TC Electronic has announced the Master X HD and Brickwall HD plug-ins and USB-powered desktop controllers.

Master X HD Native

TC Electronic Master X HD Native/Brickwall HD NativeWith expansion, compression and limiting separate for each of three bands, Master X HD is a multiband dynamics processing plug-in for use on single sources, buses and master mixes.

Designed to make mastering and mixing faster and easier for both professional audio engineers and home studio owners, Master X HD offers studio-grade expansion, compression and limiting separate for each band. Re-built from the ground up, Master X HD combines technologies from the Master X for Pro Tools and the PowerCore platform with TC Electronic’s latest dynamics technologies found in the Finalizer application ecosystem.

The overall processing characteristics of Master X HD are controlled via target curves – flat, bass-emphasising, air-adding or the classic ‘smiley’ curve. These specialised starting points give control via global processing styles for all bands in all algorithm blocks while reducing the number of complex parameters in a similar three-band processor by approximately 2/3.

Brickwall HD Native

Brickwall HD is a true-peak brickwall limiter plug-in for use in professional and home studio mixing and mastering environments. It provides both transparent limiting and modern loudness-orientated workflow.

Designed to be an ultra-transparent master limiter, Brickwall HD protects audio without sacrificing sonic impact. Its algorithm is built on the foundation of the original Brickwall Limiter from System 6000, Brickwall HD lets users increase the apparent loudness of a mix without losing audio quality.

As a supplement to the classic, transparent limiter, Brickwall HD offers a modern take on limiting. The loudness limiter safeguards sonics for easy delivery to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Tidal. Unlike limiters that stop at 0dBFS, Brickwall HD identifies inter-sample peaks and eliminates the risk of down-stream audio clipping.

Brickwall HD allows users to choose between the best classic and modern limiting algorithms and add spice to taste with the built-in soft clipping curves. Specialised for use in the mastering phase, the soft clipping in Brickwall HD provides users with versatile performance and analogue character without offsetting the balance of a mix. 


For improved usability and workflow, the optional USB-powered hardware controllers for Master X HD and Brickwall HD give visual feedback for accurate signal and dynamics monitoring directly on a hardware interface. Hands-on controls provide instant easy access control to all sound-defining parameters, improve workflow and decluttering the mix view. On-the-fly mix adjustments are supported by physical control.

Brickwall HD and Master X HD also include a custom-built signature presets developed by name producers and engineers, as well as complementary settings tailored by TC Electronic’s engineering team. Brickwall HD and Master X HD are compatible with all major DAWs (Standard VST, Audio Units and AAX-Native plug-in processing on Mac and Windows PC) and deliver full support for standard DAW automation and project recall.

See also:
TC Electronic PEQ 3000/DYN 3000


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