stompboxjon 09/18/2012

Waves MV2 : stompboxjon's user review

« Came out when the M360 did. »

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The MV2 has both high and low level compression, the interface of this plug in couldn’t be any easier to use and understand. You only have a low level fader, a high level fader and an output fader. That is all, the MV2 installs very quickly and it has never crashed on me. It supports RTAS, Audio Suite, VST and AU modes. You can use it on your PC or your Mac and almost any DAW that takes VST’s (which most do). The low level compression is 0 to +48 and the high level compression is 0 to -48 DBFS. Waves does offer a demo version of this plug in so you can try it before you buy it, but there is no doubt in my mind that after you try it you will want to purchase it right away. It is very inexpensive but still a powerful compressor to have in your arsenal. I have been using this compressor since 2008 when Waves released it, It was released around the same time as the MV360. The MV360 is just much more complex an dof that matter it wil cost you more.


You can see the MV2 in almost any of the Waves bundles. If you already own any of the popular Waves bundles (Diamond, Platinum , Gold and Mercury) you can download MV2 for free if it didn’t come with your bundle because you got your bundle before the release of MV2.

The MV2 works great and has never gave me any issues on my Macbook or my PC. I have been using it for 4 years and continue to use it from time to time. It is very stable and simple to use.


For the price, you have nothing to lose. It is a very affordable compressor that will work on your system and with your DAW. Not to mention how easy it is to use and still get high quality compression. It is a better compressor that comes with most of the DAW’s and programs that you already use. It is always a good idea to have a good external plug in for compression when using it in programs like Cubase and Ableton. Those Programs come with some really bad compressors.