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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 the company. Now, the new bx_console N builds on the original plugin’s breathtaking Neve console emulation by adding two powerful features requested by users: per-channel saturation control, and one-click random channel assignments across every instance of bx_console N in your mix.

That last bit is heavy-duty. bx_console N doesn’t give you 72 same-sounding copies of one Neve mixer channel. 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 and compression curves, and the same frequency and 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.

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.

As you add bx_console N to each of your tracks, you can either manually select the channel number you wish to use or click the Random Channel/One button to select the channel number by chance. (Quick tip: duplicate one instance of bx_console N across all your tracks and then click the Random Channel/All button to randomize all the channel numbers at once and 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.

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

The frequency ranges covered by bx_console N’s continuously variable High Pass and Low Pass filters can be independently shifted by a factor of three with the click of a mouse, letting you create filter effects in a snap. De-ess lead vocal tracks by EQ’ing them to sound super-bright and routing the EQ to the Limiter’s sidechain. On soaring guitar solos, you can smoothly and reliably fade out amplifier hiss by adjusting the Gate’s Hysteresis control to set a dedicated close threshold up to 25 dB lower than the open threshold. You can also trigger the Expander/Gate with another track routed to the plugin’s external sidechain input — create super-tight, pulsing rhythm tracks in a flash!

Like the VXS console, bx_console N provides two alternate threshold ranges for the Expander and Gate—covering a whopping 70dB range—making it possible to nuke noise on the quietest or loudest of tracks. A helpful Expander Invert button lets you hear only the portion of the signal that will be expanded or gated, helping you set the threshold quickly and with confidence. All of these great features are what make the VXS console so highly coveted. But bx_console N gives you a lot more…

More Powerful Than the Original

bx_console N adds many mods and new, contemporary features lacking in the original Neve VXS console, greatly increasing the plugin’s power and 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, it’s not just a channel strip model. bx_console N feeds your starving DAW with fat, multi-channel, Neve-analog-console sound!

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 channels
  • Channel randomization feature lets you instantly assign a unique TMT channel number to every instance of the plugin in your entire session (up to 72 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
  • 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
  • Frequency ranges for the High Pass and Low Pass filters can be independently shifted by a factor of three, greatly expanding tone-shaping capabilities
  • Compressor/Limiter features continuously variable Threshold, Ratio, Release, (makeup) Gain, and wet/dry Mix controls; an adjustable threshold control for a secondary, exponential release function; an auto-release mode; two alternate attack times and threshold ranges; and a dedicated, continuously variable High Pass filter in its sidechain
  • Compressor/Limiter allows linking all channels (stereo or surround) within a single multi-channel plugin instance
  • Expander/Gate features continuously variable Threshold, Range and Release controls; two alternate Threshold ranges; and a Fast-attack switch
  • Gate features continuously variable Hysteresis control that prevents on-off chattering when input signal level fluctuates around the threshold
  • Invert function lets you hear just the portion of signal that will be gated or expanded, helping you quickly set the most effective threshold
  • Expander/Gate 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 for extra analog vibe
  • Comprehensive metering and monitoring facilities incl. M/S solo features
  • EUCON parameter mapping provided for Avid console controllers, including the S6 and S6L

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Toby Pitman
    Toby Pitman

    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

    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

    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

  • X:144
    X:144

    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

  • ★★★★★
    bx_console N
    by The Punisher
    This plugin is an absolute necessity while tracking. For a low latency, low CPU draining experience, it is a must to get sounds quickly and efficiently while the artist finds their feet. This is a… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Brainworx bx_console N
    by Rashrule
    The Brainwork bx_console N is just genius! This channel strip just sounds so great and musical on everything. You can start with the professional presets and tweak your way, or you can just do your… Read More
  • ★★★★☆
    sounds better
    by kkl
    This is one awesome plug-in. It just has the right tools to make the song sounds that much punchier. Get it if you want some bite to your sound.
  • ★★★★★
    Bx Console/ N
    by Attacker
    Superb Channel Strip/ Plugin. Not that it matters but this plugin has always been the very best looking and great to work with. This also has a sound of its own besides all of its impt. features. Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Complete
    by Dan
    Life just got a whole lot simpler. Insert on every track, and mix. The original sounded great. Now it sounds even better, but works a heck of a lot better. THD and automatic channel selection are… 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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