Gear Of The Year: Best software effect of 2021

Modern computing is helping to elevate music-making to new heights, and this software effect proves what’s only possible these days.

Brainworx bx_console AMEK 9099

WINNER: Brainworx bx_console AMEK 9099

Price: Included in Plugin Alliance Mega, Mix & Master and Brainworx Bundles (from $12.99/mo), Perpetual license TBC
Contact: Plugin Alliance

Modern computing has made it very possible (and affordable) to put a legendary mixing console in the same machine you use to play ranked matches in Counter Strike – here’s a sentence sure to baffle just about anyone in the 90s.

Brainworx’s component-level emulation of the highly-acclaimed Amek 9098i isn’t officially licensed, endorsed, nor connected in any other way to the original console, but it’s the spitting digital image of one. And to top it off, new ‘modernised’ features make it across each channel strip of the reproduction, from its VCA compressor, four-band EQ and beyond.

Read our full review here.

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