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

  • 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
  • Limiter

    ★★★★★
    by Kochease
    Very good transparent limiter. Slightly confusing when I first used it. After a few tutorials and videos I figured how to maximize this plug in. Best used on master trak for final mix.

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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