Brainworx bx_XL V2

M/S Mastering Limiter. The New Loud!

Overview

Brainworx developed the bx_XL V2 to provide mastering engineers with the ability to deliver the loud mixes record labels demand without squashing the life out of the mix. bx_XL V2 uses M/S technology taken from their “modern classic” bx_digital V2 to convert stereo signals into M (mid / sum) and S (side / difference) signals. By splitting the M channel into 2 bands (high & low), you can limit and level control 3 individual channels (side, mid high, & mid low) to increase loudness while drastically improving the clarity of your stereo mixes— with far fewer distortion artifacts and much more punch than conventional two-channel limiters.

The Crossover Frequency slider determines the highest frequency affected by the mid low section. Use it to separate the kick drum so you can limit it differently from the rest of your mid signal. This is extremely useful for mixes that require powerful bottom end such as dance, rap, techno and rock.

After the 3 channels of bx_XL V2 have been mixed back into a stereo signal, an additional brick wall peak stop limiter offers an adjustable master out level. That’s 4 stages (or 5 channels…) of pro limiter for the ultimate loud and clear stereo mix!

The bx_XL V2 also includes a 3-band “psycho-acoustic” loudness maximizer, and a host of detailed Level meters, making it a sophisticated dynamics & loudness control system second to none.

The bx_XL V2 is designed to be the final plugin on the stereo master buss, making it the ideal companion to Brainworx’s bx_limiter plugin, which is designed for sub-groups and stems. However, you may find situations where the bx_XL V2, with its multiple limiting stages and other advanced features, is the right choice for stems and busses.

If you need to deliver LOUD mixes that aren’t squashed, download the bx_XL V2 today and give it a try. Like all Plugin Alliance products, it’s available for a full function 14-day demo, no dongle required!

Features

  • M/S mastering limiter for stereo signals
  • 4 separate limiting stages
  • Multiple Solo, Auto Solo and Link features gives users precise control over all limiter stages
  • 2-band (Mid Low & Mid High) separated mid-processing
  • New X-Phase crossover filters
  • M/S stereo width control on any stereo channel
  • XL Saturation on board.
  • High volume masters that don´t sound squashed or distorted.
  • Automatable and supports copy and paste of parameters
  • 32 levels of undo/redo
  • Upgrade from bx_XL V1 available

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Richard Devine
    Richard Devine

    So far this is my favorite mastering limiter I have used. I am completely surprised how much volume I am able to get without crushing the dynamics out of my mixes. The M/S technology allows you to… Read more

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    bx xl v 2
    by studiocorbiere
    June 25, 2016
    très bon plug, pour un travail précis des dynamiques en M/S, ajoute un plus bien réel.
    il apporte de l’intelligibilité au mix, tout devient plus "évident" clair.
    je l'utilise… Read more
  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic mastering tool
    by Owl
    June 10, 2016
    I bought this plugin when I did some AB'ing between the XL, the Waves L2 and a few others. I use it all the time at the end of my mastering chain basically because I found the limiter on this plugin… Read more
  • ★★★★★
    A Must For Mastering
    by David
    June 7, 2016
    The XL V2 is the perfect limiter to have at the end of your mastering chain. I use this plug on all my masters and I'm impressed with the width and depth that it adds to my work. The crossover… Read more
  • ★★★★★
    Loud and Proud - Superb Mastering Tool
    by AreG
    June 2, 2016
    The bx_XL gives you that "mastered" sound and goes insanely loud and clear without squashing/distorting your mix. Setup requires a few more seconds than traditional multiband limiters/maximizers. The… Read more
  • ★★★★★
    bx_XL V2
    by Derek
    April 19, 2016
    It works perfectly! I was worried when I saw the review about the distorted low end and so I checked it thoroughly. No problem - works like a bomb.This id a very good mastering and mixing limiter -… Read more

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.11
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 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

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