Plugin Breakdown: Dangerous BAX EQ from UAD and Brainworx
In this one, we’re going to take a look at the BAX EQ, developed by Brainworx for the UAD platform. This is an emulation of the hardware EQ. It’s a stereo EQ. It’s a buss EQ. Very simple, but it’s very musical. It’s made by Dangerous Music. The hardware version is at least.
This thing sounds really, really, really, really, really close to the real thing, if not is the real thing. I’ve heard from a lot of people that developed it and used the hardware version a lot that this thing is pretty much — It is a BAX EQ.
And I like it. I think it sounds cool on the mix buss. I’ve got a track here. Let’s listen to some music, and then we’ll get into the plug-in and kind of break it down. Here we go.
Okay, just a little verse section of a country thing.
So the plug-in itself, you’ve got lows and highs, you’ve got filtering, and then you have two shelves. You’ve got a low frequency shelf, you’ve got a high frequency shelf.
Left to right, you have your high pass filtering. It goes from out, and it’s got some pretty creative frequencies to pick from. Everything is stepped, by the way on these controls, so there’s no variable in between settings. You get what you get.
So you go from 12Hz all the way to 54Hz, which is really great, because you can sort of just tighten things up. Especially if you’re doing stuff that’s going to the club. Some of these sub-harmonic super, super low frequencies like 12 to 18 may be handy for tightening things up, and then even for things that’s not — you know, 36, 54, 43, just depending.
Really helps tighten up the low end and helps get rid of uber, uber low junk you may not need. Then the shelf, you’ve got 74 Hz all the way up to 361, and when I play this, I’ll kind of go through what these things sound like.
It sounds really musical. It doesn’t really sound harsh or brittle, especially in the top end. It brightens in a really nice, smooth way. It’s sort of a transparent way. It’s not really going to add any color. It’s just going to EQ it in a really great way.
So that’s the low end. The top end works the same way. Here you have the shelving boost/cut, and the boost knob is stepped as well.
But you have shelves from 18kHz all the way down to 1.6kHz. So you can really add air, or you can brighten things, or you can take out some harshness or whatever, and then you have low pass filtering here up top from — what is that, 18kHz all the way to 7.5kHz if you like.
Then you have an output knob and then an in/out. So right now, I’m cutting like, 17kHz, so everything above that is kind of out, and then I’m boosting a little 70kHz, and then I’m high passing to like, 43Hz, and I’ll play the track, and then I’ll bypass it in and out and you can kind of hear what it’s doing.
Subtlety is really what you’re listening for here. You’re listening to the top end, listening to the cymbals, listening to the hi-hat. That’ll help your ears key in on this if you’re having trouble hearing it.
Let’s play around. I’ll kind of exaggerate some things. I’ll play around with the low shelf here first. Let’s start at the top of the verse again.
So that’s 300. So if you really want to fatten up the entire track, that’s a great place to go. Do something a little more subtle, like maybe grab 74.
Just really nicely rounds out the bottom end without getting too incredibly muddy. We’ll split the difference here, like what’s this, 115.
But that’s the low end. Let’s play with the top end now.
Like, even at +5 dB at 18kHz, it never really sounds completely ice-picky at your ears.
Keep in mind, we do have a low pass filter at 70 — er, 18kHz. No, at 70kHz, my bad.
Say you want to brighten the overall top end, you can kind of go down to like, 4.8kHz.
Like, even that, obviously, you can abuse things quite a bit, but it never gets incredibly digital harsh sounding at all. You know? It’s still very musical.
Low pass filter…
But yeah, that’s it. I won’t take up all of your day with this, but that’s the BAX EQ. I think this is great. It’s an awesome EQ. It’s not just for mix buss stuff, there’s also a mastering version of the plug-in where you get mid/side processing options. Check that out as well.
Other applications may be typically any buss. So maybe you want to brighten up some drums, beef up some drums, this would be a cool option. My mouse battery is low. Maybe vocals, adding some top end, adding some air there, you could try it on guitars, maybe beef them up a little in the bottom end and you get that nice high pass filtering going on.
Strings. I bet this thing would kill on a string buss. Which actually, having this track, I didn’t use it on it, but this is a great option.
I think it’s a cool EQ, I think it’s a cool plug-in, I think Brainworx did an incredible job recreating this thing for us plug-in guys. I’m looking forward to all of the new stuff they’re going to be releasing in the coming years and months and whatnot.
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