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Brainworx bx_masterdesk

Brainworx bx_masterdesk has an average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

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Brainworx bx_masterdesk

Reviewed By RobertSchulz [all]
October 21st, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.6 on Windows

Good tool for mastering. Combines some useful features (a compressor [in L/R or stereo mode], a deesser, a tone balance EQ, the dynamic range analyzers - a unique feature of brainworx plugins, and one of my favorites - the advanced stereo width knob which implements a carefully shaped EQ to only give the parts of the signal more presence and width who shall have it) but still has some little issues for my use with it:

  1. TMT modelling and compressor modes combined - I think it is a great idea to implement 4 different compressor settings. I also think that brainworx' own TMT modelling is great and a unique thing to add that little extra analogue flavor to your tracks/mixes and I know from other brainworx products.

    But I don't like the decision here, that both of these characteristics are combined into one single set of the 4 presets.

    I think it would give much better transperance to know what is actually given what kind of sonic change here, if the user could adjust the TMT flavor and the compressor characteristic separate and individually.
  2. Limited Parallel compression - I really use effects in parallel a lot, I'm a big fan of this technique, to sooth out the portion I just want to have on the signal.

    But the implementation that the mix parameter for the compression only covers a range of 100 to 86, and then cutsoff to 0, does not allow me to do that.

    I know that the decision about this exact implementation was long in the minds of the creators to provide a more simple and go-to environment, but simply is limiting my way of using parallel compression.
  3. No bypass for sections - It is not possible to just quickly bypass a single element of bx_masterdesk for a quick A/B check. I need to change the parameter value to its default or 0 to mirror a bypass, which is quite inconvenient.

    This is also double timed bad, because the place for On/Off buttons for the elements is there it and probably could have been implemented in less than a half hour.
  4. Compressor in complete Linked or Unlinked mode - One of the main important background features of bx_masterdesk is the capability of the compressor to affect either the whole entired stereo signal or L and R independetly.

    The default implementation is the L/R (unlinked) mode turned on (having to independent compressors for the left and right channel) for certain reasons, but I personally prefer treating the complete stereo signal to keep my balance in the mix. A cool and unique feature could have been if there would a mix control which balances between the linked and unlinked stereo compressor to have some sonic character from both.
  5. Resonance filters only have 2 fixed frequency parameters - Could have been better, if the user can adjust the exact frequencies for the resonances and the provided and recommended frequencie values were presets or default values.
  6. The visualization for the compressor's gain reduction is misplaced on the GUI - brainworx itself states in the manual: "The Gain Reduction meter shows the amount of compression taking place on the Left and Right channels of your master. Although located around the Compressor Mix knob, the compression amount will be dialed in using the Volume knob, not the Mix control!" - They placed the gain reduction meter for better symmetry with the Deesser's gain reduction meter to the compressor's mix control although this paramter does not have an affect on the actual gain-reduction.
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