March 31, 2005
../ Wave Arts Power Suite
Wave Arts Power Suite
for Mac and PC is a bundle of their five products, TrackPlug, MasterVerb, Multidynamics, WaveSurround and FinalPlug for
MasterVerb is a single-algorithm reverb with basic controls. It's a solid offering for applications that require
a short reverb time, but long tails tend to waver. It also has somewhat of a bite that can work great with percussion, but not if you want to create creamy pads. Wave Arts added a diffusion
knob to even out some of the ripples, but it still can use a little work.
The Multidynamics plug-in works well in a wide variety of applications. It is one of the
most flexible EQ/Dynamics processors and displays the results of the processing effectively. None of us are too
crazy about the visual appearance of the plug-in. In fact, the graphical interface of any of the Wave Arts plug-ins,
look more like a product from the mid-nineties than something from the new millennium. However, these are grunts, not medal-decorated generals, and they do what they're told. The cool
thing about the Multidynamics processor is how you can really tweak the individual bands. Compress one frequency while
expanding another, select the frequency range for each band, and then determine the amount of gain will be applied above and below the threshold - it's really quite detailed and
this is exactly what you need to tackle precise sonic problems.
Trackplug is a non-processor intensive, ten band EQ, with a compressor and a gate. The
EQ can be routed pre or post compressor/gate and there are all the basic controls at your mouse-tip to shape the sound how you
desire. We found the plug's sound to be quite transparent, and discovered the excellent metering to be a good indication what
was happening sonically. There's a quality Look-Ahead feature in 1ms, 2ms and 5ms increments that was able to handle all the
transients that we threw at it. The compressor/gate had selectable soft, medium and hard knee configs. Wave Arts also includes a lot of auto
options to make setting the plug-in for complicated pieces much easier. The Dynamics Auto Gain normalizes the incoming signal while the Auto Make-Up smoothes out the output. Trackplug is a
very useful plug-in and you'll find that the 50 presets they make for a solid starting point when shaping particular sounds.
FinalPlug is a peak limiter that is meant to pin your signal for maximum
loudness. This type of sound is very popular these days, but it can very easily muddy your overall mix and/or individual tracks by reducing the detail and dynamics, so you have to
use it with caution. Wave Arts couldn't have made Finalplug any easier to use, you just set the high water mark for the sound level,
set the Release time, and then manipulate the Threshold to achieve your desired level increase. Again, if used with delicacy, you can achieve
totally transparent results and gain anywhere from 2 to 5 db in overall volume. Well done.
Wave Surround is a spatial enhancer that increases the width of a stereo
image via HRTF binaural processing. I'm often wary of these types of processors due to phasing problems and reduced detail. However, I found WaveSurround
to work very well if used in moderation, 90 degrees or less, and if you add the reverb very gingerly. To get the most out of
WaveSurround, you really have to tweak the filters. Flat worked best on overall mixes while the other options worked well on stand
alone elements like percussion.
At $499 for the entire bundle, you make think of Wave Arts as the poor man's Waves Diamond Bundle. However, I found that the Wave
Arts plug-ins sounded just as good or better than many of the industry-standard Wave offerings. The Wave Arts Power Suite is an excellent
choice for anyone who needs a solid set of standard sound shaping tools. $499.95 For Mac and PC. PC Formats: Direct X, RTAS and VST. Mac Formats:
Audio Units, MAS, RTAS and VST. WaveArts.com
The Future: Wave Arts, perception is reality. It's time
that you hired a real graphic designer who can polish the visual interfaces of your products and bring your line up solidly into the new millennium.
It's a no brainer that many potential users are going to be turned off by the graphical interface of your product line. Jagged, un-aliased visual elements and clunky primary colors
make the Power Suite look like a mascot of a AAA farm team instead of major league contender. This doesn't mean make the product look
like the cockpit of a F-15, it means sophistication, usability and maturity. Make this happen and you'll be rewarded with a significant increase in sales.
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Wave Arts Power Suite receives an 80% PowerRating -
We recommend this plug-in bundle to anyone looking for a solid suite of sound shaping tools without having to mortage the farm.
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