Waves Audio

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Waves Audio Ltd.
Industry Software
FounderGilad Keren, Chief Executive Officer
Meir Shaashua, Chief Technological Officer
Products Plug-ins for audio production, audio equipment
Number of employees
260
Website Waves.com

Waves Audio Ltd. is a developer and supplier of professional digital audio signal processing technologies and audio effects, used in recording, mixing, mastering, post production, broadcast, and live sound. The company's corporate headquarters and main development facilities are located in Tel Aviv, with additional offices in the United States, China, and Taiwan, and development centers in India and Ukraine.

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In 2011, Waves won a Technical Grammy Award. [1] [2]

History

Waves Audio was founded in 1992 by Gilad Keren and Meir Sha'ashua in Tel Aviv, Israel. [3] Later that year, Waves released its first product, the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. The Q10 was the audio industry's first commercially available audio plugin. [4] [5]

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

Equalization (audio) frequency

Equalization or equalisation is the process of adjusting the balance between frequency components within an electronic signal. The most well known use of equalization is in sound recording and reproduction but there are many other applications in electronics and telecommunications. The circuit or equipment used to achieve equalization is called an equalizer. These devices strengthen (boost) or weaken (cut) the energy of specific frequency bands or "frequency ranges".

Waves' L1 Ultramaximizer, released in 1994, became a prominent plugin, with some publications pointing to it as contributing to the "loudness war" behind modern music mastering. [6] Record producer Tony Maserati said of early Waves software, "[they] were the only plugins [that were] quality and they were creative." [7] Waves later launched a signature line of Maserati inspired plugins.

Tony Maserati is an American record producer and audio engineer specializing in mixing. He was involved in the development of the New York R&B and hip-hop scene in the 1990s, working with Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, and Queen Latifah. Since then he has worked on Grammy nominated projects with The Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke, and Usher. Maserati won a Latin Grammy in 2006 for his work on Sérgio Mendes’s Timeless. He has been nominated for a total of 10 Grammys, with four for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Waves launched the Waves Signature Series working with music producers and engineers to explore their unique sounds. In 2009, as part of the Signature Series, Waves released the Eddie Kramer Signature Series of five plug-ins focusing on classic rock. [8] The Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series followed in 2010. [9]

Eddie Kramer South African audio engineer and producer

Edwin H. Kramer is a recording producer and engineer. He has collaborated with several artists now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including the Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, and Carlos Santana.

Chris Lord-Alge is an American mix engineer. He is the brother of Tom Lord-Alge, another audio engineer. Chris Lord-Alge is known for his use of dynamic range compression. He is also known for collaborating with Howard Benson, who has produced the plurality of the albums Lord-Alge has mixed.

In 2011, the company was honored with a Technical Grammy Award for "contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field." [1] [2]

The Technical Grammy Award is a Grammy Special Merit Award presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The award was first presented in 1994 to Dr. Thomas G. Stockham Jr. Others who have received this award include Ray Dolby, Ikutaro Kakehashi, Rupert Neve, Les Paul, Phil Ramone, Dr. Robert Moog, Geoff Emerick, Tom Dowd, Bill Putnam, George Massenburg, Roger Linn, Leo Fender and Thomas Alva Edison. Companies honored include AKG_(company), Apple Computer, Digidesign, JBL Professional, Lexicon_(company), Shure Incorporated, Sony/Philips, and.

The Waves Signature Series continued in 2013 with the Manny Marroquin Signature Series. [10] In 2015, Waves worked with music producer Butch Vig to release the Butch Vig Vocals plug-in as part of the Waves Signature Series. [11]

Manny Marroquin is an American mixing engineer. He has received eight Grammy awards for his professional audio work.

Butch Vig American musician and record producer

Bryan David "Butch" Vig, nicknamed the Nevermind Man, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of diamond-selling album Nevermind by Nirvana.

