I have to say this before all else: This is on my Top Five List of PA plugins in need of an "Added Scalable UI" update... and while I'm wishing, a dark option, similar to the makeover that the bx_console AMEK 9099 received. That out of the way... This hasn't become a mastering EQ for me, like a lot of people I've met have ended up predominantly using it for, but my piano EQ, as so long as I'm not looking for any blatant colour and want the overall tone to remain intact. Between the clean High and Low shelves I have the ability to make the EQ moves that I need on acoustic pianos, which are always small, gentle boosts, and well-defined notches, and this does that beautifully with a maximum boost of Q2, and a ridiculously tight notch of up to Q35. Add to that the Mid/Side option and there isn't any reason that this EQ can't bring out the best in any piano. Incidentally, shaping a piano is the only task other than gentle, overall mastering shifts that I could imagine anyone using the "Sheen" and, especially, the "Glow" buttons for, both of which extend your Low and High Ends into nearly the entire range, effectively warping any boosts or cuts done in the Low-Mid, Mid, or Mid-High. Still, it's an option which I appreciate as the mellow slopes can work nicely on the sides in M/S mode. And, I'd never knock off a star rating simply for lack of a larger UI, so Five Stars it is.
Sweet on either mix or master bus. Opens up the sound and the m/s adds another dimension.
bx_2098 - BEST EQ
My first ever Plugin Alliance EQ plugin, I just had to get it. I have tried multiple EQ plugins, both parametric, graphic, even automatic AI EQ, nothing compares to this EQ. Makes me wish I had the original console :) . 2 features I absolutely love about this EQ is "Mono Maker" and "Stereo Width" which removes extra plugins I would've used. Brainworx always killing it with their plugins, will definitely buy more from them, awesome company and products!
WOW! There is just something about this EQ... it has this amazing tone, some of the most musical filters and shelves I've ever heard (you don't really even hear them kick in), and has a ton of flexibility compared to most vintage EQs. The notches, the two different options on the low/high shelves, and the M/S and mono-maker are all incredibly helpful touches. Add in the TMT harmonics and this could easily be a "go-to" vintage EQ for mixes, and especially busses and masters. With one huge caveat! bx, PLEASE, PLEASE add an output gain. It feels like such a no-brainer for all modern plug-ins these days in order to manage gain-staging and by-passing. The channel strip this is based on has level output.
I Like it
After testing with other EQ plugins I had, I decided to buy it. It gave a very clear and creamy sound. I liked Focusrite SC and SSL 9000J's EQ, but 2098 has both advantages. M/S mode and Sheen and Glow function were able to create various sounds. Very useful EQ!
Nice on the mix bus
I didn't need this. I wasn't looking for another EQ. BUT I wanted to support Brainworx after their flood so bought this on a whim, figuring having another Rupert Neve EQ can never be a bad thing :-). But then I started playing with it on some finished mixes and found it truly useful! I put it on the output bus and after a bit of tweaking in M/S mode found I could get a bit more clarity in the highs without getting brittle, better control of the low end, and an improved stereo spread. I'm really quite impressed and glad I gave it a try. Oh, and best of luck to the team at Brainworx in rebuilding your studio!
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Very nice EQ
Very nice and clean EQ, that makes the sounds pop just a little more with the gloom and sheen functions. Works very well on guitars, electric as well as accoustic and the adjustible harmonic distortion makes the analog feel really blend well into the mix
First the GUI looks a bit like the Maäg Magnum-K compressor, which I like a lot. So it's not only good for coloring the audio, it's also eye candy. The filters are amazing, and the EQ is easy to use.
Having used the real thing many times, and being an ardent Amek fan, I found this plugin to be very accurate. It’s very realistic in all frequency bands, especially the mids; which have that Amek bite. The top end is smooth, silky, and very much contemporary, whilst the low end has warmth. The M/S control (available only on the 9098 console’s stereo channels) is excellent, and a welcome addition. This is a must-have for anyone making serious records, and require a high level of analogy accuracy.
Amazing solution for mixing!
This plugin can seriously transform your material into what you want! Sometimes we just need little movements to get something sounding right, other times we need to shape it all with our own hands. This EQ do it all easily. If you are used with that "channel strip" kind of EQ, don't be confused, this is one of the most powerful pieces you will find in this style. This is colourful and very distinctive, but goes from subtle to aggressive, based on what you need. If you are the guy that mix with a purpose in mind, not turning knobs just to see what happens, please, try this one! One last thing, combine this EQ with a couple of good compressors and find yourself a "customized channel strip"... You can be amazed with the results!