Waves is one of the leading audio companies in the world right now and for good reason. And with so many models to call on, it goes some way towards recreating the inevitable variation between echo plates in the real world. Maybe because most of its products are marketed through word-of-mouth or forums. Good thing you mentioned InPhase, I do need to dive on that one more. The former is better suited to retaining the original character of your mix, while the latter is more suited to analog-style treatment. This plugin helps add to your otherwise static mixdowns by creating an even greater sense of depth through the stereo field.
Conclusion Unsurprisingly, Waves has a bunch of incredible plug-ins. The interface though improving also leaves something to be desired. Picking the right plug-in for the job is critical. It works adequately with individual instruments, even vocals. However, because developers have an easier time coding for Windows, there are more plugins just for Windows than there are just for Mac.
If you want to adjust the coloration of your mix, this is your tool. So many companies have done their own Pultec emulations, you could write a whole separate list. This is one of the best Waves plugins for drums. In terms of price, you get what you pay for. I have also included subs for ya! For this reason, we had to make a top 15 best Waves plugins for the modern producer - allowing you to focus more on the music and less on the endless choices! Demonstration Renaissance Compressor The is a surprisingly versatile multi-purpose compressor that fulfills many roles in a typical studio setup. Sometimes, out of the 5-6 plugins I recommend, 3 or 4 might be enough for your mix.
It would be them doing the adjusting and analyzing for you. Simple but smooth-sounding even when pushed hard. It must feel like a Catch 22 for designers sometimes, wishing to push the boundaries and bring something new to the table while still making stuff people actually want to use! The best thing about it? However, there is one bundle I would definitely recommend to grab though: the H-Series. As for the , the , and the , these are probably better suited to more specialized applications wherein their distinctive tonal characteristics are desired. Bottom-line J37 Tape offers a convenient solution to getting a variety of tape flavors in your productions. Softube Trident A-Range Another fantastic example of the way software can give producers all around the world the opportunity to use some pretty rare and exclusive gear.
Will entering the audio world obliterate your wallet? Waves L-1 Limiter The , again is another staple for me. I get this question regularly, so here is my response. Link: I am usually not a big fan of plugins that are vague about what is really going on under the surface. If you just drive it up a notch around 22khz, the overall band interaction or crosstalk and the musicality of the top-end is glamorous. The Lossy plugin is a creative tool for the audio eccentric.
Now, you can get the same classic vibe and rich, warm character in a modular plug-in form. But the true stand-out here is auto-gain. Yep, it is a bit complicated. This transient shaper plugin is the perfect complementary kick drum design tool. It may seem a little complicated because it involves controls like Bias, Wow, Flutter, and Tape Speed. If you're an Ableton user, this is similar to the Utility plugin, but on steroids! Having a piano key display at the bottom of your frequencies help you determine the pitch your instrument has. Since the de-esser compresses and fixes the sound, you can find your stock one under your Compression, Restoration or even the Dynamics folder of your daw.
Every part of their plugin design is intentional — there is no fluff. Great for adding weight or sparkle to your material. You can live without it. But the good news is, Stereo Imaging has never been easier. Also if you want even more amazing plugins, we have an entire list of the 100 And if you use any Waves plugins on a daily basis that we missed, let us know by commenting below! As a solution, we use multiple compressors. There is also a master gain slider on the right-hand side. Developed under license from Solid State Logic, it was intended to replicate the tone and dynamic response of the original circuitry to a precise degree, offering the kind of distinctive warmth and vibrancy to audio that those vintage consoles did.
I find it very beautiful to use with acoustic guitars, vocals and boosting bass frequencies. So who is Har-Bal for? It also doubles as an , as it can enhance harmonic overtones for each of its 7 frequency bands. Waves even made an incredible video on how to use this plug-in, and you can watch it. Why not go straight to the source? I would recommend this software for anyone who wants to get their tracks sounding commercial without a huge learning curve or a lot of practice. So in alphabetical order, this is my review of the best Waves plugins, including some thoughts on each. Other signal processors that may be applied during the mastering process are , filters, stereo wideners, and mastering reverbs.
I like this plugin because it has a unique, gritty kind of sound that works well as an effect. Old engineers were limited on how many of these compressors they could use, but with this amazing plugin emulation, you can fire up as many as your computer can handle! But—like with any dynamic processing—just be sure not to push too hard! The day I moved from a Soundcraft studio to a trident 80b in about 83 was one of the most sonically rewarding days of my life. This compressor works the best with basses and guitars since it adds harmonic distortion to the input signal, something the original hardware unit was known for! But analog tape recorders tend to be big, bulky, expensive, and temperamental. The codec preview would help anyone in the industry that I know immensely! If you need a hard bass drum to do some softening, you can use the P606, which can remove the boxiness of your recording and create weight and power. This version is also very accurate and comes in native flavors. But they are often too clean and too polished for those times when you need some vintage vibe.
And this plugin can help you create the same effect. While this works effectively as a mastering equalizer intended for broad attacks, the radical shapes help even out even individual instruments. Surprisingly, the plug-in can even fix problem areas that should ideally be fixed during the mixdown stage. However, the only problem is you have no visual reference for your level meters. This is also called compression in series. Guaranteed natural crosstalk between ranges, and an easy to use interface too! A Winamp plugin version is also included. In order to understand how phenomenal it is, you have to put it to work yourself! In fact, they have over 180 incredible plugins that are used world wide! Using a knob-based approached as with most traditional vintage equipment.