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Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3 for VST, AU, and AAX

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ChannelStrip lets users work as efficiently and interactively as they would with a dedicated, world-class mixing console...


MH ChannelStrip

Put a Million Dollar Console in your DAW


ChannelStrip is like having the channel strip section of a large format console - with a few awesome Metric Halo twists!

As a signal processing bundle ChannelStrip integrates everything you need to process the channels that make up a mix as well as process the entire mix bus.

Featuring an Expander, Compressor, multi-band EQ, and a limiter, ChannelStrip provides a unified interface for processing your tracks. It also includes phase invert, channel delay, comprehensive metering and SpectraFoo™ spectrum analysis - so you can see your audio as well as you can hear it.

ChannelStrip is an essential tool for every project.


Grammy Award-Winning Mix Engineer Jeff Juliano says, “ChannelStrip is so good that I often disable an analog send that isn’t doing the job in favor of ChannelStrip. The dynamics are reactive and the equalizer has air and warmth. ChannelStrip is useful both as an enhancement for tracks that are decent to begin with and as an emergency repair for tracks that have big problems. It’s a one-stop shop, and there’s a reason why it’s still an industry standard after well over a decade on the market.”

Grammy Award-Winning Mix Engineer and Producer Serban Ghenea says, “I’d attempt to compare it to other similar plug-ins, but the truth is I only use ChannelStrip. To me, ChannelStrip together with Pro Tools is the console.”

Like so many #1 Hit Mix Engineers, Billy Decker finds ChannelStrip indispensible. He says, “I once found myself in a situation without ChannelStrip, and I tried to mix anyway. It didn’t work. The mix sounded terrible, and I won’t ever try it again. ChannelStrip is absolutely indispensible to everything I do.”

Grammy Award-Winning Mix Engineer Richard Furch says that, for example, if he finds that he’s losing a particular instrument in the mix, he enables the compressor with his preset parameters and the auto gain make up “lifts out the sound of the mix a bit.” He continued, “I used to do that when I mixed on SSL consoles, but no other plug-in – not even SSL emulators – could replicate that trick quite this way and keep the gain exactly steady. ChannelStrip does. In addition, I often employ the high-pass filter on the compressor side chain and then lower the cut-off frequency to get more compression. It’s like a second threshold control, but it has its own, uniquely musical effect.”


Find out why so many top Engineers say that ChannelStrip is the one plugin they literally cannot live without.



World-class Signal Processing and Workflow
Used by Grammy-Award winning Engineers on countless hits
Expander, Compressor, EQ, & Limiter in one processor
Fully parametric interpolated EQ
Integrated side-chain EQ for dynamics
Individually switchable side-chains for dynamics blocks
Individual side-chain listen for dynamics blocks
EQ/Compressor routing control
SpectraFoo™ spectrum analysis built-in
Scalable gain reduction meters
More than 100 presets included
Adjustable UI size / Disclosable Graphs
MH Preset Manager - Provides cross-platform presets



Is MH ChannelStrip for you?


Mix/Mastering/Tracking Engineer/Electronic Musician/Producer

Yes – everyone that works with audio can benefit from ChannelStrip.



Rely on the best sound quality available with Metric Halo’s award-winning DSP.
Integrated processing with no compromises.
Efficient ergo-dynamics and workflow.
Detailed metering.
Smooth analog sound with razor-sharp digital precision.
Use SpectraFoo to apply processing just where it is needed.
More than 100 presets included to get you started quickly.
Widely acknowledged to provide that “SSL sound” better than SSL modeling plugins.
Get inspired!


Tech Specs


System Requirements

Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer. Intel Processor. AU, VST, or AAX (Pro Tools 10 & 11) host. 32 & 64 bit.
Windows: Windows 7 or newer. Intel Processor. VST or AAX (Pro Tools 10 & 11) host. 32 & 64 bit.


Licensing Requirements account.
iLok dongle is optional — you may install the license on iLok for portability.
Only one license required – works on all supported platforms.