The Tony Maserati assortment represents a gathering of business titans. Waves, one of many earliest and most enduring audio plug-ins corporations, has made its popularity on high quality bundles of their very own plug-ins such because the Gold, Platinum and Diamond bundles in addition to emulations of a few of the most revered names in studio hardware from API to SSL. Tony Maserati is a multi-platinum, Grammy profitable engineer with mixing credit together with Mariah Carey, Future’s Youngster, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. What Waves and Tony Maserati have executed is to place collectively a few of Tony’s tried and true mixtures of EQ, compression and results right into a easy, intuitive package deal. Principally, we’re being invited into Tony’s audio world and getting an opportunity to profit from his expertise in our mixes.
What You Get
The Maserati assortment is six plug-ins particularly designed for the first devices of most mixes. They’re the VX1 for lead and concord vocals, the ACG for acoustic guitars, the GTi for electrical guitars (and horns relying on the preset), the HMX for keyboards, the B72 for bass and eventually the DRM for all the particular person drums in a regular studio package. Atypical of most EQ and compression plug-ins, the Maserati assortment additionally provides constructed-in results on every of the six plugs. These results embrace reverb and in some situations a delay as nicely (like on the GTi and VX1). The FX knobs management the general quantity of the impact however in a really common method. Every so often you are additionally provided some further controls like a “Moist” knob(on the HMX) a “Tone” management (on the B72), “Excite” and “Pre Delay” (on the ACG) and even “Vibro” and “Refrain” (on the Gti). General, the consequences are nicely thought out, applicable and sound nice.
The Look and Really feel
The very first thing I observed concerning the Tony Maserati assortment is that visually it stands aside from a number of obtainable audio plug-ins in that it is extra fanciful and inventive in its design and does not have a hardware equal within the bodily gear world. One of the best description I may give can be to say it seems like a cross between an previous picket radio and the dashboard of some classic vehicle. The best way the knobs work and the lights glow has a really comforting, heat feel and appear to it. There is a technique to this insanity as properly: By leaving out precise frequency notations, delay occasions and virtually all numbers, we’re pressured (in the absolute best means) to make use of our ears and never our eyes to combine. This can be a borderline radical notion lately once we’ve develop into used to typing 200hz and minus 1.5 into the home windows of our EQ plug-ins. By altering our workflow, we’re compelled to pay attention as an alternative of merely anticipating a end result that we have gotten lots of of occasions earlier than.
Obtain and Setup
There isn’t any doubt that the parents at Waves spend as a lot time contemplating their advertising as they do their plug-ins and it exhibits on their web site. As a promotional software, Waves has a web page on their web site with video interviews of quite a lot of engineering and manufacturing luminaries. To immerse myself in Tony’s world, I watched his video that takes us by means of New York and into his studio whereas he discusses in very basic phrases his strategy to mixing. It isn’t a coincidence that Tony’s interview mirrors his plug-in assortment in that he does not speak a lot concerning the particulars however slightly addresses his general philosophical and emotional strategy and leaves it as much as us to take heed to his work as proof that the small print are working. Make no mistake. The video isn’t designed as a “learn how to” for the plug-ins. Tony briefly discusses the plug-ins on the finish and whereas it isn’t a lot, it is undoubtedly useful to listen to what he has to say. He discusses how the plug-ins usually are not meant to imitate any specific piece of drugs however quite to behave as a software that he based mostly on his favourite presets. Whereas we do not get any actual nuts and bolts recommendation on easy methods to use the plug-ins we do get to hang around with a multi-platinum, Grammy-profitable engineer for a few half an hour which is fairly);
The Waves web site at the side of your iLok is the popular technique of set up. After a bit looking round, I used to be capable of finding the obtain part that included the right model and OS. After the obtain (which may take some time given we’re speaking about a whole lot of megs of knowledge), the set up was a really simple means of clicking on the set up button and following the directions. I additionally went to the location and downloaded the pdf manuals for the six plug-ins however aside from a number of easy sentences about what made every plug-in distinctive, the remaining was pretty repetitive.
