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Studio Classics Collection

The channel strips, EQs, and compressors that changed recording
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First-Class Studio Processing: SSL, API, and More


The big-budget sound of SSL’s finest 4000 E and G consoles. The API processors synonymous with high-end recording. The colorful, character-driven sound of the 1066, 1073, and 1081 mic pre/EQs and 2254 compressor. Choose your era, choose your sound, and load these timeless analog recording tools into your digital productions.

Formerly unattainable to all but a select few, Waves’ meticulous modeling brings you the classic sounds that remain the go-to choice of world-class engineers—decade after decade, hit after hit.

  • Mix with the kings of consoles—SSL’s 4000 E-series or G-series
  • Experience API’s emphasis on musicality and transparency
  • Inject color with the Vintage V-Series EQs and compressor
  • Choose from three distinctly different compressor technologies
  • Multiple EQ designs handle a wide variety of applications
  • All processors include presets from top producers and mix engineers
Watch It in Action

Compression, EQ, and Saturation Modeled from World-Class Gear

  • Mix with SSL Punch and Glue

    Studio Classics includes the industry-standard E-Channel and G-Channel strips, the new EV2 Channel with modeled mic pres and choice of ‘Black’ and ‘Brown’ EQs, the rare G-Equalizer, and the G-Master Bus Compressor—everyone’s favorite “glue.”

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • SSL Modeled to Perfection

    All Waves SSL plugins have been modeled with care from meticulously maintained reference consoles selected by Solid State Logic. The analog modeling process has been vetted and authorized by Solid State Logic to ensure authenticity and accuracy.

  • The Musical Sound of API’s Finest EQs

    Modeled in close collaboration with API, the Waves API plugins capture all the musical character of the originals. Whether for solving problems or adding character, the 550A and 550B’s pioneering proportional-Q equalization curve fulfills the promise of musicality with accuracy, as does the overachieving 560 Graphic EQ.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • API 2500: One-of-a-Kind Mix Bus Character

    API’s 2500 compressor has been newly embraced by cutting-edge mix engineers—its Thrust option gives killer kicks and booming bass. Nothing else can decrease low-frequency pumping, while compressing the highs so well.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Fat Compression, Legendary Limiting

    V-Comp models the 2254’s diode-bridge gain technology and triple-transformer design—the secret behind many warm bus compressor and limiter sounds of the 60s and 70s. Four analog characters cover variations among models.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Historically Authentic Preamp/EQ

    The iconic 1066, 1073, and 1081 preamp/EQ sounds are now yours. Span the sonic spectrum from the fat sounds of the 70s with the V-EQ3’s bold mids and transformer-rich body, to the V-EQ4’s precise, refined control.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers