Audio Plugin Deals offers the MixBox effects suite by IK Multimedia for $29.99 for a limited time.
Channel strips have a special place in my heart. They’re a grab bag of fun-sized candy bars with enough handy processors to make your music-mixing process more fun.
I typically stick with my old standbys in the SSL Channel Strip from the company itself or PSP Audio’s wonderful Infinistrip. However, this recent sale notice made me dust off MixBox and give it an earnest try on a mix.
MixBox is similar to Slate’s Virtual Mix Rack, Infinistrip, or any number of 500 series pastiches. You’ve got eight slots, which can contain anything you want out of the dozens of effects bundled inside.
The saturation is superb, with Cassette being a bit heavy-handed but perfect for flawed and dusty drums. Phonograph is also wonderful on strings, pads, and clean guitars.
Saturator-X is a special breed of general-purpose saturation that sounds great on any source.
I’m fond of the dynamics section, as it is a who’s who of your typical compressors. You’ve got FET, Opto, Varimu, and classic VCA compression on tap with the requisite controls and granularity you’d expect of a dedicated compressor plugin.
The EQs are also a treat, with passive, SSL-inspired, and API’s proportional Q available, among others. MixBox does take a bit of tweaking to get it where it needs to go.
What I love about the SSL strip is how compact it is and how little guessing is needed to dial in the dynamics on a particular part.
However, I was able to adapt to MixBox’s workflow and will likely be integrating it into more projects thanks to the pleasing saturation and dynamics choices.
Thanks to AudioPlugin Deals, you can snag it for a limited time at the princely price of $29.99. The sale lasts until the 27th of September, so you’ve got a bit of time to hem and haw before justifying the purchase.
MixBox is available for Windows and Mac computers. Supported plugin formats are VST, VST3, AU, and AAX. It is Apple Silicon compatible, which is always great to see.
It is definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a channel strip that couples creative effects, amp sims, and more robust mixing effects into a single tidy package. Also, the fact that you don’t have to install all of the T-Racks suite at once is just an added bonus.FULL DISCLOSURE: We may receive a commission when you click our affiliate links and make purchases. BPB uses affiliate links to support the website and bring you the latest and greatest music production deals and freebies.
Check out the deal: MixBox (Available for only $29.99 until September 27th)