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v11 Waves Abbey Road Studio 3

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Waves Abbey Road Studio 3
  
Waves Abbey Road Studio 3

Imagine your place could be the best sounding room in the world!

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin brings the acoustic environment of the legendary Abbey Road Studio 3 control room to your headphones, so you can always trust the production and mixing decisions you are making.

For the first time ever, you can produce, mix and hear music inside the world’s greatest studio control room—no matter where you really are.

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 Highlights

  • The acoustic environment of the Abbey Road Studio 3 control room—inside your headphones
  • Precision modeling of the control room’s stereo & surround soundstage
  • Powered by Waves Nx immersive audio technology
  • Make better decisions on headphones about panning, mix depth, reverb, the low end, and more
  • Choose from Studio 3’s three sets of stereo speaker setups: near-fields, mid-fields, far-fields
  • Mix 7.1 and 5.1 on headphones with Studio 3’s full surround setup
  • Use the plugin with the Nx Head Tracker for enhanced realism
  • Personalized head anatomy calibration
  • Headphone EQ calibration for popular headphone models
  • SoundGrid-compatible

Abbey Road Studio 3: The Perfect Control Room

The Abbey Road Studio 3 control room is Abbey Road Studios’ flagship mix room, designed by the world’s greatest acousticians to provide the ultimate music production and mixing environment.

Contemporary mixes and remixes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Modern classics by Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, and Kanye West. #1 chart-toppers by Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, and Florence + the Machine. All were made and perfected at Abbey Road Studio 3.

Stellar Acoustics Recreated on Headphones

The Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin is based on precision 360° impulse response measurements of the Studio 3 control room, combined with Waves’ pioneering Nx technology for immersive spatial audio.

The plugin recreates—in glorious three-dimensional sound over any set of headphones—the same stellar audio qualities that make Studio 3 the perfect acoustic environment for music mixing and production:

  • The same supreme clarity of stereo and surround image
  • The same acoustic response unveiling every detail in your sessions
  • And, the same well-balanced sustain across the full frequency spectrum
  • The same accurate low-end sustain—a hallmark of the world’s best studio control rooms
  • The same combination of impeccable room acoustics and state-of-the-art near-field, mid-field and far-field speakers

Produce and Mix with Greater Confidence with the Abbey Road Studio 3 Plugin

  • You have the ultimate reference environment on headphones
  • You can better judge mix depth, panning, reverb, low-end response and more, over any pair of headphones
  • And then, you can better predict how your headphone sessions will translate to speaker systems of all types

The Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin also delivers full 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound, modeled after the studio’s original surround setup. You can work professionally on surround mixes—using any stereo headphones.

Perfect Reference—Anywhere, Anytime

Abbey Road Studio 3 is useful in a wide range of scenarios:

If you

  • don’t have a perfectly treated mix room—now you do.
  • do have a great room—now you have the world’s best control room for extra reference.
  • are on the go—you can take Abbey Road Studio 3 with you.
  • collaborate with others—now you all have the same acoustic environment to refer to when sending sessions back and forth.
  • need to create a 5.1 or 7.1 mix without access to a full set of surround speakers—now you can do so on headphones, before going into a surround studio for final tweaks.

No matter how good or bad your current mixing and music production environment is, Abbey Road Studio 3 will give you an impeccable environment to reference your sessions—on headphones.

USER GUIDE

Also, get Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 with the following:

Waves v11 System Requirements

Mac

Windows

CPU
Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
CPU
Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
Memory
8 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Memory
8 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System
10.12.6 - 10.15
Operating System
Windows 10 64 bit
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
USB displays are not supported as the primary display.
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes:

  • Nx and Abbey Road Studio 3: Head tracking with the camera is not working on macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Screen Resolution: SSL E-Channel, SSL G-Channel, Element, Codex, Dorrough, Flow Motion, Bass Slapper and Bass Fingers require minimum screen resolution 1280x1024 / 1600x1024. Recommended screen resolution for Flow Motion, Bass Slapper and Bass Fingers: 1920x1080.
  • Waves Instruments: Additional disk space may be required for sample libraries. Specific information is available on each instrument’s page.
  • Memory: Grand Rhapsody’s & Bass Finger’s minimal Memory (Ram) required is 16 GB (and not 8GB, as generally described for all plugins). [Mac & Windows].


Waves 11 Supported Hosts

Mac

Windows

Pro Tools 2018, 2019 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)Pro Tools 2018, 2019 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)
Ableton Live 10.1 (VST / VST3)
Ableton Live 10.1 (VST / VST3)
Audition 12 (VST3)
Audition 12 (VST3)

Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3)
Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3)
Cakewalk by BandLab 2019 (VST3)
Cakewalk by BandLab 2019 (VST3)
Cubase 10 (VST3)
Cubase 10 (VST3)
Digital Performer 10 (Audio Units)
Final Cut Pro X (Audio Units)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Logic Pro X (Audio Units)
Nuendo 10 (VST3)
Nuendo 10 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 13 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 13 (VST3)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
Samplitude Pro X4 (VST3)
Media Composer 2019 (AAX Native)Media Composer 2019 (AAX Native)
Pyramix 11 (VST
REAPER 5 (VST3)
REAPER 5 (VST3)
Reason 11 (VST)
Reason 11 (VST)
Sequoia 14 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 4 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 4 (VST3)
WaveLab 9.5 (VST3)
WaveLab 9.5 (VST3)

Exceptions & Notes:


General:
  • V11 supports 64-bit only.
  • 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 and Wavelab.
  • 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.
  • Maschine & Komplete Kontrol: see over 110 NKS-ready effects & instruments.


