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Overview

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.

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

  • ★★★★☆
    Unique
    by Ryan
    I've enjoyed using this to manipulate samples. Sometimes a sample source just doesn't have the same sonic characteristics as the project it's being used in, but the sample doesn't need any extreme… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    bx refinement
    by Tommy
    Great plugin. I use this subtly on trumpets on trumpets playing jazz or pop. It leaves the good stuff in the sound while reducing the ice pick in the ear frequency.
  • ★★★★★
    bx_refinement
    by Scarino
    Fantastic plug-in!
    Sometimes you have to thoroughly clean up many tracks in a mix, often because they have been recorded in an acoustic unsuitable environment and this can cause a general sound… Read More
  • ★★★★☆
    bx_refinement
    by Donald Trump
    Very good Plug-in. Try for yourself. I'm sure you'll be impressed.
  • ★★★★★
    bx_refinement
    by Big Boys Studios
    I love bx_refinement. It's very very easy to use and can take any overcooked mix element and smooth it out so it sits nicely and becomes very listenable. I can have fat distorted guitars that don't… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.13
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.