Waves Audio have also announced another plug introduces the Waves Primary Source Expander (PSE) plugin which is designed to automatically reduce microphone gain levels between musical phrases and enjoy more gain before feedback and reduced stage noise without affecting your source’s original tone. The Greg Wells ToneCentric is designed as a richly musical harmonic enhancer that adds fatness and presence to individual tracks or entire mixes, in the studio or live.
Waves Primary Source Expander
With the Waves Primary Source Expander, you can automatically reduce microphone gain levels between musical phrases and enjoy more gain before feedback and reduced stage noise without affecting your source’s original tone. This plugin is designed for live sound and for mixing live recordings.
Whether you are mixing live at the venue or working on a live recording in the studio, Waves Primary Source Expander is designed to help you raise the levels of vocal and instrument mics without creating feedback, without amplifying extraneous background noise and without losing the natural ambience of your location.
At the heart of this plugin is a precision expander, tailored especially for melodic sources such as vocals, guitars, strings, brass, woodwinds and more. PSE works like a fader that smoothly attenuates the channel's level when the source goes below a certain threshold. You determine both the threshold and the amount of attenuation.
Waves Greg Wells ToneCentric plugin
The Waves Greg Wells ToneCentric plugin, will be part of the Waves Signature Series. The plugin was created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY®-nominated producer, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, OneRepublic) and is designed to be a richly musical harmonic enhancer that adds fatness and presence to individual tracks or entire mixes, in the studio or live.
Greg Wells remarked, on his vision for the plugin,
I’m always on the hunt for ways to pull more music out of the speakers. You get a beautiful effect when you run audio through healthy vacuum tubes and big transistors wound the right way, and record it to a great tape machine. This plugin is an homage to the great analog gear that leaves a wonderful sonic footprint on your sound. There are certain pieces of gear in my studio that consistently do this for me without fail: a holy grail 1950s mono tube compressor, a tape machine, a custom-made vacuum tube console. Several plugins do a great job pointing in this direction, but sometimes I find the high end suffers. In developing ToneCentric, it was important to me to keep things sonically quite full overall, but with an added depth of field. As with all the plugins in my Signature Series, there is an enormous amount going on behind the simplicity of the single-knob interface. Different settings on the knob will yield different results, and I encourage you to experiment with subtle to mid to drastic levels. Here’s to more tone-filled music! I hope you like it as much as I do.
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