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by P. Talbot (2/22/2014):

I use this one on the stereo bus, and its M/S fine tuning treatment is very transparent and rea ... Read more

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Overview

Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ Plug-In
developed by Brainworx

One of the World's Finest Audio Mastering Tools, Now Available on the UAD-2 Platform.

The bx_digital V2 is a state-of-the-art digital mastering equalizer and processor that was recently named Future Music's "Gear of the Decade." This integrated audio toolkit provides precise 11-band equalization and M/S (mid-side) processing of single tracks, subgroups, or summed signals — letting you add presence and transparency to mixes, create impressive lows, correct problems, and emphasize the character of individual instruments and entire mixes. With its independent mono and stereo processing paths, plus an array of intelligent features, the bx_digital V2 has quickly become a must-have tool for many of the world's top mixing, mastering, and post-production engineers.

Features

  • Intelligent mastering processor with 3 Modes: M/S mastering, M/S recording, L/R stereo
  • Process Mono and Stereo signals separately, with precise control of each signal
  • Powerful and unique "SixPack" Master Section
  • 11-band EQ, including Shifting EQs up to 22 kHz
  • Built-in M/S De-Esser / Dynamic EQ (20 Hz – 22 kHz)
  • Package includes UAD bx_digital V2 mono version for mix applications
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Brainworx
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
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Brainworx's bx_digital V2 plug-in was developed directly for the UAD platform by Brainworx to emulate their bx1 and bx2 hardware mastering units. Like the hardware, the bx_digital V2 plug-in works in any of three modes: as a stereo/dual-mono EQ; as a M/S matrix equalizer for applying level and EQ changes separately to mid- and side signals; and as a M/S recording processor for converting mid and side mic signals into conventional stereo. The bx_digital V2 plug-in package also includes a bx_digital V2 mono version, perfect for mix equalization of sources like vocals, kick drum, and other typically mono signals.

Operation
With its mastering-grade 11-band equalizer, M/S De-Esser, Mono-Maker and intelligent Bass- and Presence-Shifters, plus its extra M/S features — including individual Pan controls for M and S, and Stereo Width Control — the bx_digital V2 is a very sophisticated processor. But fundamentally, its operation is extremely logical.

Put simply, the bx_digital V2 processor works via a built-in M/S matrix, that separates every stereo signal into its mono sum and the stereo difference signals. In this way, users can separately control the mono and stereo elements like never before. For example, users can simultaneously cut high frequencies of a mix to reduce the "essing" of the lead vocals, while boosting high frequencies of harmony instruments, like guitars, keyboards, and pianos. Or effortlessly separate low-level signals to enhance the clarity and punch of a mix. The bx_digital V2 mono version shares the features and great-sounding filters of its stereo counterpart, and is ideal for mixing use.

Shifting EQs
The bx_digital V2's "Shifting" EQ section has four processors: Presence Shift, Bass Shift, De-Esser, and Mono-Maker.

Presence Shift boosts at 12 kHz and simultaneously cuts at 6 kHz. It has a range of ±12 dB and puts "air" into the sound without exacerbating sibilance.

Bass Shift boosts at 63 Hz and simultaneously cuts at 315 Hz. With a range of ±12 dB, Bass Shift can fatten the bottom end or push the low midrange without booming out the low bass.

De-Esser is a 2-channel dynamic equalizer with an adjustable frequency range of 20 Hz to 22 kHz, and an adjustable threshold range from 0 to –60 dB.

Mono-Maker forces all frequencies from stereo to mono, and is adjustable from 20 Hz to 22 kHz — perfect for tightening up the low-end in any mix. (The Mono-Maker is typically set between 60 - 100 Hz.)

In Use
Applications for the bx_digital V2 plug-in include recording, mixing, mastering, post-production sweetening, sound design, and audio restoration.  

$329.00

Reviews

Reviews

  • Frank Filipetti

    (James Taylor, Rod Stewart)

    “The [UAD] Precision-K has added a whole new dimension to my mixes…literally. Everything is more 3D. Coupled with the [UAD] Brainworx EQ plug-in on my mix buss, I can hear more front to back.”

    Daniel Ho

    (Tia Carrere)

    "The [UAD] Brainworx EQ is the most intuitive, versatile, and comprehensive equalizer in my studio."

    Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans)

    “[The UAD] Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ is the ultimate surgical scalpel where most surgical EQs are like box cutters. If frequency cutting is your business, then this is your tool."

