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#3044351 05/17/20 10:07 PM
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I see Waves is having a sale, and I was thinking of picking up the avox and maybe the CLA compressors oh, and maybe the J37 Tape. I don't currently own any Waves plugins. In general, are Waves plugins any good? Are there any Waves plugins you would recommend, and if not, what alternative would you suggest?

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Pat Waara #3044575 05/18/20 10:26 PM
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I bought their VU meters. I tried out some of the Abbey Road plugins, liked them. but didn't buy.

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Pat Waara #3044786 05/19/20 09:57 PM
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I am not really a fan of Waves, but their CLA-2A is quite good. But I do not use anything from Waves.


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Pat Waara #3044936 05/20/20 03:36 PM
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I like Waves - more importantly, I can get their plugins to do what I want. The Fabfilter and UAD stuff sounds better to my ears, but I don't have those. I will say that Waves "sales" are misleading, because their plugins have never been their regularly advertised price for at least three years...

Currently, I'm really liking their SSL Bundle (the E & G channel and the G Bus Comp is a magical thing on the drum bus) and I love the API 550 EQ. I have been experimenting with F6 – I'm not really sure what it does, but the "Vocal Cleaner" preset does wonders for my voice-overs on my YouTube content. The Andrew Scheps Omni Channel looks phenomenal.

For tape, I much prefer Softube's Tape to the Kramer Tape (I haven't tried the J37), and I really like Softube's Summit Audio Grand Channel as my go-to channel strip these days.

I think Waves are a good way to go beyond your stock DAW plugins and get your feet wet with third parties. They're relatively inexpensive, the legacy stuff is pretty low on CPU (H-EQ is a CPU hog though), and they're good for exploring what you need.


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Pat Waara #3045714 05/25/20 01:55 AM
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H-Comp is one I use a lot. If you don't want the analog simulated noise, just set the "Analog" knob to "off".

As David mentioned, their "sales" are a bit misleading. Some things are always on sale. Currently they're higher than they were in December. If you're a member of their mailing list, you will get notified of a free plugin every Black Friday. That's how I got H-Comp and a Berzerk Distortion one (haven't even used that though).


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