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CLA Nx

Reference your mixes in Chris Lord-Alge’s studio—over any headphones
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Create Better Headphone Mixes—in Chris Lord-Alge’s Studio

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Compared to mixing in a beautifully tuned mix room with world-class monitors, mixing through headphones used to be a poor substitute. But that’s in the past—CLA Nx recreates the acoustics of Chris Lord-Alge’s Mix LA studio, in your headphones, using Waves Nx® spatial imaging technology.

CLA Nx creates a three-dimensional soundfield that feels—and sounds—like you’re mixing in CLA’s high-end mix room. The plugin also comes complete with EQ correction curves for over 270 headphone models. Now you can check your mixes in a world-class studio, wherever you are.

  • Create headphone mixes that translate effortlessly to speakers
  • Mix within Chris Lord-Alge’s trusted Mix L.A. studio acoustics
  • Check your mixes on Chris’s NS10-modeled and custom Ocean Way studio monitors
  • Give your mixes the CLA Boombox test to check translation to small-speaker devices
  • Accurately judge mix depth, balance, stereo imaging, reverb
  • Includes EQ correction for over 270 headphone models
  • Correct the unrealistic stereo imaging of headphones
  • Powered by Waves Nx® immersive audio technology
  • Adjust the amount of studio ambience on your headphones
  • Personalized head anatomy calibration for precise response
  • Ideal for collaboration—everyone mixes in the same environment
  • Optional head tracking for extra realism, via webcam or the Nx Head Tracker (bought separately)
Watch It in Action

Finally—You Can Trust Your Headphones for Mixing

  • Create Mixes that Translate to All Systems

    Headphones are a convenient way to mix, but they are limited in their ability to represent what a mix sounds like over speakers. Mix on headphones, and you might easily add too much reverb, make problematic panning decisions, or misjudge the low end. CLA Nx gives you a well-calibrated mixing environment that will let you create well-balanced mixes.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Choose from 3 Custom Monitors

    CLA Nx simulates the well-balanced acoustics of renowned mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge’s studio. Mix over Chris’s custom NS10 near-field speakers. Get the big picture with his custom-built Ocean Way HR1 monitors. Or do reality checks with his Sony boombox.

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  • EQ Correction for 270 Headphone Models

    CLA Nx uses the state-of-the-art Harman Headphone Target Curve method to correct EQ response for over 270 studio headphones, including models by Sony, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, AKG, Audio Technica, Audeze, Focal, and dozens more brands.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Hear the Same Thing Your Collaborators Are Hearing

    The Nx breakthrough means you now have a standardized, ideal studio sound for collaboration. As you work on a project with others, you’ll know you’re all hearing the same sound, and mixing with identical studio acoustics.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Customize Your Mix Environment

    Use the accurate emulation of Mix LA’s acoustics, or dial in wetter or drier ambience. For personal adjustment of the 3D effect to your head/ear anatomy, enter your personal head measurements into the plugin’s head anatomy calibration section.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Track Head Motion for Enhanced Immersion

    For the ultimate in realism, track head motion so that as you move your head, the sound changes as if you were moving your head in the studio. Track with your computer’s camera, or with the Nx Head Tracker for maximum accuracy.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers