Designer plug-ins are the latest fashion in audio, and this new set from Waves will surely interest anyone seeking a sonic edge in their productions. The JJP collection is based on some of the most sought-after vintage pieces of gear from the studio of producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (pictured). Based at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording Studios, Puig has produced hits for artists such as Green Day, U2, Sheryl Crow, the Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer and more. The bundle includes models of the Fairchild 660 and 670, the Pultec EQP-1A, and the Pultec MEQ-5: some of the most coveted pieces of hardware in audio. Puig has contributed presets for the plug-ins and personally approved the emulations as sonically accurate.
Designed nearly 50 years ago by Rein Narma, the original Fairchild stereo 670 compressor and its 660 mono counterpart are renowned for their advanced compression techniques and incomparable sound. Key features of the PuigChild 670 includes Lateral Vertical mode (MS Compression), promising optimal stereo imaging; Linked and Unlinked modes; Digidesign ICON support; and up to 24-bit, 192 kHz resolution.
The Pultec EQP-1A is savored for its warm, round low-frequency equalization and its beautiful high-frequency boost; it also has the unique ability to boost and cut the same frequencies simultaneously, thereby creating a resonant shelf. Used primarily for broadband equalization, the original EQP-1A features four low boost/cut frequencies, three high-cut frequencies and seven HF boost points, along with a bandwidth control for shaping the high boost curve. Key features include, unique resonant low-shelf boost; Digidesign ICON support; and up to 24-bit, 96-kHz resolution.
The distinctive tonal characteristics of the Pultec MEQ-5 midrange EQ have made it a popular signal chain choice and coveted heirloom piece in the racks of many studios. Key features include Digidesign ICON support and up to 24-bit, 96-kHz resolution. All JJP plug-ins are currently available separately or as part of the Waves Mercury bundle and offer TDM, RTAS, VST, Audio Units support; as well as PC and Mac compatibility. Prices: $1,600 (TDM); $800 (Native).