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Overview

Turn your DAW into a classic, high-end mixing console! bx_console E is a stunning 72-channel emulation (yes, that´s 72 different channels!) of the world-famous British E Series mixing console, introduced in 1979. Heard on countless hit records by marquee artists including Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Sting and Genesis, the E Series is the preferred console of celebrated mix engineers Chris Lord Alge, Bob Clearmountain and innumerable others. Now, thanks to Brainworx’s revolutionary Tolerance Modeling Technology, the E Series console’s three-dimensional analog sound has been reproduced with startling realism in the digital realm.

But there’s more. Brainworx’s owner — accomplished producer/engineer Dirk Ulrich — and his award-winning development team turbocharged the classic hit-making console with a boatload of powerful mods and new features, including some from the later-released G Series British console. Rather than simply model an EQ and compressor, Dirk and the Brainworx team created the sound, feel and workflow of an ideal hybrid large-format console, incorporating all the missing features he’s longed for when working on traditional British consoles.

You can now have that ideal multichannel console in your laptop.

Every Channel Sounds Different — Just Like with Analog

Typical channel strip plugins only model one channel and let you apply multiple instances of that exact same channel across your mix. bx_console E is different. It uses Brainworx’s proprietary, patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) to accurately replicate individual component variations specified by the manufacturer and/or original hardware designer. This creates, in separate instances of bx_console E, the small channel-to-channel variances you would expect to hear in the original analog mixer. bx_console E’s intuitive interface allows you to recall up to 72 different-sounding channels that, when strapped across all your tracks, give you hyper-realistic “mixed on a big console” sound for the first time in the box.

Each channel includes a comprehensive Compressor/Limiter, full-featured Expander/Gate, powerful 4-band Parametric EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters—with incredibly flexible signal routing just like in the original analog console. But with TMT, each channel produces slightly different frequency and phase responses, as well as differing compression and gate characteristics—exactly like in a real analog console. These slight variations add the complexity, nuance, depth and width for which analog is so deeply treasured.

An extremely low CPU load lets you instantiate dozens of instances of the plugin across your DAW project—building your dream vintage mixer. You can manually select any channel number you wish to use on each track, or use bx_console E’s Randomize function to select the channel number by chance for one or all channels used in your project. (Quick tip: duplicate one instance of bx_console E across all your tracks and then click the Random Channel/All button to instantly create that big-console sound!) Select Digital Mode for any channel pair to bypass TMT and match the two channels’ responses exactly—useful when, for example, gating both sides of a stereo track in perfect synchrony.

Build a Hybrid Mixer!

The analog E Series console had different EQ revisions over time, and some engineers prefer one or the other. In bx_console E’s super-fast GUI, a click of your mouse is all it takes to swap models of the “black” and “brown” EQ revisions—which sound dramatically different—on any channel. That alone gives you a selection of 144 different-sounding console channels to choose from! And if you’d rather hear the later-released British G Series console’s compressor on some tracks, that’s also a snap. A simple mouse click toggles models of the VCAs for the colorful E Series and more pristine-sounding G Series compressors on any channel. And just like in the analog E Series console, both the Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate can be triggered by another track routed to their external sidechain input: gate a bass guitar track so that it voices only when the kick drum hits, creating super-tight rhythm tracks!

More Powerful Than the Original

bx_console E adds many features that greatly expand the power and flexibility of the plugin far beyond that of the original console. The handy Mix (Dry / Wet) control creates super-size parallel compression effects lickety-split, adding density to vocals and electric guitar tracks alike while fully preserving detail. Use the optional secondary release-time control to prevent the compressor from pumping on delicate acoustic tracks. The THD control adds colorful saturation and density (on a per-channel basis!) to more than just vocals, bass and electric guitar tracks: crank it up when compressing room mics for rock drums, for a more aggressive sound. Raise the Compressor’s dedicated HPF control on room mics to let the kick drum breathe more for a beefier sound, while still squashing the bejesus out of the snare drum and cymbals and jacking up the room’s ambience. Quickly hunt down undesirable distortion and phase problems on stereo tracks and auxes by alternately monitoring the mid and side channels, using simple mouse clicks in the plugin toolbar.

Two alternate threshold ranges for the Expander and Gate cover a whopping 70dB range, even letting you process whisper-quiet tracks barely exceeding -60 dBFS. And say goodbye to chattering gates: use the Hysteresis control to set a dedicated close threshold up to 25 dB lower than the open threshold, preventing sustained guitar notes and ringing cymbals from making the gate stutter. Activating the Expander Invert button lets you hear only the portion of the signal that will be expanded or gated, aiding your setting the threshold.

