Tel Aviv, Israel (May 8, 2014)—Plug-ins from Waves Audio are part of the toolbox for live broadcast engineer Huub Lelieveld, who works for Netherlands-based firm United Outside Broadcast and Studios.
“There are now tools that can help you reduce room sound in the TV mix,” says Lelieveld. “With the Waves WNS Noise Suppressor, I am able to reduce room sound in a very similar way to a CEDAR hardware system with zero samples processing latency. And, instead of one hardware processor, I now have as many WNS instances available as I need. This means I can process the audience mics differently from the presenters' mics and I can eliminate any buzz that might develop during a live broadcast with another instance of WNS.”
He adds, “In the Netherlands, we now have loudness regulations requiring us to mix to EBU R128 loudness norms. I look for ways to stay within specs more easily, while preserving sound quality. I do not want a process on my master bus that viewers can hear working. After auditioning the Waves MultiRack system on a few projects, I was convinced of the reliability, enough to use it in serious live broadcast situations,” he recalls. “Latency proved no issue; I used processed feeds for presenters' in-ear feed without any problem.
“With a combination of Waves MaxxVolume and a L2 Ultramaximizer, I was able to make quieter bits louder and louder bits quieter in real-time. I used only the leveler and high level compression part of the Maxx Volume…and after that I used the L2 to add some lost gain and take off some excessive peaks. Like any other broadcast mixer I'm figuring out how to deal with loudness regulation, but Waves plugins are going to help me achieve the right loudness, and I'm having a lot of fun along the way.”