makes great sounding plug-ins that are highly touted by audio pros, from record
producers to film composers to game sound designers. Waves is frequently
mentioned to me during interviews with pros in the industry, and from testing it
out myself in my own studio, I have to say that these plug-ins are pretty
Further, Waves offers several different types of bundles and upgrades depending
on what youre looking for. Theres even a Surround bundle if
youre cresting out to greater than stereo mixes.
If youre all native (running off of your computer, not Pro Tools), there
are plenty of Native packages to choose from. Or, if youve got a Pro Tools
TDM system, there are multiple Waves bundle and upgrade configurations available
to you as well.
Waves at Work
There are loads of plug-ins weve tried, says Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman. But Ive found that most of
the plug-ins dont come anywhere near to being as good as the Waves bundle, so
Ive just been sticking to that set of plug-ins, for the most part. The
Waves reverbs and compressors are really good.
We spent a lot on the audio path on this last album, says Rick
Smith, songwriter, producer, engineer for the groundbreaking electronic music act, Underworld. If we did spend any money, it
wasnt on new synthesizers, not on loads of software, we were just using
Logic and the plug-ins. Ive got the Waves Platinum bundle and its
When it comes to effects plug-ins, engineer/mixer Alan Moulder for Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine and Ash fancies Waves. I use the L1 a lot for
getting things to cut through and sit in mixes, says Moulder. The Renaissance EQ I
like for digital equalizing and their De-esser works well. I use the McDSP stuff
a lot for filtering and their new multi-band compressors and analog channels are
I mostly run through outboard gear, but I do use some plug-ins, like the
Waves bundle, says composer, remixer, producer, mastermind of the breakbeat
and father of electronic music, Jack Dangers. But my favorites are the
Renaissance EQ, Declicker and various filter banks, and the plug-ins from GRM
Tools. But I use the declicker in a way most people wouldnt. Ill take
just the noise thats being extracted and then will send that out to the
sampler to recycle it. Its a good extension of the whole clicky thing.
Read up on these Mac-using audioheads (featured in the Interviews section) for insights on what they use and why.
A Whole Lotta Waves
Choose from the following Waves bundles and
plug-in packs and click on the image of the one you want. Then, when they show up,
just drop them into your DAW of choice and sweeten up your