Focusrite Liquid Channel
Focusrite Liquid Channel

Liquid Channel, Channel Strip from Focusrite in the Liquid series.

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moosers 12/18/2009

Focusrite Liquid Channel : moosers's user review


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The Focusrite Liquid Channel is an extremely unique piece of gear.  It is a channel strip that is hardware and software integrated, and which claims to give you access to any mic pre or compressor 'ever made.'  I wouldn't take the greatness of this unit to this level by any means, it is definitely a powerful piece of equipment that is both unique and innovative.  The Liquid Channel has XLR connections in the back for inputs and output as well as for AES.  It also has a USB port along with RCA and word clock connections all in a rack mountable case that will only take up two spaces.


The make up of the Focusrite Liquid Channel will definitely take some getting used to.  Since I don't own this I haven't had the liberty to take this as in depth as it can be taken, but if you want to learn everything that it has to offer it will definitely take some time and effort.  Since this is virtually unprecedented, it took me a little while to be able to understand how to use it.  However, the parameters it has for the different sections are familiar and once you have it up and running, getting your tones is not to unlike other units. The manual is very thorough and is pretty much a necessity to have for those unfamiliar with The Liquid Channel.


The sounds of the Focusrite Liquid Channel are definitely versatile as you can get all sorts of compression sounds and mic pre emulations.  While I can't say that this is a replacement for the models that it emulates, it definitely offers up some great sounds.  While the presets are a great starting point, I love the fact that I can store my own settings virtually with this.  It makes it so easy to go between different sessions and to be able to get a similar sound to something I have done in the past if I want to.  The EQs and other features also sound good and are helpful when trying to dial in that perfect tone.  While I think that the mic pre sounds quite good, I would say in terms of sound quality I like how many different types of compressions this has to offer.


Although I only first used Focusrite's Liquid Channel a number of months ago, I can definitely see the great potential that this offers studio owners.  While I don't think this is a replacement for analog gear, having all of these sounds in one place is a great thing.  However, perhaps its best feature is that using the software you are able to save your presets and recall back to previous settings with a few clicks.  The price isn't cheap, but is probably reasonable for what you are getting here.  If you are looking for a ton of channel strip options in one place, definitely try out Focusrite Liquid Channel - perfect for home studio owners!