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Cobalt Saphira

Harmonic Shaper Plugin by Waves
Cobalt Saphira
Cobalt Saphira by Waves is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Waves Cobalt Saphira is an advanced harmonics shaping tool that lets you give your mixes analog musicality, depth and "glue" by adding rich harmonics to your tracks and separately shaping the various qualities of the harmonics you are adding.

Waves Cobalt Saphira gives you precise digital control over different aspects of your harmonics:

  • Edge and Warmth – for separately controlling and balancing even and odd harmonics.
  • 4-band EQ – for separately shaping the frequency spectrum of each type of harmonics.
  • Harmonics modes – seven different modes, with graphical representation so you can see the changes in harmonic structure.
  • Tape – five tape speeds for adding wow-and-flutter modulation in order to give your tracks extra musicality and depth.

Cobalt Saphira allows you to inject real depth into your mixes, helping you glue your tracks and turn them into a more musical and cohesive mix. Cobalt Saphira excels on groups and sub-mixes and in mastering situations.


  • Analog harmonic enhancement with full digital control.
  • Edge and Warmth controls – allowing you to balance tube, solid-state and transformer qualities in order to achieve various levels of even and odd harmonic enhancement.
  • 4-Band EQ for separate control of the frequency spectrum of the even (Edge) and odd (Warmth) harmonics.
  • Seven different Harmonics Modes for your tweaking pleasure.
  • Tape depth with five different tape speeds to choose from.
  • Great for "gluing" your sub-groups and master buss.

Cobalt Saphira is the first in the new Cobalt line of Waves plugins, which let you give your tracks analog qualities with a new level of surgical digital control.

Waves Cobalt Saphira Intro: {See video at top of page}

Tips on using Waves Cobalt Saphira: youtu.be/2wegOdDlBWo

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Comments & Discussion for Waves Cobalt Saphira

Discussion: Active
5 September 2015 at 12:09pm

Good Day All, .

Okay, so *some* folks have to be using Waves' Cobalt Saphira by now... as much as I do like some of their plug-ins (not their cost model for updates) I have been "burned" by a plug-in or two because of lack of meticulous reviews by THE customers without interference from moderators, salespeople, etc... that lurk in the darkest corners of KVR. Heh, it's a job I guess though, right?

Anyways, could someone please (PLEASE) provide a thorough review of Cobalt including ease of use, pros/cons, the effect that *you* perceive it is having on the track you are using it with? I know perception is subjective but I would still like to try and obtain some insight into the plug-in prior to potentially getting "burned" again. Sometime Waves creates great products, sometimes they create products that add such subtle changes, that even to a trained ear, leave one wondering what the ultimate impact of said plug-in has had on the track.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Add'l PC details below with added insights that I am *hoping* other people will emulate so that *everyone* will understand a user's set-up better:

Cubase Pro 8 v8.0.20 / WIN7 Home Premium SP1 / x64 / i7-4770K @ 3.5 GHz / 32.0 GB RAM (16 Usable)

Windows Experience Index 5.9 - Due to poor Primary Hard Drive transfer rate.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 (may be a huge problem why my PC is having issues implementing some plugins. I.e. CPU vs GPU.)

Software: Many.

Hardware: Few (Two) - Virus TI2 (not "integrating" properly, currently in-contact with both Steinberg & Access Virus) and, .

Novation Bass Station II (Awesome!)

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