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Awesome audio mix chain - Reviews Waves Renaissance Channel

Channel strips have long been something that's been emulated in the digital world. However, a lot of them don't seem to capture that awesome sound that so many channel strips have (SSL for example). This plugin attempts to mimic some of those classic channel strip sounds with tons of plugins built into it. The plugin is pretty complex in that it has quite a few things going on. It combines EQ, compression, limiting and gating all in one single plugin. I'll list a few of the features here: It has a four band parametric EQ with an on/off per module, filter type, resonance low/high shelf, low/high pass, gain, frequency adjustable per band, Q control per band, routing switch, sidechaining for pre-EQ or external, on/off filter, filter high/band/low pass and reject, frequency control, BW, RVox or RComp, threshold, ratio, attack, release, ARC manual/auto, expander/gate option, and tons more...

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

When it comes to things like stability and overall performance, Waves tends to be at the top of the totem pole. I've never experienced a single crash, freeze or hiccup while using any Waves plugin, let alone this one. They all seem to be super stable, which is a huge plus for something as critical as a recording environment. The plugin itself is cross platform compatible, so there is no issue when it comes to using this with either an Apple or Windows based computer. The biggest problem I experienced simply has to do with the recently technological evolution of OSes. My DAW and OS are now 64 bit. However, these plugins are still 32 bit. For Logic Pro to fully utilize this plugin, it needs to run a bridge application, unless I want to gimp down my DAW. It's a bit of a pain, but it works. I'm hoping they update these to 64 bit in the future. I've been using the Mercury bundle for the past half a year or so, and it's been working out great.

OVERALL OPINION

I used to use this plugin all the time back when it first came out. I'd always put it on the master buss and start adjusting everything from there. It served me well throughout the years, and I highly recommend it to anybody out there. I've since moved onto another combination, but after typing up this review, I'm thinking of going back and utilizing it again.