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Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain v10

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Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain
  
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain

A modular mastering chain plugin modeled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road’s mastering suites since the early ’70s to this day. Use the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain to create custom processing chains with a flexible flow and the TG magic on the master bus, or on individual tracks/groups in a mixing session.


Highlights

The distinct solid-state transistor-based sound of the TG12410 has proven itself time and again over many decades. Whether it's used for mastering as a complete console, or for mixing with only select modules, the TG brings nothing less than magic — the same magic heard on albums like Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Nirvana's In Utero, Radiohead's OK Computer and Ed Sheeran's “+”. Thanks to this Waves/Abbey Road collaboration, the TG12410 is available outside of Abbey Road Studios and you can now bring the very same magic to your own productions.

Just like the original console, the TG Mastering Chain plugin is made out of modules (or cassettes):

  1. TG12411 Input Module
  2. TG12412 Tone Module (EQ)
  3. TG12413 Compressor/Limiter Module
  4. TG12414 Filter Module
  5. TG12416 V.A.L (Spread) Module (stereo component only) incorporated into the Output Module.

Modules can be interchanged (except for input/output modules) and switched on/off to allow for a flexible processing flow and creating custom chains. Individual modules can be used on different tracks and group buses in a mixing session, as well as on the master bus in mastering sessions.

The compressor/limiter module offers two flavors — Original and Modern — and is coupled with 48 dB/Oct linear-phase sidechain filters to help you take complete control over your sound.

  • Original — aggressive and “dirty” just like the '70s and exactly how we modeled it.
  • Modern — an original Waves and Abbey Road design based on the TG topology, that will help you get pristine sound with higher levels of perceived loudness.

Alongside the TG Mastering Chain is the Meter Bridge component (separate plugin), offering a new approach to metering. Open one Meter Bridge component on any channel and get access (via drop-down) to all Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain instances in the session. Get a clear reading of VU, PPM, Phase and Peak at a glance, and stay focused on the music.

With different processing modes (Stereo/Duo/MS) and monitoring modes (Stereo/Mono/L/R/M/S), the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin is truly a powerful tool. Use it in the studio or for live sound with a dedicated Live component.

Highlights

  • Integral part of the Abbey Road sound since the early 1970s to the present day
  • 5 modules that can be used independently
  • Use in mastering or in mixing sessions
  • 48 dB/Oct linear-phase sidechain filters
  • Meter Bridge component provides a new approach to metering
  • More than just the original sound (with a new compressor design, SC filters and the meter bridge)
  • Stereo/Duo/MS processing modes
  • Stereo/Mono/L/R/M/S monitoring modes
  • Live component

 

 

Mac

  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.11.6 - 10.14
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
    • USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

Support for Visually Impaired Users

  • Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4
  • VoiceOver Utility enabled
  • Pro Tools 12.7
  • Logic 10.3.1

Please note: Waves Central and preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar are currently not supported.

Windows

  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 64 bit
    • Windows 7 with SP1
    • Windows  8.1
    • Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes (pops)

Mac Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere 12 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X  (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12, 20 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab 2018.07 (VST3)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 12 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

TDM is no longer supported by Waves v9.6 or later: learn more.

November 4, 2018 Changes to V10

  • Improved: Overall GUI responsiveness of all plugins.
  • Added: "Netflix 2018" preset to WLM and WLM Plus.
  • Added: F6 global control mapping to Avid S3.
  • Fixed: F6 RTA default setting load.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain Load/Save preset menus in MultiRack SoundGrid, StudioRack SoundGrid, and eMotion ST.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain loading in GarageBand.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain is located in the Effects category instead of Mastering in Adobe Audition.
  • Fixed: MultiRack SoundGrid connected to DiGiCo consoles freezes when moving controls on Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack crash when starting/stopping playback and simultaneously changing cabinets, amp types or microphones.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack & Stomp don't update latency when stomps are inserted.
  • Fixed: MetaFlanger Alt+Click doesn't reset toggle buttons.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels stops working in Studio One 4.
  • Fixed: Some PRS SuperModels controls wrongly activated when changing some presets.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels playback starts with a slight fade-in under Logic Pro.
  • Fixed: Duplicating a mono-to-stereo track with PS22 in Cubase results in a very loud noise.
  • Fixed: CPU spikes and audio glitches when automating PuigTec EQs in VST2.4 (Live, Reason, Maschine, Komplete Kontrol).
  • Fixed: REQ band 1 on/off is always linked, even when L/R is unlinked.
  • Fixed: eMo Q4 band 1 LRB functionality.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel long initial loading time, and several other bugs.
  • Fixed: Smack Attack graphic issues.
  • Fixed: Various TRACT-Smaart interaction bugs.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune horizontal scroll shortcut on Windows.
  • Various stability improvements