Plugin Alliance announces the availability of bx_subfilter — an AAX Native and DSP-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible sub-shaping processing plugin for bringing clarity and definition to tracks that have troublesome low frequencies — free from founding partner Brainworx.
Polishing a mix’s low end can be tricky. Trying bass guitar DI tracks can sound ‘mushy’ and kick drum tracks can lose their ‘pop’. Put it this way: everything below 100Hz can sometimes become such an undifferentiated ‘soup’ of noise that it is difficult to know just where to start.
Borrowing from the filter section of its bigger bx_subsynth sibling, recently released by Plugin Alliance, cleaning up troublesome low frequencies need not break the bank, nor need it be an overly-complicated EQ’ing exercise.
bx_subsynth is a unique processing plugin built around the digital heart and soul of the (discontinued) dbx 120XP subharmonic synthesizer, using Brainworx’s M/S (mid-side) matrix technology to control the stereo field and add sub, punch, and saturation.
Designed by Dirk Ulrich — owner of Brainworx — bx_subfilter solves the specific problem of tightening a sound’s core while removing unwanted muddiness from the low end.
Ease of use and addressing the need for speed comes courtesy of its intuitive interface implementation, featuring four knobs only. Of those, tight punch controls a resonant high- pass filter that is specifically formulated for cutting problem frequencies in bass-heavy tracks while the low end control applies a post-tight punch shelving EQ to achieve a frequency-balanced sound. Self-explanatory gain in and gain out controls are available for level matching and preventing clipping.
bx_subfilter shares the same analog-style filtering present in its bigger brother, but boasts an added bonus of selectable (low, high, and extreme) peaks for resonance.
Sign up for a Plugin Alliance account and access bx_subfilter (and five further freebies). No dongle. No hassle. No payment required.