Overview

Spot the problem - Reduce Harshness - Add Life and Sparkle

The Harshness Control allows you to eliminate unpleasant high frequencies from complex signals and during mastering. Based on M/S (Mid/Side) processing, it imparts a tube-like analog smoothness and tames unpleasant digital harshness.

Add Tube-like Tone

bx_refinement is not an emulation of a certain tube sound. Instead, it combines several characteristics found in musical tube equipment to give you an effective tool that is easy to operate. 

Easily Target Problem Areas

With simple controls, bx_refinement allows you to quickly identify and discard offending frequencies.

Dynamic & Groovy

The oscillation option creates nice warming effects. You can adjust the speed of the oscillator and even sync it to the tempo of your song. This way you can emphasize the groove of your mix.

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
  • M/S processing on board!

 

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.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Joe LaPorta

    Joe LaPorta

    Grammy Award Nominated Senior Mastering Engineer (Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend)

    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

    Songwriter/Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer

    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

    Mastering Engineer (Elton John, Widespread Panic, Justin Bieber, Drive By Truckers, Indigo Girls, Of Montreal)

    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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