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Waves Audio Offers Element Synthesizer

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824),a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, recently introduced Element, its first-ever synthesizer. Powered by Virtual Voltage™ technology, Element is an analog-style polyphonic instrument engineered to deliver the fat, gritty sound of the classics, with all the precision, flexibility and control of contemporary digital synths. Element includes a vast array of convenient features and functions, including integrated effects, a 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer, MIDI Learn for all controls and a massive preset library, with total tweakability. Plus, all parameters are laid out right in front of the user, so when inspiration strikes, there’s no need to scroll through page after page to customize sounds. Searing leads, booming basses, ethereal pads, electro-percussion, sequential motions, mind-blowing FX and lots more: Element does it all.

London-based Yoad Nevo, who has enjoyed a successful career as a producer/engineer for such artists as Air, Goldfrapp and Pet Shop Boys, in addition to being a longtime Waves developer, was instrumental in the development of Element. He states, “In my work, I use synthesizers quite a bit. Even though I have a large collection of analog synths, I’m always on the lookout for cool new virtual instruments. So when Waves decided to build a synth from the ground up, there were certain things I made sure it had. We knew we wanted to create a synth that would be straightforward and easy to use, so we started with a basic subtractive synthesis engine. We then developed the engine further, adding features and functions along the way, until it grew into a mature synth.”

Nevo continues, “Element provides fat sound right off the bat, but also has very comprehensive editing capabilities, which I used to create most of its presets. We made sure to include all its features on a single page: the step sequencer, modulation matrix and effects section, everything. Whether scrolling through presets of creating completely new sounds from scratch, we saw to it that Element would provide users with instant sonic gratification.”

Waves Element is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $200, with a special introductory price of $99. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Teams with Abbey Road Studios to Offer REDD Console Plugins

— REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 plugins truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of the original coveted classic consoles —

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824), a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, has again teamed with London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios to offer the new REDD Console plugins. Abbey Road Studios were at the epicenter of a seismic shift that rocked the world of music during the 1960s, and changed the course of popular culture forever. The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd and countless other luminaries made musical history at Abbey Road Studios, trailblazing a revolution that resonates to this day. And at the heart of it all were REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named after Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department (REDD). Renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery, there’s something magical about the REDDs that simply sounds like no other console. Waves meticulously recreated the unique color, character and tonal complexity of the original desks: the REDD.17 still belonging to Abbey Road Studios, and the REDD.37 console now owned by Lenny Kravitz. The result is REDD: an impressive pair of plugins that truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of these coveted console classics.

Mirek Stiles – Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios, stated, “Ever since I first heard the word REDD at Abbey Road Studios almost 13 years ago, to me these consoles have had a legendary almost mythical aura around them. Most of the original REDD consoles have been lost over time but by using the few examples left over and studying the original schematics and design notes from the archives I believe Waves and Abbey Road have revived an important part of musical history that will enable producers of all generations to discover and fall in love with the lost sound of REDD.”

Controls:

Amp Type determines the type of amplifier (REDD.37-.51 only).
Channel Select determines the channel configuration.
Bass Lift controls the 9 dB low shelf that compensates for low frequency loss caused by using condenser microphones in a Figure 8 configuration.
EQ Select toggles between Classic and Pop EQ types. The Classic treble EQ features a shelf boost or cut at 10 kHz; Pop EQ is a peak boost centered around 5kHz, with a shelf cut centered at 10 kHz. Both Pop and Classic settings feature a continuous 10 dB of boost or cut at 100 Hz. (REDD.37-.51 only).
Tone High controls high shelf equalization.
Tone Low controls low shelf equalization.
Monitor controls the source of the monitor output.
Spread selects stereo processing mode (Stereo component only).
Drive controls the amount of drive added to the signal. Lower values result in a cleaner sound; higher values result in a more distorted sound.
Analog controls the level of modeled noise and hum.
Output controls the output level of the signal.
VU Meters display output VU readings.

Both REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 are Native- and SoundGrid®-compatible and are available at a U.S. MSRP of $349.00, with a special introductory price of $199.00.

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Announces AAX Native Support

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — In response to user requests, Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces support for the AAX Native plugin platform. Waves has always strived to support as many plugin platforms as possible, including VST, RTAS, TDM, AudioUnits and others. With this new development, Waves plugins now support the AAX platform, used by Avid HDX systems.

“AAX Native support has been a frequent suggestion from users,” Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and co-founder. “We are happy to respond to market demand with this new compatibility.”

