Waves Audio has announced that it is shipping Spherix, a new suite of two plugins – a compressor and a brickwall limiter – designed for efficient work on the beds (fixed channels) of immersive 7.1.4/7.1.2 mixing environments such as Dolby Atmos.
Spherix offers dynamics that are specifically designed for immersive mixing that can help save time and avoid manual workarounds when mixing immersive audio. Quick-access controls are available for each channel right below the metering, allow users to tweak parameters quickly across all channels without needing to swapping from one channel to the next.
A “Control Linking” function can be used to group multiple channels by loudspeaker zones—tops, surrounds, a choice of three front-wall groupings (L+R, L+R+C, L+R+C+LFE), or all channels together. Users tweak the settings of multiple channels with a single click of the mouse, mixing quickly in multi-mono while maintaining relative settings between channels.
A “Channel Linking” function can be used to group channels based on loudspeaker zones and quickly compress or limit each entire zone as a bus (rather than as separately processed channels). Compress/limit tops as one unified zone, sides and rears as another, front-wall (L+R, L+R+C, or L+R+C+LFE) as yet another zone with a unified compressor or limiter applied across all channels in the group.
The “Weight” control lets users adjust the balance and content of the sidechain that feeds channel-linked groups. Users can choose whether the grouped channels will react more to each individual channel, more to the entire group, or more to all other channels, including all points in between.
Finally, multi-channel meters let you instantly view the levels and gain reduction of all channels, without having to manually switch channels.
Go here for more specifics on new Waves Spherix plugins.