(75 customer reviews)

While inspired by a classic British 8014 console, it has a personality all its own. Classic warm, open, 3D sound.



  • Britson can be used subtly or aggressively (to overdrive virtual or real instruments).
  • Two saturation modes: Normal (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and Fat (hotter signal, lower dynamic range).
  • Optional Stereo Crosstalk feature creates a sense of depth and three-dimensionality in your mixes.
  • Filters (both low and high pass) are tuned to sound sweet and pleasant to the ear.
  • Saturation can be disabled to use Britson for trim and metering purposes.
  • Buss instance has three color modes to use in your master track: Default no color, Master loudness, and Master bright.
  • Instances can be grouped creating the possibility of affecting all instances by making changes to just one.
  • With zero latency, no group delay, and careful optimization for low CPU consumption, Britson allows for a remarkably high number of multiple instances per session.
  • Internal 64-bit floating-point double precision.


Imagine being able to control all Britson instances from a single instance. Imagine the freedom to assign Britson instances into “groups” for simultaneous control of all grouped instances.

Now, with Britson it’s possible to do just that: Turn on/off saturation, choose Fat or Normal mode, make volume adjustments for a group of instruments, and alter the drive for a group of instances, all from the convenience of one Master Instance.


Use Britson as A Gain Staging Tool

To get a good mix with warm, open, and “three-dimensional” sound, start by leveling your tracks’ volume output using Britson.

  • Insert Britson Channel on all tracks of your project as a first insert
  • Insert Britson Buss on all busses and the master track
  • Before leveling your tracks with the DAW fader and before inserting other plugins, use Britson fader to level individual tracks to 0VU (VU meter near zero)
  • Start mixing as you usually do: Insert new plugins; adjust the volume levels using your DAW’s fader tracks, etc.

Use Britson Channel as Overdrive Effect

If you want to overdrive a voice or a particular instrument, FAT may be a good choice. Select the following options in the back panel:

  • Output Compensation” to “enabled”: to get the Fader working as a Drive knob.
  • VU Meter position” to “pre”: to measure the input, before the saturation.
  • Filters position” to “pre”: In general, using filters pre-saturation sounds better

than engaging them post-saturation, when you overdrive the signal. After applying the setting above, simply raise the fader to get an aggressive effect.

VU Meter

VU metering works quite differently than peak metering (DAW meters are peak meters; they are not useful for mixing. You need not pay much critical attention to your DAW’s peak meters). VU meters, on the other hand, are more useful for mixing as they operate similarly to the human ear…

0VU = -18dbfs: Employing these calibration values is the best way to establish good gain staging in a mix. Britson’s saturation will work better and the plugins inserted after Britson will work better too. Your mixes will have more clarity and better dynamic response, due to increased headroom.

FAT Mode

FAT mode pushes the saturation, generating more harmonics. With FAT mode engaged, you will perceive headroom reduction/more compressed sound. Fat mode emphasizes low-end saturation and makes for a more aggressive sound.

In general, the FAT mode is not recommended for use in conjunction with the method outlined in our “How to Use Britson As a Gain Staging Tool” section. However, you may find FAT mode useful on certain tracks: to “fatten up” a bass guitar or a digital synth, for example. We recommend using FAT mode judiciously. Consider the “trade-off” cost of the necessary loss in headroom before applying.

Britson Buss Color

Britson Buss includes the option to choose a predefined output color EQ, This affects the signal sent to the output saturation algorithm.

Sonimus’ recommended setting is “Default Flat” (bypass). However, if you find your program material suffers from poor highs, you may choose to engage “Master Bright” on the Master Buss instance of Britson. Master Bright imparts more “air” and can serve to “de-harsh” unsatisfactorily recorded material.

A final buss EQ coloration option is “Master Loudness.” Intended for use on the master buss, Master Loudness lends your audio material more “air” on the high-end, and a bit more warmth on the low-end. As with “Master Bright,” we recommend using Master Loudness judiciously: on occasions when you find your material lacking a pleasant amount of brightness and a satisfying amount of low-end.

