Waves Renaissance Axx
Waves Renaissance Axx

Renaissance Axx, Software compressor from Waves in the Renaissance series.

Hatsubai 07/17/2011

Waves Renaissance Axx : Hatsubai's user review

« Simple "dynamics compressor" »

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Compression has long since been a staple of today's music. It's been one of the most used and abused effects to ever hit the market. A lot of compressors out there are extremely complex and contains many options that cane make one's head spin. However, some people need a more basic compressor for that regular compression sound. This plugin was made for you, especially if you're looking to add some compression to guitars. The plugin is basic in that it has a threshold, gain and attack adjustment. There aren't really any other things in this plugin besides those. However, that's all you really need to deliver a solid compression sound if you're not looking for something very specific, tone wise. To use this, just enable it on whatever guitar buss or busses you have. There's no need for a manual because it's so simple to use.


I've been using the Mercury bundle for half a year or so now, and it's been awesome. I've never experienced a single crash or issue with any of these plugins, including this one. No matter how many plugins I tend to load, my machine still keeps chugging along. The plugin itself is cross platform compatible, so nearly anybody can use this on his or her favorite machine. Personally, I'm a Mac user, so I'm using OS X on a Mac Pro with Logic Pro. There is one issue that I've been having, however. For the OS X users out there, this plugin is a 32 bit plugin. That means that your DAW will need to utilize a special bridge application for this to work inside your 64 bit DAW. It's not a huge deal, but it can be a bit of a pain, depending on how your particular DAW handles the 32 bit conversion.


The plugin sounds good, and it delivers some solid compression. However, it's not the most transparent thing in the world. I realize that's part of this plugin's charm, but I tend to prefer things that are more transparent. I like the built-in Logic compressor quite a bit, and I like the multiband compressor even more. This can work out for you, but it's more for those who just want a "set and go" plugin more than anything else.