this plugin's getting a lot of use.
There are lots of emulations of the various Solid State _____ console models. But most of the time, you have to get the non-linear saturation/distortion in separate plugins from the EQ & dynamics features. Here, they are not only combined, but magnificently executed, with a distinct model for every channel of the console. It's easy on the eyes and to my ears sounds amazing. Makes no sense to describe sound in a review, though. You have to try the demo.
I have the W and U companies SSL channel strips, so I don't need it but after using this I had to pull the trigger, it's that good.
Aha! Brainworx did it again....another outstanding edition to the SSL Channel series. It would have been nice to just have one Channel and toggle a button to get a complete E and G switch but I guess if you own a Porshe Targa, you can't push a button and it turns into a 911 turbo......Best advice, buy the G channel. You can really hear the difference between the E and the G, both useful for different mix requirements. To my ears, the "THD" control on the G channel has more of a cleaner airy grit than the E, more like a Neve sounding channel, great for a grand piano track and nylon string guitar. Anyway, Instead of my blah blah.....you know what to do!
Best choice to bring in some character and style to my mixes! Another major tool in the Brainworx - arsenal!
The bx_E set a new benchmark IMHO and now this new G variant is right up there with it! The ability to mix and match all these guys is fantastic.
Little tip: If you want more attitude and colour, save your own default preset with the THD up a little bit higher than the normal default. 20 or 30 of these sound amazing like that, depending on the level of your material.
Also, if you really want to get your stereo tracks sounding more separated, try setting your TMT channels to an even-odd pair rather than odd-even. Some of them really mess with the stereo coherence!
I absolutely love this thing! Its a really great work horse plugin and I could easily find myself using this on every mix. The compressor sounds really musical and the EQ is really punchy! The TMT modelling really brings these tools to life in a way that no other plugins do and the THD control is one of my favourite saturation tools. Everything about this seems designed to just make your mixes sound big! Love it!
Brainworx has done it again! The TMT coding is just absolutely amazing! I have tried other SSL emulations, and was always left feeling disappointed. But, with the new bx_console G and E series.......I find myself using them all the time. It is giving character to my mixes that I didn't have before. And, the added options for the filters make it that much better. Just having it inserted on a track makes things sound more alive!
The G is a mixing game changer. The scope of the EQ, snap of the compression, the spatial depth from just just having it on, before you do anything, is unprecedented. I've used all the other SSL plugins, this really eclipses those and the bx_console E is the only competitor for that space it gives you.
Low CPU usage means it's really easy to have it on every track and it immediately slots the mix in to a good space. Thanks to that sharp EQ, then you can put things in to their place plus gating and compression is there too, and that sounds SO good too.
Phenomenal work and mixing just got a lot easier. Now the bus compressor, please!
If you use to work with large format analog consoles, with bx_consoles you will feel that you are back on them without their problems.The THD & RANDOM CHANNEL features are an invaluable adds on.
A plug-in that will replace a lots of plug-ins in each channel, and is DSP! for Protoolers!
A must have.
(Please, Bx team, bring us a master bus of each kind with their own personality and their known compressors... :) )