As a former UAD addict, it has taken me until now to find a replacement for the 88RS. I didn't demo bx console, as I knew it would be good, but it turns out that it's far superior to the UAD plugin. The EQ is possibly the best EQ i've heard in plugin form, the compressor is fantastic on everything. The HP/LP filters, gate... it's just a very tight, detailed, exciting and WARM Neve sound :)
The selectable channel option is a very useful feature to have, though seemingly subtle, flicking through them can reveal some quite varied tones. Even simply loading an instance of bx console onto a channel is enough to provide some separation and a lovely warm analog-esqe sound.
One thing also worth noting is that the CPU hit is very minimal, I have loaded 5 or 6 of them into my live set so far, with an apparent total tax of about 3%!!, on a 2.7gHz Macbook, in Live 9.7. at 24/48 at 512 samples.
What's not to love!!?
I've actually never been so excited about a plugin :P
Thank you so much Brainworx and Plugin Alliance!
Now do an EMT140 please :D
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Hunting audio trough a console gives you a smile. Sounds can be tweaked and gated an this with almost any pumping. Say good bye to pop and hiss sound. Or just use the plain sound as a complementary effect. Bx console combines best channel mixing technology in one single strip. It brings for example kickdrums to front and taking away unpleasant things one normally expect if staging the source in the face.
In short this plugin brings low end to the top in a nice way
It has dynamic effects which get rid of digital pumping, pop and harshness and giving a charecteristic depth to the sound, which is important for a cohesive sound in the mix. After this tool your mix will sound by the way far more professional.
When it comes to channel separation, nothing on the market beats Console. There is nothing to compare it to. All of the usual channel strip suspects are present: equalizer, compressor, and filters along with modeled analogue noise. The versatility to place the eq before or after the compressor along with the V Gain setting make this an extremely useful apparatus to have in your toolbox. Add to this the separate individually modeled channels and you've got one seriously powerful plugin. Thank you very much. Console gets a lot of use in my compositions.
You think there won't be enough of a difference between this Neve model and the one you bought from UA, or the SSL 4000 channel strip from UA or Waves for you to notice the difference, but it was on sale one day, so I bought it. I was wrong. I haven't used any other channel strip since. It goes on every track and makes some kind of magic happen. Deeper, like you can walk between the notes and make adjustments to the back sides. Wishing I could afford the real thing, but then I'd need more insurance. The EQ and dynamics are superb. Anybody want to buy $10k worth of plugs I'll never use again?
amazing sound, like a real console.
The best channel strip plugin out there that I have tried (and they are many). When you start working with it in real situations you realise it sounds and behaves like a living, breathing thing. It is one of those rare plugins that always seem to make things sound better - sometimes in unexpected ways too (don't be afraid to push it).
I normally don't write reviews, but this plugin is so good that I need to write a review.
I will not compare this p/i to any other p/i on the market. Every company makes good p/i. But if you have to choose to buy only one p/i, this is the one! I have mixed a song using this p/i. Let me tell you, this is my very best experience using a "channel p/i". It sounds so good, warm ("analog"), the presets are very good starting point and it really feels if your are mixing on a console. Please do you self and your songs a favor and buy this p/i. You will NEVER regret it!
And as David Pensado says it ITL # 154, if you see the name Brainworx (plugin-alliance), just buy it. And I say Amen to this quote. I have a lot of p/i of this company. I just buy, and do not even tried the p/i's anymore!
Thank you very much Brainworx / plugin-alliance!
When it comes to Neve Console emulation Plugins, I've tried I think everyone that is out there. While searching the internet a while back for more Neve console strips I came across the bx_console! To say the least I was intrigued at what was being claimed by the video. I got the Demo and within 3 hours I had bought the plugin! To say that it is "The best thing since sliced bread" is probably TRUE in this case!!! I have been telling all of my producer friends about this plugin and they ALL agree!!! The bx_console is THE BEST Neve Console Emulation that is around Period!
Between the Gain Stages, hitting the console harder to get the saturation or simply glueing a mix together it is Brilliant. The LPF and HPF are very nice and the EQ oaths plugin is simply maybe the MOST Musical EQ I've ever heard in a complete channel strip! The fact that it is so Warm sounding makes you feel like you're even hitting Tape or the Silk button and not even using a Digital format!! Congratulations to Brainworx and Plugin Alliance for capturing the best Neve Emulation I've EVER heard!!!
