Overview

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The Harshness Control allows you to eliminate unpleasant high frequencies from complex signals and mixes. bx_refinement’s intuitive controls let you adjust various aspects of the sound with ease. Based on M/S (Mid/Side) processing, it imparts a tube-like analog smoothness and is a boon for mix engineers looking to tame unpleasant digital harshness on individual tracks.

Add Tube-like Tone
bx_refinement is not an emulation of a certain tube sound. Instead, it combines several characteristics found in ultra-musical tube-based equipment to give you an effective tool that is easy to operate. As you tweak the bx_refinement controls, the tube graphic gives you precise visual feedback showing you how intensely the process is being applied. Simply look at the tube’s glow and you’ll see how much, how fast, and how dynamic the plugin is affecting the signal.

Easily Target Problem Areas
With powerful, simple controls, bx_refinement allows you to quickly identify and discard offending frequencies. The core of bx_refinement is its Damping Control, which features a dynamic peak band EQ to reduce harsh frequencies. The Solo Filter button lets you listen to only the frequencies you’re removing, while the Soft/Hard function sets the character of the processing.

Dynamic Flexibility
Implement the oscillation option to create nice warming effects. You can adjust the speed of the oscillator with the duration knob, and even sync it to your DAW’s tempo to emphasize rhythmic aspects of your mix or master. The bx_refinement is a processor that will truly stand alone in your sonic toolkit.

VENUE AAX format is no longer available for this product. As of May 24th, 2018, the VENUE AAX format will not be part of the license. Current VENUE users don’t need to worry, everything that currently works will continue to do so. Only further development and support will end.

Features

  • Reduces harshness and breathes life into recordings
  • Dynamic or modulation-based damping of unwanted frequencies
  • Soft & hard damping provide second order filtering and higher order filtering respectively
  • Solo filter allows you to hear just what you’re removing from the recording
  • Subtle saturation and presence controls enhance the material without changing its character
  • Independent processing of Mid and Side channels in M/S recordings

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Joe LaPorta
    Joe LaPorta

    Since a majority of my chain consists of analog gear, I'm very selective when it comes to which plugins I use. bx_refinement has definitely been a great addition to my arsenal.

  • Siegfried Meier
    Siegfried Meier

    This plugin is the coolest and strangest tool we've come across. It works wonders on harsh overhead and guitar tracks that we've had come in for mixing. In a mastering setting, it really helps… Read More

  • Glenn Schick
    Glenn Schick

    I've been an analog based mastering engineer for the past 20 years. When people used to ask what plugins I used, I would always respond with "Plugins? I don't use no stinking plugins." And then… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★☆
    Victor
    by Vicsaund
    At the moment, using the bx-refinement on a parallel bus for the of the saturation ... I like to buy .
    P.S Thanks to everyone !!!
  • ★★★★★
    Bits for Refinement
    by little cloud
    I just used bx_refinement one minute ago...again. I had to compile a vocal for a radio show that was clipped and from 3 different sources. The disparity was obvious and refinement was what I turned… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Wow
    by EA
    Sounds better than soothe to my ears
  • ★★★★★
    Nice plugin to control the harshness
    by Martijn van Dongen
    You can use this on on practically everything that sounds to harsh. It has a learning curve but when you know how to use this plugin it does a really awesome job.
  • ★★★★★
    A Wonderful Addition to the Toolbox
    by m2
    Yes, it’s best to ‘get it right at the source’, but it’s reassuring indeed to have BX Refinement around to deal with harsh sounding source material just in case. I find it uncanny how the… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts 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

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