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The Waves MaxxBCL Hardware Dynamics Signal Processor is a 2-unit rack mountable digital signal processor intended for live sound reinforcement, stage monitoring, webcasting, broadcasting, studio recording, mixing, and mastering. It is a hardware version of a Waves software-based mastering signal chain featuring the Waves Renaissance compressor, the Waves MaxxBass bass enhancement processor, and the Waves L2 Ultramaximizer limiter. The device optimizes signal levels while simultaneously enhancing the psychoacoustic perception of low-frequency information. This makes for a more efficient use of any PA system and makes the overall sound quality of your material more lively and engaging.
Since the device is a digital signal processor, it features both analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion stages with word clock synchronization and optical, coaxial, and AES digital I/O. This enables it to be used in a variety of live sound, recording, and broadcast applications.
Waves Renaissance Compressor
The Renaissance Compressor is based on the Waves C1 compressor gate and L1 Ultramaximizer software plug-ins with proprietary Auto Release Control. The Auto Release Control technology allows for greater RMS levels with heavy compression by dynamically adjusting release time according to the changing signal. The compressor features different modes for different program material such as Opto for vintage material wherein the release time gets slower as gain reduction approaches 0, and Electro for louder applications wherein the release time gets faster as gain reduction approaches 0. The compressor can also be set to upward compress low-level signals without altering high-level signals. You can control the ratio between 1:1 and 1:12, the threshold between 0 and -60 dB, the attack between 0.5 and 50 ms, and the amount of attenuation between 0 and -12 dB. You can also control the compression behavior, the sequence of the compressor and MaxxBass enhancer, or bypass the compressor altogether
The MaxxBass bass enhancement processor selectively generates higher-frequency harmonics of the original bass signal, causing the psychoacoustic perception of the fundamental frequency. In this way the bass will sound larger, deeper, and richer without having to acoustically drive the fundamental frequency. Increasing the psychoacoustic perception of bass through harmonic synthesis allows for the PA system to operate more efficiently and reduces the room rumble that low-frequency signals can cause. You can control the cutoff frequency between 25 and 120 Hz, the intensity of the harmonics between 0 and 100%, engage a high-pass filter to preserve the original signal, or bypass the MaxxBass processing altogether
L2 Ultramaximizer Limiter
The L2 Ultramaximizer limiter consists of a peak limiter, a level maximizer, a requantizer, and an Increased Digital Resolution dithering process. You set the limiter threshold and peak level of the signal, then the system dynamically optimizes the highest average signal level without causing artifacts or clipping. To prevent overshooting the signal, the system looks ahead by 64 samples. You can set the limiter threshold between 0 and 18 dB, the upper out ceiling between 0 and 18 dBFS, as well as link the threshold and out ceiling, or bypass the limiter altogether
The device allows you to save up to 4 user-made presets of the device's signal processing parameters
When a digital signal is processed, the digital word length represented by that signal usually increases. The device preserves the accuracy, precision, and details of your signal by processing the audio in 48-bit resolution before dithering the final output to 24- or 16-bit resolution
You can select Analog, S/PDIF optical or RCA digital, and AES digital signal inputs
You can select 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz sample rates when the device is set to internal sync
The unit features 24-bit analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters with transformer-based analog input and output stages
For applications where you need to synchronize the device to an external source the unit includes a BNC word clock input