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v12.7 Waves Butch Vig Vocals

Waves Butch Vig Vocals
  

Created in collaboration with Grammy®-winning producer Butch Vig

Designed for those looking for a creative approach to shaping vocals, Butch Vig Vocals features intuitive EQ controls, a compressor and a de-esser, and several tools for coloring your sound in numerous shades, including Tube and Solid State saturation, a unique Focus knob, and other inspiring features, all carefully crafted by Butch himself to help you realize your vocal vision.


Highlights

Widely considered one of the most influential rock producers of recent decades, Butch Vig helped spawn an entirely new rock genre. From Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins to Foo Fighters, Green Day and his own band Garbage, Butch Vig has contributed his signature sound to some of the most legendary albums of the modern rock era.

One of the defining elements of the “Butch Vig Sound” is Vig’s unique vocal stamp. The celebrated producer ushered in the sound of distorted vocals in a beautifully musical way, and this feature is an integral part of the sound that the Butch Vig Vocals plugin faithfully recreates.

Designed for those looking for a creative approach to shaping vocals, Butch Vig Vocals features intuitive EQ controls, a compressor and a de-esser, and several tools for coloring your sound in numerous shades, including Tube and Solid State saturation, a unique Focus knob, and other inspiring features, all carefully crafted by Butch himself to help you realize your vocal vision.

With instantly hyped vocals that cut through the mix and a sound that is dripping with character, Butch Vig Vocals now gives everyone the opportunity to work with the sound of a true rock innovator.

Features

  • Created in collaboration with Grammy®-winning producer Butch Vig
  • Butch Vig’s signature vocal sound in a single plugin
  • 3-band EQ with a distinct frequency character
  • LoCut, HiCut and MidDip filters for removing unwanted frequencies
  • Compressor and de-esser
  • Tube and Solid State saturation with LoCut and HiCut controls and a blend option
  • Unique Focus control for focusing on the 1 and 2 kHz range

USER GUIDE

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What does Butch Vig say about Designing the Butch Vig Vocals plugin?

Butch Vig
Producer / Musician / Songwriter
Garbage, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day

Producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Green Day) shares his design and specifications for the Butch Vig Vocals plugin, created by Butch himself in collaboration with Waves.

The Butch Vig Vocals plugin is based on what I consider the core parameters of getting a vocal to sit in the mix, to sound really focused. I went back and looked at my notes on albums I have worked on over the last 20 years, and discovered there are some basic parameters I default to time and time again. I designed this plug so you can open it and quickly dial in the vocal. The filters and MidDip are used for cutting unwanted frequencies. The EQ section is designed to boost frequencies, but can be used as a cut if needed. Both the EQ and the de-esser are set to specific fixed frequencies.

The plugin includes the following sections:

  • Filters (LoCut, MidDip, HiCut)
  • Dynamics (De-Esser, Compression)
  • EQ (Lows, Presence, Air)
  • Focus (mid-band EQ/compression at 1 kHz and 2 kHz)
  • Harmonic Saturation (Tube, Solid State)
Waves Butch Vig Vocals
Producer Butch Vig

 

Filters

Depending on the singer’s voice, the MidDip can remove a problem frequency. You can remove frequencies in the 300–600 Hz range to get rid of the cloudy or mushy tone, and in the 600 Hz–1 kHz range to get rid of too much nasal twang or throat. The MidDip has a fixed 6.5 dB cut.

  • LoCut filters up from 17 Hz to 1000 Hz.
  • MidDip, set to -6.5 dB, sweepable from 301 Hz to 1000 Hz.
  • HiCut filters down from 21 kHz to 1.2 kHz.

Dynamics

The De-Esser is set to 6 kHz, which I find to be a very useful area. I don’t like de-essing at lower frequencies because I feel it can start to take away the non-sibilant fundamental tone from a vocal performance. (If the vocal sibilance is lower, you can always use a dedicated de-esser.)

The Compression is set to be smooth when engaged at lower levels and very aggressive at higher levels. This is based on the sonic qualities of some of my favorite compressors, Summit TLA-100 and 1176.

