Brainworx bx_console Plug-in

72-channel Console Modeling Plug-in with Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) - Mac/PC AAX Native, AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3
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World-class Console with Unique Tolerance Modeling

The Brainworx bx_console plug-in faithfully emulates the Neve VXS, a rare - and highly coveted - console. The particular VXS modeled for bx_console is currently the nucleus of the Brainworx studio in Germany where it has been essential in the development of many of the company's plug-ins. While bx_console's authentic reproduction of a channel on this classic board would be enough to make it a great plug-in, what's truly revolutionary is the inclusion of Brainworx's new Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT), which models channel-to-channel variation, making an audible difference in how one console channel sounds compared to another. This translates to a palpable sense of size, dimensionality, and punch in your mixes.

Brainworx bx_console Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Start with one of the finest boards ever made
  • Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)
  • What TMT can do for you
  • Meticulous tolerance modeling
  • The Plugin Alliance
Start with one of the finest boards ever made

Built at the demarcation point between vintage Neve consoles like the 80 and VR series, and the contemporary 88RS, the VXS represents somewhat of a bridge between old and new. It's packed with modern features such as comprehensive EQ and dynamics sections, yet it still delivers that coveted vintage Neve punch and vibe. The actual VXS board modeled for bx_console has a fascinating back story that includes feature film scoring at Skywalker Ranch, hit record making in an ex-Abba member's studio in Sweden, and now, as the centerpiece of the Dirk Ulrich's Brainworx studio in Germany where it has served in the development of many of the company's most popular plug-ins. The bx_console plug-in nails both the features and the sound of this world-class analog mixing console.

Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)

Digital consoles are perfect. Too perfect, many Sweetwater engineers might add - in that every channel sounds exactly the same. Enter Brainworx Tolerance Modeling Technology. bx_console's authoritative reproduction of a channel on this classic console would be sufficient to qualify it as an awesome plug-in. But the revolutionary development here is the inclusion of TMT - which raises the analog realism bar, big time.

What TMT can do for you

Analog components are manufactured to tolerances within an acceptable range. The variance could be 1% on one part and 20% on another. If you're starting to think that this might translate to one console channel sounding a little different from the next, you've hit upon the genius of TMT. Push up a stereo mix on two faders. We believe that a big part of a classic analog desk's sonic allure is attributable to minor phase, frequency response, and other variables between channels. Bigger, fatter, punchier, better.

Meticulous tolerance modeling

Before the modeling work began, Brainworx engineers meticulously cataloged tolerances for over 150 components in Dirk's 72-channel VXS. Determining a suitable tolerance range to use demands an appraisal of not only the tolerance range stated by the component manufacturer, but also the tolerance requirements set by the console designer. The resulting variability afforded by Tolerance Modeling Technology delivers stunning analog realism you've never before experienced when mixing in the box.

The Plugin Alliance

Founded in 2012 by Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulrich, Plugin Alliance is an American pro-audio plug-in company with a mission. The objective? To establish a universal, user-friendly native plug-in standard that supports all major plug-in formats and unites some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof.

Brainworx bx_console Plug-in Features:
  • Takes in-the-box mixing to a new level of analog realism
  • Features Brainworx's revolutionary Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)
  • Emulates the legendary Neve signal path
  • Replicates channel-to-channel variation
  • Adds several mods to the original design in the EQ and Dynamics sections
  • Delivers iconic console tone without the noise and instability of a vintage console (unless desired, and dialed-in intentionally)
  • Noise control allows you to mimic the noise level of the original (or maintain all original tone without any noise)
  • 4-band EQ plus highpass and lowpass filters
  • Comprehensive dynamics section (Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate)
  • Loaded with useful presets to give you a starting point for finding your sound
  • EUCON parameter mapping for Avid controllers, including the S6 control surface
Brainworx bx_console: analog mixing realism, inside your DAW!

Tech Specs

Software Type Console modeling
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processor 2GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel compatible 2GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6-10.10
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/8
Manufacturer Part Number PA-BWX-console

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Tyler Berggren

Brainworx bx_console does something no other analog modeling plugin has been able to do: recreate the analog sound and workflow inside my DAW. It gives me access to the all the tone-shaping tools I'd expect from a large format analog desk, but in a laptop. The EQ is excellent, with rich lows and sparkling highs, and the compressor is extremely flexible, offering snappy transient enhancement or smooth dynamic control. The bx_console plug-in will be on every one of my projects from here on out.
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