Ed Gray, Director of Partnering Programs for Avid remarks, “Waves’ arrival onto the AAX platform with its AAX Native plug-ins is great news for our mutual users of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX. The range and quality of processors offered by Waves remains superior, and AAX compatibility will make Waves plug-ins an obvious addition to new and upgraded Pro Tools systems. We are grateful for this support.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio SoundGrid® Platform Grows in Popularity, Opens Up to Third-Party Plugin Developers

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — In late 2010, Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduced its SoundGrid® platform, which offers Waves Audio-over-Ethernet networking and processing for low-latency real-time professional audio applications. Rapidly growing in popularity since its release, the SoundGrid platform now is used to provide live sound processing for many of the biggest names in entertainment, including Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Ozzy Osbourne and many more. Beyond the world of live sound, SoundGrid is scheduled for full compliance with the IEEE’s latest AVB (Audio Video Bridge), in addition to Waves AEB (Audio Exclusive Broadcast) protocols.

Waves recently celebrated the sale of their one thousandth SoundGrid DSP Server. Simultaneously, Waves has announced that it is releasing its API (application programming interface) for third-party developers. This means that in the very near future, Waves SoundGrid platform will support not only Waves plugins, but plugins from other developers as well, beginning with those associated with Plugin Alliance. Users will benefit from SoundGrid’s unparalleled power and performance over an ever-expanding range of professional audio tools.

“We are excited to see what Waves has developed with the SoundGrid technology, and will be looking into porting some of our real-time tools for SoundGrid in 2013″, says Dirk Ulrich, CEO of Plugin Alliance USA and Brainworx Germany.

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Introduces Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection, custom plugins developed in collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Maroon 5, Shakira). The collection consists of six plugins: Delay, Reverb, EQ, Tonal Shaper, Distortion and Triple D (DeEsser, DeHarsher, DeBoxer).

About the Waves Signature Series
The only tools of their kind, the Waves Signature Series is an exclusive line of customized plugins, created in collaboration with the world’s top producers and mixing engineers. Each and every Signature Series plugin has been precision-crafted to capture the artist’s distinct sound and production style, using custom multi-effect processing chains designed by the artists themselves. For experienced and aspiring audio professionals alike, the Waves Signature Series streamlines the mixing process, delivering high-quality results, instantly. For experienced and aspiring audio professionals alike, the Waves Signature Series currently includes plugin collections developed with GRAMMY® award-winners Chris Lord-Alge, Jack Joseph Puig, Tony Maserati and Eddie Kramer.

The Waves Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection will be available soon with U.S. MSRP TBA. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Introduces GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces its GEQ graphic equalizer plugin. Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ Features

Classic component with proportional Q
Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types
30 ISO bands
6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost
Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side
Zero latency
2 input RTA with external input options
RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function
Link L/R
Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality

The GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin will be available soon with U.S. MSRP TBA. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Announces eMotion™ Mixer for SoundGrid®

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces the new eMotion™ Mixer for SoundGrid® systems, with the introduction of the line’s first products, the eMotion LV1 for live sound front-of-house and monitor applications, and eMotion Studio, for recording, mixing and post production facilities. Designed to integrate seamlessly with Waves SoundGrid-compatible I/Os, eMotion is poised to revolutionize the world of mixing.

The eMotion Mixer engine is powered by low-latency Intel-based Waves SoundGrid DSP Servers. Features include low-latency Waves plugin processing on every channel; support for multiple mixers, I/O boxes and SoundGrid DSP servers over a single network; hardware scalability using standard network components; compatibility with standard control surfaces; Multi-Touch support; Windows and Mac compatibility; and preset sharing across consoles and platforms.

The LV1, the first product in the eMotion series, includes two new integrated plugins: EMO-D5 Dynamics Processor and EMO-Q4 Equalizer.

LV1 Software Mixer Product Features

64 input channels (mono/stereo)
32 stereo busses + return channels
L/R, center, mono main busses + master channels
8 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable function controls
Cue/SIP and talk-back
EMO-Q4 Equalizer: 4-band EQ with HP and LP per channel
EMO-D5 Dynamics Processor: Comp/Gate/Expander/DeEsser/Limiter/Leveler per channel
Up to 6 plug-ins per channel
Connect to multiple DAWs for recording and playback
Save and transmit sessions and snapshots from any DAW to eMotion
Connect and share SoundGrid I/O devices, drivers and applications
Up to 1000 Scenes/Snapshots
Up to 96 kHz sample rate
Automatic plugin delay compensation
Mackie HUI control surface support, including iPad HUI emulators

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Announces IR-Live Convolution Reverb for Live Sound

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces the new IR-Live Convolution Reverb, customized for live sound use. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed IR1, the IR-Live is convolution-based, using sound samples called “impulse responses” (or IRs for short.) Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, IR-Live is compatible with Waves MultiRack Native and SoundGrid® platforms, as well as all of IR1′s acclaimed impulse responses, including those of world famous venues such as Wembley Stadium, CBGB’s and the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, IR-Live includes samples of the world’s best-sounding hardware reverb units.

