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Modeling

Learn how to add instant brightness and sheen to dull-sounding vocals, drums, guitars and full mixes, without adding harshness, using the Waves Aphex Aural Exciter.

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What makes the SSL E and G channels different? Why – and when – choose one over the other? Take a detailed comparative look at these two legendary channel strip processors.

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Grammy-winning mix engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay Z) shows how you can use Waves Q-Clone to capture the J37 Tape’s EQ curve to shape the tone of the mixbus without adding compression.

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What exactly is it about tape that gives it that 'magic'? Technically, tape distorts and can degrade the audio. Regardless, it remains a highly sought-after sound. Find out why, and get practical tips for applying tape saturation plugins in your mix.

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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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These two classic Neve console EQ’s shaped generations of popular music, but what makes each one distinct? Get your gear-nerd hat on and read our contrast between the plugins, so you can effectively use the legendary “big” sound.

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They all have “that API sound,” but it’s important to choose the right tool for the job. We’ve mapped out the differences between these classic designs so you can make musical decisions about when to use which EQ.

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What's the difference between saturation, overdrive and distortion? Find out, and learn how to enhance your whole in-the-box mix by adding warmth, excitement and getting mix elements to sparkle and stand out.

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Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith, the PRS SuperModels plugin meticulously models three high-end PRS guitar amps – PRS Archon, PRS Dallas, and PRS Blue Sierrra/V9 – delivering the authentic sound and feel of the originals.

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Guitar innovator Paul Reed Smith, chief PRS amp designer Doug Sewell, and the Waves team were all part of the journey to the PRS SuperModels. Here, they give us a glimpse into the process of creating these authentic software amps.

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