Overview

The bx_oberhausen draws deeply from Brainworx Audio’s extensive experience of working with analog audio equipment to creatively craft world class mixing and mastering plugins.

As the cutting-edge company’s highly-anticipated first Virtual Instrument, it effectively revisits an acclaimed analog synthesizer expander module much loved by generations of musicians for its sought-after sound. The sound itself is reliant on fully-analog, discrete circuits and a classic state-variable 2-pole filter. Some of the key features which have never been done before on this synth is a powerful unison mode, M/S Technology and the signature Brainworx Audio Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT).

Full analog modelling

Original or otherwise, the acclaimed analog synthesizer’s sound now benefits from the ultimate upgrade. Thanks to Brainworx Audio ably boosting bx_oberhausen with full polyphony of up to 32 voices, twice the voice count of today’s priciest poly synths remaining resolutely in the analog domain, users can create sounds that are not possible using the original hardware!

Introducing TMT

Using Brainworx’s proprietary, patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) to accurately replicate individual component variations specified by the manufacturer. This creates, in separate voices slight variations which you would expect to hear in an original analog instrument. With TMT each voice produces a slightly different sound including variations in frequencies and phases as well as frequency responses - exactly like an analog hardware would.These slight variations add the complexity, nuance, depth and width for which analog instruments are loved.

Unison

The voices can be combined to a powerful unison mode. When used with the unique TMT feature, Unison generates a rich, complex and analog sound unparalleled by any other virtual instruments.

M/S Technology

Introducing an unheard feature to the world of synthesizers, this allows you to select which part of your sound passes through the filter section and which doesn't. Allowing for subtle effects like solid bass foundation as well as crazy stereo processing.

Effect Section

These are not just effects. We took some of our best products and shrunk them into an effects rack that is proudly carrying the Brainworx brand. We also asked our partners at Mäag to add their infamous AIR BAND®. The signal chain in the effects section can easily be altered by a drag & drop function.

Extensive Modulation Matrix

The modulation matrix gives you a whole dimension of sound design possibilities.

FM included

Adding Frequency Modulation to an analog synth classic allows you to push the boundaries of creativity much further than the original synthesizers.

Arpeggiator

The arpeggiator comes with all the functions you would expect from it - including an adjustable "swing" parameter.

In-Plugin Preset Management with NKS support

The preset management system allows you to categorize your presets for easy retrieval. You can mark favorites and add your own comments.The bx_oberhausen comes fully loaded with over 300 presets created by the most renowned professionals.The preset management system is fully NKS compliant and nicely integrated with NKS-enabled products.

Features

  • Full analog modelling with full polyphony up to 32 voices
  • TMT inside: Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) to accurately replicate individual component variations specified by the manufacturer.
  • Unison: Combine your voices to a powerful unison mode. Together with the unique TMT feature, Unison generates a rich, complex and analog sound unparalleled by any other virtual instrument.
  • M/S Technology: Create subtle effects like solid bass foundation as well as crazy stereo processing with M/S Technology.
  • Modulation Matrix: The extensive Modulation Matrix gives you a whole dimension of sound design possibilities.
  • Effect section: small versions of effects products proudly carrying the Brainworx brand – including the infamous Mäag AIR BAND®.
  • FM: We push the boundaries of achievable sounds by adding Frequency Modulation to an analog synth classic.
  • The arpeggiator comes with all functions you would expect from it - including an adjustable "swing" parameter.
  • In-Plugin Preset Management with NKS support

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Tom Holkenborg

    Tom Holkenborg

    aka Junkie XL

    Besides the original concept, the bx_oberhausen also comes with really great effects to make the most subtle or brutal patches you can imagine. A must-have for synth enthusiasts!

  • Deniz Koyu

    Deniz Koyu

    Spinnin' Records

    I’m a big fan of the analog classic and this plugin nails its sound, plus it adds great features like the spread knob per oscillator, unison and FM which all sound really good! Loving the M/S… Read More

  • Jody Wisternoff

    Jody Wisternoff

    Way Out West

    Fat and warm sounding when needed, and at the same crystalline and sparkly. More than capable of all your bread and butter analog style synth sounds and much more, this synthesizer expander module… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Bx_Oberhausen Thoughts/Review

    ★★★★★
    by Antifluff
    (These were my first thoughts after I purchased the Bx_Oberhausen, on 5/1/19. I wanted to note my immediate reactions to this Synth, to pass along my excitement and inspiration from such an… Read More
  • A blast to play with and a true-to-life "analog" sound. FX are not as good as they could be.

    ★★★★☆
    by In-Stereo
    This is not the most flexible synth you can buy, but that's not the point -- it sounds like the real deal and has really great character. I love using it because of its simplicity and outstanding… Read More
  • Love this thing!

    ★★★★★
    by Stephen Bentley
    This synth has so much great character (in the best sense) when TMT is switched on. For the first time in a plugin it 100% feels like I'm playing an analogue synth. I also own Omnisphere,… Read More
  • Oberhausen such a great emulation

    ★★★★★
    by MrB
    Only one word for such a great emulations, GREAT, and many more modern option added to bring analog sound big and transparent
  • Awesome

    ★★★★☆
    by JAmd
    I had an OB-6 for a while, and while it sounded amazing, I let it go, because it was a lot of money to tie up in not much functionality.
    So this plugin is very exciting, because to my ears it… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Additional Supported Format
NKS

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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