With IR-Live, FOH/live sound engineers now have virtual access to the magic of convolution-based reverb. Waves’ IR-Live Convolution Reverb will be available soon with a U.S. MSRP of $250.00 and a special introductory price of $100.00. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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AVIOM HOSTS LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW A360 PERSONAL MIXER AT NAMM 2013

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2013—Aviom, manufacturer of the iconic A-16II Personal Mixer and industry leader in personal mixing, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting live demonstrations of its next generation product, the A360 Personal Mixer, at NAMM (Hall A, Booth 6720). The company will feature two versions of its A360 demonstration: a brief overview of the product and its features and an in-depth tour of the product with a live music demonstration. more

Waves Audio and DiGiCo Announce New Partnership: DiGiGrid™

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — DiGiCo, the world’s leading manufacturer of live mixing consoles, its studio sound sister company Soundtracs and Waves Audio (booth 6824), the world’s leading developer of professional audio plugins, are proud to introduce DiGiGrid™: The perfect partnership of audio hardware and software. From the studio to the stage and back again, today’s digital productions are getting more and more complex, with higher track counts, CPU-hungrier plugins and increasingly demanding real-time requirements – not to mention portability, expandability and connectivity issues. Now, Waves, DiGiCo and Soundtracs have joined forces to create hardware and software processing solutions to address these needs with DiGiGrid, which enables users of Native DAWs, Pro Tools and MADI-enabled live and broadcast mixing consoles to have access to Waves SoundGrid audio networking and real-time processing. DiGiGrid offers a full line of SoundGrid I/Os, Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid I/Os and MADI-to-SoundGrid I/Os.

In the studio, DiGiGrid systems provide the power and performance needed to meet the most taxing mixing challenges. DiGiGrid systems are expandable and ideal for users of all levels, from budget-minded audio enthusiasts to full-fledged multi-studio facilities. And because they use Intel-based SoundGrid DSP Servers to perform audio processing, DiGiGrid systems ensure maximum versatility and compatibility today, tomorrow and into the future.

Live on stage, DiGiGrid MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces enable users of any MADI-enabled console to take advantage of low-latency networking and processing, perfect for both FOH and monitor applications. Live processing and recording has never been easier, thanks to the flexibility and simplicity of DiGiGrid systems.

DiGiGrid Components

DiGiGrid IOS
Perfect for personal production studios, the DiGiGrid IOS is an 8 x 8 I/O which includes a built-in SoundGrid DSP server and certified SoundGrid switch. With 8 mic / line inputs, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs, MIDI In/Out/Thru, SPDIF and AES outputs, DiGiGrid IOS is an all-in-one audio interface that brings the power of SoundGrid in a convenient, comprehensive solution.

DiGiGrid IOX
Ideal for professional facilities with separate performance rooms, the DiGiGrid IOX expansion I/O features 12 mic / line inputs and 6 line outputs, plus 4 individual headphone outputs, for customizable mixes for each performer.

DiGiGrid IOC
An I/O custom-designed with control rooms in mind, the DiGiGrid IOC includes 2 mic inputs, 8 line inputs, 8 line outputs and 2 headphone outputs, plus 16 AES digital outs ADAT for additional connectivity options.

DiGiGrid SWI
The DiGiGrid SWI 5-way network switch is tested and certified for full SoundGrid compatibility, ensuring smooth setup and flawless performance straight out of the box.

DiGiGrid DLS
With 64 digital inputs / 64 digital outputs plus a built-in SoundGrid DSP server and certified SoundGrid switch, the DiGiGrid DLS Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid Interface is the ideal integrated solution for users who want to expand their existing systems while enjoying the convenience of an all-in-one hardware interface.

DiGiGrid DLI
With 64 digital inputs / 64 digital outputs, the DiGiGrid DLI Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid Interface was custom-engineered for users of large Pro Tools systems who require the extra processing power of a dedicated SoundGrid DSP server.

DiGiGrid DMI
Interface option to allow Digigrid system devices to access DiGiCo SD Rack and D Racks for massive system input expansion with a wide range of format configuration choices.

MGB MADI-to-SoundGrid Coaxial Interface – 2 MADI ports, up to 128 Inputs & 128 Outputs
MGO MADI-to-SoundGrid Optical Interface – 2 MADI ports, up to 128 Inputs & 128 Outputs

Visit www.digigrid.net for more information.

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