EQ

The EQ section has three fixed frequencies I repeatedly default to with vocals. They are intended for a boost in EQ, but can also be used to cut if needed. I designed them to capture the sonic characteristics of several classic EQs I have used over the years: Pultec, Neve, Trident A Range, Sontec and Avalon.

  • Lows – 300 Hz
  • Presence – 3 kHz
  • Air – 15 kHz

Focus

I like to use single-band EQ/compression to focus on where a lot of the fundamental tone of the vocal is. The Focus is a mid-band compressor which boosts information in the 1K or 2K range.

  • Focus 1, centered at 1 kHz
  • Focus 2, centered at 2 kHz

Saturation

I love to add harmonic distortion to a vocal. Sometimes just a small amount will thicken the vocal and give it character. There are two types of saturation at the end of the chain: Tube and Solid State. They will add some subtle color at lower settings, and will get quite extreme as you turn them up. I added a LoCut and HiCut to clean up the distortion. When I saturate a lot, I usually filter the top and bottom to tighten up the distortion, filter the rizz off the top, and take out the mud on the bottom.

  • Tube (with HiCut/Lo Cut filter)
  • Solid State (with HiCut/Lo Cut filter)

I was lucky to have a great variety of sessions to use when designing the Butch Vig Vocals plugin, and listened to some great singers: Shirley Manson, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Freedy Johnston, Billie Joe Armstrong, Laura Jane Grace, Kurt Cobain and Christofer Drew. Special thanks to Billy Bush and Ross Hogarth for their ears, and to Mike Fradis from Waves for his technical expertise and guidance.

A word about the GUI design: I was looking for something that had a “Retro/Sci-Fi” look, inspired by films like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Brazil and Blade Runner. Thanks to Dani Bar-Shlomo for his beautiful design!

Waves v12 System Requirements

Note: Waves software is not yet officially supported on Apple Computers with the new Apple Silicon M1 processors. 

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.

View All Waves Release Notes here

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.



    • Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain

      • Fixed: Bug affecting the Link control – When a session is loaded with stereo mode set to Duo or MS, and Link is set to ON, Link reverts to OFF when the module is set to expanded view.

      • Fixed in Pro Tools: Bug causing Link state not to be mirrored in some scenarios, when the plugin is grouped in Pro Tools.



    • BSS DPR-402

      • Fixed: Incorrect channel labels in M/S L/R and CH1/CH2 modes.



    • CLA MixHub

      • Fixed: External Side Chain not working after loading sessions saved in Ducker mode with External Side Chain on.

      • Fixed: Bug affecting the Link control – When a session is loaded with stereo mode set to Duo or MS, and Link is set to ON, Link reverts to OFF when the module is set to expanded view.

      • Fixed in Pro Tools: Bug causing Link state not to be mirrored in some scenarios, when the plugin is grouped in Pro Tools.

      • Fixed: GUI hangs when switching to Bucket view using a touch screen.

      • Fixed: Bug causing no automation to be written when a parameter is controlled by a MIDI controller.

      • Fixed in Studio One: Bug causing the parameters of some plugins inserted in the CLA MixHub insert slot not to load correctly when recalled.

      • Fixed: Possible audio corruption when automating multiple EQ parameters together.

      • Fixed in several DAWs: Black GUI when toggling insert state on/off while Scheps Omni Channel is inserted in the CLA MixHub insert slot.



    • Cobalt Saphira

      • Fixed: Crash when changing presets while Harmonics Mode is automated or controlled with T&T knob on a DiGiCo console.



    • eMotion LV1

      • Fixed: Crash when merging captures in the TRACT plugin using a touch screen.

      • Fixed: Crash on load when the main plugin folder is removed.

      • Fixed: GUI corruption when undocking a plugin and changing skin settings.



    • H-Delay

      • Fixed: Bug causing dither noise to persist when Mains/Analog Noise is set to Off.



    • Kramer Master Tape

      • Fixed: NKS mapping was not installed. This is now fixed.



