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Brainworx bx_rockrack guitar amp plug-in available from Plugin Alliance

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Plugin Alliance has announced the release of bx_rockrack, a guitar amp plug-in par excellence, developed by Plugin Alliance founder member Dirk Ulrich’s renowned German plug-ins company Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_rockrack

BX give you a handful of perfectly modeled tube-amps, and the way they have captured COMPLETE recording chains in some of the best equipped studios with the help of very experienced engineers is simply revolutionary. Select your favorite speaker, choose your amp, tweak the gain and EQ settings, and there you go.

World-class guitar sounds, recallable and reliable. If you have ever tried to record the same identical amp in the same studio twice and ended up frustrated because the results just were NOT the same in the end you know what we are talking about.

Unlike most other guitar amp plug-ins, bx_rockrack can be controlled just like a real amp and small effects rack; moreover, with so many perfect-sounding set-ups to choose from, its recording chains need not be edited or altered — simply select the cabinet, microphone, studio, and… keep on rockin’ in the real world! A nice-sounding vintage delay, noise gate, and high-quality guitar tuner are also at hand, helpfully, while some innovative Brainworx filters speedily shape amp set-ups with ease.

bx_rockrack can easily be played live since it offers a CPU-friendly, ultra-low-latency engine, so multiple instances can comfortably be run on any modern computer. The basic version includes the amps, recording chains, and Effects Rack, while the soon-to-be released PRO version will offer additional guitar-orientated plug-ins, plus an ability to use the bx_rockrack recording chains with other guitar amp plug-ins, or even real guitar amps via their line-out connections to the computer.

Brainworx bx_rockrack
Brainworx bx_rockrack features a choice collection of high-end guitar amp models that exactly emulate guitar recording in the highly-coveted Brainworx studio or The Mix Room.

bx_rockrack features

  • 5 channels modeled to sound like these classic amps: Clean Marshall® JCM800®, Lead Marshall® JCM800®, Clean ENGL® 530, Lead ENGL® 530, MesaBoogie® Rectoverb®
  • Cabinets used: Marshall® 1960 TV, MesaBoogie® 4×12, Orange® 2×12, Diezel® 4×12.
  • Original recording chains from The Mix Room (Ben Grosse) and Brainworx Studio (Dirk Ulrich).
  • Microphones: Vintage Neumann® CMV-563, Royer® 121, Shure® SM57.
  • Consoles: NEVE® VXS72 (Brainworx Studio), plus TAB® V76 mic preamp, SSL 9000K (The Mix Room LA) with Vintage Neve 1073 preamps & EQs.

The bx_rockrack for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD until July 30, 2012 (regular $249 USD)

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Save up to 33% in Buy 2 – Get 3 June Special at Plugin Alliance

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Plugin Alliance has announced a Buy 2 Get 3 sale, offering up to 33% off its effect plugins for a limited time.

Plugin Alliance Buy 2 Get 3
Get three plugins for the price of two in Plugin Alliance’s 25 day June Plugin Special promotion.

This promotion will be valid until June 30th. You can mix all brands and create your own Mini-Bundle! Buy any two (2) Alliance plugins and we will give you a third plugin FOR FREE (same or lower price).

This is how it goes:

  • Pick the 3 plugins of your choice, then BUY ONLY THE 2 highest priced plugins in our online store.
  • WITHIN 30 DAYS go to SALES SUPPORT. Submit your Order Number & the FREE plugin.
  • You will receive your free plugin within 48 hours.
  • The free plugin must be the lowest-priced item out of the 3 plugins!

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Plugin Alliance intros bx_saturator by Brainworx

The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of bx_saturator, a multi-band M/S saturation and distortion effect plug-in by Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_saturator

The bx_saturator is an M/S & multi-band saturation tool which can be used for mastering, mixing and sound-design.

It offers a warm and subtle distortion which works wonders on individual signals and can even be applied to the stereo master channe in the M/S stereo model. Brainworx´ NEW “True-Split” crossover technology ensures that Mid and Side channels are perfectly in phase.

The bx_saturator belongs to the new „Brainworx Rock´n´Roll line“ of creative plugins. Technical excellence for the creative musician and engineer.

Although we offer a mono / multi-mono version of the plugin we consider the stereo M/S plugin the main version which will enable you to thicken and boost any stereo signal or mix in a more discrete way than ever.

