Saturation & Distortion

Mastering is sometimes thought to be a purely technical art. But in truth, it has serious impact on the ‘feel’ of any song. Learn how to master your tracks with emotional depth and feel.

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We are thrilled to announce that Waves’ Abbey Road Saturator has won the NAMM 2021 TEC Award in the Signal Processor Software (Effects) category.

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Stay safe by digging into your studio: Watch French producer duo HitsBananas mangle and distort masks, hand sanitizers and gloves into a complete drum track.

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From a single vocal track, to a vibey pitch shifted texture that makes HITS, producer Malay (Frank Ocean, John Legend) sent us his new, inspiring vocal chain preset for StudioRack, directly from his latest productions.

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Learn how to combine low-end saturation with top-end modulation for crisp, modern drum magic. Producer/engineer Ken Andrews (Paramore, Failure) explains how he uses one of his signature StudioRack presets, while utilizing the full potential of multiband processing.

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High-energy rappers are fun to work with, but to mix them properly you need to know how to sweet-en and control aggressive rap vocals. Learn the top 4 ways to achieve this goal, using fundamental mix-ing and recording tools.

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Watch producer/mixer Count (Run The Jewels, Tycho, DJ Shadow) take an in-depth look at some of his advanced drum bus mixing techniques, from frequency splitting to parallel processing, all using StudioRack.

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From lo-fi vinyl & tape sounds to all-out audio destruction – producer/mixer Count (Run The Jewels, DJ Shadow) walks us through his Super Lo-Fi plugin chain preset, included in the free StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Recording electric guitars direct can sometimes offer significant advantages over miking an amp. Find out how to get the best sounds for your guitar tracks.

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Bring hard-hitting grit and warmth to your drums quickly with two Waves Manny Marroquin signature series plugins: classic NY compression and distortion techniques made simple.

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