings, which enables Liquid Mix to be used as a tracking processor. It also allows you to set a minimum latency from one of six options. Lastly, when the Liquid Mix sample rate settings are changed, all instances will reconfigure according to the new settings.
Liquid Mix 2.0 software is available for free from the Focusrite Downloads page.