Waves Audio Now Shipping New BB Tubes Plugin

Second plugin in the Magma series designed to provide tube saturation for both vocals and instruments via two main controls.
The Waves BB Tubes plugin interface.

Waves Audio has announced the expansion of its custom-shop Magma series with the release of the BB Tubes plugin, the second plugin in the series providing tube saturation for vocals and instruments. It provides two main controls:

— Beauty, designed to foster more delicate harmonic saturation where users want to make a sound “blossom” before it breaks up, achieving an instant roundness and a larger low-mid.

— Beast, designed to deliver immediate “in-your-face” energy, attitude and aggression, all the way to crunch distortion. It also includes an A/B switch to select between two different tube types.

The Beauty control cascades into Beast, so users are encouraged to blend the two knobs – tuning and tweaking them for a range of saturation sounds for any part, style or genre.

“When I first tried BB Tubes I was shocked. I’ve been putting it first in my vocal chain – it just gives me this larger vocal that’s also more intimate,” says Rob Kinelski (Billie Eilish). “Honestly, I’ve never heard anything like this. It brings something different to the table which I can’t even explain. It sounds amazing,” adds Neal H Pogue (Steve Lacy, Tyler, the Creator). 

“It’s rare that a new plugin comes along and is an instant game-changer. Without much effort I had a vocal sounding incredible. Then drums, then synths, then guitars, then bass. I truly feel like this plugin will become a classic,” states Dave Pensado (Justin Bieber).

BB Tubes is also designed to hep dial up the loudness of a mix in an appealing way — the soft clipping of the tubes brings down transient peak levels while increasing perceived loudness, resulting in a much louder mix before digital clipping. The plugin also offers options for a pre- and post-hi-shelf EQ, transformer in/out, bass relief (which removes the low frequencies from the side-chain input), a sensitivity control (which lets the user choose the point at which the tubes are hit), a dry/wet knob and output gain.

BB Tubes is included in these Waves bundles: Mercury, Pro Show, SD7 Pro Show. Go here for more specifics.