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NLS Non-Linear Summer

Analog Summing Plugin by Waves
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NLS Non-Linear Summer 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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NLS Non-Linear Summer brings users the analog summing sound of three legendary consoles in one plugin:

  • The "magical" solid state console belonging to Mark 'Spike' Stent (Bj√∂rk, Muse, Maroon 5, Madonna).
  • The classic console owned by Mike Hedges (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dido, Faithless, Manic Street Preachers, U2), heard on such timeless recordings as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.
  • The vintage British console customized for Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Goldfrapp, Air).

Waves modeled over 100 individual channels in all, capturing the unique color, character, and behavior of each and every input and summing bus amp.


  • Non-linear summing plugin.
  • Three legendary consoles in one plugin.
  • Over 100 individually modeled channel and summing bus amps.
  • Developed in association with top producer/engineers.
  • Adds analog warmth and character.
  • Global control over all NLS plugins in the session.

NLS Channel/Buss Controls:

  • Studio sets the console type.
  • Drive controls the amount of harmonic distortion, increasing the input signal and decreasing the internal headroom.
  • Output / Trim controls gain adjustment.
  • VCA Group assigns the NLS instance to a VCA Group, for global control via the VCA Groups Console.
  • Link toggles between Dual Mono mode, where the left and right channels are not identical models, and Stereo mode, where left and right are identical. (NLS stereo Channel only).
  • Mic the headroom by simulating mic input levels. (NLS Channel only).
  • Bypass deactivates analog harmonics, noise and frequency response effects.
  • Noise activates modeled analog noise.
  • VCA Tab shows and hides the VCA Groups Console section.
  • Meter displays output signal peak dBFS values.

VCA Group Console Controls:

  • Auto enables automation writing and reading for the VCA Groups Console.
  • Group Bypass the NLS effect on all instances assigned to that VCA Group.
  • Group Noise controls the noise for all the NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group.
  • Group Drive sets the drive offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group.
  • Group Trim sets the output gain offset value for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group.
  • Group Studio sets the studio type for all NLS instances assigned to that VCA Group.
  • Group Name a text field which allows you to customize the name of each VCA Group.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
NLS Non-Linear Summer

Reviewed By alienimplant [all]
July 12th, 2012
Version reviewed: 10.6.8 on Mac

NLS is shocking to my ears in a good way. It's a DSP hog, but it has much better sound and drive on the channels as well as the best sum plugin I've heard. Because of the DSP weight, I tend to wait to start using it until everything is arranged so I can start freezing tracks (I use Logic).

My favorite settings are the EMI and Neve. I don't normally mix different channels because it seems to work better when the same make is used on all strips, but I often use a different bus brand with another brand of channels. Basically, just use your ears.

NLS makes me wish I was working on the latest 12-core Mac. It definitely taxes my laptop CPU, but it's worth it. Beats paying for an outboard sum box and totally delivers on classic console sound, in my opinion.

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Comments & Discussion for Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer

Discussion: Active
10 September 2012 at 12:52pm

In fact I really think Slate Digital VCC are lest computation expensive, and works better, especially the NEVE modeling who is really awsome.

30 January 2017 at 5:02pm

I'm having a hard time making the channel plugin responsive to changes done on the bus plugin like it shows at 5:23 on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kxxD45KMU0 anyone else having issues?

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