Audio Plugin Deals offers the MixBox SE multi-effect plugin by IK Multimedia for free.
As we march steadily into February, there is still space for a few more freebies before the month ends.
Love or hate them, IK Multimedia has partnered with Audio Plugin Deals to give away MixBox SE. This acts as a wonderful taster for the full-blown MixBox, and I imagine gives an upgrade path of sorts to the full version.
MixBox SE comes with 24 modules in total, which can be freely arranged in the plugin’s interface’s emulated 500 rack.
You’ve got everything from guitar and bass amps to more standard mixing effects. MixBox SE comes with Saturator X, one of my favorite plugin saturators.
In addition, you’ve got access to the White 2A opto compressor for handling the likes of dynamics. Mixbox SE also comes with a fairly bog standard Limiter, which does the job just fine for certain buses and groups.
MixBox SE is a wonderful tool for guitars and bass alike. Beyond just the emulated amps, you’ve got a smattering of effects like flangers, delays, and phasers that just put in a good amount of work.
Now, as a channel strip, Mixbox SE is fine. I would love more dynamics processors, which you get in the full version.
For free, I think the White 2A and British Dynamics channels do solid work for most purposes.
I might not slap it on groups, but it should be just fine for individual instruments and tracks. The real stars of the show for me are Saturator X and Lo-Fi modules.
Saturator X still sees frequent use in my mixes, at least when I don’t need something more subtle. Lo-Fi is a fun effect, and almost worth the download by itself.
At any rate, if you don’t mind the upgrade paths and pricing you’ll get from IK Multimedia, MixBox SE is a great thing to pick up.
It has a little bit of everything, which can be fun when approaching a mix from a creative perspective. Unlike some of the recently upgraded T-Racks modules, it is also the only IK Multimedia mixing plugin that is Apple Silicon native, which seems odd.
Download: MixBox SE (FREE for a limited time)