Plugins:
  • Codex & Element 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, Maschine and Komplete Kontrol.
  • CLA MixHub and Scheps Omni Channel The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio.
  • 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 not supported on Logic.
  • NLS is not supported on Final Cut Pro X.
  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer and REAPER. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Cakewalk by BandLab.
  • 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 (Arrangement view only. Session view not supported). Waves Tune & Tune LT is also supported on the following hosts, but without ReWire support: Audition, Reason, Bitwig Studio.
  • 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.
  • B360 Ambisonics Encoder – 5.1 to 4.0 and 7.1 to 4.0 are not supported by Logic Pro X.

What’s New in v11

Released Oct 28th, 2019

All Waves plugins: Across-the-board software update to version 11.

  • Redesigned interfaces for all eight Renaissance plugins:
    • Users can now switch between three skins for each Renaissance plugin: Two new skins – Light and Dark – in addition to the existing Legacy skin.
    • Real-time frequency analyzer added to the Renaissance EQ and Renaissance Channel plugins.
    • Renaissance Channel interface completely revised and streamlined based on user feedback, making R-Channel more intuitive and easy to use.
    • Added: Over 700 presets by leading producers & engineers added to the Renaissance plugins.
  • Plugins added to premium bundles:
    • OneKnob Pumper, MetaFilter, and Greg Wells ToneCentric added to Platinum.
    • OneKnob Pumper, MetaFilter, Greg Wells ToneCentric and Cobalt Saphira added to Diamond.
    • OneKnob Pumper, MetaFilter, Greg Wells ToneCentric and WLM Plus Loudness Meter added to Horizon.
    • Infected Mushroom Pusher added to Mercury, Pro Show and SD7 Pro Show.
  • Added: NKS support for over 40 additional plugins.
  • Added: EQ Curve support on Pro Tools and Avid S6 for the following plugins: AudioTrack, eMo F2, eMo Q4, F6, GEQ, H-EQ, LinEQ, Q10, RenEQ, RenChannel, RS56
  • Added: “Set as default preset” to all plugins.
  • Added: Over 700 presets by leading producers & engineers added to multiple plugins.
  • Improved: Loading time of several plugins.
  • Improved: Smoother plugin controls movement with the mouse.
  • Improved: Responsiveness of moving controls with the mouse wheel on Windows.
  • Improved: Peak reading accuracy in Pro Tools under AudioSuite.
  • Improved: Added “Skip All” to unlicensed plugin message in Logic Pro.
  • Improved: Plugins with skins will open with the last used skin.
  • Fixed: Cubase 10 freeze during launch when Waves plugins have no licenses.
  • Fixed: Sample-based instruments crash Logic Pro when changing the sample rate after freezing a track.
  • Fixed: Waves instrument applications crash when trying to open them without a license.
  • Fixed: Master Bypass is missing from the Pro Tools automation window.
  • Fixed: Removed the bypass button for all Waves instruments in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed: MIDI Program change in VST3.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road Chambers may crash Logic Pro in a session with some Eventide plugins.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Meter Bridge input meters do not respond to input gain changes.
  • Fixed: Corrupted sound processing when moving Brauer Motion between channels in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed: Multi-selecting all Threshold controls in C4 and C6 is not possible.
  • Fixed: Trans-X output level is not saved in the session when inserted into CLA MixHub in Cubase and Studio One.
  • Fixed: CLA MixHub modules On/Off are missing in Pro Tools automation window.
  • Fixed: Selected wavetable is not indicated correctly in Codex.
  • Fixed: Flow Motion crash when clicking undo/redo after switching Setup A/B.
  • Fixed: Right channel was delayed in Greg Wells VoiceCentric mono to stereo when bypassed.
  • Fixed: H-Reverb X-Time control movement is inverted in reverse mode.
  • Fixed: Nx head tracker application wrongly reopens after removing the Nx plugin.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road Studio 3 Head Tracking and Head Modeling menus do not open using a touch screen.
  • Fixed: OneKnob Driver wrong delay compensation.
  • Fixed: OneKnob Driver stereo component flips the audio signal’s phase.
  • Fixed: Impossible to control PRS SuperModels with the mouse after opening menus using touch.
  • Fixed: Crash when loading some Scheps Omni Channel stereo presets in Ableton Live VST3.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel automation and solo functionality issues.
  • Fixed: PuigChild compressor settings are not saved in sessions when inserted into Scheps Omni Channel.
  • Fixed: TRACT IIR on/off controls don’t work until an EQ parameter is changed.
  • Fixed: TRACT IIR filter mouse movement in sub zoom mode is too fast and hard to control.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune preset loading issues.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune Real-Time is under the Effects instead of Pitch Shift category in Adobe Audition.
  • Fixed: V-EQ4 graphic issues when inserted in Scheps Omni Channel or CLA MixHub.
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

Waves Central 11.0.40: Support for installing version 11.

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 Overview #gettingstarted

Waves product manager Yoni Zlotkin walks you through the Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin. See how you can mix and produce with the perfect acoustics of the Studio 3 control room—inside your headphones.

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