Brainworx bx_digital V2

“Plugin of the Decade” -- Future Music UK

Overview

When Brainworx founder Dirk Ulrich, a noted producer who has worked with many top acts including Toto and Dream Theater’s James LaBrie, went looking for a mastering EQ with innovative features like an internal M/S matrix and M/S processing, he discovered that no such thing existed. Rather than compromise, he designed his own. The result was the Modus Equalizer, a multimode analog hardware EQ that offered 3 channels of versatile, gorgeous-sounding EQ. This was the basis for the original bx_digital V1 plugin.

The new bx_digital V2 delivers the same analog soul as the original, plus powerful new features like M/S De-Essing, Mono-Maker, and intelligent Bass and Presence Shifters. Additional M/S features such as Pan for M and S, and Stereo Width Control are also included.

bx_digital V2 works in 3 modes; M/S Mastering, M/S Recording and L/R Stereo. The sophisticated M/S Mastering mode allows you to manipulate, massage, and manhandle mixed tracks to a seemingly impossible degree. The powerful M/S Recording mode decodes mid/side recordings and provides frequency and spatial tools designed to make your tracks sound HUGE. It’s the perfect mode for recording M/S microphone setups in real-time and giving you the amazing sonic results M/S recordings are capable of — hassle free.

bx_digital V2 also offers a mono version for mixing applications and individual channels. You get the same filters and features of the big stereo version, for use with mono tracks. (The mono version excludes the M/S Stereo features, of course.)

Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) to find out why bx_digital V2 was named “Plugin of the Decade,” and has become the go-to EQ for mixing and mastering professionals around the world.

Features

  • Faithfully captures the gorgeous analog sound of the Modus Equalizer
  • 5 Modes: M/S mastering, M/S recording, L/R stereo, mono and multi-mono
  • Mono and stereo versions included
  • 11-band EQ including Shifter EQs up to 22 kHz
  • Intelligent EQs: Bass-Shift & Presence-Shift
  • Individual pan for M and S signals in all stereo modes to control the output balance and stereo image
  • Auto Solo and Auto Listen modes
  • Stereo Width Control
  • Built-in M/S De-Esser / Dynamic EQ (20 Hz - 22 kHz)
  • Mono-Maker Tool: converts the bass frequencies of your mix to mono for huge bass with no phase issues (control from 21Hz to 22kHz)
  • 7-band mastering quality EQ with shelving, bell and pass filters (All 7 bands have been adjusted in frequency-range and type-selection by international mastering engineers to help you easily achieve professional results for your mixes)
  • New and unique “SixPack” Master Section
  • Individual Bypass and Link for every feature
  • Precise Correlation-Metering
  • Balance-Metering
  • Individual L/R and M/S Level LEDs
  • Phase-corrected Solo buttons for L/R/M/S signals
  • 4 automatable settings per preset
  • Copy/Paste, Undo/Redo for all functions
  • Touch-sensitive Auto Solo
  • Mouse wheel control supported for MAC & PC

Audio Examples

Reviews

  • Michael Hartung

    We have produced all of Marit’s songs in our studio, and I love bx_digital and bx_control, they are smart and well thought out. And they sound great. We have been helping to improve the ICON mapping in co-operation with Brainworx and the new V2s work really well with our touch sensitive faders and controllers. Go Brainworx!

  • Nadim Issa

    This thing is truly a swiss army knife. The brainworx is fantastic for doing surgical cuts on tracks, such as vocals or guitars. I find myself isolating unwanted frequencies and resonances quickly thanks to its Auto Solo listen feature. I also always have one on my master buss, where little eq moves and presence shifts go such a long way. The mid-side processing functionality is perfect for busses (drums, guitars, etc). I love that I can easily link or unlink the mid and sides on EVERY frequency band! Oh yeah, and the de-esser is quite possibly the best I've used. No joke.

  • Siegfried Meier

    This is our #1 eq for finalizing masters at Beach Road Mastering. The M-S controls are incredible and allow us to really dig into the finer details of a master. The tone of the EQ is super sweet, with unparalleled control over every frequency band.  The bass and presence shifters give us that Pultec-ish trick sound that is almost always called for, and the De-Esser section is ridiculously useful on masters that have a vocal with a bit too much top end, yet still need the upper frequencies for the rest of the instruments. Kissing the stereo width section just gives a very subtle widening effect without ever doing damage to the image, and the metering is as high end as we have to expect from BX. If we only had 1 EQ in the world, this would be the one to have!!

  • Mikael ‘Count’ Eldridge

    Finally a plug-in for mastering that really does do it all, but actually sounds great. It even has a mid/side de-esser!

  • Snake Newton

    I also use bx_digital V2 a lot and find the band solo function is a fantastic innovation when seaking out a troublesome center frequency.

  • Khaliq Glover - Khaliq-O-Vision

    This is one of the most powerful EQ instruments ever made - period! (and yes, I did call it instrument).

  • Ilpo Karkkainen

    Great for going really deep in M/S and carving the frequency balance and stereo image to your liking. The interface is really well thought out. I know it's primarily a mastering tool but I use it within the mix as well.

  • JC Concato

    Like all other Brainworx plug-ins, this plug-in has lots of really useful features, a very nice interface and a great sound. My definitive mastering plug in.

  • Dylan "3-D" Dresdow

    That V2 is exhaustive the 1st time you use it. Like someone hands you a road map where you can go any direction. Good stuff.

  • Tom Soares

    I'm mixing Erykah Badu's album right now and had a song mixed by someone else the was a mess. I used the V2 plug to readjust the mix so it would work. In the increading world of professional mixers becoming "fixers" instead, this is an essential mixing tool.

  • Robert L. Smith

    I just wanted you to know I have bought most of your plug-ins in the last few months. Your gear is truly amazing! Can't mix and master without them. Thanks so much for making these excellent tools. I am in the midst of some high-profile projects and am more than happy to spread the word.

  • David Reitzas

    I just wanted to tell you that I was blown away with the Brainworx plugins! I can't remember the last time I got a smile from ear to ear when I started tweaking the parameters of a plugin. I think your design is extremely well done and it shows a visionary type of attitude that I appreciate.

  • Ken Lewis

    I've used Brainworx bx_digital on virtually every mix I've done in the last two years. Not only does it have incredibly useful features that no other EQ plug-in has, this thing is possibly the smoothest EQ plugin I've ever heard (and I have about 20 different EQ plug-ins).

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats:
VST2, VST3, AU, AAX NATIVE, AUDIO SUITE, RTAS, TDM & Venue 32-Bit

Supported Operating Systems:
OSX 10.6 or higher in 32 or 64 bit
Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 & Win 8 in 64 bit

Mac:
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)

PC:
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)

System Requirements:
Display resolution: 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

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