Waves Audio devotes considerable effort and software development resources in order to ensure that the plug-ins that users have invested in, whether recently or twenty years ago, will always remain compatible with all the latest major DAWs and operating systems. As Waves explains, by updating to Waves Audio V11, users benefit from future-proofing their sessions, ensure continued compatibility with the latest DAWs and operating systems (including macOS 10.15 Catalina), enjoy plug-in performance improvement and full technical support, receive new plug-ins added to premium bundles, and more.
Also included in the V11 update are newly designed versions of the classic Waves Renaissance bundle featuring freshly designed interfaces with three skin choices (Light, Dark, and Legacy); real-time frequency analyzer added to the Renaissance Equalizer and Renaissance Channel plugins; a complete rehaul of the Renaissance Channel user interface for more intuitive usage of the channel strip plug-in; and 700+ new presets by leading artists. Furthermore, Waves V11 includes NKS support added to 43 Waves plug-ins, for compatibility with Native Instruments hardware.
V11 is installed via a new improved version of Waves Central, the application that lets users easily install and manage their Waves licenses across different devices. Based on users’ feedback, Waves has streamlined Waves Central for the most intuitive installation and license management experience, introducing a new interface that makes it easier to update all installed Waves plugins.
All V11 plugins are also supported in the new Waves SuperRack plug-in rack and in eMotion LV1. V11 plug-ins are not supported in MultiRack, SoundGrid Studio and StudioRack applications.
The news that Waves is now shipping Waves SuperRack, the next generation of plug-in processing software is certainly a major announcement for live sound and broadcast applications, since this cutting-edge plug-in rack lets users run up to 128 audio channels through multiple instances of Waves plug-ins with near-zero latency and offers endless customization options.
SuperRack operates in a SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet network, processing audio on a dedicated SoundGrid DSP server, which moves plug-in processing from the host computer to an external DSP server in order to significantly increase plugin count, minimize latency, and enable the host and I/O devices to be far apart from each other while accommodating the most complex setups. The new SuperRack also allows sharing Share SoundGrid I/Os in a network to build complex setups, with comprehensive device and network monitoring and advanced latency alignment management. Host mirroring (DiGiCo) and DSP server redundancy is also supported.
Designed from the group up for a multitouch-friendly graphic interface, SuperRack is a natural extension of any mixing console, offering a quick setup time, flexible workspace and unlimited workflow customization. Users can expand their workspace to up to four monitors and easily tweak small plugin parameters with a “Touch & Slide” fader, and quickly access up to 12 plugins per snapshot via the Hot Plugins panel.
Not only users can view and control multiple plug-in instances simultaneously but other important improvements cover map application and plugin controls to MIDI & computer keyboard for quick hands-on access, the ability to switch inputs and outputs while maintaining processing chains, and adjust multiple racks simultaneously with the “Linking” function.
FOH, monitor, broadcast, and AV engineers can now run plug-ins in real time, customize their workspace with floating windows, selectively recall snapshots via extended scope filter set, and run any live show with more speed and confidence than ever before.