Other Uses

You can use Britson in several ways: as an aggressive saturation tool using “output compensation” or/and FAT, to adjust highs and lows using Britson’s HP and LP filters, or simply to add more color to your tracks. You may use Britson as you wish. There are no limits. But we recommend first using Britson in the manner outlined in the “As a Gain Staging Tool” section. Once you have achieved optimal gain staging following this method, you may choose to add another Britson instance for use as a “creative effect”.


Imagine being able to control all Britson instances from a single instance. Imagine the freedom to assign Britson instances into “groups” for simultaneous control of all grouped instances.

Now, with Britson it’s possible to do just that: Turn on/off saturation, choose Fat or Normal mode, make volume adjustments for a group of instruments, and alter the drive for a group of instances, all from the convenience of one Master Instance.

Grouping controls

  • Group Name: Specifies the group name. You can create a group name by right-clicking it, or you can simply use the default name.
  • On: Turns on/off saturation for all grouped buss and channel instances.
  • Fat: Turns on/off FAT mode for all grouped buss and channel instances.
  • Trim: Trim controls the input volume to the instances in the group. Trim can be applied to channels, busses, or both. This control is intended to be used for fine adjustment of input, but it may also be employed to drive the signal by toggling the “Trim as Drive” control.
  • Trim To: Selects whether the trim exercises control over Channels, Busses, or both.
  • Trim as Drive: When activated, causes trim control to function as drive, rather than input control.
  • Global Saturation Bypass: Bypasses saturation to all grouped instances. This control only affects grouped instances. If an instance is “ungrouped,” saturation will be not bypassed.



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“I’m really liking the Britson on some Brazilian music. I’m working with LARA VALENTE, the The Voice Brazilian Singer. And it is sounding great on nylon guitars.

Bernardo Martins (B.)

“After testing it, I was impressed by Britson’s quality. It is not an over-hyped special effect, but a truly subtle tool that recreates an analog workflow and imparts its delicate color and tone to the tracks. Britson brings cohesion, and slightly alters the frequencies to give the mix an interesting analog vibe. I’ve been looking for flaws, but Britson has none.”

Adrien Perinot, home studio addict and French blogger for www.ProjetHomeStudio.fr

“I start every mix with Britson Console emulation, the individual channel surely add a nice warmth to each track & combined with the Britson Buss that adds a glue finish my Mixes”

Angelo Morris

“My favourite console emulation so far. When inserted across all the audio and bus tracks, including the master bus, you instantly get the analogue workflow and sound. Saves me loads of time. No need to use as many plug-ins to already get the sound I’m aiming for from the get go.”

Dan Zlotnik , Music Composer

75 reviews for Britson

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

  2. Rd Home (verified owner)

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great Product

  4. Juan Modesto (verified owner)

  5. Marcel Kanche (verified owner)

    Subtil & Elégant. Un plus au rapport qualité prix excellent !

  6. James Keillor (verified owner)

  7. mohammed (verified owner)

  8. Andres Martín (verified owner)

    Me encanta el sabor de este canal, lo recomiendo.

  9. romeo sterlacchini (verified owner)

    It!s ok

  10. Renan Achar (verified owner)

  11. David Pacheco (verified owner)

    A great console emulation for “HiFI” sound, get brighter and more bass with nice saturation.

  12. Brian S. (verified owner)

    Love the simplicity, love the UI, and love the sound!

  13. Bruno Pantaleoni (verified owner)

    Fantastic, like having an analog console inside your PC!

  14. James (verified owner)

    Very easy to purchase and install. Sounds great! I have been using it on 2 new projects and find it easy to use.

  15. Adrian L. (verified owner)

  16. Ray BORNEO (verified owner)

    Great results. Easy to use. Perfect !

  17. David S. (verified owner)

    Great sound & low cpu hit, perfect!

