Overview

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.

Features

  • 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

  • Support

    ★☆☆☆☆
    by Brian
    Trouble installing, so I have no idea if this plugin works.
    Waiting for support to respond. They will "try" to respond in 24-48+ hours.
  • yes

    ★★★★★
    by 111
    very cool plugin was very useful
  • Not bad

    ★★★★☆
    by K r a d . F a c e
    la emulación es correcta y funciona genial en guitarras o algún synth , pero quizás para mi gusto opaca demasiado los sonidos en algunas ocasiones.
  • bx_blackdist2

    ★★★★★
    by STUDIO.L.DENVER
    Great sounding pedal the bx_blackdist2 i love a Rat!
    and if you want that Rat 2 sound never look back
    grab you a bx_blackdist2 the only way to go.
  • Rat-A-Tat

    ★★★★★
    by Schoeps where are you
    Great to have an emulation of this one.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts running on a supported operating system

Downloads

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ChangeLog

bx_blackdist2

Brainworx bx_blackdist2 - Changelog

Version 1.3 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.2 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.1 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.0.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.0 (Oct 3, 2016)
- Release version