Tel Aviv, Israel (June 26, 2008)–Following last month’s introduction of free downloadable Waves presets from multiple Grammy-winning producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig, the company has introduced a collection of plug-ins based on some of the most sought-after vintage pieces of gear with the Jack Joseph Puig Collection. The collection, says the software developer, represents the culmination of an ongoing research and development project spanning more than three years.
No two pieces of the same make and model of vintage recording equipment sound exactly alike. Tubes, capacitors and other components (not to mention wear and tear over time) work together to give a piece its unique personality. When Waves decided to model rare studio hardware such as the Fairchild 670, Pultec EQP-1A and MEQ-5), the company turned to Puig.
Legendary among audio aficionados for his collection of exceptional, handpicked vintage outboard gear, Puig shared his knowledge and expertise on these devices, and gave Waves exclusive access to model his most prized processors. Working in Puig’s personal recording space, located at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, Waves’ R&D team analyzed and modeled each processor’s every attribute. Puig became an indispensable part of the development process, assisting the Waves team by testing and fine tuning the software models of his hardware, as well as contributing an extensive library of his personal presets.
“As time goes by, there are fewer and fewer examples of these heirloom processors for artists, engineers or producers to have access to,” states Puig. “Not every studio or engineer has had the luxury that I have had to be in the same creative space as some of these magnificent pieces of equipment. The three vintage processors that Waves and I have modeled are reference standard pieces of what that particular processor is supposed to sound and feel like. Now, through the Waves Puig Collection, users around the world have the beautiful benefit of actually being able to use a piece of equipment that they might never have had the opportunity to work with. In a way, we are helping to preserve a piece of audio history.”