Nelson recalls, “I started using Waves in 2002 while mixing some live bootlegs for Incubus. I think it was just the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer and the Waves C4 Multiband Compressor on the master to smooth out the mix a bit. They sounded better than anything else around at the time and I loved using them. I was so excited when they were made available for use in a live environment.”
Describing his current setup on the road with Pearl Jam, Nelson says, “I am mixing Pearl Jam on a DiGiCo SD5 with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid and the Waves Server One. My favorite Waves plugins when working with Pearl Jam are the MV2 for kick and especially snare; the H-Comp Hybrid Compressor for vocals; the C6 Multiband Compressor for vocals and slight master bus tuning; and the CLA-3A Compressor/Limiter for guitars. I also use the Waves API 550 EQ, which works great on anything! On the master busses, I just use the Renaissance Compressor for some slight compression (a ratio of 1.8), and just a taste of the C6 again to smooth things out. I am a big believer in letting your live mix have dynamics and letting everything breathe. On my rec bus I do a bit of mastering with a Waves L2 Ultramaximizer, a C6, a Waves Q10 Equalizer (still great after all these years) and a bit of Waves S1 Stereo Imager just to widen the mix a bit, as I don't do too much hard panning in arena shows.”
“Waves just makes the SD5 so much better,” Nelson adds. “Waves plugins run so seamlessly that I often forget they’re not just part of the console!”
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