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Plug-in Tuesday – Waves H-Delay

Waves H Delay

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.

Waves H-Delay is another workhorse in my sessions. I use it both during recording sessions and final mixing sessions. I like this delay plug-in because it takes 2-10 seconds to get the type of delay you want. If you have the session set to the tempo of the beat, then all it takes is hitting the host button which is conveniently in the middle of the plug-in for the delay to lock in with the tempo. I don’t ever really use the analog setting, I’m not a fan of the extra noise. I do enjoy the fact H-Delay has a hi-pass and lo-pass filer already on it. I use H-Delay in two different ways for vocals. If I need a simple 1/4 or 1/8 on specific words during a rappers verse, I’ll make a new track and duplicate those specific words onto that new track. On that new audio track I’ll slap the H-Delay on it. I’ll also add the H-Delay to overall vocals as a send from the vocals’ submix aux to add a certain feel or vibe. I’ll use the ‘rap vox’ preset and tweak from there. I use this delay on tracks in the spirit of Drake and Lil Wayne, where it’s an 808 heavy song and the rap vocals are delivered crisp and slowly… It helps to fill in the spaces. You can do a lot of creative effects by automating all the different settings in H-Delay; it helps that it’s parameters are controlled by knobs which makes it better for doing automation by touch. If you haven’t noticed, I am a fan of clean, simple and efficient.

For more info on Waves H-Delay, click below!

Waves H-Delay @ Sweetwater.com

 

 

 

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Plug-in Tuesday – Waves L1 Ultramaximizer

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer is another one of those workhouse plug-ins in my collection.  This goes on at the end of my master fader chain.  I only use this plug-in on mixes that I know aren’t being sent to Carson Ritz for mastering.  I call final mixes with the L1 limiter baby masters.  If I know this final mix is being sent to mastering, then I’ll take of the L1.  The L1 is a great way to give a client a mix but with a ‘mastered’ feel.  I leave the out ceiling at -0.1, and the threshold lower enough to where L1 attenuates occasionally between 0 and -6 dB.  This should create about 6dB dynamics in your mix, you’ll be able to see that in your out ceiling meter.  If the out ceiling meter only shows 1-2 dB of dynamics, then you’ll end up with a squashed finished product.  What you don’t want is to create a brick wall of sound by lowering the threshold so low.  I use the L1 specifically just to make the rough mix or final mix have that loud “master” feel so the clients have an idea of what the mastered version will sound like.  For quantize settings, I’ll set it to 16 bits since I bounce down to 16 bit 44.1 khz (we run our recording sessions at 24bit 48khz).  For dither and shaping, I’ll cycle through the settings for whatever feels right for the song.  You won’t really hear a difference, but you should be able to feel the difference when you change the dither and shaping settings, it’s a very minute difference, but it is a difference.  This is a super useful plug-in that is packaged with the Waves Gold Plug-In Bundle.  It’s a good bang for buck if you buy the bundle.

For more info on Waves L1 Ultramaximizer, click below!

Waves L1 Ultranaximizer @ Sweetwater.com

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