Earlier than and After
Recording and mixing drums is by far the hardest problem for me as an engineer. I’ve spent years establishing and tweaking the gate, EQ and compressor presets in Metric Halo’s Channel Strip to offer a superb baseline sound for the drums recorded in my studio. Inside the DRM plug-in, there are presets for every particular person drum within the package after which a number of further tweaks written in layman’s phrases like thump and snap. I used to be curious to see how the straightforward buttons, knobs and dials of the DRM plug-in dealt with the uncooked session audio. Aside from the sensitivity (primarily enter) and output knobs, the thump, snap and treble knobs have been all that remained to tweak. Once more, with no actual quantity markings, it is onerous to be particular however I spent a while shifting the knobs till I achieved what felt like the most effective drum sound I might get. On the finish of the day, the drum sound did not fairly maintain up for me. After switching forwards and backwards a couple of occasions, I felt just like the Maserati plugs could not deliver the heat and presence to the drums that the Metric Halo ones did. This isn’t to say that with slightly further EQ and probably gating I could not get it there however in a straight comparability, it wasn’t as robust as what I had.
ACG- Acoustic Guitar
My regular strategy to mixing acoustic guitars includes a excessive cross filter at 120hz, which leaves room for the bass and kick drum. Each now and again I am going to additionally add a little bit of compression to both convey up the general efficiency and even out some inconsistencies in dynamics. Whereas the acoustic in my unique combine was wonderful, I actually favored what the ACG did for its sound within the new combine. I spent just a little time evaluating the 2 common settings, ACG1 and ACG2 lastly deciding on the ACG 1. Then I discovered myself pulling again a bit on the punch, mid and excessive knobs and boosting the output. Not solely was there extra presence but in addition the element was higher and extra sonically fascinating. In case you’re trying to get an acoustic to carry its personal in a full, dynamic combine, the ACG is a superb place to start out.
This bass plug-in has two settings. One for a DI which encompasses most precise electrical and upright basses after which a synth setting which spreads out the sound and provides extra results. I favored the sound of this plug-in so much and it in contrast properly to my unique Waves four-band Renaissance EQ and the Waves Renaissance compressor. Though I do not do a lot synth bass, I like having the choice to get spacier results within the uncommon situations once I do.
GTi- Electrical Guitar & Horns
Wow! By far in a means the perfect Maserati plug in of the bunch. George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Hornsby), the electrical guitarist on the monitor, is likely one of the nice gamers on the market and I already beloved his efficiency. Though his electrical elements have been recorded utilizing an SM57 on an amp, I made a decision to attempt operating them by means of the GTi’s Clear guitar setting. Not solely did the electrics achieve an actual presence however I used to be additionally listening to particulars within the performances that I might by no means heard and I do know these performances! This can be a go-to plug-in on electrical guitars for me going ahead for positive. And, this is the place the Waves literature did me a very good flip. At their suggestion, I ran the horn elements on the track via the Thick Rhythm setting and, after dialing down the vibro knob a bit, I used to be really blown away by the outcomes. The readability, unfold and presence of the horn elements have been beautiful.
I ran the monitor’s Hammond B3 organ tracks by means of the HMX plug-in and located that my outcomes have been combined. Whereas I loved slightly grittier element and extra texture on the tone I misplaced a bit of little bit of the presence. I selected the Modal setting versus the Bounce setting, which did not really feel proper for the B3. Then I pulled again on the Measurement knob and boosted the Quantity knobs whereas additionally growing the Unfold. Sadly in Modal setting I wasn’t capable of change the FX knob, which I would not have minded easing off a bit. To my ear, the unique model run by way of the Waves Renaissance EQ and compressor and utilizing the TL Area reverb gave me a sound I used to be barely);