For the letter R in our ongoing series of the A to Z of Waves, we have chosen Renaissance as the topic. This article is going to look at 3 Waves Renaissance plugins - Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Bass & Renaissance Vox.
Waves Renaissance Compressor
The Waves Renaissance Compressor is a very handy compressor plug-in. It features a simple set of controls that are easy to set for achieving transparent compression results. Renaissance Compressor has two different compression modes - vintage opto and modern electro, both add subtle changes to the compressor characteristics. What's nice is that the Renaissance Compressor has a key input, this enables the use of sidechaining when pumpy compression is needed to be driven from a different track such as a dance kick compressing a synth pad.
Waves Renaissance Bass
Waves Renaissance Bass does one thing - It effortlessly fattens up low-end. It achieves this in a very different way to low-end boosting with EQ. Renaissance Bass uses Waves MaxxBass psycho-acoustic technology. Renaissance Bass (R Bass for short) fattens up low-end by creating higher harmonics from existing bass within your tracks - this in turn, tricks your ear into hearing bigger bass. This is a very useful tool for exaggerating bass within tracks in your mixes for smaller playback systems. A great application for R Bass in on close mic drum toms that sound thin. Tune the frequency to the fundamental of each tom and increase the intensity to taste.
Waves Renaissance Vox offers a simple one-stop solution for cleaning up and levelling a vocal in a mix. It's one of the simplest compressor plugins and a firm favourite amongst the Pro Tools Expert Team. Renaissance Vox (R Vox for short) is the best vocal compressor when transparent compression is needed in a hurry.
- Compression, gating, limiting, and level maximisation in one plugin
- Soft-knee compressor with auto make-up gain
- Gentle downward expander for noise gating