The only thing I don't like about bx_console is that it makes so many plugins I really like basically obsolete. Top of the line filters, compressor, EQ, gating, sound leveling... all in one plugin with with that distinctive Neve vibe. Flexible, fast, and easy to use, I love bx_console.
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!
Hands down one of the best Neve models out there. Being able to use TMT allows for a unique sound across your entire mix. A modern classic, and an essential for any ITB mixer.
Bx_console is one of the best Console Emulations out there. Its analog sweetness is second to none as its compressor sounds lovable thanks to the integrity of its transparency.
What a fantastic piece of software!
i tried this title out about three months ago, i couldn't afford it at the time, i raved about it all over the net, it went on sale, and behold the clouds parted! and the angels sang!..it is by far the best modeled console i've ever used, because it's a "console"! the dynamics section alone is worth the money, unlike "all other" modeled channel strip/consoles it doesn't simply warm up/muddy your source it gives you unmatched control and add magic to you source, i have them all "slate's virtual console collection," (both versions) and "waves" API system, while these are very nice, the BX Console is far superior and not a processor hog! you can stripe this thing across you entire mix, use the presets where needed for starting points and be completely blown away! each channel has a slightly different character i could go on and on but i'll close with this..just buy it! you won't be sorry