  18. Bálint Csékei (verified owner)

    I added DIGICO groups/busses and master bus (via madi interface+PC)…..result: weight and punch and analog feel on digital mixingconsole…:)

  19. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great sound. Placed on every track. Excellent alternative to more expensive sunning VSTs.

  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This plugin adds extra analog flavour to your sound. Love it!

  22. Anonymous (verified owner)

    At first tests it’s great. I currently use Lindell L80 but I think I will start using Britson or both

  23. Carlos Lopez Lira (verified owner)


  24. Derek (verified owner)

    Simple to use. The subtle changes are of huge use in the big picture for mixing your songs. And for this price it’s a must have!!!

  25. Peter Varga (verified owner)

  26. 7kutviz7 (verified owner)

    Despite racking up plugins like crazy I never feel so impressed to write reviews. Wanted to buy the Burnley only but since it was a package deal I went ahead with it. Since then I can’t imagine guitars and drums without it. Makes things so sweet… It was a genuine surprise. My favourite saturation plugin when I need warmth without losing presence.

  27. Robert McCormick (verified owner)

  28. remco (verified owner)

    Very nice, hard to describe but compared to the mix without britson it sounds sweet, warm and more open. From now on I’ll be using it on all my tracks.

  29. Vicente (verified owner)

    Purchasing it and getting it up and running was easy. But the plugin itself was eh. I get better results using Slate Digital. I kind of feel a bit bummed I wasted money on this. BUT it was only like $31. So it’s not too bad.

  30. Krishna (verified owner)

    It’s a beautiful plugin and extremely responsive. I have one complaint though; “No Presets”! I would love to apply some presets and see what other great ears have come up with. Even a free plugin has presets these days. Yet to use the plugins to the best and understand the true quality of it.

  31. kelvin swaby (verified owner)

    An absolutely brilliant 5 star plugin, from price to install to use…..
    Great job Sonimus.
    A must have.

  32. Darwin Manzi (verified owner)


  33. Jason (verified owner)

    Simple, sounds great, easy to use, a lot of fun!

  34. Sergey Ivanov (verified owner)

    Brilliant CPU friendly plugin for gain staging and adding analog flavour to the mixes.

  35. Michael Schulz (verified owner)

    Great product for a great price!

  36. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great console emulation! Along with Satson, exactly what I was looking for going into tape emulation. The authorization process could be made more efficient. Please consider a manager.

  37. Erron Williams (verified owner)

    The Britson is my favorite!

  38. Richard Lawton (verified owner)

    Brilliant. No more words needed.

  39. Ray Masse (verified owner)

    Very warm sound! We hear it right a way. Nice on Strings ensemble and bass synth! A must for a cheap price. Thx Sonimus to be less expensive about other plugins and easy to get for home recording guys!!

  40. Anonymous (verified owner)

    All good. However instructions on how to add it to an existing mix are missing. Can you provide these?

  41. Paul G. (verified owner)

    Exactly what I expected… Good product.

  42. Aaron (verified owner)

    Loving it! Might be best bang for your buck plugin ever.

  43. Junior Tan (verified owner)

  44. Anonymous (verified owner)

  45. Alexander (verified owner)

    Very cool plugin that allows you to add a little mojo to your tracks. I use the bus in my Stereo Mix bus and individual instances on each channel having the ability to control everything from the bus console.

  46. Pablo Sciola (verified owner)

  47. Courtney Bell (verified owner)

    Style, Drive, Saturation and Gain Staging! Sets my channels up niccceeee!

  48. Ole-Christian Andersen (verified owner)

  49. Bogdan Dremin (verified owner)

  50. Carlos (verified owner)

    Amazing plugin! Gives instant mojo to the tracks

  51. Christopher Johnson (verified owner)

    Once the program is actually installed it works well.

