Overview

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Some History - 9 Studio Consoles Only in Existence!

We’re proud to welcome Focusrite’s famous and ultra-rare console to our platform.10 were only ever made, 9 are still alive today. Please check the amazing 38 minute documentary (made by Focusrite) about this console on YouTube, which is in our video playlist above.

The birth of Focusrite began in 1985 when Sir George Martin, otherwise known as the fifth Beatle, approached Rupert Neve to inquire about custom modules for AIR Montserrat. His studio regularly saw everyone from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and countless others. George discussed with Rupert a design for a top of the line microphone preamp and an EQ with low noise and an extra wide bandwidth with the main goal of it being as musical as possible. What came out of this vision was the ISA-110, featuring a transformer-coupled mic preamp with a four band EQ and highpass and lowpass filters. Word travelled fast and these standalone units could soon be found in studios across the planet. With the massive success achieved by the ISA-110 and the companion ISA-130 compressor/limiter/de-esser module, a ton of orders quickly emerged.

In the late 80’s Focusrite spared no expense when working on their ambitious studio desk, but as costs rapidly reached astronomical levels, the rights to the console were acquired by Phil Dudderidge of Soundcraft Electronics. The Focusrite Studio Console was finally completed by his team. From the work on ISA-110 and ISA-130, Phil’s engineers crafted equally successful designs, the ISA-215, 220 and 430. Since then, the Focusrite Studio Console has gained an enviable reputation for dynamic punch and clinical equalisation and firmly established itself as the recording and mixing desk of choice in select studios all over the world. The list of records made on this desk includes everyone from Green Day, No Doubt and tons of others.

True and Faithful Emulation of the Analog Hardware in the Digital World

The plugin version of this legendary piece of gear, bx_console Focusrite SC continues the tradition started by our bx_console N and the SSL 4000 Series in that it offers 72 channels based on Brainworx's pioneering and patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, US Patent No. 10,725,727). Every one of bx_console Focusrite SC’s 72 channels offers a different Focusrite channel by modeling the slight channel-to-channel variances amongst the analog components. Run a different channel across your entire mix and you can easily get the depth, width and punch that the original analog Focusrite Studio Console provided – all inside your DAW!

Most channel strip plugins on the market emulate a single channel of the desk that they are modeled from. So no matter how many instances of that single channel plugin you use in your mix, you get the same exact equalization and compression curves, along with identical frequency and phase response. And even if you use different control settings for each plugin on a track, you still end up with a flat, narrow and two-dimensional digital sound.

On the other hand, every channel on a large-format, analog mixing console sounds different, often yielding a more complex and dimensional sound. Our bx_console Focusrite SC accomplishes just this by using Brainworx’s proprietary, patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (US Patent No. 10,725,727) to accurately replicate the variations found in the values of over 150 individual electric components specified by the original console designer. This groundbreaking technology creates the small channel-to-channel variances in phase and frequency responses that you would get in an actual analog mixing desk.

And There is More!

Much like with the other plugins in Brainworx’s expanding line of mixing-console emulations, the bx_console Focusrite SC is stacked with an arsenal of extra features designed by Dirk and his team of award-winning design engineers that make the plugin even more powerful than the original hardware. We added a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) control which you can use to dial in some color and saturation along with a Virtual Gain control that can be used to add simulated noise to get an extra analog vibe to your tracks. Adjustable per channel, of course.

Our bx_console Focusrite SC is made in close collaboration with Focusrite to offer you nothing but the highest quality when it comes to the digital replica of this iconic original analog hardware. Try this channel strip in your mix today and experience the transparency, power and control of the world famous Focusrite console!

Features

  • Endorsed and Approved by FOCUSRITE
  • Faithful emulation of the legendary ISA110 Equalizer Module and the ISA130 Dynamic Module include Comp/Limiter, De-Esser and Expander/Gate from the original Focusrite Studio Console designed by Rupert Neve.
  • Brainworx´s TMT inside - Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, US Patent No. 10,725,727) simulates channel-to-channel variances in electronic components for the most realistic analog sound
  • Randomize function for picking emulated channel number
  • Adds several "mods"” to the already fantastic original design in the EQ and Dynamics sections
  • Continuously variable THD control adds colorful saturation independently per channel
  • Continuously variable Virtual Gain control adds simulated analog noise independently per channel for extra analog vibe
  • Loaded with plenty of useful presets to give you a starting place for finding your sound

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Dave Pensado

    Dave Pensado

    Grammy Winning Mix Engineer/Host of Pensado’s Place (Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce)

    I’ve been waiting to see this for a long time; the few times I’ve used a Focusrite console I was blown away by the musicality, the sound, color and character of it. The ISA110 (designed by… Read More

  • Jason Goldstein

    Jason Goldstein

    Mixing & Mastering Engineer (Beyonce, The Lonely Island)

    I was fortunate to work on one of these incredible sounding consoles on a regular basis. They had such a clean, tight and punchy low end with highs that seemed to go on for days...And now it's… Read More

  • Thomas Gold

    Thomas Gold

    Producer/DJ (Armada, Axtone, Protocol, Revealed)

    I work a lot with mix busses in my DAW and I love the Focusrite Console, it just does the job and sounds great. Both modules are easily to adjust and work together perfectly. The sound is… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Good Channel strip

    ★★★★☆
    by guillermopulos
    Excellent EQ and filters, but I don't like the compressor too much.
    I like the individual switches for each EQ band,
  • Love this!

    ★★★★★
    by Withajay
    Another fantastic console emulation by Brainworx! I use this often and can't say enough good things about it! I love that when Plugin-Alliance brings out new recording plugins, they are automatically… Read More
  • Highs with clarity unmatched

    ★★★★★
    by GRNS
    Really doesn't get better than this. Ever since I became aware of its existence, After the first couple of uses, became my go to Channel Strip when mixing.
  • One of the best channel strips!

    ★★★★★
    by Henry
    I have a year with this Channel Strip and the sound is really amazing. I have also the 4000 E and the 4K G one, and I love them -in fact, I always use those channel strips for my tracks.
    But… Read More
  • Focusrite SC Plug-in

    ★★★★★
    by Ihdmedia
    This console emulation is spot on. It can make sweet moves when needed and then absolutely crush a bass or drum bus. Sitting 10 inches from my screen is the ISA One. Using these in tandem is a sweet… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11
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

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ChangeLog

bx_console Focusrite SC

Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC - Changelog

Version 1.3 (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 1.2 (May 27, 2020)
- General: Qualified for use with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
- General: VST3: Fixed potential hangs in a DAW upon loading
- General: Fixed logical issues in undo / redo behavior
- General: Fixed UI resizing issues in Ableton Live on Windows
- General: Fixed audio processing initialization issues on amp and delay products
- Fixed high frequency artifact that could occur on some signals
- Improved metering behavior

Version 1.1 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows
- Added scalable UI feature

Version 1.0 (July 6, 2019)
- Release version