Owning all Waves and Slate Digital plug-ins I did not expect to find such a fine EQ in the bx_2098. The sound that you can get out of it is quite spectacular and you will need multiple other EQs to get the same "feeling". - one star because of the interface lacking the ability to type in a value for the knobs... like any other plug-in available out there.
by Francesco Scarpa
A beautiful equalizer! High and medium frequencies very sweet. Hot basses. Excellent flexibility (thanks also to the intelligent Plugin Alliance comparisons "A-B-C-D"). But the magic is achieved with the Tdh knob! Then the sweetness of the high frequencies becomes really cream. And with a touch of liveliness and air. This eq can do beautiful things!
I owned the original hardware version back in the late 90's - absolutely loved it. It is hard to explain but it sounded so clear and full - as though nothing was in the way between the sound and your ears. At that time, it received some critique because people kept comparing it to the traditional 1073 sound but I always felt that Rupert's genius and great musical sense really shined through this unit. I have been working this plugin the past couple of days and I am more than impressed and very happy to have this at my fingertips again. The addition of the M/S tools is brilliant. Watch the video!
Not just another EQ
by J.G. Mansardian
With the bx_2098 even small adjustments are pure fun and joy. This is one of those devices where you can literally hear even 0.5 dB of adjustment. The only reason why I give 4 out of 5 stars is about the meters. They aren't as smooth as they should be and don't provide a peak hold, so to me they are pretty useless. I wouldn't miss them if they were abandoned in a future update, however I would welcome an improved metering as well. Generally speaking, especially when it comes to EQing I rather trust my ears than meters, and these won't convince me to find any use for them. Having that said, it is the sonic qualities of an audio tool that really counts. You can't go wrong with the bx_2098 EQ. Fantastic!
by Eric B
This EQ is giving me great tones very quickly. I just did a mix with the 2098 inserted on each channel. Tracks just sound right and fit together beautifully. Sculpting is easy. It's everything I had always hoped my SSL type plugins would do, but more hi-fi and there is a refined shimmer to the sound. That THD knob is great. I never got to work on a 9098, only the Langley stuff back in the day. This plugin must be capturing what people like about the 9098 because there is something special going on here. Well done!
Useful EQ vibe
Spent a day trialing it and running some tests. Used it on mastering a couple of swampy rock tracks and feedback from the client (quoting verbatim): "Maate!!! Masters sound amazing! Tough and big and awesome!!! Thank you!!!" So I think it went ok. ; ) Still, there are some tricks to this EQ, which seems devoid of a manual. Beware the +0.7dB insertion bump (flat, all bands out). My default setting is with the inputs trimmed. Likewise, each of the four EQ bands (set flat) has a +0.2dB bump. Not a fan of the glow or sheen curves so far, which seem to be extended shape shelves. I'm sure they have their place. The mono maker's 2k indicator is actually 22k so go easy there! (mono making in pro-mastering is NOT used as often as many people think). The THD control applies only to the four EQ bands when switched in (not the filters), and cumulatively so. Although, for its sound with a touch of vibe, its simplicity (glad for the finer gain range), and encouraging working by ear (no spectrum graphs required): thumbs up. – Pro mastering engineer.
I've been using this EQ as a mastering tool and I must say it works well. Mid-range tonality problems are easily solved with a few tweaks of the upper and lower mid-range EQ controls. The stereo adjustment functions are really great for adding that touch of 'mojo' to the width of your mix as well as giving the whole mix a solid center stage. Thankyou Brainworx :)
by Jonny Stepps
Picked this up in one of the 24hr sales and am very glad I did. I used to use Slate VMR on the mix bus using VCC, FG-N and Slate Custom Eq, but this have now replaced that all together. The channel modelling adds a great saturation character to the mix, especially the low end, while the mid and high shelf eq's add an incredible sheen and polish without sounding harsh or sharp. Great product, happy customer :)
Didnt think I needed it until I demo'd it.
I thought I didn't need another EQ, as I already have the bx digital V3, and some other renowned EQs, but I actually ended up buying it after I tried the demo, and the M/S is done so well, particularly on the HFs as this EQ is really smooth and flatters the audio, rather than accentuating harsh resonances like a lot of other EQs out there.. I put it on the master and tweaked what I thought were quite subtle lifts and a bit of stereo width, but when I bypassed it to hear the track without it, it was immediately obvious to me that I needed it in my arsenal. I was really surprised what a few subtle tweaks did, and when I bypassed it, my jaw kinda hit the floor. I used to hate this style of EQ and preferred paragraphic EQ, but these kinda EQs are growing on me much more. I'll mostly use this on the master channel. Incredible work again Mr. Ulrich. Many thanks for these 24 hour sales, and associated vouchers. You Sir, are a legend !! =)
by Nice Robots
I've just been comparing this eq with some of my others and this one always sounds better. I love the mid/side control, the THD control, the solid and musical tone...plus a little goes a long way and it's very easy to dial in a good sound. I'm kind of amazed that I am so thrilled with an EQ plugin but there it is.