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v14 Abbey Road Studio 3 and Nx Head Tracker

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Abbey Road Studio 3 and Nx Head Tracker
  
Abbey Road Studio 3 and Nx Head Tracker

The Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin brings the control room of Abbey Road Studio 3 to your headphones.

Produce and mix reliably wherever you are. Head tracking by the Nx Head Tracker enhances the plugin’s immersive realism.

Abbey Road Studio 3 + Nx Head Tracker Features

  • The acoustic environment of the Abbey Road Studio 3 control room—inside your headphones
  • Powered by Waves Nx immersive spatial audio technology
  • High-precision head tracking with the Nx Head Tracker
  • Make better decisions on headphones about panning, mix depth, balance, reverb, the low end, and more
  • Accurately judge how headphone sessions will translate to speakers
  • Choose from Studio 3’s full lineup of stereo & surround speakers
  • Headphone EQ calibration for popular headphone models
  • SoundGrid-compatible

Introducing the Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 + Nx Head Tracker

 

Abbey Road Studio 3 + Nx Head Tracker The Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin recreates the acoustic environment of the legendary Abbey Road Studio 3—inside any set of headphones.

It delivers the same acoustic response you would be hearing in the sweet spot of the Studio 3 control room—with the same stereo (or surround) image, and the same well-balanced sustain across the entire frequency spectrum.

Now you can mix and produce in the same environment where mixing and production sessions for Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and many more were crafted and perfected.

The plugin allows you to choose between the three sets of high-end speakers at Studio 3 (near-field, mid-field, far-field), as well as the studio’s full 7.1 or 5.1 surround speaker setup. It also features headphone EQ calibration for selected popular headphone models.

This combo also includes the Nx Head Tracker, which tracks your head movements with precision, in order to enhance the immersive experience of being inside the Abbey Road Studio 3 control room.

Use Abbey Road Studio 3, complete with head tracking, to get a reliable representation of how your headphone mixes and productions will sound on speakers. Whether you are away from your acoustically treated mix room, or simply don’t have one, you can now mix on headphones and consistently predict how your mixes will sound on other systems.

 

Waves v14 System Requirements

Mac

Windows

CPU
Intel Core i7 / i9 / Xeon-W / Apple M1, M1 Max, M1 Pro, M1 Ultra
See notes regarding Apple M1 (ARM-based) processors
CPU
Intel Core i5, i7, i9, Xeon (all Gen 5 and above)
AMD Quad Core
AVX Support required
Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive
Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System
10.15.7, 11.6.5, 12.3.1
Operating System
Windows 10 64 bit (21H2)
Windows 11 (21H2)
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

V14 plugins require a graphics card that supports ‘Metal’. Learn more.
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
Note: V14 plugins require a graphics card that supports ‘Metal’. Learn more.

Exceptions & Notes:


  • These specs are for software version 14.
    Windows 10 64 bit (Pre-2004) is not supported with software version 14.0.

  • Mac models without ‘Metal’ support are not supported with V14. Learn more.

  • If you experience unusually high CPU consumption from Waves Plugins V14 and above while using a non-Intel CPU and Windows, learn how to enable MKL optimization to improve CPU performance.

  • 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 a minimum screen resolution of 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.

  • 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.

Waves 14 Supported Hosts

Mac


Apple M1 Support

Windows

Pro Tools 2022.4 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)Pro Tools 2022.4 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)
Ableton Live 11.1 (VST3)
Ableton Live 11.1 (VST3)
Audition 22 (VST3)
Audition 22 (VST3)

Bitwig Studio 4 (VST3)Bitwig Studio 4 (VST3)
Cakewalk by BandLab 2021 (VST3)
Cubase 12 (VST3)
Cubase 12 (VST3)
Digital Performer 11 (Audio Units)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
Garage Band 10.4.6 Audio Units)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Logic Pro X 10.7.4 (Audio Units)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 22 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 22 (VST3)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Main Stage 3 Audio Units)
Samplitude Pro X6 (VST3)
Luna 1.2.7 (VST3)Pyramix 14 (VST
REAPER 6 (VST3)
REAPER 6 (VST3)
Reason 12 (VST)
Reason 12 (VST)
Sequoia 15 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)

Exceptions & Notes:

General:

  • These specs are for software version 14.
  • V14 supports 64-bit only.
  • 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: Pyramix, Premiere, and Audition.
  • Mono to Stereo components are not supported in Cakewalk by BandLab, GarageBand 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, Samplitude, Sequoia 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.
  • Adobe Premiere on M1 Macs: While loading plugins / changing parameters, you may experience a slow graphic refresh rate.
  • V14 plugins are Supported on StudioRack 13. See supported hosts for previous StudioRack versions.

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.
  • Plugin parameters are not auto-populated in Ableton Live for some plugins with many (over 67) automatable parameters.
  • 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

Plugins:

  • Abbey Road Studio 3:
    • Not supported under Audition, Premiere on Mac.
    • Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro (no 7.1 support), Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer and REAPER. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Cakewalk by BandLab.
  • Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain - Not supported under Garage Band.
  • Bass Fingers - Not supported under Pyramix on Windows.
  • 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.
  • CLA MixHub:
    • The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio.
    • Some plug-ins may not be available when both V12 and V13 are installed.
    • Inserting a plugin in the insert slot while automation is in touch mode and all automation lanes enabled may result in a crash or unexpected behavior.
  • CLA Nx - Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • DeBreath - Not supported under Main Stage and Premiere on Mac.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Not supported under FL Studio on Mac
  • 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.
  • Lofi Space and Retro Fi: Tempo Sync is not available in Premiere Pro.
  • GTR3 / GTR Solo – Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • Kaleidoscopes - Not supported under Luna
  • Morphoder - Not supported under Garage Band
  • MultiMod Rack - Not supported under Garage Band
  • NLS Non-Linear Summer – Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro (no 7.1 support), Cubase, 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.
  • Q-Clone is not supported on the following hosts: Main Stage, Garage Band, Audition, Premiere and FL Studio.
    Q-Capture component not supported on Main Stage.
  • Scheps Omni Channel:
    • The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio and Garage Band.
    • Some plug-ins may not be available when both V12 and V13 are installed.
    • Inserting a plugin in the insert slot while automation is in touch mode and all automation lanes enabled may result in a crash or unexpected behavior.
  • 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 Virtual Instruments are not supported on Avid and Adobe Premier.
  • Waves Tune & Tune LT are fully supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools (AAX Native 64-bit & Audiosuite only), Logic Pro, Studio One, REAPER, Cakewalk by BandLab, 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, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reason, Bitwig Studio, Garage Band, FL Studio, Premiere Pro, Samplitude, Seqouia, Komplete Kontrol, Maschine, Ableton Live 11 and Luna.
  • X-FDBK is not supported on Adobe Premiere and Pro Tools Audiosuite on Mac.
    In addition, it is not supported on 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 E-Channel
      • SSL E-EQ
      • SSL G-Channel
      • 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
      • L3-LL Ultramaximizer
      • Nx Ocean Way Nashville
      • SSL E-Channel
      • SSL G-Channel
      • X-FDBK

Bug Fixes in Specific Plugins and Applications:

Abbey Road Studio 3

  • Fixed: Bug causing the tracking rate indicator to be faulty after buffer size change.
  • Fixed: Occasional audio issues when two Nx Head Trackers are active at the same time and the second tracker is selected.
  • Fixed: Sluggish graphics when Abbey Road Studio 3 is inserted in eMotion LV1 and SuperRack.

 

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