Overview

A select few guitar amps become legends by being a key sonic component of countless hit records and part of the signature tone of a myriad of revered guitarists.

Mesa Boogie’s Dual Rectifier® is one such amp. Unlike other legendary amp circuits, this amp is not only known for a single sound but rather an incredibly wide range of tones- from jazzy cleans to warm crunch to singing overdrive to high gain sounds. Brainworx has now lovingly recreated this legend in plugin form with the bx_megadual.

Not only is the tonal soul of the original captured, but so are all the features which give it such a wide sonic pallet. With three separate channels, eight tone modes, the ability to simulate reduced voltage to the output transformer (Variac) and more, the bx_megadual is perhaps the most versatile guitar amp plugin emulation on the market.

As anyone who regularly records electric guitars will tell you, getting a great tone with a real amp in the studio ain’t easy. It’s a complicated process involving setting up expensive microphones, preamps and outboard gear and requires lots of experience, or at least a lot of trial and error.

The bx_megadual plugin includes 64 Impulse Responses (IRs), which include a dizzying array of guitar cabinets, high-end microphones and other studio gear. Dirk Ulrich (Owner/CEO of Brainworx) was a rock producer for 15 years before entering the plugin business, working with musicians from bands like Dream Theater, Toto, Michael Jackson’s band and many more. He produced these IRs at the Brainworx studio using 3 different MEGA cabinets, 9 different high-end vintage and modern microphones all running through his NEVE VXS72 console (1 out of 9 consoles of this type which exists), and using outboard EQ from Millennia, SPL and elysia.

The resulting tones, which would take tons of gear, time and expertise to achieve, can be selected from a simple menu inside the plugin.

The plugin version also includes some extremely useful features not found on the original amp including a noise gate, delay and power soak.

The bx_megadual plugin delivers the full range of tones found in the original amp- from sparkling cleans, to crunch, to soaring solo tones to full blown, high-gain metal sounds. Its versatility makes it an incredibly useful tool to any Producer/Musician who records electric guitars and a joy to play for any guitarist.

 

Mesa, Mesa Boogie and Dual Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa Engineering, Inc. bx_megadual was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Mesa Engineering has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_megadual in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

Features

  • Faithful reproduction of a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier guitar amp
  • 60+ impulse responses with multiple speaker cabinets recorded in a state of the art room with stellar gear
  • 3 Channels each featuring Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence and Master Volume
  • The Bold/Spongy power switch emulates the original amp’s built-in Variac to get the loose feel of a sagging output transformer, and the Rectifier Select switches between vacuum tube and solid-state circuitry
  • Delivers warm vintage Boogie tones and modern Rectifier metal mayhem
  • World-Class guitar sound right on your desktop via faithful recreation of a boutique tube amp

Audio Examples

Customer Reviews

  • Amazing Rectifier simulation!

    ★★★★★
    by GS
    I owned the real thing, actually nowadays I own a Mark V... and I'm really fan of the real deal! Normaly in all my recordings I use real amps with real cabs loaded with celestion's models, bla, bla..… Read More
  • Mega

    ★★★★★
    by J
    I already had several virtual Recta amps from several companies but after using other Brainworx amp models and loving them I had to get Megadual and it sounds fantastic and reacts well to playing… Read More
  • Mega mesa

    ★★★★★
    by Dear DR
    Love these and the Engl models best in the biz at doing this
  • Pretty cool sound

    ★★★★★
    by eric b.
    Really nice sounds. Perfect on everything gently apply as FX. Can’t say anything bad it’s easy to use and does great result.
  • REVIEW bx_megadual

    ★★★★★
    by Cristian
    Hi. the plugins have an excellent sound, a price that is worth paying.
    What I would like is that as I use a screen reader program, called NVDA, that the plugin is more accessible to the… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

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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ChangeLog

bx_megadual

Brainworx bx_megadual - Changelog

Version 1.8 (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
- Fixed channel 2 producing audio when the gain is at 0

Version 1.7 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset

Version 1.6 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.5 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.4 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.3.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.3 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 1.2 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Fixed missing parameter highlighting in Pro Tools
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 1.1 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update
- Added AAX DSP support

Version 1.0 (Jun 22, 2015)
- Release version