New Waves launches look to live
Waves Audio has launched the new eMotion Mixer for SoundGrid systems, with the introduction of the line’s first products. The new products take the form of eMotion LV1 for live sound front-of-house and monitor applications, and eMotion Studio, for recording, mixing and post production facilities.
The eMotion Mixer engine is powered by Intel-based Waves SoundGrid DSP servers. Features include 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.
The LV1 software mixer features 64 input channels (mono/stereo), 32 stereo busses and return channels, L/R, centre, mono main busses and master channels. Users will also find eight DCA faders, eight mute groups, eight user-assignable function controls, cue/SIP and talk-back. LV1 also features up to six plug-ins per channel, it can 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.
Also new from the manufacturer and again aimed at the live market is the IR-Live Convolution Reverb. Like its predecessor, the IR1, the IR-Live is convolution-based, using sound samples called ‘impulse responses’ (or IRs for short.) IR-Live is compatible with Waves MultiRack Native and SoundGrid platforms, as well as all of IR1’s impulse responses. In addition, IR-Live includes samples of the world’s best-sounding hardware reverb units. According to the manufacturer, IR-Live will give live sound engineers virtual access to convolution-based reverb.
Another new product targeted at live is the GEQ graphic equaliser plugin. GEQ features selectable cut and boost at ⅓ octave intervals, using two unique filter types. Waves lists some of the key features as classic component with proportional Q, modern component with independent non-interactive filter types,30 ISO bands, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB selectable cut and boost, independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side.
Finally, Waves has announced a further addition to its Signature Series with the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection of custom plugins. The collection has been developed in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Manny Marroquin and consists of six plugins: Delay, Reverb, EQ, Tonal Shaper, Distortion and Triple D (DeEsser, DeHarsher, DeBoxer).