The bx_saturator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $179 USD (regular $229 USD).

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Brainworx announces bx_rockrack and Rock’n’Roll product line of plugins

Brainworx has announced bx_rockrack, the first plug-in in its new Rock’n’Roll line of plug-ins.

The first product to be presented in this video sneak preview shows the soon-to-be-released bx_rockrack Guitar Amp plugin, and reveals the totally new approach Brainworx has taken to model not only a guitar amplifier and a speaker, but to “digitally capture” the whole recording chain of the NEVE VXS 72 equipped Brainworx Studio in Germany.

Unlike most other digital guitar plugins bx_rockrack does not offer models of “57 amps, 68 cabinets and 273 microphones”, but 3 GREAT SOUNDING AMPS (clean, crunch, lead – modeled with the typical BX quality, of course), and for the first time ever the complete recording chains of some of the best real-world studios out there (read below)!

Each recording chain contains the guitar power amp, the speaker cabinet, the microphone(s), mic preamp and console EQ, plus even the post-production effects needed to produce walls-of-sound ready to be released on any major label production. And.. bx_rockrack is as easy to operate as a real guitar rack!

A guitar, a DI box and bx_rockrack, that´s all you need to rock & roll.
Yes, we’re serious about this statement.

The PRO version will even enable you to use your own, real guitar amplifier or preamp to record through the recording chains we have captured, and to play our modeled amps live through your speaker cabinet on stage.

The recording sound of international top studios – in your computer!

After just finishing to capture the Brainworx Studio we will be in Los Angeles at the end of April to capture the recording chain of one of the world’s best-known rock guitar sound studios, famous and responsible for many of your favorite rock & metal CDs! Stay tuned for more info soon.

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David Siu takes the The Big 4 Bundle in Plugin Alliance Giveaway

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Plugin Alliance The BIG 4 Bundle

David Siu – a recent graduate from Collin College (Plano/Dallas area) music program – has won the recent Big 4 Bundle giveaway at

David likes to compose anything “from urban styles to up-tempo dance, plus a bit of misc. experimental & jazz.”

On his website Resonative it says:

Music are messages. Sometimes it’s a story too long to tell, sometimes bits of feelings one cannot into words. Maybe that tiny slice of life at 10, or a faint whisper from the sky. And other times they just speak, without reason.

I write messages. Hope they speak to you.

After having a listen to some of his songs on SoundCloud, I caught up with David for some Q&A.

rekkerd: Could you share some details on your musical works?
David: I like many things so it’s a bit of master-of-none… But piano is my main instrument, so lots of my music stem from my own playing at the keyboard. I grew up with Japanese pop music, so lots of them kind of rub off from that.

rekkerd: How do you incorporate software and plugins in your creative processes?
David: They are big part of it! My whole rig is based around my Macbook Pro, so pretty much everything is done ITB (in the box, Ed.). I tend to do rough sketches/programming in DAW, work with the ideas away from the computer for some time, and finally finishing out ITB again. Love mixing with outboards, but nothing beats plugins for me under a deadline.

rekkerd: What are your first impressions of the Big 4 Bundle plug-ins?
David: Totally blown away. All of them add something pleasant with just a small dose yet faithful to the signal. Especially Elysia Alpha, which I’ve been eyeing for some time but refused to demo in fear of going broke… Thanks to Rekkerd I don’t have to anymore! All 4 had already walked themselves into mixes I’m working on. They aren’t unicorns that shoot rainbow skittles the moment you drop them in, but with a couple clicks at the right place they absolutely make things sing.

rekkerd: Anything you’d like to share with readers?
David: According to my friend, watching a person (me) giggling while tweaking knobs on the screen is apparently very creepy… So don’t do that.

And please support your local young composers! Massive shoutout to Rekkerd and Plugin Alliance :D

Thank you David, and many thanks to all who participated in the giveaway.

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Plugin Alliance releases Noveltech Character and SPL De-Esser Collection

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The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of the Noveltech Character and the De-Esser Collection by SPL.

Noveltech Character

CHARACTER™ intelligently enhances the relevant characteristics found in the source, automatically adjusting complex sets of parameters rather than only statically boosting e.g. one specific frequency region.

