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 Stereo Mastering Limiter
  • 4 limiters working for you at the same time!
    (Mid Lo, Mid Hi, S & LR Master)
  • Multiple Solo, Auto Solo and Link features gives users precise control over all limiter stages
  • 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.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Richard Devine

    Richard Devine

    Sound Designer/Artist (Hollywood Edge, Sound Delux, Sony Creative Software)

    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

  • X:144

    X:144

    Producer/Mix & Mastering Engineer (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Qusai, EA Sports: Madden NFL)

    This is what brought it all together for me. It’s why I’m here at Plugin Alliance. This very plugin started it all. No more limiting the full bandwidth… I now can control the two bands over… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent

    ★★★★☆
    by BX boom
    Beyond exception
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thanks. What is missing for the 5th star, please?
  • A problem solver with superb results

    ★★★★★
    by Zak Rahman
    This plugin solved many problems for me and helped me get fantastic results in my weaker areas. Mastering in particular is a mysterious and dark art for producers like me who do everything by… Read More
  • It's awsome

    ★★★★★
    by sul chung
    I love it
  • Details

    ★★★★★
    by Larry
    The manual said to listen to professional recordings to get an understanding what to listen for. I did and I decided to tweak it, afterwards I flipped back and it was subtle but something was… Read More
  • Brainworx bx_XL V2

    ★★★★★
    by Kevin Bomar
    Brilliant straight forward setup. While the loudness wars are starting to end, you need to know that the V2 is not just for making things loud although it does do that exceptionally well. You can… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

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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ChangeLog

bx_XL V2

Brainworx bx_XL V2 - Changelog

Version 2.11 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset


Version 2.10 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)
- Fixed Dynamic Range Meter not displaying level

Version 2.9 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 2.8 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 2.7.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 2.7 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 2.6 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Fixed AAX DSP load issue (BUGS-1113)
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 2.5.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 2.5.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 2.5.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 2.5 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Fixed output meters

Version 2.4
- Fixed L/R balance meter
- Fixed sidechain delay compensation
- Fixed parameter smoothing

Version 2.3 (Nov 26, 2013)
- Licenser update (V3): Fixes and new features
- Prevent wrong mouse wheel behavior in 32-bit hosts on 64-bit Windows (Windows bug) (87, 95, 156)
- Fixed keyboard events after text input in Pro Tools Windows (325)
- Fixed parameter value display in VST3 (330)
- Fixed toolbar triggering automation (335)
- Fixed window size issues (279, 327)
- Fixed possible preset issues in Pro Tools 11 (312)
- Fixed latency reporting

Version 2.2.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 2.2 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 2.1 (Apr 05, 2013)
- otimized performance
- fixed issues with possible high CPU load
- fixed Avid related issue in Pro Tools 10 that could lead to sporadic crashes
- fixed issue that could lead to values jumping in Ableton Live

Version 2.0.3 (Jan 16, 2013)
- added support for high resolution displays (e.g. Apple Retina)
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 2.0.2 (Nov 08, 2012)
- fix AU issue (fixes AU validation)

Version 2.0.1 (Oct 31, 2012)
- licenser: minor fixes
- licenser: fixed activation issue under Mac OS 10.5 / Pro Tools 8
- licenser: fixed potential crash in online activation under Mac OS
- licenser: fixed issues with USB stick activation
- licenser: fixed file handling with offline activation

Version 2.0 (Oct 16, 2012)
- Release version