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Brainworx bx_refinementbyPlugin Alliance
 Brainworx bx_refinement by Plugin Alliance is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Product Brainworx bx_refinement
Developer Plugin Alliance / Brainworx
Price (MSRP) $199
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 1.0    Download Released
System Requirements
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)
Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
 1.0    Download Released
System Requirements
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)
Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3/AU-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
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bx_refinement allows you to eliminate unpleasant high frequencies from complex signals and mixes. The intuitive controls let you adjust various aspects of the sound with ease. Based on M/S (Mid/Side) processing, it 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 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.

Add Tube-like Tone

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 effective tool that is easy-to-operate. As you tweak the bx_refinement controls, the tube graphic gives you precise visual feedback showing you how intensely the process is being applied. Simply by looking at the tube's glow you'll see how much, how fast, and how dynamic the processing is affecting the signal.

Easily Target Problem Areas

With powerful, simple controls, bx_refinement allows you to quickly identify and discard offending frequencies. The core of 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.

Native Free Trials

Click here to download a fully functional 14 day trial for Windows.

Click here to download a fully functional 14 day trial for Mac.

Also Available on UAD

For more information about the bx_refinement on the UAD system click here.


Glenn Schick | Mastering Engineer - T.I, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Of Montreal.

I've been an analog based mastering engineer for the past 20 years. When people used to ask what plug-ins I used, I would always respond with "plug-ins? I don't use no stinking plug-ins." And then Brainworx came into my life. The bx_refinement tool is not for people looking for wow factor on a mastering buss. But it did wow me. Its subtle way of de-harshing, smoothing, making things smooth and cohesive, deserves a wow. It brings the round and warm back into a master that is different than tradition EQ and compression. The bx refinement is a great tool for for today's over processed and harsh tracks. Bravo Brainworx.

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