During the last 2019 NAMM Show last week in Anaheim, California, Waves Audio introduced the CLA MixHub plugin, developed together with Grammy-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge. It is claimed to be the ‘first plugin of its kind’ in the music industry.
CLA MixHub lets the user Mix up to 64 tracks – all from the same plugin window – using channel strips modeled from CLA’s personal console.
Normally, plugins work on only one channel at a time, but CLA MixHub is the first plugin to work in buckets – groupings of up to eight channels, in up to eight buckets in total. Because of this feature, users can do their sounds and mixing to 64 channels from one CLA MixHub plugin window. The channel strips are modeled directly from Chris Lord-Alge’s personal console. It is the same console that he used to do his own sound mixing, from Green Day, Muse and Sugarland to Keith Urban and many more.
With this feature, once CLA MixHub is inserted on the channels in a mix, users can assign tracks to buckets and begin their music production—mixing dynamics, EQ, saturation and more at a free-flowing pace. While mixing, users can flip between two plugin view modes: Bucket view, with control of up to eight channels at a time, or Channel view, focusing on a single channel’s processing chain. Each channel consists of five sections: Input, dynamics, EQ, output, and an insert point. Each processing module can be expanded to reveal additional functionality.
Chris Lord-Alge commented about the CLA MixHub, “Mixing in buckets means the world to me. It’s one of the secrets to my success and to my fast-paced, decisive mixing. By creating this plugin, I’m able to give others access to that same quick workflow in a plugin, pushing the envelope of in-the-box mixing to the next, CLA-approved level.”
The CLA MixHub plugin is included in the Waves Mercury, SD7 Pro Show, and Pro Show bundles.