v10 Waves EMI TG12345 Channel Strip


Waves EMI TG12345 Channel Strip
Waves EMI TG12345 Channel Strip

Based on the legendary TG12345, the first solid-state console from EMI

Waves and Abbey Road Studios bring to life the legendary TG12345, the first-ever solid-state console from EMI which epitomized the sound evolution of the late ’60s and early ’70s and helped shape groundbreaking recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and many others.


EMI TG12345 Overview

  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios
  • Based on the Legendary TG12345, the first solid-state console from EMI
  • A complete modeling of the entire TG12345 channel strip
  • 3-band EQ wih continuous gain and frequency
  • Includes TG12345's famous compressor/limiter
  • Modeled on the actual desk used by the Beatles on their album Abbey Road

Thanks to meticulous component modeling, the Waves/Abbey Road EMI TG12345 channel strip plugin captures every celebrated feature of the one-of-a-kind original console: the input mic preamp, down to every last detail of its harmonic distortion, hum and noise; the bass and treble EQ bands from the mic cassette; the presence EQ band from the console's group/main section; the lush-sounding spreader; and to top it all off, the console's famous compressor/limiter, with its distinctive, irresistible sound.

The plugin offers routing options that cover the entire TG12345 line, from the one and only MK I desk on which it was modeled, to the final MK IV models.

In addition to the console's original features, new elements have been added to accommodate modern mixing needs, including a high-pass filter on the compressor's sidechain, a mix control in the dynamics section for easy parallel compression/limiting, a drive control, and much more.

Whether used for tracking, mixing or mastering, in the studio or live, on an individual channel or on a master bus, the Waves/Abbey Road EMI TG12345 will give your mixes the beautiful compression and the unforgettable crisp, bright and rich sound of a true classic.


Behind Abbey Road Studios’ EMI TG12345 Consoles
October 08, 2014

In 1968, the introduction of 8-track recording and increasing sonic experimentation by the Beatles and other groundbreaking artists meant that the capabilities of Abbey Road Studios’ REDD .37 and REDD .51 consoles were being stretched to the max. This called for a new desk.

The year before, EMI had already laid out ideas for a solid-state mixer to replace the valve REDD desks. Throughout 1967, meetings had taken place between the Abbey Road staff and the engineers at EMI Central Research Laboratories in order to design a comprehensive mixing console capable of handling the challenges presented by the latest music recordings.

The following summer, the first prototype console (later known as Mark I) was delivered to Abbey Road Studios. The name of the console was TG12345, with TG representing EMI’s precursor, The Gramophone Company, and with the model number chosen almost at random (EMI used the 123xx sequence as a bearing number: the EMI compander was 12321, the ATOC unit was 12330, and the desk was 1234x. 12345 was simply the next number in the sequence).


TG12345 was designed to meet the most demanding recording requirements of its time. It was substantially bigger than the old REDD desks, with 24 mic inputs and 8 outputs, 4 echo sends, 2 CUE/foldbacks, and, for the first time ever, a compressor/limiter on every channel, in addition to EQ. The compressor was based on the valve Fairchild and Altec devices used at Abbey Road during the '60s, but ended up with a completely unique sound all its own. The desk was also modular in design, with twelve microphone “cassettes,” or channel strips, that could easily be replaced when faulty. Each cassette contained two input channels that could be used either separately or as a stereo pair.

The new desk was first placed in the studios’ “experimental room” for testing. Abbey Road’s engineers ran “clone” sessions to compare TG12345 and REDD, with two sets of mics placed in the room, one going to the REDD .51, the other to the TG. The results were superb, with the TG proving to have a cleaner, brighter and punchier sound than its predecessor.


In November 1968, the TG12345 was finally placed in Abbey Road’s Studio Two, where it made its debut on an 8-track recording by the Shadows. The following year, the new transistor desk helped shape the sound of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which was markedly different—fuller, richer, deeper—than that of the band’s work earlier in the decade. Indeed, the sonic qualities of such tracks as “Here Comes the Sun,” “Something” and “Come Together” would be unimaginable without the advent of the TG12345.


During the '70s and up until 1983, the TG12345 consoles (Marks I–IV) were the main desks used at Abbey Road Studios, contributing to the sound of timeless albums such as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, and many more.


The TG12345 MK I desk was removed from service at Abbey Road Studios in the '70s. Large parts of the original console were donated to a school in Hampstead, North London, that had a small speech studio. Following renovations at the school, the desk ended up in a dumpster. Fortunately, a passer-by spotted the unit and rescued large portions of the console. With these parts, and with other spares kept at Abbey Road Studios and at EMI’s archives in Hayes, most of the original TG12345 MK I survives today. It is this very desk on which Waves and Abbey Road Studios modeled the EMI TG12345 channel strip plugin.


