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Overview

The Brainworx bx_console plugin is a faithful emulation of the rare and coveted Neve VXS console. The specific Neve VXS console emulated has an amazing history involving some truly remarkable projects -- recording orchestras for films during its time at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County California, making hit records during its time in Sweden in an ex-Abba member owned studio, and now, serving 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 Neve VXS was something of a bridge between vintage Neve 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 Neve punch and vibe.

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

About Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)
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.

Nowhere is this unit-to-unit variation in an analog audio system more critical than in a large format mixing console. Any seasoned engineer or producer will tell you that there are audible differences between discrete channels of a high-end mixing console, and yet ALL emulated channel strips currently on the market are based on the exact same channel. The specific nonlinearities and distortions of that particular channel are what create its unique character. However, when you multiply that exact character from one to several dozen channels, what used to sound a lot like the original now starts to diverge, sometimes dramatically.

Using TMT, engineers at Brainworx painstakingly cataloged the manufacturer’s stated tolerances for over 150 components in Dirk’s Neve VXS 72 console. Finding the correct tolerance range to use requires an assessment of not only the tolerance range stated by the component manufacturer, but also the tolerance requirements set by the original analog equipment designer. The resulting variability creates a stunning new realism for in-the-box mixing.

Activate the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) with your Plugin Alliance account to find out how the Brainworx bx_console introduces a whole new level of analog realism to the digital domain.

Legal Disclaimer: Neve, VXS, and 88RS are registered trademarks of AMS/Neve, Inc. bx_console was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Neve has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_console in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

Features

  • Takes in-the-box mixing to a new level of analog realism by using Brainworx’s new Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) 
  • Emulates the legendary Neve signal path
  • Emulates the channel to channel variation between 72 channels of the brainworx console
  • Adds several “mods” to the already fantastic original design in the EQ and Dynamics sections
  • Delivers iconic console tone without the noise and instability of a vintage console, unless desired and dialed in on purpose
  • Four-band EQ plus high pass and low pass filters
  • Comprehensive dynamics section (Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate)
  • Loaded with plenty of useful presets to give you a starting place for finding your sound
  • EUCON parameter mapping for Avid controllers, including the S6 control surface
  • Noise control allows you to mimic the noise level of the original or maintain all the tone without any noise
  • A piece of rock and roll history, inside your DAW

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Toby Pitman
    Toby Pitman

    With most channel strip plugins you get the same channel over and over. BX_Console gives you the whole desk. Definitely brings a cohesiveness to a mix that you only really get from mixing on a… Read More

  • Simon Franglen
    Simon Franglen

    I grew up in an analog world that I thought was long gone inside the computer. Today I found an analog desk in a plugin. bx_console nails the sound of the Vx. The proof that the new ‘analog’… Read More

  • Craig Bauer
    Craig Bauer

    The first thing I used bx_console on was a kick drum from a mix I was working on, and within a few minutes I had something that annihilated what I had previously.

  • Greg Wurth
    Greg Wurth

    Sounds and feels like a console.

  • Matt Lange
    Matt Lange

    Just dropped it across a bunch of channels in a mix session and there was an immediate warmth and separation that wasn't there before. It's killer on kick drums too... I foresee myself… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Best PA plugin
    by Poshook
    Definitely the best PA plugin to date. EQ section together with TMT feature makes this plugin sounding incredible on everything. I wish I could have preset management as a direct part of the plugin… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    bx console
    by Ones & Zeros
    Stunning!
    As a former UAD addict, it has taken me until now to find a replacement for the 88RS. I didn't demo bx console, as I knew it would be good, but it turns out that it's far superior to… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Digital joy
    by Alex Hepting
    Hunting audio trough a console gives you a smile. Sounds can be tweaked and gated an this with almost any pumping. Say good bye to pop and hiss sound. Or just use the plain sound as a complementary… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Console
    by Jimmy Wilkerson
    When it comes to channel separation, nothing on the market beats Console. There is nothing to compare it to. All of the usual channel strip suspects are present: equalizer, compressor, and filters… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    BX_Console
    by Reluctant at first
    You think there won't be enough of a difference between this Neve model and the one you bought from UA, or the SSL 4000 channel strip from UA or Waves for you to notice the difference, but it was on… Read More

Awards

  • Excellence Award from German Delamar.de.
    Excellence Award from German Delamar.de.

    Brainworx bx_console was given an Excellence Award from German blog Delamar.de.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

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

Downloads

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