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by T. GILCHRIST (4/20/2015):

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Overview
Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In.
Lose Harshness Without Destroying your Mix.

The Brainworx bx_refinement plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo tastefully removes the harsh, hard edges of your tracks without dramatically altering the character and tone of your source material. An exceptional mastering tool that also features M/S (Mid/Side) processing, the Brainworx bx_refinement imparts a tube-like analog smoothness and is a boon for mix engineers looking to tame unpleasant digital hardness on individual tracks.


Now You Can:
  • Bring the sound of a tube-like analog mastering chain to your UAD-2 and Apollo-equipped workstations
  • Easily soften high frequency harshness in mixes and masters
  • Inject saturation and presence to subtly enhance your tracks
  • Use the Solo feature to hear exactly what you’re removing from the recording

Refinement, Defined

Designed by mastering engineer Gebre Waddell of Stonebridge Mastering, the bx_refinement plug-in is based on a careful combination of time-tested approaches, modern techniques, and the latest science on the sensitivity of the human ear. The end result is a fully-in-the-box analog mastering sound.

Add Tube-like Tone
The bx_refinement is not an emulation of a certain tube sound per se. Instead, it combines several characteristics found in ultra-musical tube-based equipment to give you an easy-to-operate, effective tool. As you tweak the bx_refinement, the tube graphic gives you precise visual feedback about how intensely the process is being applied. It’s easy to see how much, how fast, and how dynamic the processing is by simply by looking at the tube’s glow.
Easily Target Problem Areas
With powerful, simple controls, the bx_refinement allows you to quickly identify and discard offending frequencies. The core of the bx_refinement is the Damping control. It features a dynamic peak band EQ, reducing 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
The Damping Modulation section lets you tweak the processor according to the peak level of the input material. You can also implement an oscillation option to create nice warming effects and adjust the speed of the oscillator with the duration knob. Just sync the oscillator to your DAW’s tempo to emphasize rhythmic aspects of your mix or master. It’s a processor that will truly stand alone in your sonic toolkit.

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FAQ
Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In.
Basics and FAQ.
What makes bx_refinement different?

The bx_refinement is specifically designed to smooth out harsh sounding recordings and to breathe life in the music. Heavily compressed tracks can often sound harsh. bx_refinement allows you to round off those hard edges and create a warmer, more analog sounding track, without losing the punch of the original.  

What benefit does bx_refinement provide compared to using hardware or software?

Other mastering processors are designed to solve specific problems like frequency or level imbalances-usually at some cost to the character of the recorded audio--bx_refinement is designed to more subtly smooth out and refine audio without changing the character of the source.

What are some of the best or common ways to use bx_refinement, to increase perceived loudness without inducing clipping?

By being able to balance between the de-harshing effect of the damping and adding back in saturation and presence, you can make “loud” mixes sound warm and analog while maintaining high levels. 

What sources do I use bx_refinement plug-in with, what sounds especially good when processed with bx_refinement?

While bx_refinement can be used on any source, it was designed as a mastering tool so mixed stereo music tracks are its primary application.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "I feel that bx_refinement gives me more control while getting results faster. That's an unusual pairing, but one that makes good sense when time is money. I've been happy with the results; and I only use half of the features in this plug-in."

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    THE PERFECT SOLUTION
    by T. GILCHRIST(Monday 20 April, 2015)

    Just purchased mid-way thru a mastering session. I demo'ed , purchased then re- mastered everything i've done so far in this project. This is the perfect solution to harshness in a mix . It just works . This is my new go to plug-in, AMAZING !!!!! Read More

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    THE PERFECT SOLUTION
    by T. GILCHRIST(Monday 20 April, 2015)

    Just purchased mid-way thru a mastering session. I demo'ed , purchased then re- mastered everything i've done so far in this project. This is the perfect solution to harshness in a mix . It just works . This is my new go to plug-in, AMAZING !!!!! Read More

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    Pleasantly surprised
    by P. Brookes(Friday 13 February, 2015)

    I originally bought this to solve a particular problem in a mix - which it did very nicely. However, I have since used this on all kind of sources in my mixes and find it to be a very useful tool for taking the edge off things. I find it to be a great tool to have around. Read More

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    That Final \"Oh! Yes!\" Touch
    by D. Gilkinson (Thursday 22 January, 2015)

    The Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In provides a simple and effective way to add that final touch many of my mixes have been missing. I work mostly with acoustic music (singer/songwriters, Bluegrass, some Swing). Customers ask for a - smooth sound or a 'vinyl' sound. They don't usually want a… Read More

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    Dismiss digital harsh
    by A. Weiss (Saturday 17 January, 2015)

    The only plugin I know which makes this kind of a job. And it does it good (but real gooood...!) and naturally. Read More

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Features & Specs
Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In.
Features.
Key Features
  • Reduces harshness and breathes life into recordings
  • Fixed, dynamic or modulation based damping of unwanted frequencies
  • Mid/Side processing
  • Soft & hard damping provide second order filtering and higher order filtering respectively
  • Solo filter allows to hear just what you’re removing from the recording
  • Subtle saturation and presence controls enhance the material without changing its character
Parameters
Specifications:
  • Bypass: discrete 2 step , On / Off
  • Bank: discrete 4 step, A / B / C / D
  • Mix: continuous: 0% - 100%
  • Damping: continuous: 0dB - -20dB
  • Character: discrete 2 step, Pre / Post
  • Mid Only: discrete 2 step, On / Off
  • Saturation: continuous: 0% - 100%
  • Presence: continuous: -6db - +6dB
  • Damping Mod: discrete 3 step, None / Dynamics / LFO
  • Dynamics Speed: continuous: 0% - 100%
  • Dynamics Range: continuous: 0dB – 24dB
  • LFO Duration: continuous: 0,10sec – 20.10sec
  • LFO Depth: continuous: 0dB – 16 dB
  • LFO Sync: discrete 6 step, None - 4/1 - 2/1 - 1/1 - 1/2 - 1/4
  • LFO Phase: continuous: 0° - 360°
  • Solo Filter: discrete 2 step, On / Off
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Docs

bx_refinement Manual

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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