Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb
Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb

IR-1 Convolution Reverb, Software convolution reverb from Waves in the IR series.

Hatsubai 06/27/2011

Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb : Hatsubai's user review

« Crazy versatile reverb »

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The IR-1 is like the mack daddy of reverbs. It has everything you can think of and then some. They have some crazy algorithms going on in this, and tons of different spaces were pre installed on this thing. As for the list of features, it has tons: a CPU mode, reverse knob, IR graph, reverb dampening, reverb EQ, reverb time section, reverb control parameters, latency, dry, ER buildup, ER/TRX crossover, crosstalk, dry/wet, dry gain, wet section, output gain fader and an output meter. This plugin is fairly hard to use because of everything that's going on. I can't stress finding tutorials on this enough. I've used it for months, and I'm still discovering new things about it simply because of everything you can do with the plugin. In fact, it's almost too versatile for its own good. Whenever I decide to make a reverb, I find myself messing with the options more than actually creating a fitting reverb at times. You can get that tweaking syndrome going on where it's never perfect enough.


Waves has a well known reputation for having some of the best and most stable plugins ever to have graced the music software industry. This plugin is just like every other Waves plugin out there -- it's rock solid. The main issue I have with this plugin is that it's 32 bit. Logic and OS X are now fully 64 bit, and to utilize this plugin, a 32 bit bridge is needed. I'd like to see these plugins move towards 64 bit in the next update. It would alienate some of the older hardware users, but I have a feeling most people would upgrade their hardware to utilize these plugins. The other issue is that it can take up quite a bit of memory when in full CPU mode. I have a Mac Pro, so it's never a huge issue for me. However, others might run into trouble. Thankfully, they have a switch to allow you to select full or low CPU mode.


This plugin is so complex that it can be a bit overwhelming. I usually just want to create a basic reverb, but I tend to get tweaking syndrome with this thing. There's so much going on that I can't stop messing with what I have. Definitely try it if you're a tweaking fan, but if you need something that sounds great with less clutter, check out the IR-L.