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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 exist), 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.

Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today to inject a little rock n’ roll to your tracks.

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
  • 8 different tone modes: Channel 1 offers Clean or Pushed and Channels 2 & 3 offer Raw, Vintage or Modern 
  • 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
  • Three full function channels with 8 separate tone modes provide wide tonal flexibility
  • Record DI guitars, then edit and process them in the DAW completely using the internal amp simulation, the recording chains and the FX Rack.
  • World-Class guitar sound right on your desktop via faithful recreation of a boutique tube amp

Audio Examples

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    You like Metäl? ;-)
    by James Mullen
    I do... that´s why I loooove this amp sim do death...
    To me, Brainworx are the #1 guitar amp modeling company when it comes to playability, feel and tone. Their special way of capturing… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    The best around
    by Faland
    Simply the best emu of the great Mesa Dual Rectifier.
    The recording chain, combined with the three channels, covers every genre. This is the desert island ampli emulation. Unforgettable.
  • ★★★★★
    Amazing
    by GuitarHead
    Dual Rec in a plugin and this baby rocks. The German cab makes this thing rock hard and the three channels make it versatile enough to use clean, crunch or mega.
    This has quickly became my goto… 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

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system. During this initial release, we at Plugin Alliance look forward to hearing the feedback of our valued customers, as your input will help shape future versions of this utility.