    • MultiMod Rack

      • Fixed: Offline bounce issue when Harmonic is set to 100.

      • Fixed: Bug causing no change in sound when Undo is applied to previous actions in the EQ section.



    • Nx Ocean Way Nashville

      • Fixed: Short mute when selecting between speaker types or bypassing in Cubase and Nuendo.

      • Fixed: Crash when the plugin is loaded in StudioRack (SoundGrid Processing) and when reading automations.

      • Fixed: Bug when Nx Ocean Way Nashville is inserted in the Scheps Omni Channel insert slot, causing the slot position to become stuck.

      • Bug when Nx Ocean Way Nashville is inserted in the CLA MixHub insert slot, causing inability to revert to the plugin’s main view.

      • Bug causing the tracking rate indicator to be faulty after buffer size change.



    • OVox

      • Fixed: Bug causing no change in sound when Undo is applied to previous actions in the EQ section.



    • PuigChild 670

      • Fixed: Bug causing dither noise to persist when Mains/Analog Noise is set to Off.



    • Renaissance plugins

      • Fixed: Overly large parameter control zone.



    • Scheps Omni Channel

      • Fixed in Pro Tools: Bug causing auto-engage module not to work on the grouped plugin instance.

      • Fixed: Bug affecting the Link control – When a session is loaded with stereo mode set to Duo or MS, and Link is set to ON, Link reverts to OFF when the module is set to expanded view.

      • Fixed in Pro Tools: Bug causing Link state not to be mirrored in some scenarios, when the plugin is grouped in Pro Tools.

      • Fixed: Bug causing no automation to be written when a parameter is controlled by a MIDI controller.

      • Fixed in Studio One: Bug causing the parameters of some plugins inserted in the CLA MixHub insert slot not to load correctly when recalled.



    • StudioRack

      • Fixed: Schep Omni Channel, CLA MixHub and AR TG Mastering Chain, when inserted in Split Rack modules will not auto engage in some scenarios.

      • Fixed: Bug occasionally causing Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain, CLA MixHub and Scheps Omni Channel not to auto-engage when inserted in StudioRack’s Split Racks.



    • TRACT System Calibration

      • Fixed: Offset in spectrogram graph range.



    • Vocal Bender

      • Fixed: Vocal Bender not responding to the Cubase preset system.

      • Fixed: MIDI Learn not working in VST3 hosts.

      • Fixed: ‘Flatten’ parameters not saved when Vocal Bender is inserted inside CLA MixHub or Scheps Omni Channel, in several VST3 hosts.

      • Fixed: Bug causing milt-select lasso mark to get stuck on the GUI, when Vocal Bender is inserted inside CLA MixHub.



    • Waves Tune

      • Fixed: Bug causing mouse scroll direction to be inverted.



    • WLM Plus Loudness Meter

      • Fixed: Bug causing the meter in the Rack tab not to show any signal when WLM is opened in eMotion LV1 and SuperRack.





  • General Bug Fixes:

    • Fixed: Preset Browser GUI corruption when plugins are opened in Cubase or Studio One with HiDPI enabled on a 4K screen, while using the up and down arrow keys.

    • Fixed: Pro Tools hang when the Preset Browser is used with CLA MixHub or MutiMod Rack.

    • Fixed: Preset Browser script error when clicking on Next/Previous Presets arrows, after Reset to Default is clicked.

    • Fixed: Various corrections in the PRS Supermodels and RS124 user guides.

    • Fixed: Bug causing Pro Tools AudioSuite handles not to be disabled for Doubler, Waves Tune, Waves Tune LT, and Waves Tune Real Time.

    • Fixed: Yamaha CC121 controller not working properly with rescaled Waves plugins.

    • Fixed: Text font corruption in OSX 10.15 and 10.14 when plugins are resized to 125% and 150%.

    • Fixed: Reaper crashes when sample folder path dialog opens during Waves plugin scan.

    • Fixed in some VST3 DAWs in Mac OS: Clicking cmd+H while a Waves V12 plugin is in the session will not hide the DAW window.




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