I didn't do any aliasing distortion tests on this yet, but It left me with a great first impression. The UI is big. I mean really big. It looks like this gaudy mess taking up a significant percentage of your screen real estate at 1920x1080, less so at 2560x1440. I have no respect for anybody who would have a larger resolution screen for a computer (unless that screen is 70 inches large). It takes a few beats to get used to the size of the UI, but once you start turning the nobs (and I mean REALLY cranking them) the results are very satisfying. It's a rare plugin that is just a joy to use. As always I'll give it another star if it manages to keep aliasing distortion under -70db at 44.1Khz.
Plugin Alliance response
Maybe before you do advanced aliasing tests you may want to read the manual regarding the GUI size. This plugin can be scaled from 50% to 150%, so it should fit virtually any screen and please any taste.
I used to own a pair of 110/130 modules in the 1990s. They were incredible sounding but not too reliable (noise, switches, etc.) I sold the units when the ISA 430 Producer packs came out and still have all four of those units to this day. Focusrite came out with the ISA 110/130 TDM plugin and I quickly adopted that plugin as my go to on every session. As soon as the bx_Focusrite SC was released, my jaw dropped. It was spot on to the original hardware that I remember owning without all of the problems of old analog gear. There was a bug in Version 1.0 (32bit) that was later fixed in the 64 bit version of the plugin. I upgraded my entire Protools system from a (32bit) HD3 system to a (64bit) HDX system just so I could use this plugin. Outstanding work on this plugin. Now, I have to get myself to stop using the SSL 4000 plugin! LOL!!!
Very nice, the mids freqs are beautiful. The compressor have a weird behaivour on my DAW, different volumen on L and R channel. The tone is really good, I liked a lot, I have all the bx consoles emulation, and is very good.
I finally couldn't resist...
...and I am glad that I didn't. I totally fell in love with its eq section. HP & LP are among the best sounding emulated filters I've heard so far. Another real highlight is the de-esser, which can also work as an upward expander. A real swiss army knife in many, many mixing situations. Focusrite SC perfectly coexists with Brainworks' SSL & Neve channel strips. Chapeau!
The only channel strip necessary
by Edgar Cortes
This plugin compelled me to write my first review It is a truly useful and great sounding, the comp, de-esser and filters are so smooth they alone pay the price of admission. And still it has great EQ to boot. I work 70% of my time in post production and having something like this for tens of dialog tracks saves me hours and CPU resources farming out the comp, gate and de-esser from other plugins. And something pretty great is the ability to color the sound with vintage circuitry or pure digital path. It's flawless on vocals, and just by throwing orchestral and instrumental stems into it makes a world of difference. Try it, and go ahead and buy it Great work Brainworx
Bx Focusrite studio console
Wow just great! This channel strip just sounds killer so fine and yet indescribable by definition, it just sounds really good! With the focusrite Isa pre amps you can simply feast your ears !! Crystal clear sound and a dynamic available where I have never heard of any other channel strip. The Eq very fine but very defined the compressor just fat so soft but punch without end! Also the CPU usage, worth noticing how low it is 16 channel drum recording and on each channel focusrite console not even 15% load !!
I love this plugin, I watched the documentary on the console and I wanted a plugin of it so bad since I'd never be able to record on one, I saw this was done by Brainworx and have had it on my wish list since it came out. I got a Christmas special on it for $69.99 and and feel bad because that was a steal for how amazing this VST is.
It took me a little while to get a hold of this particular channel strip, but after repeated use I can say there is truly nothing like it. Without a doubt the most powerful, full, and incredibly smooth-sounding tool in my plugin library to date. I think this a must-have for anyone, regardless of the genre. Brainworx really knocked it out of the park with this one. Great job!
Vintage big + modern clean
The new Focusrite SC audio demos caught my attention, and your generous holiday promotion lured me in - thank you Dirk! In production I've gravitated toward the fast / clean sound of modern high-end op amps and solid state, but also want some controllable transformer warmth. I like tubes occasionally for flavor but generally prefer solid state. To my ear, your new Focusrite emulation nails what I've been looking for. I just applied an instance to a solo grand piano track and - wow. I'll describe the sound as big, crystal clear and delightfully strident (as intended) in the upper mids. I now have a template as my starting place for piano recordings. Thanks also for your link to the documentary video about the history of this console. I did not realize that Focusrite had released their 100 series technology as a commercial large-format console, and then only ten of them. Learning about the adventures of these consoles out in the world is truly fascinating. I now have BX N, SSL and Focusrite consoles in my toolkit, and this one is my new favorite. Kudos to your developers for an excellent release.