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NLSNative from Waves is a classic analog console modeling plug-in that brings the warm sounds of yesteryear to your DAW. It allows you to add depth, crunch, analog noise, and harmonic distortion to your individual tracks, busses, or both.
Waves NLS models an SSL 4000G, a vintage EMI 12345 Mk 4, and a customized 60/92 Neve 5116 console. No two pieces of analog gear sound the same, so Waves sampled over 30 channels on each console, plus their master busses. Within NLS, different modeled channels can be selected on each of the three consoles, creating a non-linear summing system. Offering a larger sound, more headroom, and a wider stereo image, non-linear summing is the natural effect of an analog environment. Through tireless research and innovation, Waves has made this luxury available for in-the-box digital mixing.
NLS offers the ability to mix and match channels from the three different consoles. Create your ideal mix with electric guitars through the Neve, while drums go through the SSL, and vocals go through the EMI. The possibilities are endless, and only available from Waves.
Multiple Channels Sampled on Three Classic Analog Consoles
An average of 30 channels were sampled on each of three consoles; an SSL 4000G, an EMI 12345 Mk 4, and a Neve 5116. To create a non-linear summing environment, these channels are all individually selectable within the software.
Mix and Match Channels
If you wanted to mix a song across three full size consoles in the analog world, it'd be incredibly impractical... but with Waves NLS, this is completely and easily possible. You can mix and match channels and master busses however you'd like.
NLS Channel / Buss Controls
Studio: sets the console type
Drive: adds harmonic distortion, increasing input signal and decreasing headroom
Output/Trim: controls gain adjustment
VCA Group: assigns the NLS instance to a VCA Group, for global control via the VCA Groups Console
Link: toggles between Dual Mono and Stereo mode (NLS stereo Channel only)
Mic: simulate mic input levels (NLS Channel only)
Bypass: deactivates analog harmonics, noise and frequency response effects
Noise: activates modeled analog noise
VCA Tab: shows and hides the VCA Groups Console section
Meter: displays output signal peak dBFS values
VCA Group Console Controls
Auto: enables automation writing and reading for the VCA Groups Console
Group Bypass: bypasses the NLS effect on all instances assigned to that VCA Group
Group Noise: controls the noise for all the NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group
Group Drive: sets the drive offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group
Group Trim: sets the output gain offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group
Group Studio: sets the studio type for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group
Group Name: a text field which allows you to customize the name of each VCA Group
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Mac Core Duo 2.3 GHz OS X 10.6.8 to 10.7 4 GB RAM 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution Host application that supports Audio Units, RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats
PC Intel Core 2 Duo GHz/AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent Windows 7 4 GB RAM 1024 x 768 32-bit minimum display resolution Host application that supports RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats
Waves NLS - Classic Analog Console Modeling Plug-In (Native) Review