bx_console AMEK 9099: Neve-designed 9098i analog mix console emulation

bx_console-AMEK-9099-featuredDeveloper Brainworx has introduced a new analog console emulation – bx_console AMEK 9099. Brainworx remaking the Rupert Neve-designed E 9098i desk using some of the finest analog modeling technology around surely raises expectations. The plug-in will be on sale from August 3, but it’s already available to subscribers of Plugin Alliance’s Mega, Mix & Master, and Brainworx bundles. If you are among them (or fancy a free 14-day trial if you’re not), you have an excellent opportunity to put those expectations in check.

bx_console AMEK 9099

The Rupert Neve-designed AMEK 9098i Master Console is considered a landmark achievement in analog console design. While the emulation is not officially endorsed by AMS/Neve, it’s not stopping Brainworx from doing it justice. Each console channel is emulated per component and includes the variances between channels that add up to greater width and depth when summed. While going at it, Brainworx conjured some useful functionality additions, such as Clip mode for the Limiter (promising fast and smooth soft clipping) and a brand new Expander/Gate design with sidechain filtering.

bx_console AMEK 9099 is also the first plug-in from the series to include options such as Mono Maker (sum to mono), Stereo Width (expand or narrow the sound stage), and Auto Listen (solo the frequency band you are adjusting). The rest is all about bringing some of the Amek 9098i’s unique functionality to your DAW – such as Sheen and Glow modes for the shelving filters, Notch mode for precise cuts using the parametric bands, a fully parametric dynamics sidechain filter for even more precise control of the compressor and limiter, and an Ambience switch in the dynamics section.


The AMEK 9099 could well become one of the greatest console emulations around. Can someone haul an old AMEK Mozart down to Brainworx HQ next?

bx_console AMEK 9099 – Price and availability

bx_console AMEK 9099 will go on sale at Brainworx partner Plugin Alliance from August 3, presumably priced in the ballpark of other bx_console products – that is, USD 350 regular price with regular promos taking some of the edge off. Meanwhile, subscribers to the Mega, Mix & Master, and Brainworx bundles get early access to the plug-in. You can trial each subscription free for 14 days. bx_console AMEK 9099 is available in AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, and VST3 formats for 64-bit computers running macOS 10.9 or later (Intel only) and Windows 7 or later.

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Windows 11 is here: A cleaner look, focussed on performance

Windows 11 feels like homeIntroducing Microsoft Windows 11! After a leaky buildup, release day is finally here. The OS update will soon be available as a free update for Windows 10 PC users. Windows brings a new multi-platform approach to the user interface. The new features intuitively adapt to your choice of device, depending on if you’re using a tablet, laptop, or multi-display setup. This is made simple with the new window management system and the ability to save screen sets and workflows. Some important developments also include a completely new app store and the capability to now run Android apps natively. Let’s take a closer look!

Snaps in Windows 11
Widgets in Windows 11

Windows 11 feels like home

As Microsoft CPO, Panos Panay emotively explained at yesterday’s Windows event, the user interface has been redesigned to make you feel at home. With a familiar feel, the cleaner more simplified environment relies on functions generally more associated with Mac OS X. The Snap Layouts feature is an intuitive workflow optimization tool that allows you to create customized layout profiles for each situation. Although the smart and seamless integration between devices is impressive, Mac users have enjoyed similar functionality with Expose and Spaces on OS X for many years so this is hardly groundbreaking.

Windows 11's central Start menuA definitive move toward productivity

What is far more promising is the move toward a more performance-focused system. Windows 11 claims to be more energy-efficient than ever, with improved security and cloud integration. Even the notorious Windows updates have been reduced in size considerably. Windows has always been favored by the gaming world as a superior graphics environment, so the revamped App store expands on this market. Integrating 3rd party and Android apps and allowing developers of games and software to run their own commerce engines are inclusive moves for Microsoft, but what are the benefits of Windows for pro audio users? If anything a cleaner, faster user interface with less bloat-ware is a definite improvement, so stay updated on DAW and Plugin compatibility. This could be a new era for Windows users.

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Grone Expander: Post apocalyptic drone machine

Maneco Labs Grone ExpanderThe Grone Expander has more than double the trouble of the Grone Drone Synth with touch control, wavetables, delay and piles of radioactive dirt.

Grone Expander

What a delightfully horrid module that’s brimming with evil intent and mountains of noise potential. It has 2 Drone Synth oscillators coupled with 2 wavetable oscillators messed about by 2 multi-wave LFOs and bashed around by a modulated delay before having its face rubbed in the Dirt stage of the output.

Drone Expander can be completely standalone in your rack. You can abuse the oscillators with the 4 touch plates that are possessed by 4 pitch screaming skulls. With the flick of a switch it will drone for you letting you keep your hands free for throttling other knobs. You can modulate the internal organs with the LFOs while controlling the levels of pain to each parameter.

Maneco Labs Grone Expander

Maneco Labs Grone Expander

Two of the oscillators generate sound based on 16 equations. They call these Bytebeat Oscillators and you can select the equation via switches on the front panel. Another control pulls in the sample rate, pitch and speed of oscillation. The other two oscillators are wavetable based with waveform selection and morphing.

The sound is gooey, animated and exciting and the delay really helps with that while the touch plates bring in more musical elements pushing it into all sorts of creative spaces.

The Grone Expander is available now for $465.

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