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
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:
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.
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.
Current version licenses will activate older version software (V9 and above), if the product/s in question exists in this software version.
Software versions earlier than 9.92 cannot co-exist with software versions above V10. To run V9 side by side with a newer version, please install version 9.92.
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.
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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