Channel Strip Plug-Ins

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By George Petersen



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Part of Waves' Mercury, Diamond, Platinum, Vocal, Renaissance Maxx and Broadcast & Production bundles, the Renaissance Channel puts EQ, compression, limiting and gating in one plug-in. The 4-band paragraphic equalization puts a visual display above the controls for fast, easy operation, and in addition to the independent compression and gating, it includes phase reverse, EQ/dynamics routing switch and a stereo rotation control.

Waves' SSL E-Channel is included in the Studio Classics and SSL 4000 bundles, supporting Mac/PC TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST and Audio Units. As the name implies, this is an officially licensed re-creation of the discrete design and Class-A VCA chip circuits from Solid State Logic's 4000 Series console. The 4-band EQ (plus LP/HP filters) is based on the Black Knob equalizer that SSL developed with George Martin, and the soft-knee compressor/limiter and expander/gate in the dynamic section is modeled on SSL's LS611E and can be routed pre/post-EQ.

Another extension of Waves' Studio Classics and SSL 4000 bundles is the SSL G-Channel, which puts the equalization and dynamics of the G Series consoles into a single plug-in. The 4-band EQ models the characteristic pre-boost dip, pre-cut rise and broad Q of the original hardware. The Dynamics section has soft-knee compression/limiting and expander/gate with automatic output makeup gain.

One of Wave's latest releases, the Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer (available in the Tony Maserati Collection and Mercury bundles) puts versatile input controls tailored for vocal use in a simple interface. Controls include sensitivity, treble, bass, compress and output level, along with delay, decay, reverb and flexible contour switching between presets.

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