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I first saw this one via an email bulletin (although for the life of me I do not remember who from) and although at first I was thinking "I already have the UAD 88RS so why do I need this" but by the time I had finished reading about the TMT feature I knew this was one tool I just had to buy as if it did even half of what was claimed it would be $200 seriously well invested.
To cut this down to manageable lengths, 3 mixes later I was utterly hooked - yes, the UAD 88RS is indeed mighty, but this is even mightier in oh, so many ways. Not only is it a superb model of the Neve VXS console in the BX studio, it can also be set up to be a superb model of the 88RS as well as almost any point between the 2 and even beyond these. This thing is so flexible it makes an elastic band seem rigid by comparison.
To begin with, let's talk about TMT - Tolerance Modelling Technology. What this does in essence is to capture the minute differences between channels on a real analogue board. This is very difficult to try & explain in such a short space but essentially we all know that no 2 channels on an old board sound quite the same and TMT actually captures this by generating 72 slightly different sets of component tolerance. "What's component tolerance" I hear you ask. This is the specified allowable variation in discrete electronics and it varies from as little as 1% to as much as 20% depending on the actual components and the designer's specified tolerance. As an easy example imagine a resistor set to 1,000 Ohm. This might have a tolerance of +/- 20% on a cheap device which in reality means the resistor is applying somewhere between 800 Ohm and 1,200 ohm of resistance at extreme tolerance as opposed to the 1,000 ohm you would expect. On more expensive devices this might be as low as 1%, meaning the actual value applied varies between 990 Ohm and 1,100 ohm. That is a lot less variance which means you get a much more consistent output from the component and therefore a much more predictable sounding device. What BX have done is modelled this and it works so well it's almost like magic (well, Arthur C Clarke's definition of it, anyway). This is internally consistent, so the channel you save on Mix 1 will have the same TMT characteristic in Mix 2, 3 - any mix at all! This really is digital voodoo and it is a total game changer for me in every sense of a very over used expression. I can now dial up this strip, load the saved channel & know it will be identical to the last time I ran it on these settings - I could write an entire article just on this alone.....that is how impressive it is.
Moving along though, the compressor is a work of art in this strip because BX have added some stuff not found on the regular console. First up is a mix control so we can use the compressor in parallel. I don't really need to go into details about how useful this is so we will move to the secondary release control, based on a fixed value in the console that BX have now made variable. To quote the manual as it is worded beautifully:
A secondary release allows for an additional time constant to affect the rate at which the compressor releases attenuation. The second release applies to a second, lower threshold that is based on the original threshold set by the user. This slows down the release
of quieter signals in order to maintain dynamic range reduction. It can be useful when dealing with content that is erratic in nature and possibly riddled with silent parts. When the compressor is re-triggered after silence, this second release parameter will
reduce unwanted pumping when the circuit clamps down again.
This deceptively subtle adjustment is no stranger to the original console, however, its range of motion is. The originally modeled VXS detects signals to release at 40 dB below the set threshold. The plugin allows this range to be set between 10 dB and 60 dB.
What this means is that the plugin can be set to mimic the VXS, the 88RS and anywhere in between or at either extreme and it makes a subtle but very noticeable difference. Awesome. They have also added an internal HPF variable from 10Hz to 2000Hz so we can eliminate compression on the lower end if we choose to. It is hard to explain how useful this is so I urge you to try it at all extremes to get the hang of it.
The gate is very usable indeed - adjustable hysteresis, an expansion mode and much more makes the "snatchy" feel that some console gates have simply go away.
The superb EQ is spot on Neve all the way, plus it can be pre, post or even internally sidechained to the dynamics (and the VST3 version can be externally sidechained too) and when used in conjunction with the HPF/LPF options makes for all the EQ you should ever need.
I could go on for much longer but I am running out of characters - please, I beg you, give this a try. Your clients will thank you.
after reading a couple of reviews and attending a few spats on GS i downloaded the demo and remixed a few of songs with it. finished three songs in two days (pretty quick for my standards) and was converted from a channelstrip agnostic to a believer. the final proof is always always always the sound and the bx_console sound justified its inclusion in my arsenal from the moment i strapped it on every track on the mix. i tried the TMT and using a different channel number per track and i really liked it: warm, wide, serious.
on my late 2012 iMac i5 there wasn't the slightest bump with it being on all 46 tracks of my mix.
took me a while to get the workflow since i have seldom worked on a board but when i got it i was off to the races.
congratulations to the bx team for a truly musical instrument!