Waves OneKnob Phatter
Waves OneKnob Phatter

OneKnob Phatter, Software Exciter/Enhancer from Waves in the Oneknob series.

Hatsubai 06/14/2011

Waves OneKnob Phatter : Hatsubai's user review

« Fattens the sound »

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Waves has recently released a new products for those who need something very simple to use. The software is part of the OneKnob series, and just as the title says, these plugins only have one single knob to control the effect. In a way, these plugins are a bit gimmicky. However, they really do work quite nicely. The plugin is very simple to use. To increase the fatness of your mix, you simply add this to whatever bus you want fatter, turn the dial until you get the fatness you want and leave it be. It's that simple. The OneKnob Phatter is included in the OneKnob package series or the Mercury bundle. Both of these will get you the product, so it's not like you're just buying a single plugin. In one way, it can be a bit of a pain as the OneKnob package alone is around $300ish. Even though it includes seven of their plugins, I find it to be a bit of a ripoff. The Mercury bundle makes it a bit easier to swallow, but that thing costs a ton anyway, so you'd better be getting every single plugin that Waves offers.


Waves plugins have always been some of the most stable plugins I've experienced. They're cross platform compatible, so they'll work with both PCs and Macs. As a Mac user, that's a huge advantage for someone like me. They run in 32 bit mode, but Logic uses a wrapper-like application that runs so you don't interfere with your 64 bit interface. I've tried this on various different buses, and it seems to work on anything with ease. It even works nicely on MIDI, which I found a bit surprising. There are no performance issues at all, and that's a huge plus when working in a DAW filled with all kinds of synths and tracks running tons of plugins. These plugins came with my Mercury package, and I've had that for a few months now.


I never found a ton of use for this plugin as I'm always battling bass in my DAW. There are times where I might use it on lead tracks, but aside from that, it's about as useful as the OneKnob Filter. If you're big into electronica, it'll probably be more useful for you.