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Focusrite Bows Brainworx bx_console Plug-In

Focusrite revives vaunted EQ and modules with new plug-in.

New York, NY (July 15, 2019)—Designed and coded by software house Brainworx, Focusrite’s new bx_console VST/AU/AAX plug-in aims to recreate the sound, feel and style of the original Focusrite Studio Console—specifically its ISA 110 Equalizer and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules.

The Focusrite ISA 110 Equalizer and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules were key components in the original Focusrite Studio Console, finding favor among audio engineers in the Eighties and Nineties. Today, fewer than 10 Studio Consoles are still in existence and the ISA Modules are popular, but not cheap, on the second-hand market. The new plug-inn aims to bring them back to a wider audience, and Focusrite is now including it for free with every Clarett and Red audio interface.

Modelling the full signal paths of the ISA 110 and ISA 130, bx_console provides four bands of parametric and shelving EQ, high- and low-pass filters, compression/limiting, gating/expansion and de-essing.

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While emulating the original, it includes modifications such as continuously variable THD and Gain controls. Brainworx’s Tolerance Modelling Technology provides 72 selectable modelled circuits, allowing users to recreate the subtle timbral variations between channels such as the real console.

The bx_console plug-in retails for $349, but is included for free with all Clarett and Red interfaces.

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