They were offering this program at a sale price of $40, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Mixbus v2.3 – The next generation DAW at ONLY $39 ? | DontCrac[k] News Harrison Mixbus Harrison Mixbus Overview Seg 1 - YouTube (I'm using it in a Windows environment, XP Pro... apparently it will not work within XP Home Edition.) There is also a version for Mac and Linux. Initial observations: absolutely what it claims - a GUI very reminiscent of working on an older analog desk. I like the sound. I like the layout. If you are from the old school and like the layout of a classic console, you'll probably like the GUI on this. The built in GR processing and tape saturation sections on the track level, as well as on the master 2-bus, are nice. Certainly for the money, and maybe even better than just for the money, they sound very good. I like the way the per channel EQ sounds and the built in channel compressor/limiter/leveler does exactly what you would expect it to do, without a lot of fussing around. Hell, you could drop a lot more than $40 on a tape emulation or decent GR processor plug alone, never mind an entire platform that gives you access to these processors at both the track and bus levels. I found the various parameter controls and settings to be very similar to that of an older console. Not too sensitive, like a lot of plugs where if you barely breathe on them the sound changes dramatically, but not too clunky where you have to make serious alterations and crank $*^t up to +20 to even hear a minor difference. It's smooth in its translation and action of commands and settings. I've been pushing it, and have yet to get it to freeze up or crash. (I am using an Athlon dual core 2.2 ghz, running Windows XP Pro, with 2 gig ram available, and so far I haven't encountered any issues). The program even puts up a warning window in reference to the vst scanner, saying that crashes upon first use of the scanner are common and even to be expected... but I didn't have any problems at all. Plugs that are not recognized, or those that are recognized with the caveat that there may be difficulty in using them, are put on a "blacklist" so that the program doesn't continue to scan these every time the program is booted up. Getting it to recognize plugs took a little bit of doing at first... don't use the plug-in manager, as this only seems to recognize the Harrison plugs that come resident with the program. Instead, go to the "Window" pull down menu at the top, select "preferences" at the bottom of this menu, and then "scan for plugs". You can then select the various directories that hold your vst's for scanning. It seemed to recognize and accept most all current major plug formats I have - waves, steinberg, cakewalk, etc, as well as some other third party stuff I have by Blue Tubes and Kjaerhouse, etc. It did not seem to recognize any of my Antares plugs, which includes auto-tune and the microphone library/emulator. Midi implementation? Forget it. There is none... but ...then again, that's not really what this program was designed for. It was designed to be emulative of the classic Harrison analog mixer. If you want to work with midi tracks, my advice would be to do so within a DAW like PT, Sonar, Samplitude, Logic, etc., and then convert those midi files to audio tracks, at which point you would then import them into the Harrison prog for mixing. All in all, certainly not what I would consider a waste of $40. I'll continue to post comments and observations as I learn things. -d.