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Old 15th August 2012 , 07:22 PM
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Default Waves' API collection

Anyone tried these?

I've read some good things about them and since they are on offer at the moment, I may just try them out to see if I like them enough to buy them.

Works out about 250 for the API550A, 550B, and 560 EQ's.

Also includes,the API 2500 Stereo Compressor.

Seems like good value! Been unimpressed with waves' products in the past but I'll give these a go I think.
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Old 15th August 2012 , 07:36 PM
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They're pretty good.

250 isn't bad for all 4 either, although I'm not sure how useful the 560 is on a day to day basis.
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Old 15th August 2012 , 07:43 PM
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They don't sound like the real thing but are pretty good as plug ins go.
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Old 15th August 2012 , 08:08 PM
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Yeah, I think it's a pretty good deal.

I've literally just downloaded the trial so I'll try them out properly over the next little while and see if i fancy them.

I honestly wouldn't have a clue if they sounded anything lke the real thing to be honest. I suppose for me it will simply be a case of, if i like them i like them, if i don't i don't.

The deal just caught my eye on their facebook page.
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Well I better hope i really like these plug ins because i just bloody bought them!

Didn't mean to! I was going through the checkout process to see if any nasty tax surprises would be waiting for me at the checkout process, should i decide to buy them, and I clicked "continue" once too many on the paypal page and i bought them!

Nevermind! I'm sure they will be useful additions to my plug in collection. It was a really good price too.

Notice I am already trying to justify buying them to myself....
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For those of you who have bought from Waves, where do i find my licence key or do waves e mail you it later on?
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http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music...lok-march.html
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Bloody great! Yet another new licensing method. Steinberg I have the dongle slate I have the ilok,izotope was online and now this cloud with waves. I'm changing my,PC later in the year and in a way I am dreading it because of all this software changing carry on.

What do you do if your ilok breaks by the way? Is it easy to get your licences back,? Do you need some sort of insurance or anything?
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Bloody great! Yet another new licensing method. Steinberg I have the dongle slate I have the ilok,izotope was online and now this cloud with waves. I'm changing my,PC later in the year and in a way I am dreading it because of all this software changing carry on.

What do you do if your ilok breaks by the way? Is it easy to get your licences back,? Do you need some sort of insurance or anything?
its a huge pain in the ass. Ilok have an insurance system (cant remember what its called) but it only gives temporary licenses to get you back up and running while you negotiate with the licensors.

Dont even start me talking about WUP. Its the reason I got out of waves years ago...
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Default My 2p on Waves...

WUP isn't a big deal. You only pay for it when you actually need it (ie, when an upgrade comes out that your system requires to run). It's $200 max and sometimes includes "free" plug-ins as well.

Plus you get that $200 back as a store credit to spend on something else (up to 50% off).

It used to be terrible - almost unlimited ceiling in terms of expense, the longer you were out of it the more expensive it got... but they realised that people hated that and fixed it.

Now, being that I have something like 100+ Waves plugins between my bundles, it's a minor upgrade expense when I need it.

Also, a couple times in the past, during some of their (fairly frequent) 40 and 50% off upgrade specials I've simply upgraded my bundle for only a bit more than the cost of WUP, and then you get a whole year of WUP coverage for "free."

Re: the new licensing system - it's pretty flexible. You can tie the license to a specific machine or put it on a USB key. You get one free recovery per year if something breaks badly and your licenses disappear, or if you lose your USB key or whatever.

Waves didn't used to participate in iLok's ZDT 'insurance' scheme anyway so it was no good if those were all you had.

All in all they have some cool plug-ins. The API stuff will just make you want the real deal though - neat, but not quite there.

The Renaissance Maxx Bundle is still probably my most-used bundle... it's one of their oldest, too. Go figure. I also pull out the C6 and Q10 quite a bit, and W43 can be a very good noise reduction tool.

I used to have all the "Studio Classics" (API, SSL and the 'V' series which were Neve knock-offs) - but sold them. There are so many reasonable emulation plug-ins out there from Softube, Plugin Alliance and others that the models Waves are doing were just redundant to me. I tend to prefer the tools that Waves did themselves from the ground up that just 'are what they are' - ie, not specifically trying to be anything else (save for that W43 which is a clone of the Dolby CAT43 box).

Also, Waves have no good reverbs, at all. They are all in fact pretty terrible.
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I have to say I was never really a Waves fan, but the dropping of iLok and porting over to 64 has got me looking at Waves Universe.

A lot of the newer plugins and emulations look pretty tasty.
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I've never been a waves fan either, something i've stated a few times on here but I have been pretty impressed with the API collection, even though I kinda bought it by accident. The EQs sound good and the compressors are really good. The only negative us that I am still trying to get used to the layout of the controls. I'm used to the sort of graph EQs found in Cubase so the dial controls are taking a bit of getting used to. T The EQs are also not quite as precise as some other EQs with regards to the controls if you know what I mean. I think they're more aimed at adding a bit of colour to the sound as opposed to precise cutting and boosting of frequencies. That's just what I assume though, I could be totally wrong but it seems that way from my experience of using them.
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