Give your music the sound of silky-smooth Abbey Road RS124 compression – the legendary velvety tones heard on every Beatles recording made at Abbey Road. With two distinct flavors to choose from, this classic tube model is the only software emulation of the ultra-rare RS124s, approved by Abbey Road Studios.
Few pieces of gear define music history as the RS124 does. The custom-built RS124 compressors were the secret weapon of Abbey Road engineers during the ‘60s – favored by Geoff Emerick for punchy bass sounds; by Ken Scott for lush guitar treatment; by Norman Smith for lightly gluing the entire rhythm bus. RS124 was also a popular choice for mastering in Abbey Road’s cutting rooms.
The RS124 sound is especially famous for the thick, creamy bass tones it produced on Beatles classics such as “Rain” and “Come Together.” Abbey Road engineers would typically push the input of the RS124 deep into 15-20 dB of gain reduction, producing wonderfully lush results on numerous sources.
Today, Grammy®-winning pop/R&B and hip hop engineer Tony Maserati consistently applies RS124 tones to his vocal tracks, including those of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, to supplement their stunning voice qualities.
The RS124 was actually an extensive in-house modification of the American Altec 436B compressor. It is believed only 25 units were ever created, and each serial number was hand-built by Abbey Road/EMI technical legends Bill Livy, Len Page and Mike Bachelor.
Naturally, no RS124 unit sounded exactly the same. Each had different sonic qualities and attack/release times, due to constant tinkering of the components used. As a result, some units were more suited for tracking, others for bus compression and disc cutting/mastering duties.
Accordingly, the Waves Abbey Road plugin features two distinct RS124 flavors, modeled from the original hardware:
Studio models RS124 serial no. 60070B – a favorite unit used for tracking at Abbey Road from the late ‘50s into the ‘60s, due its faster attack and release times. This is the more aggressive sound of the RS124, which creates a beautiful “squashed” sound on transients.
Cutter is a modification with slower attack and release times. The slower RS124s were favored for studio reduction mixes and in Abbey Road’s cutting rooms during the ‘60s. The more relaxed attack made these units suitable and more forgiving for bus compression and mastering purposes.
The RS124 is a feedback compressor with a variable recovery. Want it to become more aggressive? The included “Super Fuse” mode matches release time to attack time, creating a brutal compression character that sounds like it’s “fighting against itself.” Try this on your drum bus for complete room destruction.
The legendary RS124 left a huge sonic fingerprint on the Abbey Road ‘60s sound. Since its rediscovery in the early 2000s, this important, rare and unique compressor in still being used at Abbey Road Studios today. Now, its one-of-a-kind sound is yours.
Abbey Road RS124 Compressor Highlights
Precise modeling of Abbey Road’s ultra-rare RS124 tube compressor
Silky-smooth tones for vocals, bass, drums, bus compression & mastering
Developed with Abbey Road Studios
Heard on every Beatles recording made at Abbey Road
The go-to creamy compression tone for classic recordings: From Paul McCartney’s bass to Beyoncé’s vocals
Two distinctive RS124 tube flavors included: “Studio” and “Cutter”
Windows 10 64 bit (Pre-2004) is officially supported with software version 12.0, not 12.7.
Mac models without ‘Metal’ support are not supported with V13. Learn more.
MacPro models from 2015 and earlier are not supported with V13.
Temporarily, parameter mapping and preset browsing via KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE are not possible on macOS systems, as necessary NKS components cannot be installed at this time. We are working to fix this as soon as possible.
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For this reason, installing a newer version alongside V9 may cause temporary loss of access to V9 plugins on systems that support both versions. We are aware of this issue, which can be resolved by reinstalling V9.92 plugins or contacting Tech Support.
Waves plugins are officially supported on up to two screens in third-party DAWs and host applications.
Waves Instruments: Additional disk-space may be required for sample libraries. Specific information available on each instrument’s page.
RAM: Grand Rhapsody’s & Bass Finger’s minimal RAM required is 16 GB (and not 8GB, as generally described for all plugins). [Mac & Windows].
Waves Plugins and applications are supported and tested on operating systems installed on the built-in system hard drive. Operating systems installed on external hard drives are not tested and may not be fully functional with our software.
With the release of Waves V13 plugins, we announce full official Apple M1 support for host applications that are themselves Apple M1-compatible. We will work to provide official M1 support for more host applications as they become M1-compatible. We will update this page with new developments as they are available.
In certain scenarios, a mixture of multiple versions of Waves plugins installed on the same system may cause issues in Logic Pro X, even if all versions are supported on the system. This is under investigation and there is a workaround. If you encounter such behavior – please contact Tech Support for assistance.
MIDI Support: The following hosts do not offer MIDI support: WaveLab, Main Stage, Pyramix, Garage Band, Premiere, and Audition.
Mono to Stereo components are not supported in Cakewalk by BandLab, Wavelab and Luna.
Sidechaining is supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Cubase, Cakewalk by BandLab, Audition, Ableton Live, FL Studio, REAPER, Bitwig Studio and Studio One.
Surround plugins are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Cubase, Audition, Premiere, REAPER, and Pyramix.
GarageBand: The Preset Browser is not available on Intel Mac computers.
WaveLab: Preset Browser is not supported. ‘Sync to host BPM’ feature is not available on plugins that offer it.