  52. Gustavo Valdes (verified owner)

    Excelente sonido, rico dulce y análogo a mi oído desde que lo inserte en mi mezcla, jamás dejare de usarlo

  53. Theo (verified owner)

  54. Luis Ferro (verified owner)

    Very nice effect on the mix.

  55. Justin d. (verified owner)

    Nice harmonics. I wish I found this sooner!

  56. Ryan S. (verified owner)

    Does exactly what the manufacturer claims and does it extremely well! In a blind test using the same mix – one with no stem bus processing (just straight to the stereo bus chain), one with stem busses using the new Universal Audio Neve Summing extension in Luna and one with stem busses using Britson, two engineer friends and myself all favored the mix which was run through the Britson! At $39 vs $299 (for the UA extension), it’s nearly impossible to argue. Even if you own the UA extension, to have another summing option of such amazing quality and execution for such a low price is stunning.

  57. Babis A. (verified owner)

  58. David C. (verified owner)

    I’ve mainly been using just the channel for this plugin and wish I knew about a while back. Cranking up the fader adds a lot of vibe to my midi drums tracks and other instruments. It ‘wakes’ them up and adds some nice harmonics. This has become one of my favorite plugins to use.

  59. Anonymous (verified owner)

  60. HERVE B. (verified owner)

    Britson is so discreet that we would almost forget it’s him who brings all this beautiful color and warmth, this little extra that makes a big plugin not necessarily the one that makes the most noise.
    You just have to deactivate it to know that you’re missing something.

  61. samy cisternas (verified owner)

  62. Stephen (verified owner)

    Who needs Luna?

  63. Aidan (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic plugin, it’s a great price and really adds a feeling of depth and warmth to mixes. What more could you ask for…

  64. hamluke (verified owner)

    My name is hamluke,
    I always use Britson on every channel strip to get analogue sound & as main control level volume. The Tuco compressor did the best sound result very useful to get dynamic sound also the preset is helpful. Those are plugins give you analogue sound warmth with depth.

  65. Justin (verified owner)

  66. Jordan Henry (verified owner)

    Nice analog warmth to your tracks.

  67. Fernando Martins (verified owner)

  68. Vincent (verified owner)

    As a mostly hardware / non-DAW musician when I do track things out into my DAW I needed something that gave it that classic console feel. This has that same feel without the added bloat, will return for more Sonimus products in the future!

  69. Firdaus (verified owner)

    Naissss summing console for analogue saturation.. Keep it up!!

  70. Andrew Eccles (verified owner)

    Love Satson. Love Sonimus. Forever.

  71. misha hering (verified owner)

    One of the only summing plugins I’ve ever used that actually does its job well. Maintains transients, but adds depth, weight and roundness. Like what a good desk could do. Highly recommended!

  72. Brett White (verified owner)

  73. Sylvester (verified owner)

    Hi my name is Sylvester I’m a producer/engineer of reggae music. I love using my Britson subbing mixer plugin. It’s gives me a nice round bass sound and it makes each track fell warm, Fat.
    Love it

  74. Paul Bradshaw

    Paul Bradshaw

    I tried out Burnley73 for EQing various synths for my project, took all of 1 minute before i decided to buy it, the plugin did wonders for the clarity and depth of the instruments, using it on most of my tracks now

    I’ve since bought Satson CS, Britson and Sweetone,

    Britson brings that extra little something to a mix which you didn’t know was there , Satson CS is an incredible set of tools all in one plugin window and Sweetone is a great sounding quick to dial in EQ tool

    all in all a great set of products with a very nice flavour and character , giving instant mojo in the box

    thanks again

  75. Adey (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with all of my Sonimus products, they are inspired by my favourite analogue classics, yet bring something that is distinctly Sonimus to the world of plugins.

    I like that they are a small boutique company who concentrate on quality not quantity, and who have a licensing process that is painless and respects the customer.

    Having said that, I always look forward to their new products with expectation, I would love an API inspired Channel Strip to compliment their Britson and Satson iterations.


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