Waves Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer
Waves Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer

Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer, Other software dynamics processor from Waves in the Maserati series.

tarrtime 02/18/2013

Waves Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer : tarrtime's user review

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The Waves Signature Series plug-ins are designed to be simple to use. They are simple to install and simple to authorize. They are almost 'dummy-proof' in the sense that as soon as you load them up in your session, your mix will mix will improve. There aren't a lot of controls to worry about, which is a good thing. There are plenty of other plug-ins on the market with a lot of controls. I like having option to pull up a plug-in and not have to worry about parameters.
I own all the signature series plug-in bundles (Maserati, CLA, JJP, Kramer). Of all the individual plug-ins in all the bundles, I think this particular plug-in is the most useful and most unique. I would recommend the Maserati bundle just for this plug-in alone.


The plug-in has one main function: make an acoustic guitar sound better. It does this in three ways. First, it adds an eq filter curve tuned for an acoustic guitar. To my ears, the plug-in rolls off the low-end booming of an acoustic guitar. This really helps when the acoustic guitar is in a mix with other instruments like drums and bass guitar. The plug-in also adds some nice top-end frequencies to help the instrument cut through. The 'eq' controls are simple and are set up for appropriate frequency ranges.
Second, the plug-in controls the dynamics of the acoustic guitar signal. I assume it does this with some kind of compression that works well for an acoustic guitar. Whatever it is, it makes the acoustic guitar loud, and make it cut through a mix.
Third, the plug-in has some great sounding reverb/delay to add to the signal. This adds some tasteful effects to help an acoustic guitar fill a 'perceptual' space.


The Waves Maserati Signature Series Acoustic plug-in is part of the Maserati bundle. As the name suggests, it is fine-tuned for processing the recordings of an acoustic guitar. This plug-in is very unique in the sense that none of the other signature series plug-ins have a specific 'acoustic' guitar plug-in. Although, there are no other 'acoustic specific' plug-ins to compare it to, the Maserati Acoustic plug-in stands out as an exceptional processor. It really makes the recording of an acoustic guitar sound better, and also sit well in a mix. There are just enough controls to make the plug-in flexible, but not too many controls to make the plug-in confusing and complicated. In fact, this plug-in is almost like to separate acoustic guitar processors in one. The 'ACG1' and 'ACG2' settings sound noticeably different, which increases the usefulness of the plug-in for different sounding guitars and different sounding sounds.