Waves Maserati GRP
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Waves Maserati GRP

Maserati GRP, Software graphic EQ from Waves in the Maserati series.

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Hatsubai 10/07/2011

Waves Maserati GRP: Produktbewertung von Hatsubai (content in English)

"Interesting master buss finalizer"
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Tony Maserati is one of the top music engineers and producers. He's done stuff from the Simpsons to Tupac and nearly everything in between, but his major focus tends to be on the more R&B/rap/rock side of things. Finalizing mixes can be a huge pain, and for a plugin to have everything packed inside of it is quite a task. The plugin has knobs for sensitivity, output, lows, mids, highs and compress. There are also buttons for drums room, drums live, guitars, strings, keys, background vocals and master. To use this, simply enable it on your master buss, and you're good to go. I've never read the manual, so I can't comment on that. However, this plugin is fairly straight forward and shouldn't cause to much of an issue for first timers.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves is the king when it comes to things such as stability and overall performance. For one, this plugin doesn't take up too much RAM or processing power, and that's a big plus considering a DAW can have tons of different plugins and virtual synths running at any time. The plugins are all cross platform compatible, so anybody with an OS X or Windows machine can run these without any problems. I've never experienced a single issue while running this plugin when it came to things like stability and overall performance. There is one issue, however, that I did come across. These plugins are 32 bit inside of OS X. For me to utilize these in Logic Pro, it needs to run a special bridge application as my DAW is a 64 bit DAW. I'm not a huge fan as to how Logic Pro implements this, and I'm hoping that Waves updates these later on. I've been using the Mercury bundle for the past half a year or so, and it's been awesome.

OVERALL OPINION

Trying to make a special master buss finalizer plugin can be quite a big task. While my favorite is still iZotope's Ozone, this plugin doesn't do too bad of a job. I've used this with my power metal band without an issue. It doesn't really work out too nicely for my death metal bands, but that has to do with the way it processes everything; it's just a different approach to mixing that doesn't seem to really work for that genre.