Waves Audio Introduces MX Master Tape Plug-In

Jun 10, 2011 7:28 PM


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Waves Audio, in Knoxville, Tenn., unveils the MPX Master Tape plug-in ($200 Native/$300 TDM), which the company developed in association with producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss) as part of an ongoing series of collaborations. The MPX Master Tape plug-in is designed to impart the richness and warmth of real tape saturation to a DAW setup, and is modeled on a rare tube-based machine that comprises an Ampex 350 transport and 351 electronics.

screenshot of Waves MPX Master Tape plug-in

The MPX provides comprehensive control over the contours of any sound, offering adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow and flutter, along with noise parameters. Waves also added a flexible slap and feedback delay, designed for styles such as rock, dance and dub.

Waves sought to create a model of the original recording chain from Olympic Studios in London that Kramer used on his great recordings of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Waves tracked down a perfectly maintained Ampex machine owned by veteran mixer/engineer Eric Schilling for the modeling process. Assisting Waves were Bob Olhsson (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross) and co-developer John Haeny (Jim Morrison and The Doors, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne). Waves used 3M Scotch 206/207 tape for the modeling, as it was considered an almost ideal match for this machine.

The Waves MPX Master Tape plug-in is being offered at special introductory prices of $99 Native/$149 TDM for a limited time. It is also available at no additional charge to owners of Waves Mercury with current Waves Update Plan coverage.

Find out more about Waves' MPX Master Tape plug-in.

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