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Innovations in Sound: Waves eMotion LV1 Complete Live Mixing System

Waves’ Mick Olesh discusses the company’s recently introduced eMotion LV1 system, intended to be an all-inclusive/cost-effective mixing solution for live engineers working in clubs, touring bands and houses of worship.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Pro Sound News. Innovations is a monthly column in which different pro audio manufacturers are invited to discuss the thought process behind creating their products of note.

Waves recently introduced the eMotion LV1 Complete Live Mixing System, which incorporates everything you need to create truly captivating live sound experiences. It is an all-inclusive and extremely cost-effective mixing solution ideal for live engineers working in clubs, touring bands and houses of worship.

Waves’ objective in offering this unique configuration is to offer live mixing engineers the ultimate live mixing “kit” that essentially covers any possible need they may have, without compromising on quality and at an affordable price. The Waves Live division focused its efforts on determining that imperative features in a mixing engineer’s workflow will all be addressed. When the LV1 was in its designing stage, we were mainly looking at catering to the needs of touring engineers mixing for bands with an eye on small- to medium-sized venues. Another focus was to enable them to mix in live environments such as clubs or houses of worship, while still having access to affordable high-quality processing.

As a result of years of making processors, and especially with the development of Waves SoundGrid (which, among other functions, provides a low-latency environment for audio processing), it felt only natural that we utilize this experience and knowledge and take it to the next step: developing a full-fledged mixer together with added hardware units such as controllers and I/Os.

We were also determined to bridge the gap between studio and live by supplying the live engineer with studio quality sound. The ability to mix live, with an array of Waves and third-party plug-ins, offers the engineer the flexibility to mix creatively and have total control, while possessing a vast palette of superior sonic possibilities (all the more necessary when “translating” the studio to the stage has become a commonplace requirement).

Another crucial aspect is the system’s scalability. With the LV1 Complete System, you can easily upgrade the system according to your needs; before the LV1, the only way to move forward was either to purchase new components for your setup or to acquire a costly new console.

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With the LV1 Complete system, the user receives an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art system. The complete live mixing system comes with the Waves eMotion LV1 16-stereo-channel live software mixer; a SoundStudio STG-1608 stagebox, which is a 1U rack-mountable stagebox with 16 mic/line ins, high-end digitally controlled preamps, 8 line outs, and SoundGrid connectivity for real-time plug-in processing and monitoring; a SoundGrid Impact Server-C, which is a compact, durable and rugged rack-mountable DSP server that takes the load off your computer and gives you more plug-in processing power when mixing in the studio or live; an Axis One Waves-optimized computer custom-designed and optimized to run Waves audio applications, packed in a road-hardy half-rack 2U case; a 24-inch Dell touchscreen; an eight-port network switch; and network cables.

The LV1 delivers class-A sound quality and an unparalleled workflow. Featuring 16 mono/stereo channels, LV1’s channel strips feature a plug-in rack that can host up to eight SoundGrid-compatible plug-ins for real-time processing. It also comes pre-loaded with three plug-ins specifically designed for live sound: eMo F2 Filter, eMo D5 Dynamics and eMo Q4 Equalizer. The included SoundStudio STG-1608 is a sturdy SoundGrid stagebox that features 16 mic/line inputs with high-end preamps, the latter of which can be remote-controlled directly from LV1’s mixer channels.

All audio coming from the stage and through the plug-ins is processed on the included SoundGrid Impact Server-C. You can send the processed audio out to the P.A. system and back to the stage via the eight line outputs. All of this takes place at a lightning speed of only 0.8 ms at 44.1–96 kHz.

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To supercharge your LV1 mixing system, run eMotion LV1 on Axis One, a Waves-optimized computer made from the ground up to perform consistently and reliably even in the most challenging scenarios. It features an Intel i5 8500 processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, two HDMI ports, one display port, eight USB 2/3 ports and a USB-C port, all cased in a rugged 2U half-rack chassis. With maximum stability and rock-solid performance, Axis One is optimized to run eMotion LV1 and other Waves software with power to spare.

The LV1 Complete System enables the user to benefit from easy portability with a fast and easy setup; a quick and simple virtual soundcheck; smooth and speedy transition from a musical production to a succeeding audio visual conference using dedicated Waves Dugan Automixer and Dugan Speech plug-ins; and much more. It is also compatible with the TRACT System Calibration plug-in for hall analysis just minutes before a show. And to reiterate its exceptional unique scalability: With the eMotion LV1 Complete Live Mixing System, you have the freedom to expand your I/O count from 16 to 32, to 64 and beyond) and an unprecedented price performance of $5,499.

Mick Olesh is the executive vice president of sales and marketing for Waves.

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