Having dreamed of having Waves plugins for some time, I decided to demo some bundles and get me something that would improve my mixes. These days I mostly mix my songs in a hurry (being married, a father and running a business), so I decided to check out the Artist Collection series. My choice fell on the Maserati. Why?
I consider this bundle the most versatile, since it covers most mixing purposes (from vocals to acoustic guitar, bass, drums, synths to groups and mastering). Also, it doesn't alter the sound as much as the others.
While it's a one (or two) trick pony, the trick it does is quite impressive. I use it to mix Rock, Pop, Ambient, Dance stuff and while it might not be always the ideal option (sound wise), the end result always sound "professional". My guess is that the individual plugins divide the frequency spectrum in a professional way which leads to a good mix. Also, the provided effects are decent - not a lot you can do wrong.
c) ease of use
Really, there's almost nothing you can do wrong. I like that. I don't have time to fiddle around with matching EQ's and compressors, effects and so on... The inner presets are great, and instead of tweaking 20 parameters I use the 2 provided (the others change internally automatically). My mixes sound better now and I spend maybe around 10-20% of the time mixing I used to.
Naturally, the Maserati collection won't do any magic and make your music sound like Toni mixed it himself, yet they are great time savers and for people, that don't have many years of experience and aren't pro mixing engineers they might be the best solution. They are definitely worth checking out ;).
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