Overview

This plugin is included in our MEGA Bundle and MIX & MASTER Bundle at no extra cost!

FREE! With the purchase of the new Black Box HG-2MS, you get the classic Black Box HG-2 plugin on top and for free!

Meet Your mix buss’ best friend
Celebrated mix & mastering engineers like Dave Pensado, Bob Horn, and Heba Kadry rely on the sweet tubes and creamy-sounding transformers of the Black Box HG-2 to help their mixes sound louder, bigger, and punchier at the same peak level. Now, the HG-2 MS version offers mid-side processing, advanced filters, and more for even greater sonic refinement. This new plugin has also received Brainworx patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)*.

“MS” in many ways
The HG-2 MS is a Mid/Side version of the acclaimed HG-2. But it’s more than that. It also includes dedicated Mono mixing and Stereo buss versions, and now delivers More Saturation options and a wider variety of colors than ever before thanks to its new filter section. Select from highpass, lowpass, bandpass, and bandstop filters to tailor your saturation separately for each channel.

Sweeten your audio in mono, stereo, or mid-side modes
For the first time, process your audio with the rich, brilliant sound of the Black Box using mid-side processing for more sophisticated control over your sound. Saturate the sides, while keeping the center clean and punchy, or use more edgy odd-order saturation on the side and warmer even-order saturation on the center—or vice versa.

Paint Your Tracks with a Whole Palette of Tube Colors
HG-2 emulates four different vacuum tube stages combined in series and parallel circuits to color your mix and individual tracks with a wide range of rich and varied harmonics. Separate gain controls for emulated 6U8A pentode and triode tubes are placed in series between buttery virtual transformers warming the plugin’s input and output.

Dial-in the perfect blend of pentode and triode tube sweetness
...then adjust the Density control to drive both tubes harder without changing their relative balance or the plugin’s output level, adding more girth and mass. The Calibration menu emulates the effect of an internal trim adjustment in the original hardware unit, instantly modifying the HG-2’s high-frequency response to produce Dark, Normal, or Bright coloration.

Sprinkle, punch und tube softness
An added Air knob lets you control how much high-frequency fairy dust you sprinkle on vocal tracks, string instruments, piano, and full mixes. Turning down the Mix control adds back dry signal at the plugin’s output, combining HG-2’s beautiful tube softness and luster with your mix’s perfectly preserved detail and punch.

* Brainworx Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) is protected under the following patent: US Patent No. 10,725,727

Features

  • The MS version of the Black Box offers Mid-Side, Mono/Stereo, and More Saturation options
  • Brainworx Audio's patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)
  • Additional digital-only controls like Input Gain, Density, Calibration, Air, and Mix
  • Separate gain controls for virtual 6U8A pentode and triode tubes
  • Parallel Saturation circuit selects one of two modeled 12AX7 tubes—one voiced more aggressively than the other
  • Redesigned Filter Section - 4 variable Filters and the Flat mode for the Saturation circuit
  • Calibration menu to mimic internal trim adjustment
  • Variable Density control to boost gain equally for virtual pentode and triode tubes
  • Variable Air control to add silvery sparkle and sweetness above 10 kHz
  • Added Mix control to adjust wet/dry balance
  • Loaded with plenty of useful presets created by Josh Gudwin, Michael Brauer, Matt Weiss & Eric Racy

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Josh Gudwin

    Josh Gudwin

    5x Latin Grammy Awards, 3x Grammy Awards

    This new Black Box HG-2MS is a welcomed upgrade with its new flexibility. The additions like TMT, Density, Mono Maker, Stereo Width, calibration, MS capabilities, and selected frequency… Read More

  • Michael Brauer

    Michael Brauer

    7 Grammy Awards (Coldplay, John Mayer, The Rolling Stones)

    I love that you can really dig into the different parameters of width and tone to achieve pretty much anything your creativity desires.

  • Heba Kadry

    Heba Kadry

    Mastering Engineer (Slowdive, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Deerhunter)

    The moment I heard about the Black Box harmonic saturation unit in M/S mode, I was on board! It’s not something you see very often with saturation units; a depth in subtleties which I’ve long… Read More

  • Marc Urselli

    Marc Urselli

    3 Grammy Awards (U2, Elton John, Foo Fighters)

    I like how subtle but present the Black Box MS is, I love the extra grit, warmth, and saturation you can achieve and I've been trying it on different instruments and on the mix bus.

  • Koen Heldens

    Koen Heldens

    Mixing Engineer (XXXTentacion, Kanye West, Trippie Redd)

    I love the new M/S function! You can add subtle width to a mix or source without it becoming a phase issue or collapse issue when summing to mono. Very nice!

Customer Reviews

  • Mo Betta

    ★★★★★
    by deadscenerecords.com
    This is a major improvement over the previous version of the plugin and is not merely an MS and EQ enhancement. It's sounding better and closer to a real tube. I will definitely be using this.
  • HG-2MS

    ★★★★★
    by Max KLM
    Beautiful for mastering and for groups of instruments.
  • The Best Satch, you can Buy

    ★★★★★
    by Studiorat
    Cant Live without it, I always look for Saturation, for. all kinds of things that normally wouldn't want saturation, like Cellos, and Glockenspiel, and Marimba, All kinds of stuff, that may be just… Read More
  • Loving it within minutes

    ★★★★★
    by Heart of Cygnus
    So, right "out of the box" (and in the box), I'm loving this plugin. I put it on the electric guitar bus of a new tune I'm fiddling with (heavy 8 string guitars) using a preset for a… Read More
  • Amazing!

    ★★★★★
    by Folia Soundstudio
    This thing really sounds stellar. I'm not even trying to guess how they made it, but it's absolutely worth the hype!

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system.

ChangeLog

HG-2MS

Black Box Analog Design HG-2MS - Changelog

Version 1.1 (Mar 22, 2021)
- General: Compatibility with Logic on Apple Silicon devices via the Rosetta-2 layer
- General: Fixed possible artefacts when freezing or bouncing tracks in Pro Tools
- General: Fixed automation highlighting disappearing in Studio One
- General: Improved license dialog visibility in dark mode
- Fixed artefacts at render start when freezing or bouncing

Version 1.0.1 (Mar 9, 2021)
- fixed an issue with parameter linking

Version 1.0 (Mar 9, 2021)
- Release version