Get the best characteristics of multiple optical compressors
Brainworx’s bx_opto is an optical compressor plugin that blends the most desirable characteristics and anomalies of legendary light-dependent circuits. The color, character, and tone of various optical compressors have been combined into a single user-friendly interface. bx_opto is easy to operate and packed with gooey optical flavor that mixing engineers will love.
Add warm and open optical compression to your mixes
bx_opto delivers the warm and open sound many engineers look for in an optical compressor VST. It’s a top choice for compressing natural-sounding vocals, acoustic guitars, drum buses, and mix buses. This opto compressor has a generally slower attack time than other types of compressors, which helps preserve detail and articulation while musically gluing your mixes together.
Experience the dynamic sound of photocells
The bx_opto compressor VST reacts differently to various parts of a track, emulating the behavior of photocells that change attack and release times based on accumulated heat. This dynamic response, constantly in motion, delivers a pleasing sound that makes bx_opto a great vocal compressor plugin. A short attack and release are used to tame brief transients like snare hits, while a long attack and release are applied to sustained material such as basslines.
Control release time and shape transients with precision
There’s a Speed knob included with bx_opto that modifies the release time, which is a feature that many optical compressors lack. As a result, you can shape transients with precision and use bx_opto to process a wide assortment of audio material. Providing even more control, the Sidechain section includes four types of filters, allowing you to adjust the range of frequencies that bx_opto responds to.