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Solid stereo spreaderPublished on 07/17/11 at 16:48
Waves rules for audio plugins. For one, they're always rock solid and super stable. I've never had a single crash while using any Waves plugin, and the same goes for this. The plugin itself doesn't take up much RAM or processing power, which is a big plus for those who tend to have tons of plugins going on inside of their DAWs. The plugin is also cross platform compatible, so just about anybody can use this without any issues at all. There is one issue that I did experience, and that has to do with the actual coding of the plugin and today's recent OSes/DAWs. The plugin is a 32 bit plugin. However, my DAW and OS are 64 bit OSes. For Logic Pro, my go-to DAW, to utilize this, it needs to run a special bridge application. However, I'm not a huge fan of the way Logic implements that feature. I'm hoping that Waves updates these to 64 bit in the future. I've been using the Waves Mercury bundle for the past half a year or so, and it's been absolutely killer.
I'm generally not a big user of stereo spreaders like this as my music is almost always at least double tracked, sometimes quad tracked. Vocals tend to have a separate reverb buss with some compression/gain to make them pop. Bass just gets a compressor and maybe a gain plugin. Drums don't really utilize this either. Therefore, I'm only left to using this for very special occasions. When I do use it, it works out nicely. However, half the time, I forget I have it, and I just do it manually inside the DAW since I'm so used to doing it that way.
The studio I work at has the Waves Ltd. PS22 plug-in running on all of their systems. I've used it to do one time processing mostly for making a mono track into true stereo. It's a Pro Tools HD system with a MacPro computer that has dual 2.66 Ghz Intel Xeon processors and 10 GB of RAM. Since I've used it as an Audio Suite to process, it doesn't take up much processing power since it's just a one time thing. Either way, most systems should be able to handle running this plug-in without any problems.
The Waves Ltd. PS22 is a great utility plug-in to have around and is one that comes in pretty much all of the major TDM plug-in bundles. You can't get it for LE systems or something similar, although I'm not 100% sure why. Even though I can't have it at home on my Pro Tools 9 system, I use it when I need it at the professional studio that I work at. You'd be surprised how useful something like this can be, and I don't know of any other plug-ins out there that will do this. I don't know if you can buy it individually, but if you have a Pro Tools HD system with just about any Waves bundle you'll have it. Of course it's not really worth it to buy a full bundle just for this, but the PS22 is a great addition to have and should be explored by everyone who has one of these bundles.
- Manufacturer: Waves
- Model: PS22
- Category: Stereo treatment software
- Added in our database on: 12/27/2010
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