There is so much going on with this plugin that it is hard to do it justice.
In short: This is the tool for every track. Great results and great design. You can dial in your own sound within seconds, or slap one of your favorite presets. The path to great mixes has never been shorter.
Recommended for: - If you value the importance of working quickly, this plugin can seriously cut down your regular mixing time. - If you are new to mixing, then this is the must-have plugin to get before any other.
1. Great Design This plugin is probably among the best things that Waves is going to do this decade. You can tell a lot of attention went into the details.
It is as feature rich as it is balanced, and the features are designed to give you a strong digital solution to every-day needs. For instance, the EQ bands are labeled High, Mid, Tone and Low. But the frequency selector goes from 20hz to 20k hz on every band. The Tone band is designed to add richness, but the plugin doesn't stop you from using it to subtract. You can also switch each band to parametric. You can split the stereo to EQ separately, or switch to mid/side. Every module is like that, full of features that expand the typical range of things and take advantage of being in the digital domain.
2. The Right Tools for Every Track Many will say that this plugin doesn't add to their current arsenal. And while that is partially true (although you probably don't have a triple-algorithm compressor in your kit) the point of this plugin is to do everything right, in a single well-balanced package so things play nice with each other, and having enough character that every module adds a touch of color to the mix.
3. Speedy Workflow This is probably the most important aspect. With these tools at hand, no other are needed. It doesn't matter if you have other tools. Unless you are specifically going for a certain sound, this plugin is all you need to start every track. It is a breeze to dial your settings in. It uses less CPU than loading independent plugins for the same job. It feels like something designed by someone meticulous and obsessed with mixing, and built by a company with a pedigree in making quality plugins.
4. Preset Galore And not the least that it comes with seemingly a hundred presets from known engineers. These are not gimmicky presets. This plugin is very powerful, which means that the engineers can build presets that are very close to their own processes.