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 easiest way to get there!
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 missing".
I do like the fact that is graphic, the auto solo works, the stereo width is cool if not overdone, the bass mono maker is fine, the bass shift and presence shift are quick fixes if not overdone (although they are likely solving problems that indicate you should just remix the track).
A good all around unit. glad I got the UAD version so it uses my quad card. didn't A/B against the BX native version so can't comment on sound differences.
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 in a matter of 10 minutes!!! well worth it!! I suggest using it mostly to take away unwanted sounds...Use the harrison to boost!!! perfecto!!!
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 problem solver especially with the De-Esser.
If you are looking for a clean correctional mastering eq the BX V2 is perfect. If you already use the native version, then the UAD is a must due to the much improved transient details(no blurring of the image).
I love this EQ. The precision and flexibility of it are amazing. Sonically it is superb. To be able to EQ L/R and Mid separately and so precisely, quickly and easily is invaluable. It now lives on the 2bus of all my mixes. I also love it for surgical eq on problem tracks.
I completely agree with John Vawter's review. This this is a beast...and it is intimidating at first. Once I grasped what was going on, I couldn't stop playing with this thing. I can't believe how well I can make the worst recordings sound (and there are plenty of them on my system). I find this plugin particularly awesome with just an 1176 compressor in front of it when mastering. In a well-balanced room, you just can't go wrong. I'm by no means an expert at any part of the recording process, but this thing makes me sound like it. I also agree that you can easily overdo it. I know I have several times and had to tone it down after taking a break from it.
One of the studios where I work owns the BX Digital native which gave me an opportunity to put the two versions head to head. The UAD version is superior. There is substantially less phase shift with the UAD version. The native doesn't null even when the settings are flat, although the results are mostly inaudible. The results definitely ARE audible with some healthy settings on both versions, an average of -43dB on my test file, most noticeable in the high frequencies. The UAD version is cleaner and more linear. Although the native is not bad by any means, the resulting phase haze when used across multiple tracks was apparent to me even before the UAD version existed. To those new to the BX, this thing is a beast. The GUI is a bit spartan and intimidating at first go, but the Auto Listen feature is revolutionary. Grab a frequency knob and it automatically solos, making EQing less of a chore. Every EQ plugin designer should license this idea from Brainworx! Even EQ novices can quickly EQ an entire project once they've got the hang of it. The mono version rocks for mixing, but the stereo version requires some restraint in that mode. It's easy to overdo it, especially in M/S. For mastering, it's so good that it even makes me sound like I know what I'm doing.
Having a Sontec MEQ and a GML 9500 (among others) I tend to not use plug-in EQs very much. However the BX Digital is hands down the best mastering EQ plug-in out there. Very versatile and musical. The Mono-maker (elliptical filter) is a great tool on it's own. The M/S options are unique and useful. Highly recommend. -Lacquer Chanel Mastering, Toronto
Arrived at the perfect moment, just as I was mastering my new album. Stunning sounding eq, love the intelligent controls - very intuitive. Awesome widening & detail enhancing of stereo imaging too. Already a bignfan of the Manley massive passive, but BX digital v2 does many things very elegantly which other eqs don't touch. Big thumbs up!
Linear phase surgery, M/S wizardry, band soloing for help dialing in frequencies - what's not to like?!
i have the brainworx native version of this plug in. it sounds exactly the same as the uad demo, plus it comes with no presets the same as the uad version. although this and the neve 31102 are the only two plug ins missing from my uad collection i cannot really justify the $329 cost just to use it on my uad platform. still, i love ua and the work they do. would love to see a mic emulation plug in (a la) mic modular with all the top sounding mics. keep up the great work guys.
Well, I am sure there are lots more people out there who knows about sound and I am not one of them but my ears might be as good as theirs to listen to a piece of music and enjoy it.
That said, this EQ is awesome! very effective on single sounds and for final mixing... Just need your ears and you are ready to go!
Being able to eq the mid and sides of a track can open the spaces. Giving your tracks some air.
I bought this plugins for mainly 2 purpose
as a corrective tool for a track to attenuate the bright or muddy part
for post production when I get a recording to clean or EQ that has been done in poor condition.
to separate the M to the side and control/adjust both signal.
Wow, I used this wonderful Plug in at a serious studio in France recently, while re-mastering a set of 23 Stereo tracks dating from 1982 up to 2008, and it was superb. I was able to pin down the most insignificant frequency problems so easily, and eradicate them. The De-Esser is great too.
I bought my own copy as soon as I got home to use in my Logic Pro set-up, and I know it's going to be used on anything I work on in the future, Brilliant!
This is now almost always in my mastering chain. It is great for fixing all types of mix problems & or adding that little something to make a mix really shine.
The most flexible EQ I've ever seen... heard!!
Always thought, I don't need it. I was wrong...
Such a handy surgical eq.
I use this thing on every master I do. Being able to solo the side information and Hi pass all of that nasty bottom end is great. Mono maker is essential!
This one comes in handy when you need precision and control!
its very smooth and transparent
i like to use it for M/S treatment truly one of kind control
also the stereo expansion sounds very good! like to pair with K-stereo or SPL vitalizer steroe expender!
also like its ability to do surgical and transparent cut/boost on the buss
Love how it opens the mix and gives better separation of instruments with sounding too thin. The eq section is cool as it solos instruments sitting in that frequency and gives you a better sense of what is going on. My mixes are now at the next level. A must have.