  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.11.6 - 10.14
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
    • USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

Support for Visually Impaired Users

  • Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4
  • VoiceOver Utility enabled
  • Pro Tools 12.7
  • Logic 10.3.1

Please note: Waves Central and preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar are currently not supported.


  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 64 bit
    • Windows 7 with SP1
    • Windows  8.1
    • Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes (pops)

Mac Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere 12 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X  (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12, 20 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab 2018.07 (VST3)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 12 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

TDM is no longer supported by Waves v9.6 or later: learn more.

November 4, 2018 Changes to V10

  • Improved: Overall GUI responsiveness of all plugins.
  • Added: "Netflix 2018" preset to WLM and WLM Plus.
  • Added: F6 global control mapping to Avid S3.
  • Fixed: F6 RTA default setting load.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain Load/Save preset menus in MultiRack SoundGrid, StudioRack SoundGrid, and eMotion ST.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain loading in GarageBand.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain is located in the Effects category instead of Mastering in Adobe Audition.
  • Fixed: MultiRack SoundGrid connected to DiGiCo consoles freezes when moving controls on Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack crash when starting/stopping playback and simultaneously changing cabinets, amp types or microphones.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack & Stomp don't update latency when stomps are inserted.
  • Fixed: MetaFlanger Alt+Click doesn't reset toggle buttons.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels stops working in Studio One 4.
  • Fixed: Some PRS SuperModels controls wrongly activated when changing some presets.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels playback starts with a slight fade-in under Logic Pro.
  • Fixed: Duplicating a mono-to-stereo track with PS22 in Cubase results in a very loud noise.
  • Fixed: CPU spikes and audio glitches when automating PuigTec EQs in VST2.4 (Live, Reason, Maschine, Komplete Kontrol).
  • Fixed: REQ band 1 on/off is always linked, even when L/R is unlinked.
  • Fixed: eMo Q4 band 1 LRB functionality.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel long initial loading time, and several other bugs.
  • Fixed: Smack Attack graphic issues.
  • Fixed: Various TRACT-Smaart interaction bugs.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune horizontal scroll shortcut on Windows.
  • Various stability improvements

What You Get in V10

  • Waves plugins added free of charge to Waves bundles covered under the Waves Update Plan:

    • Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Sound Design Suite, and Mercury bundles.
    • Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, and Sound Design Suite bundles.
  • Access to all plugin updates since the last major update to v9
  • Access to future plugin updates when covered under the Waves Update Plan
  • Bug fixes and plugin improvements (see below)

Across-the-board software update to version 10:

  • Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Mercury, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
  • Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
  • Improved: Waves Tune Real-Time CPU performance.
  • Fixed: Plugins' 'About' boxes could not be closed under macOS 10.13.
  • Fixed: Possible GUI corruption on Windows systems with Intel HD graphic cards.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road Vinyl noise not completely off when set to -inf.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel issues with saved parameters using Reaper and Studio One.
  • Fixed: Scheps 73's Preamp and Drive knobs lose sync when automated together.
  • Fixed: Wrong automation names for VU in/out in SSL Channel.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels various bugs.


  • Added: Waves instruments now allow saving presets in the preset menu of Komplete Kontrol and Maschine.
  • Added: New H-Reverb hardware preset '70 Tiled Room'.
  • Removed: Unsupported surround components from the plugins list in Ableton Live and Reason.
  • Removed: WNS Noise Suppressor's "Suggest" from automation enabled controls.
  • Fixed: Prompt to locate Waves plugin folder no longer appears for every account on Mac computers with multiple user-accounts.
  • Fixed: Control responsiveness while moving plugin controls via Ableton Live's interface.
  • Fixed: Modifying plugin parameters no longer blocks keyboard communication with Ableton Live.
  • Fixed: Long plugin scan and loading times in Logic Pro X on computers that are not connected to the internet.
  • Fixed: Possible crashes in Logic Pro X when loading sessions with Waves plugins and Soundtoys PanMan.
  • Fixed: Waves instruments no longer appear in Pro Tools' AudioSuite menu.
  • Fixed: The Sustain pedal on Grand Rhapsody Piano's GUI no longer gets stuck when clicking on it.
  • Fixed: Electric 88 Piano's 'Tune' parameter values for 'Drive Through' and 'Driving Home' presets under Komplete Kontrol and Maschine.
  • Fixed: AudioTrack possible level spikes when bypassing or switching presets.
  • Fixed: Q10 Equalizer link between L and R faders now properly works on touchscreens.
  • Fixed: DeBreath processed audio is no longer delayed when used in Pro Tools' AudioSuite.
  • Fixed: Greg Wells VoiceCentric & MixCentric possible CPU spikes under REAPER while no audio is passing through the plugins.
  • Fixed: GTR Solo issue in Pro Tools where some stomp control positions may not be correctly recalled when loaded in a session.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune Real-Time possible wrong display of scale note during automation.
  • Various other bug fixes.