Overview

There’s something magical about the sound of a large-format Neve console that you just couldn’t get from your DAW until bx_console came along. Brainworx’s revolutionary plugin delivered a startlingly realistic model of the rare 72-channel Neve® VXS™ analog console owned by producer/engineer Dirk Ulrich, Founder and CEO of Brainworx.

Thanks to Brainworx’s pioneering Tolerance Modeling Technology, every one of bx_console N’s selectable 72 channels simulates a different Neve VXS channel by modeling the slight channel-to-channel variances in the values of its analog components. Strap a bunch of bx_console N plugins across your mix, and you get the deep, wide and punchy multi-channel analog sound of the classic Neve VXS—inside your DAW!

No Two Channels Sound Exactly Alike — Just Like with Analog

Typical channel strip plugins only model ONE channel of a mixer. No matter how many instances of that one-channel plugin you use, you get the same equalization curves, compression times, and frequency & phase responses.

Even if you use different control settings for the plugin on every track, you end up with flat, narrow, two-dimensional digital sound.

In contrast, each channel on a large-format, analog mixing console sounds a little different, creating a much more complex and dimensional sound. That’s what bx_console N does too. The plugin uses Brainworx’s proprietary, patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) to accurately replicate variations in the values of over 150 individual electronic components specified by the original Neve console designer, giving you the deep and wide “mixed on a big Neve analog console” sound your DAW has been starving for.

The Sound, Feel and Workflow of a Neve VXS Console—In Your DAW!

Each instance of bx_console N includes meticulous models of the comprehensive Compressor/Limiter, full-featured Expander/Gate, powerful 4-band EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters in the Neve VXS analog mixing console. But because bx_console N was designed using TMT, the EQ and Dynamics curves for these processors are a little different on each and every channel - like in a real VXS console. These slight variations add the complexity, nuance, depth and width that only analog could give you - until now.

More Powerful Than the Original

bx_console N adds many Brainworx modifications and new, contemporary features lacking in the original Neve VXS console, greatly increasing the plugin’s flexibility. The Compressor/Limiter’s new Mix (Dry/Wet) control is your ticket to crafting monster drum sounds and in-your-face guitar tracks using parallel compression.

Unlike with the original VXS console, you can adjust the threshold for the Compressor’s secondary release time to keep it from pumping and whipsawing delicate acoustic guitar tracks. Raise the dedicated HPF control in the Compressor’s sidechain — another plugin-only feature — to keep heavily compressed drum and electric bass tracks sounding punchy, and leveled male vocals sounding warm and round.

One mouse click switches the EQ from post- to pre- Compressor, helping you to craft a huge but controlled bottom end on bass tracks and full mixes. Boost the THD control to lather vocals, bass, electric guitar and drum tracks with lush saturation, independently per channel, adding girth and density.

While you’re mixing, simple mouse clicks in the plugin toolbar let you alternately solo mid and side channels on stereo tracks, helping you to hunt down undesirable distortion and phase problems in a heartbeat. bx_console N is a Neve VXS console on steroids!!

No, this is not just a "channel strip" model.
bx_console N is a complete 72-channel  analog console inside your computer!

Legal Disclaimer: bx_console N was developed by Brainworx using its own modeling techniques, and one of the products studied was the Neve VXS. Neve, 88R, and VXS are registered trademarks of AMS/Neve Inc., which is unaffiliated with Brainworx. AMS/Neve have not licensed any intellectual property for use in the bx_console N, nor have they endorsed or supported the bx_console N in any manner.

Features

  • Models the rare, large-format Neve VXS analog mixing console, offering 72 different TMT channels
  • Full-featured channel strip includes a Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate, 4-band EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters
  • Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, Patent Pending) simulates channel-to-channel variances in electronic components for the most realistic analog sound
  • Gate features continuously variable Hysteresis control that prevents on-off chattering when input signal level fluctuates around the threshold
  • 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
  • Comprehensive metering and monitoring facilities incl. M/S solo features

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Toby Pitman

    Toby Pitman

    Paul McCartney, David Arnold, Sonos

    With most channel strip plugins you get the same channel over and over. bx_console N 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

    Composer/Producer (Avatar, Titanic, Michael Jackson)

    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 N nails the sound of the Vx. The proof that the new ‘analog’… Read More

  • Greg Wurth

    Greg Wurth

    Producer/Engineer (Greg Wurth Audio, Steve Vai)

    Sounds and feels like a console.

  • Matt Lange

    Matt Lange

    Producer/Composer/DJ (mau5trap, isoRhythm, Anjunadeep)

    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

  • X:144

    X:144

    Producer/Mix & Mastering Engineer (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Qusai, EA Sports: Madden NFL)

    bx_console N has become my go to channel strip in the recent months. It’s literally on every mix I’ve done since. The level of thoughtfulness is apparent from the moment you realize that the… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Console N

    ★★★★★
    by Mansardian
    I admit: I was sceptical. I thought, well...just another channelstrip. So I resisted the temptation for a long time. But I just couldn't ignore it forever. I mixed on a Neve VR Legend (somehow… Read More
  • Amazing!

    ★★★★★
    by Umbral Studio
    i just love it. so many possibilities, it's really versatile and unique, but i specially love the dynamics section. that comp/lim is awesome..oh boy :)
  • Thank you!

    ★★★★★
    by GregB
    Using this console on everything. Saving me time and CPU not having to use a slew of other plugins, and best of all, it sounds fantastic.
  • Nice and warm

    ★★★★★
    by Tonstudio Melodee
    Very nice warm, analag coloration. Sometimes followed by spl transient designer plus for analog synths and basses. A very good plugin for getting modern sound. Brings a nice top end shine - similar… Read More
  • bx_console N

    ★★★★★
    by Freddy
    Well I thought TMT (?), I have got NLS so what's the big deal....
    Boy was I surprised when I demoed this one. Unbelievable what a difference TMT makes. Dirk you really nailed it! I'm in… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thank you! Dirk.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts 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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