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Wave Breaker

Wave Breaker
Wave Breaker
Wave Breaker by Press Play is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or higher
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Break your waves

Wave Breaker is a true-peak stereo limiter designed to provide high levels of transparency and instant visual feedback for a seamless workflow. It uses the design concepts and waveform display engine from Wave Observer to create a mixing and mastering tool for audio professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Main Features

  • Transparency. Precise true-peak detection, look-ahead audio analysis, and a 4x oversampled processing architecture allow you to preserve the natural character of your audio content, even at high gain reduction values.
  • Sound adjustment. Fine-tune the limiter settings to bring out the character you want or add a touch of saturation to handle peaks more aggressively.
  • Intuitive workflow. With a large input signal display, a gain reduction scope, true-peak level meters, and an automatically zoom-adjusted output waveform you can effortlessly configure all limiter parameters and visually evaluate results in real-time.

  • Gain control. Adjust the input gain to drive the limiter at a desired threshold level and control the output gain using two different modes. You can choose between a manual compensation mode or target peak-level normalization.

  • Customization. Choose from a range of color schemes and window sizes to suit your style and create a personalized workspace.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 5 reviews
Wave Breaker

Reviewed By Synami [all]
January 31st, 2024
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

Very simple, albeit high quality limiter. The only current limiting model, Clarity One, is surprisingly clean but can also be pushed with the drive and saturate knobs if desired. Lots of visual feedback, GUI skinning and scaling are also appreciated.

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Wave Breaker

Reviewed By onerob [all]
July 23rd, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.01 on Mac

I like this plugin for the visual feedback it gives. The Saturation control seems to work well in addition to the look-ahead limiting. One thing that might be helpful is if the threshold slider moved in 0.1dB increments instead of 0.01.

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Wave Breaker

Reviewed By SARCASTICDAVE94 [all]
July 14th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.0.0 on Mac

I was notified of this free plug-in, Wave Breaker. I downloaded it the other evening and tried it out. Very nice limiting with this. Graphical feedback is helpful even if I go by what I hear. Nice useful limiter. Have it on my Mac Mini M2 and Studio One 6.1 Artist DAW, runs flawless. Give it a try.

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Wave Breaker

Reviewed By Vospi [all]
July 12th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

upd-4: Everything is fine. I'm extremely happy to bump my score to 5. The bug was swiftly fixed. Awesome.

Extremely good first impression. Every One Synth Challenge guy should be jumping on this. I'll give it more time, but for now, you get my solid vote. Good luck.

P.S: One feature I would really wish for is channel linking. That would add a great deal of value for drums vs pads examples. So far, the two knobs approach to striking a balance between saturation and compression is fantastic. Once you know what to listen to (and there's a clear visual indication as well), you're off to understand the compression/limiting issue very well.


(From here, I list previous issues I had with the plugin, I no longer have the issues, it's fixed.

upd: ok. Once I press "disable" button in the latest stable legit FL Studio, it leads to a whole DAW crashing and closing immediately. Which makes this AWESOME plugin unusable for me. Please please fix this. I don't want to downgrade my developer challenge grade for this, because I was waiting for something that operates, looks and sounds like this for months and months. Please? If you need any extra info/videos, feel free to PM me. (Checked this on the latest FL Beta as well, same issue.). Deleting the plugin from the chain altogether doesn't cause the crash. Enabling one thread, disabling "smart disable" doesn't help, so these are not the features that cause incompatibility. Once again, it's all resolved once the plugin is bridged away from FL.
: A workaround for the issue below is Make Bridged option in FL Wrapper. I use a VST3 version.
: The Wave Observer didn't cause similar issues for me. Great, awesome GUI work.

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Wave Breaker

Reviewed By rattala [all]
July 8th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

I like it very much its clear and customizable GUI, it simply does what it promises and for me it does it very well. Straight to the point and with the before and after graphical feedback of the limited peaks. I lke it very much.

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Comments & Discussion for Press Play Wave Breaker

Discussion: Active
DJ Click
DJ Click
2 March 2024 at 2:34pm

Can you guys develop a compressor -actually all 4: FET OPTO TUBE VCA- in the same manner. One side of the audio visually representing the peaks and other the body/tail. No different from how it is visually seen here in this limiter? That would really be dope.

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