Analog Models

Waves’ definitive distortion and saturation toolkit includes Abbey Road Saturator for musical analog saturation, MDMX Distortion Modules for classic overdrive and fuzz effects, and Berzerk Distortion for wild, creative, deranged distortion sounds.

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Analog modeling is a mysterious process to many—so let’s pull back the curtain, and reveal how a physical process or piece of gear turns into a software plugin.

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Producer/engineer Warren Huart of Produce Like A Pro took Waves’ Abbey Road Saturator plugin for a test drive on vocals, drums and more – and found it to be doing marvelously well! Check out his in-depth demo.

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Hear the Waves Abbey Road Saturator in action, as it combines the musical analog saturation sounds we love from the vintage Abbey Road desks with excitement from the ultra-rare EMI TG12321 Compander module.

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Waves Abbey Road Saturator is the most musical sounding analog saturation plugin available. Combining the classic overdriven tube and transistor sounds from Abbey Road’s fabled consoles, the Saturator also models the original TG12321 Compander feeding the two desks for a one-of-a-kind ‘excited saturation’ effect.

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Waves Abbey Road Saturator combines the musical analog saturation sounds we love from the REDD valve and TG transistor consoles with excitement from the ultra-rare EMI TG12321 Compander module. Abbey Road’s Mirek Stiles takes us through the classic technique revived by the plugin.

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How can you get heavy crunch guitars to sit properly in the mix, while still allowing the vocals, drums and bass to cut through? Learn how, using EQ plus the EMI TG12345 channel strip plugin with its unique “Spread” feature.

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Over the years we've modeled a plethora of vintage analog hardware units, creating some rich and vibey plugins for your mixes. Have your say; tell us which ones you like the best and see what other users think!

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Producer/mixer Sean Divine demonstrates how to create a kick drum that has power and definition, despite competing 808 bass frequencies—all in 6 simple steps.

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Abbey Road J37 and Kramer Master Tape give the authentic sound of two classic tape recorders—without the drama of maintenance, variable tape quality, or high tape costs. Dive into the sound and differences of the two emulations.

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