San Francisco, CA (October 16, 2006)–At AES earlier this month, Waves announced a special new bundle, called The Mercury Collection, that offers more Waves plug-ins in one package than ever before. The Mercury Collection features a massive total of 91 processors, with over 200 component plug-ins. The Mercury Collection also introduces the new Waves V-Series emulation of vintage EQ and comp/limiter technology and MaxxVolume, a new all-in-one dynamics processor.
The new V-Series plug-ins have been developed by modeling classic British analog audio components in painstaking detail. The V-Series consists of three elements–the V-COMP Compressor/Limiter, the V-EQ4 4-Band Equalizer and the V-EQ3 3-Band EQ. Each plug-in has been developed by careful analysis and measurement of rare original analog components. Extensive measurement and listening tests confirm that the new V-Series plug-ins successfully emulate the original modules, which date from the early 1970s, in every detail.
The V-COMP is a classic British-design feedback-based stereo compressor/limiter design with de-esser. The compressor features fixed ratio settings of 1.5:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 and 6:1 with a fixed attack time and adjustable recovery time, with automatic make-up gain. The limiter also has adjustable recovery time including an “auto” setting and variable threshold.
According to Waves, the equalizers feature a silky-smooth and crystal-clear HF sound even at high levels of boost, and fat, well-rounded low end, while the mids can be used to add presence and fine-tune without introducing harshness. The V-EQ4 emulates a classic 4-band console equalizer with HF bell/shelving switch and multiple HF center frequencies. Two midrange controls are included, both with high/low Q switching. LF includes bell/shelving switching, as well as multi-frequency highpass and lowpass filters.
The V-EQ3 models two 3-band console EQ modules with continuously variable boost and cut at three bands, particularly suited for vocal, midrange and bass frequency control. In addition, there is also a High Pass Filter.
“In bringing the renowned analog sounds of the V-Series to the desktop, we continue in the tradition of our highly popular SSL 4000 Collection. We are committed to making the sound of classic audio components available in the most up-to-the-minute digital formats,” said Gilad Keren, CEO of Waves Ltd.
In addition to the new V-Series and MaxxVolume plug-ins, the Mercury collection includes the entire Diamond bundle; the acclaimed L-Series Ultramaximizers and Multimaximizers; and GTR Guitar Tool Rack and custom hardware. Mercury also features the complete 360° Surround Tools collection of 5.1 surround processors; Waves Tune pitch correction and transformation plug-in and the DeBreath automatic breath eliminator; IR1 and IR360 parametric convolution-based reverberation systems; and Z-Noise, for advanced dynamic noise reduction.
And that’s not all! Mercury also includes the complete Renaissance series and Q-Clone for hardware equalizer modeling. There’s the X-Series of archive restoration tools including X-Click, X-Crackle, X-Hum and X-Noise; the Transform Series and an extraordinary number of additional sound processors including MaxxBass, MondoMod, MetaFlanger, S1 Stereo Imager, TrueVerb and much more. The Mercury Collection offers more effects, more channel components, more mixdown tools and more processors than ever before in one place.
“This is the most comprehensive set of plug-ins we’ve ever offered,” said Keren. “We are pleased to make the Mercury Collection available to the audio production community.”
For more information, visit the Waves web site at www.waves.com.