This revolutionary approach allows you to get to the desired results much faster – with almost instant gratification, requiring only three intuitive user parameters!

SPL De-Esser Collection

The SPL De-Esser Collection – these plugins KICK S. This plugin collection contains of 2 Analog Code plugins, emulating the best analogue De-Esser available. No other De-Esser gets the job done so easily while keeping the original vocal signal so “untouched”.

While the CLASSIC DE-ESSER is available right away we are finishing the DUAL-BAND DE-ESSER plugin right now and will add it to the installer as a FREE UPGRADE to all existing users by April 1st.

The Character plug-in and SPL De-Esser Collection are available for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $149 USD) and $149 USD (regular $199 USD) repsectively, until April 4th, 2012.

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Plugin Alliance intros SPL De-Esser Analog Code plugins and Noveltech Character

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Plugin Alliance has announced new plugins from SPL and Noveltech, to be released via the Plugin Alliance platform.

Plugin Alliance SPL and Noveltech preview

If you ask professionals about the best choice for an easy fix for the most common vocal problem you will most likely hear about the SPL De-Esser. We’re releasing Analog Code plugin emulations of BOTH versions, the Classic 9629 and the new RackPack Dual-Band De-Esser this month. We even added M/S modes for mastering purposes.

Info about the SPL De-Esser hardware: please click here.

The NOVELTECH Character plugin was available exclusively for the discontinued TC POWERCORE platform so far. A new cooperation between the Plugin Alliance and Noveltech (from Finland) will now make this innovative plugin available for all native formats and TDM / VENUE systems. Right now the plugin is undergoing some small adjustments and a facelift for a great new look (see the picture above, showing the work in progress). Please stay tuned.

The Character plugin uses Noveltech’s IAF (Intelligent Adaptive Filtering) technology, which affects both the frequency response and dynamic properties of the input material in a highly time varying sense. Offering results you simply cannot achieve with traditional EQ or compression.

Info about Noveltech’s Character plugin: please click here.

The new plug-ins will be available from Plugin Alliance this March.

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Plugin Alliance Giveaway: The BIG 4 Bundle

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Dirk Ulrich of Brainworx recently launched the Plugin Alliance, a one-stop shop for several plug-in developers.

These currently include Maag Audio, Elysia, SPL, Vertigo, Brainworx, with plug-ins from Millenia, Chandler, Neve, and Charter Oak to be expected in 2012.

Easy license management, hassle-free installation, great sound and reliability. One license file for all your plugins, that´s it.

While I do use a few plug-ins that require a hardware dongle, I totally prefer not having to use them. I think it’s pretty exciting Plugin Alliance has created this software based system for managing all licenses of Plugin Alliance plug-ins in one place.

If you are interested in checking out how all this works, just head on over to the Plugin Alliance website and get some (or all) of the free plug-ins from Elysia (niveau filter), SPL (Free Ranger), and Brainworx (bx_cleansweep V2 & bx_solo).

But wait, there’s more!

Plugin Alliance The BIG 4 Bundle

Plugin Alliance has kindly donated a free copy of The BIG 4 Bundle (value $777 USD), to be given away to one lucky reader.

The BIG 4 Bundle includes:

  • bx_XL M/S Mastering Limiter – The new Loud!
  • elysia alpha compressor – all discrete M/S Mastering Compressor
  • SPL Passeq – 72 coil filters Monster EQ
  • Vertigo VSC-2 – “The Mercedes of VCA Compressors” (Vintage King USA)

This bundle will give you a rock solid and tight mastering chain or stereo bus setup. The bx_XL, Passeq and alpha Compressor all work in M/S modes optionally.

To enter the giveaway you need to answer the following questions:

  1. bx_XL is based upon the M/S technology from which other Brainworx plug-in?
  2. Which switchable frequencies are available for the sidechain hipass filters on the Vertigo VSC-2?
  3. The elysia alpha compressor plugin offers a signal coloration different from the hardware unit, what is this mode called?
  4. How many different sets of adjustments can be saved within one instance of SPL’s Passeq?

Make sure to send in your answers before March 17th, 2012, 11:59PM CET for a chance to win a copy of The BIG 4 Bundle. The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct entries, and announced on this page on March 18th, 2012.

Good luck!

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