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Waves API 550 v9.92

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Waves API 550 - featured

Modeled vintage EQ plug-ins, developed in association with API

The high and low frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter can be inserted independently of all other settings. The 550A is a uniquely powerful equalizer with that one-of-a-kind API sound.


Highlights

Modeled on the late 1960’s legend, the API 550A EQ provides reciprocal and repeatable equalization at 15 points in 5 steps of boost, divided into three overlapping ranges. Its high and low frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter can be inserted independently of all other settings.

The 550B, with its renowned four overlapped EQ bands, is invaluable as both a problem solver and a sweetening device. With 7 switchable filter frequencies spanning up to 5 octaves per band, the 550B’s “Proportional Q” automatically widens the filter bandwidth at minimal settings and narrows it at higher settings. It even lets you undo previous processing, affect or even reverse tonal modifications. With their vast range of tonal possibilities, the API 550A and 550B are a pair of versatile EQs with that one-of-a-kind API sound.

  • Modeled vintage EQ plugins
  • Developed in association with API
  • API 550A: 5 selected frequency centers per band
  • API 550A: Maximum 12 dB of boost/cut per band in 2-3 dB steps
  • API 550A: “Proportional Q” narrows filter Q at extremes High headroom +30 dB clip level
  • API 550B: 7 selected frequency centers
  • API 550B: 12 dB of boost/cut per band
  • API 550B: Bands 1 and 4 offer shelf/peak switching
  • API 550B: High headroom +30 dB clip level

Latest Updates

v9.92

  • Added: Waves instruments now allow saving presets in the preset menu of Komplete Kontrol and Maschine.
  • Added: New H-Reverb hardware preset '70 Tiled Room'.
  • Removed: Unsupported surround components from the plugins list in Ableton Live and Reason.
  • Removed: WNS Noise Suppressor's "Suggest" from automation enabled controls.
  • Fixed: Prompt to locate Waves plugin folder no longer appears for every account on Mac computers with multiple user-accounts.
  • Fixed: Control responsiveness while moving plugin controls via Ableton Live's interface.
  • Fixed: Modifying plugin parameters no longer blocks keyboard communication with Ableton Live.
  • Fixed: Long plugin scan and loading times in Logic Pro X on computers that are not connected to the internet.
  • Fixed: Possible crashes in Logic Pro X when loading sessions with Waves plugins and Soundtoys PanMan.
  • Fixed: Waves instruments no longer appear in Pro Tools' AudioSuite menu.
  • Fixed: The Sustain pedal on Grand Rhapsody Piano's GUI no longer gets stuck when clicking on it.
  • Fixed: Electric 88 Piano's 'Tune' parameter values for 'Drive Through' and 'Driving Home' presets under Komplete Kontrol and Maschine.
  • Fixed: AudioTrack possible level spikes when bypassing or switching presets.
  • Fixed: Q10 Equalizer link between L and R faders now properly works on touchscreens.
  • Fixed: DeBreath processed audio is no longer delayed when used in Pro Tools' AudioSuite.
  • Fixed: Greg Wells VoiceCentric & MixCentric possible CPU spikes under REAPER while no audio is passing through the plugins.
  • Fixed: GTR Solo issue in Pro Tools where some stomp control positions may not be correctly recalled when loaded in a session.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune Real-Time possible wrong display of scale note during automation.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Mac

  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.10.5 - 10.12.6
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
    • USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

Support for Visually Impaired Users

  • Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4
  • VoiceOver Utility enabled
  • Pro Tools 12.7
  • Logic 10.3.1

Please note: Preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar is currently not supported (will be added soon).

Windows

  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 64 bit
    • Windows 7 with SP1
    • Windows  8.1
    • Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes (pops)

Mac Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 11.3.2 - 12.8.1 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2 - 10.3.2 (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9.0 - 9.1.2 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 - 9.7.3 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 7.0.20 - 8.0.10 (VST3)
  • Cubase 8.0.30 - 9.0.1 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9.0.10 - 9.0.35 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3.2 - 3.2.3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10.1.0 - 10.2 (Audio Units)
  • Audition CC2015, CC2017 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere CC2015, CC2017 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2 - 10.3.4 (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3.1 - 3.5.1 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8.6.3 - 8.8.5 (AAX Native)
  • REAPER 5.18 - 5.22 (VST3)
  • Reason 9.5 (VST)
  • Maschine 2.6.6 (VSTi only)
  • Komplete Kontrol 1.8.3 (VSTi only)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 11.3.2 - 12.8.1 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 9.7.0 - 9.7.3 (VST)
  • Nuendo 7.1 - 8.0.10 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9.0.0 - 9.0.1 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9.0.10 - 9.0.35 (VST3)
  • Sonar Platinum (VST3)
  • Sound Forge 10.0e, 11 (VST)
  • Audition CC2017 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere CC2017 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 13 -14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 10.1 - 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3.3.4 - 3.5.1 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8.6.4 - 8.8.5 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12.4.1 - 12.5 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5.40 (VST3)
  • Reason 9.5 (VST)
  • Maschine 2.6.6 (VSTi only)
  • Komplete Kontrol 1.8.3 (VSTi only)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

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