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v10 Waves Scheps Omni Channel

Review:

Waves Scheps Omni Channel
  

Designed with Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay Z, Metallica), this flexible channel strip delivers Andrew’s time-tested combinations of compression, EQ, saturation colors and more – all crafted to work together beautifully and cohesively.


Highlights

Channel strips are the mixing world’s most efficient tools, providing all your basic processing – EQ, compression, gating, and often more – in one modular, easy-to-manage unit.

Mixers choosing which channel strip to work with often face a dilemma, however: Channel strip plugins based on vintage mixing consoles can sound amazing, but tend to tie you down to a very specific and limited sonic color. Modular channel strip plugins let you mix and match diverse processors with flexibility, but the different processors might not work together cohesively and won’t necessarily interact as a true channel strip.

Scheps Omni Channel gives you the best of both worlds. Through years of mixing diverse music genres, Andrew Scheps has perfected certain combinations of go-to processors – some based on classic hardware units, some being innovative modules developed from scratch – each with its own unique character. They are all now provided to you in one flexible yet fully cohesive channel strip plugin.

Scheps Omni Channel features five modules that you can use in any order you like:

  • The Pre module provides three types of analog saturation, letting you add diverse colors of harmonic distortion as well as filters and thump (resonance) controls.
  • The Compression module features 3 completely different compressors ranging from fast to slow and smooth, with a unified control set so you can quickly compare them. A Wet/Dry control allows you to parallel compress within the module.
  • The EQ module is a 4-band equalizer; each band providing a distinct musical sound that holds up on its own or can be switched to fully parametric if surgical EQ is required.
  • The DS2 module is so much more than a de-esser, with two full-range bands and four filter types allowing it to ‘de-anything’ – remove any offending frequencies, not just S’s or T’s.
  • The Gate module gives you all the standard controls (threshold, attack and release) for gating/expansion, but also lets you adjust the maximum noise reduction to maintain a consistent noise floor.
  • If that’s not enough, Scheps Omni Channel features an insert slot that can be positioned anywhere in the chain, where you can insert an additional Waves plugin of your choice, including an extra instance of any of the Scheps Omni Channel modules.

For live sound, Scheps Omni Channel offers zero latency and full discrete control over each stereo channel. Select controls of the compressor, EQ and filters are mapped conveniently to the eMotion LV1 live mixing console, serving as the console’s channel strip.

Finally, you get a set of ‘Focus’ presets, created for different sources, which highlight the most important controls you should be focusing on to achieve your current task.

No matter what musical genre you are working with, Scheps Omni Channel will help you stay focused while you mix, quickly audition sonic characters with just a few clicks, customize your signal flow easily in one interface, and be confident that the sounds you fashion ‘sit’ together beautifully and cohesively.

Features

  • Designed with Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay Z, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Flexible channel strip plugin based on Andrew’s tried and tested processing combinations
  • Pre, compression, EQ and gating modules, each with diverse options for sonic flexibility
  • DS² module: so much more than a de-esser, with 2 full-range bands and 4 filter types
  • Insert slot: Load an extra Waves plugin anywhere in the channel strip
  • Drag and drop any module anywhere in the channel strip
  • Internal MS/Duo/Stereo routing per module
  • Stereo component provides full discrete control over each channel
  • Flexible shaping of internal or external sidechain input
  • Zero latency
  • ‘Focus’ presets designed by Andrew to focus you on what’s important
  • Artist presets by Tony Visconti, Billy Bush, Ken ‘Pooch’ Van Druten & more

Mac

  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.11.6 - 10.14
  • 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: Waves Central and preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar are currently not supported.

Windows

  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 8 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 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere 12 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X  (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12, 20 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab 2018.07 (VST3)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 12 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

TDM is no longer supported by Waves v9.6 or later: learn more.

November 4, 2018 Changes to V10

  • Improved: Overall GUI responsiveness of all plugins.
  • Added: "Netflix 2018" preset to WLM and WLM Plus.
  • Added: F6 global control mapping to Avid S3.
  • Fixed: F6 RTA default setting load.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain Load/Save preset menus in MultiRack SoundGrid, StudioRack SoundGrid, and eMotion ST.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain loading in GarageBand.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain is located in the Effects category instead of Mastering in Adobe Audition.
  • Fixed: MultiRack SoundGrid connected to DiGiCo consoles freezes when moving controls on Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack crash when starting/stopping playback and simultaneously changing cabinets, amp types or microphones.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack & Stomp don't update latency when stomps are inserted.
  • Fixed: MetaFlanger Alt+Click doesn't reset toggle buttons.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels stops working in Studio One 4.
  • Fixed: Some PRS SuperModels controls wrongly activated when changing some presets.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels playback starts with a slight fade-in under Logic Pro.
  • Fixed: Duplicating a mono-to-stereo track with PS22 in Cubase results in a very loud noise.
  • Fixed: CPU spikes and audio glitches when automating PuigTec EQs in VST2.4 (Live, Reason, Maschine, Komplete Kontrol).
  • Fixed: REQ band 1 on/off is always linked, even when L/R is unlinked.
  • Fixed: eMo Q4 band 1 LRB functionality.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel long initial loading time, and several other bugs.
  • Fixed: Smack Attack graphic issues.
  • Fixed: Various TRACT-Smaart interaction bugs.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune horizontal scroll shortcut on Windows.
  • Various stability improvements

What You Get in V10

  • Waves plugins added free of charge to Waves bundles covered under the Waves Update Plan:

    • Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Sound Design Suite, and Mercury bundles.
    • Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, and Sound Design Suite bundles.
  • Access to all plugin updates since the last major update to v9
  • Access to future plugin updates when covered under the Waves Update Plan
  • Bug fixes and plugin improvements (see below)

Across-the-board software update to version 10:

  • Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Mercury, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
  • Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
  • Improved: Waves Tune Real-Time CPU performance.
  • Fixed: Plugins' 'About' boxes could not be closed under macOS 10.13.
  • Fixed: Possible GUI corruption on Windows systems with Intel HD graphic cards.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road Vinyl noise not completely off when set to -inf.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel issues with saved parameters using Reaper and Studio One.
  • Fixed: Scheps 73's Preamp and Drive knobs lose sync when automated together.
  • Fixed: Wrong automation names for VU in/out in SSL Channel.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels various bugs.

Scheps Omni Channel: In-Depth Tutorial with Andrew Scheps

In this in-depth tutorial, Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay Z, Metallica) uses the Scheps Omni Channel plugin to get great mixes in no time. He also goes through some of the hidden features.

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