Those who know me, know for years now I love posting A/B comparisons. I also take a somewhat unique approach, even for comparing just EQ for example. I don't just strap a processor across a 2-bus and call a day. I try to mimic a real-world scenario, processing all tracks and gauging the interaction as well as the overall effect. What we have here is tight tolerances with bx_E and the new bx_SSL across all tracks. So gain staging from the 2-bus down to the individual tracks. When the consoles are involved, they are all being hit with the same source signals. Any post gain compensation was done with pure digital gain, not adding or taking away anything but gain! Can't tell you how much one needs to pay attention to detail here. One mistake can throw it all off! The overall mix is at -21.5 LUFS and again this applies to all 5 mixes. The mixes include: Daw bx_e bx_ssl bx_e_eq+dyn bx_ssl_eq+dyn https://www.dropbox.com/s/grcnzfowu006rlw/daw%20mix.wav?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4t28ywiig7fum9/bx_e_mix.wav?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/g6k2p2m140qe21f/bx_ssl_mix.wav… https://www.dropbox.com/s/4vrzs11z…/bx_e_eq%2Bdyn%20mix.wav… https://www.dropbox.com/s/zresu9…/bx_ssl_eq%2Bdyn%20mix.wav… The "eq+dyn" mixes include any and all EQ, Compression, and filters engaged. The simple "e" and "ssl" mixes are just the mix intact going through the console color. This way you can just hear what they are doing simply running through "the circuit." The "daw" mix is of course just the mix intact without any console color or processing. For me, the true magic is in how Brainworx have elevated the EQ and compression. The high end is beautiful! The compression, much more SSL-ish with the punch; less polite. The console coloration however is also slightly different. A difference sum confirmed what my ears heard. I prefer the slightly changed color in the new bx_SSL. Overall, Brainworx just did a SICK job on this and I am loving this thing even more than I did. If I had one gripe, I liked the darker, tamed background on v1. But the true-to-the-original colored knobs are so sweet looking. The new bx_SSL console is definitely better but not too far off from itself, which is comforting.
bx_console SSL 4000 E
Totally happy with it! What more could I say? It sounds great and with this plugin I can turn my DAW into an analog console at highest standards.
by Scott Yahney
I'm loving this plug-in it sounds incredible. It has depth 4 days this is a must have in your plug-in Arsenal
Oh my God!
by Mark 'Ruff' Ryder
Ok I have SSL from eveyone waves, UAD Even bought the brainwork consoles and I have to say that my search for that sound is now over. This authorised version is noticeably the best by quite a margin. Plus with the extra special enhancements that brainworx adds like the TMT and trim you have something that really takes this sound further than ever before. Just put it on your track and the sound is noticeably more polished and lush. I loved the brainworx consoles but this is way better by a big margin and now I can stop searching for the SSL sound as this really is it! At last !
The best plugin for me. All you need for a great sounding mix.
This plugin is a beast. Its all you need in making a great mix. Warmth, Air, Punch all you can ask for a plugin. THD provides great stereo imaging across all tracks.
ssl bx E
I'm sold to the first version. I understand that the new version is closer to the hardware but,to me,the Bx E with the black eq is pure gold. I can't stand the brown Eq on the Bx E but i dig it a bit on the SSL E.
bx_consoles SSL 4000 E/G
by Erik Dangenoir (Cercl'oeil Prodctions-CEO/Founder):INSANASOMNIA, Imaginary-Steps...
As an experienced & professional singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/recording-mixing-mastering-Engineer, I'm more than excited to say that : Brainworx brilliantly put an end to all these : - which SSL 4000 channel strip and SSL 4000 console emulation is the best ? By technologically tossing them all to rest, hence burying all past, present and future contenders ! Brainworx now shine as the ONLY, all in one, SSL 4000 E/G complete plugin emulation creator-provider. It even surpasses all its emulated physical counterparts ! These bx_consoles SSL 4000 E/G, are simply better than the real things. This is more than a game-changer feat, in the virtual-reality. It's nothing less than an historical leap, in the real-virtuallity of music-production's future and evolution. Bravo to all the Brainworx team ! I'm TMT-ized ! I feel impossibly prouder to be part of the Plugin-Alliance familly ;-D 1, 2, 3, 4 : Let's sound-dig deeper, for we now have access to 288 UNIQUE channels of SSL 4000 E/G consoles !
bx_console SSL 4000 E
by C.J. Perez
This plugin is just awesome... The sound,workflow, even the look is top-notch. But most importantly, the SOUND is AWESOME.... Everything about this plugin just flows seamlessly... I'm very impressed and thankful for Brianworx/PA... You guys did a great job on this one.... I mean, it just sounds right... Loving it the more I use it.... Keep up the great work.
This Emulation is by far the best in the Industry!!! It makes mixing in the Box fun again with unlimited possibilities. This Plugin is a must for every Home Studio and Mastering Room. GREAT JOB GUYS!!!
Bx console SSL 4000E
Great I have buy immediately when was come out updated version