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Plugin Alliance intros bx_console Focusrite SC and Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

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Plugin Alliance has announced its new bx_console Focusrite SC, a channel strip effect plugin that offers a digital replica of the iconic original analog hardware by Focusrite.

Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx console Focusrite SC

Developed by Brainworx in close collaboration with Focusrite, this faithful emulation of the Focusrite Studio Console plugin features 72 channels including patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT).

Every one of bx_console Focusrite SC’s 72 channels offers a different Focusrite channel by modeling the slight channel-to-channel variances amongst the analog components. Run a different channel across your entire mix and you can easily get the depth, width and punch that the original analog Focusrite Studio Console provided – all inside your DAW!

Most channel strip plugins on the market emulate a single channel of the desk that they are modeled from. So no matter how many instances of that single channel plugin you use in your mix, you get the same exact equalization and compression curves, along with identical frequency and phase response. And even if you use different control settings for each plugin on a track, you still end up with a flat, narrow and two-dimensional digital sound.

On the other hand, every channel on a large-format, analog mixing console sounds different, often yielding a more complex and dimensional sound. Our bx_console Focusrite SC accomplishes just this by using Brainworx’s proprietary, patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology to accurately replicate the variations found in the values of over 150 individual electric components specified by the original console designer. This groundbreaking technology creates the small channel-to-channel variances in phase and frequency responses that you would get in an actual analog mixing desk.

bx_console Focusrite SC features

  • Endorsed and approved by Focusrite.
  • Faithful emulation of the legendary ISA110 Equalizer Module and the ISA130 Dynamic Module include Comp/Limiter, De-Esser and Expander/Gate from the original Focusrite Studio Console designed by Rupert Neve.
  • Brainworx´s TMT inside – Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, Patent Pending) simulates channel-to-channel variances in electronic components for the most realistic analog sound.
  • Randomize function for picking emulated channel number.
  • Adds several “mods”” to the already fantastic original design in the EQ and Dynamics sections.
  • Continuously variable THD control adds colorful saturation independently per channel.
  • Continuously variable Virtual Gain control adds simulated analog noise independently per channel for extra analog vibe.
  • Loaded with plenty of useful presets to give you a starting place for finding your sound.

Plugin Alliance has also announced the new and enhanced Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, with added external sidechain, adjustable internal sidechain filters and onboard parallel mix (Dry/Wet) capabilities.

Plugin Alliance Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Meticulously modeled by Brainworx after the legendary hardware, no details have been spared when crafting the digital version of one of the most musical and versatile compressors out there. A well known staple in the industry, the Shadow Hills compressor easily tames even the most unruly and chaotic transients with flawless tone and control. It’s no wonder that it has been the go-to buss compressor on timeless records by Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Beck, Green Day, Coldplay and countless others.

One of the key things you can do with the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is treat your signals with dual-stage compression, dialing in compression either through the Optical or the Discrete sections – use both for maximum musicality! In the Optical section you will find the traditional Threshold and Gain settings, with a two-stage release time that is similar to the one you find on an LA-2A. With this section you can easily shape your dynamic range and bring up the overall level. In the VCA Discrete section you have a more exacting control over the ratio, attack and release settings, which easily allows you to fine-tune the compression response to fit a large variety of material.

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor features

  • Exacting emulation of the original Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and approved and endorsed by Peter Reardon – the founder of Shadow Hills Industries himself.
  • A selection of three different types of output transformers – Nickel, which adds a nice top end sparkle. Iron which adds a little character in the mid’s, and Steel which adds additional harmonic distortion.
  • separate Optical and Discrete compression sections for two-stage compression techniques.
  • Stereo and dual-mono modes
  • Brainworx plugin only features added to the toolbar:
    • Parallel Mix.
    • Sidechain Filter – 20Hz – 666Hz (continuously variable 12 dB per octave high pass filter).
    • External Sidechain.

Both plugins will be available on July 15th. You can already download a 14-day fully functional trial now.

More information: Plugin Alliance

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