Waves Enigma : moosers's user review
Waves’s Ltd. Enigma plug-in is one that comes in most Waves plug-in bundles and is available in all plug-in formats. It’s a unique plug-in in that it can do a variety of things, but isn’t necessarily a multi-effects plug-in. In fact, the name Enigma suits it quite well. I wasn’t involved with installing this plug-in since I don’t own it and have only used it in a professional recording studio. There’s definitely a good amount going on with the interface, as it took me a couple of uses to understand it all, and I’m still learning things about it with each use. It’s basically split up into three different modules – a notch filter, a modulator, and a feedback section. It’s definitely a lot of trial and error with this plug-in, as it isn’t exactly clear what everything does right off the bat, or at least it wasn’t for me. A manual might be a good idea to have around, although I didn’t share this luxury when I was trying to learn how to use it.
I’m not running this plug-in on my home studio, but I’ve used it in a professional studio where it was a Pro Tools HD based system. It wasn’t at all a problem to run this plug-in within Pro Tools HD, although I can’t speak to how well it might run if I were to try it on an LE system or something comparable. It’s hard to say how well this plug-in would run on any given system without actually trying it since I haven’t tried it on an LE type system…
The different types of effects that are available with the Waves Ltd. Enigma plug-in range across the board from filtering to modulation effects to an LFO. It definitely takes some time to get used to it, as it isn’t your typical plug-in by a long shot. It’s awesome for experimenting, and is usually something that I’ll use when I’m not quite sure exactly what I want but I know I don’t want something ordinary. Waves plug-ins usually aren’t cheap, but I don’t know what the price would be if you were to buy this plug-in on it’s own. I can’t say that I’d recommend it for a home studio owner, but if you’re a professional who wants to add a unique plug-in to the mix, this plug-in could just be perfect for you.