I recently bought a Liquid mix 32 for very cheap on ebay on a whim – as a discontinued product that’s 8 years old I figured it may not work anymore so I took a chance on it. I can happily confirm it works on 64bit Windows 8.1 with the latest version of Pro Tools 11. It’s a little tricky to get working and there’s no info online, so I thought I’d make a quick guide for anyone attempting to get it to work on a modern computer. The unit sounds fantastic and is well worth the hassle!
This may work on Mac, and I have a Macbook air I intend to try it on, but this guide is primarily aimed at Windows PC users using Pro Tools.
What you’ll need:
1. A computer (obviously) – for reference I’m running an ASUS Z87-K, 16gb ram, Windows 8.1, NVidia GTX 760, 128gb system SSD and a bunch of larger HDD’s for files and such.
2.A TI chipset firewire card– some TI chips are better than others apparently, my card chipset is TSB43AB23, which is working well, so I recommend this one.
3. If you have a firewire interface (I have the Liquid Saffire 56) you’ll need to run this on a separate firewire card as the Liquid mix will not work otherwise (you’ll get dropouts as it’s a FW bus hog)
4. Any firewire cable will work for the LM, I use a cheap ebay one. You do not need the power supply for the LM.
7. Liquid Mix software version 3.0 with all the emulation files.
8. A copy of jBridge – this will bridge the 32-bit Liquid mix VST to 64 bit so you can use it with Bluecats Patchwork. You can use the demo to try it out, but it’s under £20 to buy so it’s very affordable to purchase.jBridge ( for Windows ) | J’s stuff
Here’s how to install the Liquid mix:
1. Run the LM installer. Do not connect your LM at this point. When the installer asks you to connect your LM, open task manager and close the LM installer.
2. Open your ‘charms’ menu in W8.1 by hovering your cursor in the right hand corner of your screen. Go to settings > change PC settings > update and recovery > recovery > advanced startup > restart now. Your PC will restart and you’ll be given a list of options. Choose the one that disables driver signing. Your PC will reboot with driver signing disabled.
3. Go to My Computer > C:/ Program files (x86) > Focusrite Liquid Mix > driver – you’ll see a file in that folder called ‘lm1394.cat’ (if windows is hiding your file extensions then look for the lm1394 file that is labelled as a security catalouge, or go to view > show file name extensions)
4. right click on ‘lm1394.cat’ and select install. This will install the driver for your LM – it’s an unsigned driver that won’t install unless you install it manually this way.
5. You now need to change your firewire card the LM is running on to use legacy firewire drivers. Windows 8.1 doesn’t come with these so you need to manually download them. Go to Download Update for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2970191) from Official Microsoft Download Center
6. Once downloaded run the installer. After that go to C:\Program Files\1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (Legacy)\x64_driver and right click on Legacy1394.inf and select install.
7. now go to device manager and find your firewire card. It will be under ‘IEEE 1394 host controllers’. Right click on your firewire card and select ‘update driver software > browse my computer for driver software > let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. You should see a list of drivers, select that one that says ‘(Legacy)’ at the end of it.
8. Your Liquid mix is now installed and running! Run the LM software and it will connect the hardware controller – the default options (32 tracks, 512 buffer) should be fine but if you need to later on you can play around with these.
9. Now to get it running in Pro Tools! Install Bluecats Patchwork and jBridge. Run jBridge.
10. in jBridge, choose the ‘I’ll be using a 64 bit host’ option. Hit the first button below the checkboxes to locate the LM VST’s. They’ll be in C:/Program Files (x84) > Steinberg > VST Plugins > Focusrite. Select the ‘Focusrite’ folder. Then hit the bottom button in jBridge to choose a separate folder to save the bridged VST’s to.
11. Load up Pro Tools 11 and add Bluecat’s Patchwork as an insert on a track. Go to ‘Load VST’ and locate your bridged LM mono vst. When the LM vst loads up you’ll see the jBridge logo at the bottom of the plugin window. Next to that is a settings button. Click it and you’ll see a window appear with lots of checkboxes. Check the box that says ‘Run in existing auxhost’ – then restart the LM plugin. Do the same for the stereo LM vst. This is a vital step as otherwise you’ll only be able to load one instance of the LM plugin, and the LM hardware will disconnect if you try to run another instance.
12. That’s it! Enjoy your Liquid mix One thing to note is that only the first instance of the plugin that you load can be controlled by the software – every other instance can only be controlled by the hardware. If you try to change parameters via the plugin window PT will throw up CPU errors. It’s an odd bug but entirely workable, plus it’s more run to use the hardware controller anyway
I hope this helps some people! I had to figure this all out by myself, so hopefully this will save others trying to get it working in Win8/PT11 some time Any questions give me a shout and I’ll try to help!