Brainworx bx_refinement

Unique Tool Reduces Harshness in Your Mixes

Overview

The Harshness Control allows you to eliminate unpleasant high frequencies from complex signals and mixes. bx_refinement’s intuitive controls let you adjust various aspects of the sound with ease. Based on M/S (Mid/Side) processing, it imparts a tube-like analog smoothness and is a boon for mix engineers looking to tame unpleasant digital harshness on individual tracks.

Add Tube-like Tone
bx_refinement is not an emulation of a certain tube sound. Instead, it combines several characteristics found in ultra-musical tube-based equipment to give you an effective tool that is easy to operate. As you tweak the bx_refinement controls, the tube graphic gives you precise visual feedback showing you how intensely the process is being applied. Simply look at the tube’s glow and you’ll see how much, how fast, and how dynamic the plugin is affecting the signal.

Easily Target Problem Areas
With powerful, simple controls, bx_refinement allows you to quickly identify and discard offending frequencies. The core of bx_refinement is its Damping Control, which features a dynamic peak band EQ to reduce harsh frequencies. The Solo Filter button lets you listen to only the frequencies you’re removing, while the Soft/Hard function sets the character of the processing.

Dynamic Flexibility
Implement the oscillation option to create nice warming effects. You can adjust the speed of the oscillator with the duration knob, and even sync it to your DAW’s tempo to emphasize rhythmic aspects of your mix or master. The bx_refinement is a processor that will truly stand alone in your sonic toolkit.

Features

  • Reduces harshness and breathes life into recordings
  • Dynamic or modulation-based damping of unwanted frequencies
  • Soft & hard damping provide second order filtering and higher order filtering respectively
  • Solo filter allows you to hear just what you’re removing from the recording
  • Subtle saturation and presence controls enhance the material without changing its character
  • Independent processing of Mid and Side channels in M/S recordings

Audio Examples

Reviews

  • Joe LaPorta

    Since a majority of my chain consists of analog gear, I'm very selective when it comes to which plugins I use.  bx_refinement has definitely been a great addition to my arsenal.

  • Siegfried Meier

    This plugin is the coolest and strangest tool we've come across. It works wonders on harsh overhead and guitar tracks that we've had come in for mixing. In a mastering setting, it really helps clear up the harsh frequencies in a way that no other tool can. Finding new ways to put this thing to use every day!

  • Glenn Schick

    I've been an analog based mastering engineer for the past 20 years. When people used to ask what plug-ins I used, I would always respond with "plug-ins? I don't use no stinking plug-ins." And then Brainworx came into my life. The bx_refinement tool is not for people looking for wow factor on a mastering buss. But it did wow me. Its subtle way of de-harshing, smoothing, making things smooth and cohesive, deserves a wow. It brings the round and warm back into a master that is different than tradition EQ and compression. The bx refinement is a great tool for for today's over processed and harsh tracks. Bravo Brainworx.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
OS X 10.6 or higher in 32- or 64-bit
Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 & Win 8 in 32- or 64-bit

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

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