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Waves Audio Releases New NLS Non-Linear Summing Plug-In

By PSW Staff April 11, 2012

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Waves Audio is now shipping the new NLS (Non-Linear Summing), which delivers the sound of three classic consoles in one powerful plug-in.

To create NLS, Waves joined forces with three leading producer/engineers – Mark ´Spike´ Stent, Mike Hedges and Yoad Nevo – modeling their rare mixing desks.

NLS recreates the sound of:

—The “magical” solid state console belonging to Mark “Spike” Stent (Radiohead, Björk, Muse, Maroon 5, Madonna).

—The classic console owned by Mike Hedges (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dido, Faithless, Manic Street Preachers, U2), heard on such timeless recordings as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

—The British console customized for Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Goldfrapp, Air).

In the creation of this plugin, Waves meticulously modeled more than 100 individual channels in all, carefully analyzing and recreating the distinctive color, character, and behavior of each and every input and summing bus amp.


—Non-linear summing enhancement

—Three legendary consoles in one plugin

—Over 100 individually modeled channel and summing buss amps

—Developed in association with top producer/engineers

—Adds analog warmth and character

—Global control over all NLS plugins in the session

NLS Channel/Bus Controls:

—Studio sets the console type

—Drive controls the amount of harmonic distortion, increasing the input signal and decreasing the internal headroom

—Output/Trim controls gain adjustment

—VCA Group assigns the NLS instance to a VCA Group, for global control via the VCA Groups Console

—Link toggles between Dual Mono mode, where the left and right channels are not identical models, and Stereo mode, where left and right are identical (NLS stereo Channel only)

—Mic controls the headroom by simulating mic input levels. (NLS Channel only)

—Bypass deactivates analog harmonics, noise and frequency response effects

—Noise activates modeled analog noise

—VCA Tab shows and hides the VCA Groups Console section

—Meter displays output signal peak dBFS values

VCA Group Console Controls:

—Auto enables automation writing and reading for the VCA Groups Console

—Group Bypass controls the NLS effect on all instances assigned to that VCA Group

—Group Noise controls the noise for all the NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group

—Group Drive sets the drive offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group

—Group Trim sets the output gain offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group

—Group Studio sets the studio type for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group

—Group Name provides a text field which allows users to customize the name of each VCA Group

Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $249 Native/$349 TDM.


Waves Audio


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