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    by B. Dale (Thursday 6 February, 2014)

    I really wanted to love this EQ but unfortunately I've had some significant issues with it. Given it's presented as a mastering EQ I find it very difficult to make precise movements with the knobs. Holding Shift gives you a little better resolution but it's still jumpy. There's also a feature that's … Read More

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    Great on stereo bus!
    by P. Talbot (Saturday 16 February, 2013)

    I use this one on the stereo bus, and its M/S fine tuning treatment is very transparent and really helps make the mix shine. I'm not talking about mastering here, but just a simple touch to open up the mix a little bit and make it breathe, sometimes that's all that is needed and this one is the easi … Read More

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    great combo of features
    by A. Gabrys (Tuesday 15 January, 2013)

    there is so much that this does - its pretty amazing IMO. I mostly do my own stuff for TV/film (as opposed to mixing other artists) and this is great on my master chain to clean stuff up, and deal with stereo width. i haven't uncovered any things that are "weird" or "didn't realize this was … Read More

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    clean
    by J. Vekich (Sunday 11 November, 2012)

    I'm demoing this as we speak...This is a great plugin especially for the technical aspect of music! you can almost make your sound seem TOO perfect....if that makes sense but This is gonna be my next purchase no doubt!!! you can sculpt your project by removing all the harsh and clunk out of the mix … Read More

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    by D. Ziesing (Thursday 5 July, 2012)

    As a Mastering engineer for Grammy and ARIA award winning artist's, preservation of detail is critical. Nothing shows transient detail like the Focal Grand Utopia tweeters that I use every day. This plugin has some of the cleanest fastest preservation of micro detail I have heard and is a fantastic … Read More

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Artists
  • Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. Read More

    Ken Lewis Crafts Hits for Fun, Kanye West

    Top acts call on Ken Lewis to turn their musical ideas into platinum hits. Read More

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Features & Specs

Features

  • Intelligent mastering processor with 3 Modes: M/S mastering, M/S recording, L/R stereo
  • Process Mono and Stereo signals separately, with precise control of each signal
  • Powerful and unique "SixPack" Master Section
  • 11-band EQ  incl. Shifter EQs up to 22 kHz
  • Built-in M/S De-Esser / Dynamic EQ (20 Hz – 22 kHz)
  • Individual Bypass and Link for every feature
  • Precise Correlation and Balance metering
  • 4 Presets, Copy/Paste, and Undo/Redo for all functions
  • Auto Solo and Auto Listen modes
  • Individual Pan for Mid and Side Signals
  • Phase-corrected SOLO buttons for L/R/M/S signals
  • Intelligent "Image Shifting" EQs: Bass-Shift & Presence-Shift
  • Mono-Maker control turns bass frequencies mono only
  • Extensive metering, individual L/R and M/S LEDs
  • Includes UAD bx_digital V2 mono for mix applications

See the UAD Instance Chart here

bx_digital V2 Mono is a mono 11-band EQ, including:

  • 5 band "mastering class" EQ (peak bands and shelvings)
  • 2 band AntiCrush analog style HP / LP filters
  • Bass-Shift EQ (2 bands)
  • Presence-Shift EQ (2 bands)
  • De-Esser / Dynamic EQ with solo listen ("noise only")
  • Auto-Listen features

Parameters

Master Section

  • Modus Select:  M/S mastering, Dual Mono, M/S recording
  • Gain In: -Inf to +12 dB
  • Gain Out: -Inf to +12 dB
  • Stereo Width: 0 to 400%
  • Balance L/R: 100L to 100R
  • Pan Mono: 100L to 100R
  • Pan Stereo: 100L to 100R
  • Solo Mono/Left
  • Solo Stereo/Right
  • Auto Solo  
  • L<>R Channel Swap
  • Link/Unlink All
  • EQ Bypass
  • Auto-Listen
  • Auto-Listen Mode Select

bx1 Modus Equalizer Section

  • 7 Bands. Dual controls (Mono/Stereo or Left/Right depending on Modus select)
  • LF Gain: ±12 dB
  • LF Frequency: 20 Hz to 2.0 kHz
  • LF Bandwidth (Q): 0.3 to 15.0; Low-Shelf mode
  • LMF Gain: ±12 dB
  • LMF Frequency: 20 Hz to 2.0 kHz
  • LMF Bandwidth (Q): 0.3 to 15.0
  • MF Gain: -±12 dB
  • MF Frequency: 20 Hz to 22.0 kHz
  • MF Bandwidth (Q): 0.3 to 15.0
  • HMF Gain: ±12 dB
  • HMF Frequency: 400 Hz to 22.0 kHz
  • HMF Bandwidth (Q): 0.3 to 15.0
  • HF Gain: ±12 dB
  • HF Frequency: 400 Hz to 22.0 kHz
  • HF Bandwidth (Q): 0.3 to 15.0; High-Shelf mode
  • High-Pass Frequency: off, 20 Hz to 22 kHz
  • Low-Pass Frequency: 20 Hz to 22 kHz, off
  • Independent Link for each band
  • Independent Bypass for each band

bx2 Section

  • Bass Shift: ±12 dB
  • Bass Shift Link
  • Bass Shift Bypass
  • Presence Shift: ±12 dB
  • Presence Shift Link
  • Presence Shift Bypass
  • De-Esser Gain: off, 0 to –60 dB
  • De-Esser Frequency: 20 Hz to 22 kHz
  • De-Esser Solo
  • De-Esser Link
  • De-Esser Bypass
  • Mono-Maker: 20 Hz to 22 kHz
  • Mono-Maker Bypass
$329.00

Docs

bx_digital V2 Manual.pdf

bx_digital V2 Mono Manual.pdf

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

$329.00