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Waves Releases Vocal Rider, LoAir Plug-Ins

Waves’ Vocal Rider

Waves Audio is now shipping Vocal Rider ($400 native; $800 TDM), the first of Waves’ new series of mixing tools. Vocal Rider automatically rides the levels of vocal tracks in real time. Instead of manually riding a console fader, or drawing in every level change on a DAW track, Vocal Rider does it automatically. The user sets the target range of the vocal level in relation to the rest of the mix. Vocal Rider then compensates for all deviations from the target, intelligently and instantly raising or lowering the vocal volume. Unlike compression, Vocal Rider adds absolutely no additional coloring to the track.

Vocal Rider promises to allow users to keep steady vocal and dialog levels automatically. It offers up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution; supports TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST and Audio Units; and is Windows 7 and Mac OS X compatible.

Waves Mercury Version 7 owners covered by the Waves Update Plan receive Vocal Rider at no additional charge.

Waves’ LoAir

Waves’ new LoAir plug-in ($100 native; $200 TDM) is the second in the new line of dedicated Waves post-production tools. LoAir is a sub-harmonic generating plug-in that creates and enhances LFE content or “rumble”—perfect for sound designers who want to add dramatic effect to existing audio.

LoAir comprises four separate components: Mono-to-Mono, for creating and enhancing subharmonic frequencies on existing LFE tracks; Stereo-to-Stereo, for generating LFE content from Stereo signals (Outputs LFE or Stereo + LFE); 5.0-to-5.1, for generating LFE content from a 5.0 signal; and 5.1-to-5.1, for increasing subharmonic frequencies on existing LFE tracks.

Designed for sound designers and post-production mixers, LoAir is said to be the first subharmonic plug-in of its kind for Pro Tools. It features adjustable frequency and low-pass filter controls to shape users’ ultra low-end. Plus, it lets users process polyphonic content and create an LFE track from stereo or 5.0 sources.

LoAir also features full session recall and full automation; operates at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; and is PC and Mac compatible, supporting TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST and Audio Units.

Waves Mercury V. 7 and 360° Surround Tools V. 7 owners covered by Waves Update Plan can receive LoAir at no additional charge.

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