Maschine & Komplete Kontrol: Temporarily, parameter mapping and preset browsing via KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE are not possible on macOS 11 Big Sur, or on macOS 10.15 systems that never had Waves installed on them, as necessary NKS components cannot be installed at this time. We are working to fix this as soon as possible. see over 110 NKS-ready effects & instruments.
As of Waves V12 – Waves plugins are supported only in the VST3 format.
Users are hereon advised to load plugins in the VST3 format only for future session compatibility.
Clicking the ‘About’ box in the plugin will display if plugin is loaded in the VST3 or VST (2.4) formats.
If you encounter issues with VST (2.4) plugins in current or older sessions, or wish to ‘future-proof’ your sessions, load VST3 instance/s of the plugin alongside the existing VST (2.4) ones, then use the WaveSystem toolbar to copy the preset/s from VST (2.4) and paste in the VST3.
Ableton Live sessions created with previous versions (V10/V11) of the plugin components listed below, will not load in the sessions after the plugin version is updated:
C4 Multiband Compressor: Mono component
C6 Multiband Compressor: Mono component
L2 Ultramaximizer: Mono component
Q1-Q8 Equalizers: Mono component
F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ: Mono component
Nx – Virtual Mix Room over Headphones: 5.0, 5.1 and 7.1 components
Waves Virtual Instruments are not supported on Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier.
CLA MixHub and Scheps Omni Channel
The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio.
Some plug-ins may not be available when both V12 and V13 are installed.
DTS Neural Surround plugins are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro (7.1 surround not supported), Nuendo, Cubase (7.1 surround not supported), Audition, Premiere, and REAPER. 7.1 SDDS/Film is not supported in all DAWs.
eMo Generator: When using eMo Generator in Logic or Digital Performer, make sure to enable the input monitor on the channel where the plugin is inserted.
DeBreath is not supported on Main Stage.
Dorrough Stereo: Only the vertical version of Dorrough Stereo is available in MultiRack, SoundGrid Studio and StudioRack.
Dorrough Surround: Only the vertical version of Dorrough Surround is available in MultiRack.
Grand Rhapsody Piano, Electric 200 Piano, Electric 88 Piano, Electric Grand 80 Piano, Clavinet and Bass Slapper are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools (AAX Native), Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Cubase, Main Stage, Studio One, Cakewalk by BandLab, Reason, Samplitude (VSTi), Sequoia (VSTi), FL Studio, REAPER, Garage Band (on i7), Maschine and Komplete Kontrol.
InPhase & InPhase LT: Sidechain is supported on Logic.
Nx Virtual Mix Room: Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro (no 7.1 support), Cubase (no 7.1 support), Nuendo, Digital Performer and REAPER. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Cakewalk by BandLab. In Pro Tools, Nx Ambisonics components are available on standard ‘QUAD’ tracks only, and not yet available on ‘1st order Ambisonics’ tracks.
B360 Ambisonics Encoder – 5.1 to 4.0 and 7.1 to 4.0 are not supported by Logic Pro X. In Pro Tools, B360 Ambisonics components are available on standard ‘QUAD’ tracks only, and not yet available on ‘1st order Ambisonics’ tracks.
Q-Clone is not supported on the following hosts: Main Stage, Garage Band, Media Composer, FL Studio.
Q-Capture component not supported on Main Stage.
Reel ADT on Windows does not support sync-to-temp on WaveLab.
SoundShifter: On Pro Tools, SoundShifter Graphic & Parametric support AudioSuite only.
On all other hosts, only SoundShifter Pitch is supported.
UM225 & UM226 are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Nuendo, Cubase, Audition, Premiere, REAPER, and Pyramix. UM226 is also supported on Logic Pro and Digital Performer.
Waves Tune & Tune LT are fully supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools (AAX Native 64-bit & Audiosuite only), Logic Pro, Nuendo, Cubase, Digital Performer, Studio One, REAPER, Ableton Live 10.1 (Arrangement view only. Session view not supported). Waves Tune & Tune LT are also supported on the following hosts, but without ReWire support: Audition, Reason, Bitwig Studio, Ableton Live 11 and Luna.
X-FDBK is not supported on Final Cut, Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Pro Tools Audiosuite on Mac.
In addition, it is not supported on Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Pro Tools Audiosuite on Windows.
March 7th, 2021
New: Artist presets by Mr. Bill added to the Kaleidoscopes plugin.
Fixed: Issues with several factory preset folder names and order in Bass Fingers, CLA Echosphere, CLA Epic, Flow Motion and OVox.
March 3, 2021
All Waves plugins: Across-the-board software update to V12.7
New Features & Improvements:
New user preset system:
New streamlined workflow for saving, loading and managing user-created presets.
Each user-created preset is now single file. User-created presets can now be placed in subfolder groups.
The Waves Tool Bar has been modified to accommodate the new workflow: Watch tutorial.
New: Hi-resolution (HiDPI) graphics for five plugins:
SSL G-Master Buss Compressor
Waves Tune Real-Time
New: Analog Noise On/Off control added to the top bar menu of:
Greg Wells MixCentric
Greg Wells PianoCentric
Greg Wells ToneCentric.
Improved: Smoothing algorithm added to eliminate click artifacts during parameter change in the following plugins:
Abbey Road Studio 3
C6 Multiband Compressor
Nx Ocean Way Nashville
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