Guitar stomp boxes are great for their durability and simplicity. Dial-in your settings, stomp on the switch and add new dimensions to your rig’s signature sound. The RAT 2 from ProCo Sound is the epitome of this idea- three knobs and a switch are all that stand between you and the heady distortion that helped shape iconic sounds of some of the greatest bands around the world.

Brainworx has now introduced the bx_blackdist2, a plugin version of the RAT 2, modeled to an exacting degree of guitar tone goodness. Simply dial in the ‘Distortion’, filter to shape between sounds ranging from warm to crunchy to screaming, and adjust volume to taste. It’s such a straightforward approach to customizing your pedal chain, no wonder the RAT 2 has become the beloved choice of guitarists and pedal collectors worldwide. The bx_blackdist2 brings the tonal charisma and flexibility of the original right into your DAW.

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Legal Disclaimer: RAT 2 is a registered trademark of ProCo Sound. The bx_blackdist2 was developed by Brainworx based on its own modeling techniques. ProCo has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_blackdist2 in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.


  • Simple, straightforward parameters include Distortion, Filter and Volume
  • Mono or Stereo operation
  • Light CPU load, AAX DSP support
  • Faithful re-creation of ProCo’s RAT 2
  • Warm overdrive to creamy, tube-like distortion to screaming fuzz
  • Plugin version has all the tone, but not all the noise, of the original
  • Plugin does things the pedal can’t, like automation and stereo buss processing

Audio Examples

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome. Now I need the hardware version for live use!
    by Pete Musgrove
    I LOVE this plugin. It's by far the BEST distortion plugin I've ever used and nothing else can deliver the tone it gives me. The filter control is amazing and allowed me to find the EXACT tone I've… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    I like very much.
    by ED
    It is one of the best pedals I have, I like the effect it offers and I think it is very good for the metal style, I recommend it. Greetings. ^_^
  • ★★★★★
    by EA
    Love it
  • ★★★★★
    Great stompbox
    by Eddy
    This is a great sounding stompbox emulation. I use it with my bx amp simulations or an actual guitar preamp. Best way to enjoy it is to hear it in the mix in stead of in solo. Sits well in the mix.… Read More
  • ★★☆☆☆
    by Keith Moore
    Not even close to emulating the original in my opinion.


Supported Plugin Formats

Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.11
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system


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