October 27, 201524,638 Views

Russ takes the brand new Brainworx bx_console Plugin for a spin in this extended video. Does the world need another console emulation plugin? Find out what he thinks and listen to some audio examples.

The Brainworx bx_console plugin is a faithful emulation of the rare and coveted Neve VXS console. The specific console emulated has an amazing history of working on some truly remarkable projects - recording orchestras for films during its time at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County California, hit records during its time in Sweden in an ex-Abba member owned studio, and now, in its current home as the centerpiece of the Brainworx studio, where it has been used in the development of many of the company’s most popular plugins.
The VXS was something of a bridge between vintage consoles like the 80 and VR series and the modern 88RS. Loaded with features like a comprehensive EQ and dynamics section, it still delivers that classic English punch and vibe.

The bx_console plugin captures both the features and the tone of this amazing mixer.

While bx_console’s authentic reproduction of a channel on this classic console would be enough to make it a great plugin, its truly revolutionary development is the inclusion of Brainworx’s new “Tolerance Modeling Technology.” All analog components have manufacturing tolerances that state an acceptable range of differences between them. These tolerances vary from 1% on some parts up to 20% in many standard electronic components.These changes absolutely do make an audible difference in how one console channel sounds compared to another.

This variation, when taken across many channels in a mix, is part of what makes an analog console sound the way it does. Especially the tolerances between each of two channels in multiple stereo setups (stereo-signals, busses and sub-groups) of a bigger mix session introduce small phase differences, unbalanced center frequencies and center-offsets.

The bx_console is the first plugin from Brainworx to utilize its revolutionary new Tolerance Modeling Technology, which sets a new standard for analog realism inside the box. While all other current analog modeling systems concentrate on emulating a specific “golden” unit, Tolerance Modeling Technology, or TMT, meticulously models the variation of individual components used in an analog circuit to capture the natural unit to unit variations found in prized analog gear.


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