— In honor of its 25th Anniversary, Waves is now shipping revamped and reskinned versions of three of its classic plugins, the Q10, AudioTrack, and the L1 —
KNOXVILLE, TN — Waves Audio,
a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital
music production tools, now celebrates its 25th anniversary, an occasion
that also marks the advent of the digital plugin itself — a concept
that has revolutionized every corner of audio production over the last
Twenty-five years ago, Waves introduced the world’s first audio plugin, the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer.
With its introduction, Waves not only transformed the way we work in
the recording studio, it also created an entirely new industry sector:
software-based audio signal processing. The Q10 revolutionized the
professional audio industry, transforming the way we work with audio and
giving the computer a new status in music recording. For the first
time, it offered high-end professional sound quality in the box that was
on par with the sound provided by hardware gear.
What was then considered a surprising foray into
computer-driven sound processing tools has since become a prevalent
industry standard. Waves tools are now being used to improve sound
quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording,
mixing, mastering and post-production, to broadcast, live sound, and
consumer electronics – hence Waves’ motto, “Where there’s sound –
there’s Waves.” For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical
GRAMMY® Award in 2011.
Propelled by an increasingly diverse and
comprehensive product line, Waves quickly became a favorite of engineers
worldwide and the first choice of recognized audio trendsetters. Waves
has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 200 audio plugins,
an impressive line of diverse hardware units, and an expanding line of
state-of-the-art virtual instruments.
Over the past 25 years many revolutionary Waves
plugins have become industry standards. Game-changing tools by Waves
have included the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers,
which changed the way level maximization and peak limiting are handled
by mixing and mastering engineers today; and Waves’ groundbreaking
modeling of classic studio legacy hardware, which delivered to any audio
engineer or home producer the sound of the SSL and API consoles as well as original rare gear from Abbey Road Studios.
Other early breakthroughs have included valuable time-saving tools like Vocal Rider and Bass Rider; pioneering early effect plugins such as the MondoMod, SuperTap, MetaFlanger; and crucial workflow processors like the S1 Stereo Imager (the first ever stereo manipulation processor) and the PS22 Stereo Maker (a pioneering mono-to-stereo converter).
Waves also spearheaded and remains a leader in noise reduction
plugins dedicated to audio repair. It is hard to imagine the past
two-and-a-half decades’ effort to remaster classic recordings from
timeworn magnetic tape and old vinyl to digital formats without the
advent of Waves’ audio restoration tools – a shining example being
Disney’s old optical media, long considered lost or extremely costly to
resuscitate, which were restored using Waves tools.
Of special note in Waves’ history of audio innovation are the unique Waves Signature Series
plugins, created in collaboration with the world's top producers and
engineers. These precision-crafted plugins capture each artist's
distinctive sound and production style, using customized processing
chains designed by the artists themselves, and delivering them to the
end user in the form of extremely easy-to-use plugins.
In recent years Waves has also become an established,
major player in the live sound market. Live mixing engineers can now
bring studio sound to the stage and mix live sound with an unprecedented
level of intricacy, by mixing their shows with Waves (and third-party)
plugins, with all the wealth of precision control they offer. They can
do this thanks to two groundbreaking software innovations by Waves: the
Waves MultiRack plugin host, which lets live engineers run plugins on any live sound console; and the Waves eMotion LV1
live software mixer, which enjoys success among FOH, monitor and
broadcast engineers in need a highly portable live digital mixing
console providing pristine, studio-quality sound.
Most notably, Waves’ groundbreaking SoundGrid
technology and applications have become an industry standard for
real-time, low-latency audio processing and efficient, cost-effective
audio networking. SoundGrid has entirely changed the workflow
possibilities for both audio engineers and musicians: with SoundGrid,
they can now run higher plugin counts than ever by offloading all plugin
processing to external servers and freeing up their computers’ CPU;
record with plugins in real time, allowing them to hear the true sound
of the recording already during the performance; and network all audio
in their studio in the most efficient way possible.
Waves’ most recent innovations have established Waves
as a major player in the 360-degree, 3D and VR audio market. Waves
recently introduced the Nx Virtual Mix Room
plugin, a virtual monitoring tool that delivers, on headphones, the
same three-dimensional depth and panoramic stereo image one would be
hearing from speakers in an acoustically treated room. Together with its
companion Nx Head Tracker,
Nx helps audio engineers better predict how their headphone mixes will
translate to speakers, finally turning headphones into a mixing tool
they can trust. Waves Nx is also
available as a consumer application that delivers a 3D audio experience
on any set of headphones, turning them into a high-end 360° surround
sound system and enabling consumers to experience movies, music and
games with real-world 3D sound. Waves Nx technology is also now used in
VR games such as Racket:Nx.
Finally, Waves is a market-leading innovator in the consumer electronics market, where under its Maxx
brand it offers licensable algorithms for consumer electronics devices.
Waves technologies dramatically enhance the audio performance of
personal computers, tablets, mobile phones and applications by such
industry leaders as Dell, Google, Fitbit, TCL, Intel, Fujitsu, Asus,
Hisense, LG, Vivo and more.
Used in scores of commercial and personal recording
studios and by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, the Waves sound
can be heard in the world’s most popular hit recordings, major motion
pictures, hit television shows and popular video games. Waves’ strong
reputation for outstanding quality and technical leadership make it not
only the acknowledged market leader in professional audio software, but
also the preeminent provider of intelligent audio in consumer
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Waves is now shipping revamped and reskinned versions of three of its classic plugins: the Q10 Equalizer, the AudioTrack channel strip plugin, and the L1 Ultramaximizer
level maximizer/peak limiter. These revamped 25th Anniversary editions
include new plugin features, as well as a choice between two graphic
user interfaces – the classic ‘Legacy’ interface, and the new ‘Modern’
interface created especially for the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
To learn more: https://www.waves.com/.