In 2018, Waves released the Abby Road TG Mastering Chain as part of their Abbey Road collection. [12] The chain is modeled after the consoles used in the Abbey Road Studios mastering suites. [12]

Products

Waves Audio sells over 200 software products dedicated to music production, engineering, mixing, and mastering, in addition to a variety of virtual instruments and effects. [13] Notable software includes:

SoftwareFunctionRelease dateNotes
Q1 Equalizer 1992First audio plugin
L1 Ultramaximizer Limiter 1994L2 and L3 released in 2000 and 2005 respectively
SSL 4000 CollectionChannel strips for compression and EQ2006
Renaissance MaxxAnalog gear emulation plugins
API CollectionMultiple, modeling Automated Processes, Inc. consoles2007
Eddie Kramer Signature SeriesClassic rock-oriented virtual instrument plugins2009
SoundGridPlugin and DAW processing platform2010
Vocal RiderAutomatic vocal volume leveler2010
CLA-2ACompressor, limiterPart of the CLA Signature series
NS1 Noise SuppressorNoise suppressor2012
NLSConsole emulators2012
Manny Marroquin Signature SeriesMixing plugins2013
C6 Multiband CompressorCompressor2013
WLM MeterVolume metering2014
Dugan AutomixerMultiple microphone vocal mixer2017
Abbey Road TG Mastering ChainMultiple, modeling Abbey Road Studios equipment2018
B360 Ambisonics Encoder360 degree audio converter and mixer2018
Scheps Omni Channel Andrew Scheps signature mixing channel strip2018
SubmarineSubharmonic frequency generator2019
Bass FingersVirtual instrument plugin2019
Waves TunePitch-correction and auto-tuning in real time
Nx Virtual Mix RoomMixing plugin designed for headphones
MultirackVirtual effects rack for live performance

Waves has launched plug-ins in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios, such as the King's Microphones plug-in released in 2011, [14] the REDD Console plug-ins released in 2012, [15] the J37 tape saturation plug-in, the Abbey Road Reverb Plates plugin, the RS56 Passive EQ plug-in released in 2013, [16] [17] and the EMI TG12345 plug-in released in 2014. [18] Other software includes the Torque drum tone shifter plug-in. [19]

Technology

In 2010, Waves announced the release of its SoundGrid technology at the Winter NAMM show. SoundGrid was created to make Waves audio processors available on a low-latency platform. [20] The SoundGrid system consists of a Linux-based server that runs the SoundGrid environment, compatible plug-ins, a Mac or Windows control computer, and a digital-analog interface for input/output (I/O). It is used for live sound, broadcast, and post production—and provides a low latency environment for audio processing on certain hardware audio mixing consoles, e.g., DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, and Yamaha.

Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers its technologies as licensable algorithms for consumer electronics. Technologies from the Maxx brand have been used in products including computers, laptops, smartphones, VoIP and portable loudspeaker systems from companies such as Dell, [21] Toshiba, [22] Sony, Oppo, OnePlus, [23] Sanyo, JVC, and Altec Lansing.

Waves launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 to help fund the production of Waves Nx, a technology that transmits 3D audio on headphones in stereo or 5.1/7.1 surround sound. [24] [25] The technology generates a three-dimensional virtual audioscape that allows users to "detect which direction sounds are coming from." [26]

Along with the Waves Nx, Waves has also developed the Waves B360 Ambisonics Encoder to assist engineers mixing 360-degree and VR audio projects. [27] Audeze Mobius headphones are operated with Waves' Nx technology. [28]

Currently, Waves Maxx technology is available on IoT, mobile, smart assistance, and communication devices. Waves Maxx partnerships include Google, LG, Acer, Fitbit, Qualcomm, and Intel. Additionally, Waves Nx technology for 3D audio is available in gaming headphones and other devices by Acer, and Audeze. Film score mixer Alan Meyerson said of Waves' technology, "[it has] changed the sound of film scores." [29]

In 2010, Waves Audio was involved in two lawsuits regarding intellectual property infringements and illegal use of its software. In one lawsuit, with the defendant Skyline Recording Studios NYC, Waves won, and in the other, with the defendant Quad Recording Studios, the defendant admitted liability. [30] [31]

In 2013, Waves Audio sued Motorola Mobility for allegedly infringing on its Maxx trademark with the Droid Razr Maxx and Droid Razr Maxx HD phones. [32]

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