The Focusrite Liquid Channel is a revolutionary professional channel strip that can precisely emulate any classic mic-pre and compressor. Combining radical new analog pre-amp technology with Dynamic Convolution™ techniques, The Liquid Channel fuses cutting-edge analog design with lightning fast SHARC DSP. Augmented by fully digital controls and optional remote software, The Liquid Channel provides the ultimate fluid vintage collection.
Rather than creating a similar sound to vintage units, as with modelling devices, The Liquid Channel precisely emulates their sonic behaviour. This is achieved through Dynamic Convolution™; the application of a unique, level-dependant set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for accurate emulation.
Mic-pre emulation can’t be achieved with software alone. Hardware is required in addition to account for the physical interaction with the microphone. As a result, Focusrite invested vast amounts of time and energy into designing and building the ultimate ‘liquid’ preamplifier, able to match the input impedance and signal path (transformer or electronic) of the device being emulated.
Focusrite Liquid Channel Features
- Loaded with 40 classic mic-pre and 40 classic compressor emulations
- Endlessly expandable library of emulations via USB download
- 99 program memories allow you to save every parameter
- File format provides easy transfer to other Liquid users
- LiquidControl allows comprehensive control and archiving facility
- 192kHz internal processing and ADC/DAC as standard
- New Focusrite Digital EQ
- Adjustable 2nd order distortion accounts for variance in vintage originals
- Cascade two units for stereo-linking of all parameters
Not all vintage units are born equal
Second order harmonic distortion is a beneficial artefact of analog circuits (especially tube and transformer-coupled designs) providing the much-loved ‘warmth’. However, often two units of the same type will vary in the amount of second order distortion produced, so an additional control for modifying this vintage property is provided. This allows for precise matching of the Liquid Channel to your own beloved mic-pre.
The best of both worlds - analog and digital
The Liquid Channel combines a highly complex, massively flexible analog front-end with Dynamic Convolution™ processing, which utilises lightening fast SHARC chips and runs at sample rates of up to 192kHz. The front panel controls are digital, with tactile rotary encoders; all parameters can be stored in one of 99 program memories. At the press of button, you can reload all mic-pre, compressor and EQ settings for an individual session. If using The Liquid Channel in conjunction with a recording platform (e.g. Pro Tools), both the session files and The Liquid Channel’s program memory can be sent via standard data transfer methods, providing a completely mobile recording session. Perfectly emulated vintage classics with the power and ease of use of the digital domain.
Infinite expansion and remote control
The USB port on the rear panel allows remote control of The Liquid Channel, leaving the processor safely racked away. But that’s not all. The software application also serves as an archiving system for additional emulations and program memories, and permits downloads of additional classic units from www.ffliquid.com. So, The Liquid Channel is infinitely expandable.
“Liquid Technology is the final product of two years pure research into what makes an analogue box sound exactly the way it does. The results of this research have enabled us to develop a hybrid system of analogue and digital technology, capable of recreating every sonic attribute of any classic processor. Focusrite has a history of manufacturing high performance equipment, and of making that technology affordable to all those at every level of the recording industry. The Liquid Channel goes further and makes the obsolete, the priceless and the historically significant, available to everybody for the first time.”
- Robert Jenkins – Director of Product Strategy – Focusrite.