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v12 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 v12 System Requirements

Mac

Windows

CPU
Intel Core i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon
Apple M1 (ARM-based) processors are not yet supported.
CPU
Intel Core i5 / i7 / i9 / 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
10.13.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.7, 11.0.1 (Intel only)
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:


  • MacPro 2012 or earlier models are not supported.

  • 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.

  • To check if a plugin exists in an older version, scroll to the bottom of the older version's download page.

  • 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.

  • 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 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].



Please note: The last Waves plugin version supported in MultiRack is v10.

Waves 12 Supported Hosts

Mac

Windows

Pro Tools 2020 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)Pro Tools 2020(AAX Native, Audiosuite)
Ableton Live 10.1 (VST3)
Ableton Live 10.1 (VST3)
Audition 13 (VST3)
Audition 13 (VST3)

Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3)
Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3)
Cakewalk by BandLab 2020 (VST3)
Cubase 10.5 (VST3)
Cubase 10.5 (VST3)
Digital Performer 10 (Audio Units)
Final Cut Pro X (Audio Units)

Not supported by Big Sur
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Nuendo 10.3 (VST3)
Nuendo 10.3 (VST3)
Logic Pro X 10.5.1 (Audio Units)
Premiere Pro 14 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 14 (VST3)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
Samplitude Pro X4 (VST3)
Luna 1.0.6 (VST3)Pyramix 12 (VST
REAPER 6 (VST3)
REAPER 6 (VST3)
Reason 11 (VST)
Reason 11 (VST)
Sequoia 15 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)

Exceptions & Notes:


General:


  • V12 supports 64-bit only.

  • Logic 10.5.1: On macOS 10.13.6 and 10.14.6, plugins that have an expand/collapse function may cause a graphic glitch when expanded or collapsed. We are working on a fix for this behavior. This does not occur on macOS 10.15.5.

  • 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 Stereocomponents 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.

  • WaveLab: Preset Browser is not supported.
  • Maschine & Komplete Kontrol: Temporarily, installing Waves plugins on macOS Catalina (10.15) systems that never had Waves installed on them, will not install all necessary NKS components. Parameter mapping and preset browsing via KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE will not be possible on these systems. Waves are working to fix this as soon as possible. See over 110 NKS-ready effects & instruments.

    Ableton Live:

    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.
    • The ‘MIDI Learn’ function of controls on the plugin GUI is currently disabled in Ableton Live/VST3. Workaround: Assign MIDI via device parameters.



    Plugins:



    • >Waves Virtual Instruments are not supported on Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro.

    • 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 are also supported on the following hosts, but without ReWire support: Audition, Reason, Bitwig Studio, Cakewalk 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.

    • 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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