Shift the High Pass and Low Pass filters’ original frequency ranges by a factor of three to create a midrange bandpass filter, then crank the Virtual Gain and THD knobs to add noise and distortion to create the classic “old telephone speaker” effect on lead vocals. bx_console E’s powerful extra features create an E Series console on steroids!

No, it’s not just a channel strip model. bx_console E is hyper-realistic analog large-format-console sound for your DAW.

Legal Disclaimer: bx_console E was developed by Brainworx using its own modeling techniques, and one of the products studied was the SSL 4000 E. Solid State Logic and SSL are registered trademarks of Red Lion 49 Limited, which is unaffiliated with Brainworx.  Red Lion 49 and Solid State Logic have not licensed any intellectual property for use in the bx_console E, nor have they endorsed or supported the bx_console E in any manner.

Features

  • Models the classic British E Series mixing console, offering 72 different channels
  • Full-featured channel strip includes a Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate, 4-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters
  • Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, Patent Pending) simulates channel-to-channel variances of electronic components for the most realistic analog sound
  • “Brown” and “Black” EQ revisions can be swapped independently per channel with the click of a mouse
  • HF and LF EQ bands can be independently switched to provide either bell-curve or shelving response
  • EQ can be placed before or after the Dynamics section (Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate), in the audio path, or routed to the Dynamics’ sidechain
  • High Pass and Low Pass filters’ frequency ranges can be independently shifted by a factor of three to reach far into the midrange band
  • High Pass and Low Pass filters can be placed in the audio path or the Dynamics’ sidechain
  • Compressor/Limiter features continuously variable Threshold, Ratio, wet/dry Mix and two-stage Release controls; a dedicated High Pass filter; and a toggle for Auto- and Fast-attack times
  • Expander/Gate features continuously variable Threshold, Range and Release controls; two alternate Threshold ranges; and an Auto-/Fast-attack toggle
  • Swap E and G Series Compressor VCAs independently per channel with the click of a mouse
  • Expander/Gate features continuously variable Threshold, Range and Release controls and an Auto-/Fast-attack toggle
  • Gate features continuously variable Hysteresis control that prevents on-off chattering when input signal level fluctuates around the threshold
  • Expander Invert function lets you hear just the portion of signal that will be gated or expanded, helping you set the most effective threshold
  • Dynamics section can be keyed by an external sidechain input signal
  • Continuously variable THD control adds colorful saturation independently per channel
  • Continuously variable Virtual Gain control adds simulated analog noise independently per channel
  • Comprehensive metering and monitoring facilities incl. M/S solo features
  • EUCON parameter mapping provided for Avid controllers, including the S6 control surface

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Jody Wisternoff
    Jody Wisternoff

    Excellent SSL emulations. Their very unique sound is cleverly replicated. These plugins are a great way to access classic mojo in the comfort of your own home. Will be using frequently!

  • Lee Slater
    Lee Slater

    OMG, your drums will thank you for this! Bigger, better, harder -- it's like having a console at your fingertips! The E series EQ/comp on drums has always been my favourite, but now with the mix… Read More

  • Junkie XL
    Junkie XL

    This is really awesome! I inserted my favourite model, the bx_console E, on all 48 of my subgroups in Cubase. It sounds phenomenal! Whatever you need, it is right here on each channel. A must-have… Read More

  • Michael Zimmerling
    Michael Zimmerling

    The wizards from Brainworx have done it again! All their console emulations deliver rich sound and realistic punch which had seemed to be impossible!

  • Josh Newell
    Josh Newell

    The Brainworx E and G console emulations are great. They sound more open than other console emulations I've tried. The addition of the blend knob and HPF on the dynamics section is also a… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    nice
    by EA
    yet another great one
  • ★★★★★
    Brainworx bx_console E
    by Rashrule
    I love this Brainwork bx_console E! It sounds great on mixes and it's the perfect all in one plugin. You don't have to search for a separate eq, compressor or gate to do the job, everything is there… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    my go-to channel strip
    by Ones & Zeros
    Tight low-end, lovely EQ, and an all-round great sound. I often just use the hi/low-pass filters or the THD. CPU use is vert light, I have it on every channel of my live set. The compressor is pretty… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    BX Console E = Fantastic!
    by Chris M
    I'm a huge fan of the BX Console VXS as it is awesome in every respect and so when this E version came out I had to try it right away. Just as I thought I would, I fell instantly in love with this E… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    BX Console E
    by Scott M
    After using the original BX Console for the past few months and being very happy with the sonic results, it was a no-brainer to get the BX Console E on release. Where the BX Console gives my channels… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, 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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