Waves’ new Q-Clone plug-in accurately recreates the shape and phase response of the equalization in fine detail, but avoids distortion and noise. The process happens in real time, reacting to the adjustments made on the outboard EQ unit itself.
Q-Clone consists of two components: Q-Capture and Q-Clone. Q-Capture is set up to send a signal to the outboard equalizer and to accept a return of the processed signal. Next, Q-Clone is opened on a track. The settings on the outboard equalizer are then adjusted to achieve the desired sound. When the “capture” button is clicked, Q-Clone models the sound and replicates it on the fly. The process can then be repeated on as many tracks as needed.
At any time, you can go back to a particular track, make adjustments to the settings on your equalizer and capture the new sound. Q-Clone is capable of showing a graphic display of the EQ curve that has been replicated. You can even use the Add button to make additional adjustments on top of the existing processing (through Update mode), which is the equivalent of having two of the original equalizers in the path at once.
All settings are stored within sessions and can be saved as presets for recall, for use across multiple tracks and sessions. Q-Clone can replicate the sound and phase response of any linear filter-based equalizer but not distortion or non-linearity.
In addition to capturing your own equalizers, Q-Clone comes with a library of equalization presets and will have its own section of the Waves Website where users can post their own captured processor characteristics, emulating the tactic used for the IR convolution reverberation series.
For more information, please go to www.waves.com.