Waves Unearths Clues for Manchester

International covert audio specialist Phil Manchester has been using Waves Audio plug-ins for his forensic work.
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Knoxville, TN (July 6, 2012)—International covert audio specialist Phil Manchester has been using Waves Audio plug-ins for his forensic work.

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"People often ask me how I am able to obtain evidence in a recording that others cannot, and the answer is experience and exposure," says Manchester. "You need to live and breathe the material if you want to achieve results others cannot—just like music, artistry or any craft in life."

Manchester's audio forensics work has served in several recent high-profile terrorist conspiracy cases in the U.K. "Waves plug-ins are my primary palette of tools and have been since 2000. They are absolutely crucial to my work," he says.

"Coming from a background using Waves plug-ins for music and mix engineering, I took that passion and applied it to my professional life in audio forensics, with wonderful results. I have been fortunate to use almost every form of restoration software and hardware available, including specifically-designed law enforcement equipment and commercially-supplied professional audio tools used by all of the major agencies; Waves processing provides the tools to do the job every time, especially when it matters most. In forensics, the quality of the material is often so poor that we really need to go the extra mile to be able to provide critical intelligence and evidence, and I have been proud to be able to restore recordings, with the help of Waves, that others could not."

Last year, Waves and Manchester released a dedicated plug-in bundle for law enforcement agencies. The Phil Manchester/Waves Audio Forensics Package contains nine audio plug-ins chosen especially for use in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer.

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