Waves Maserati GTi Guitar Toner
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Waves Maserati GTi Guitar Toner

Maserati GTi Guitar Toner, Other effects bundle or multi-effect from Waves in the Maserati series.

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Hatsubai 10/07/2011

Waves Maserati GTi Guitar Toner: Produktbewertung von Hatsubai (content in English)

"Solid, but I prefer other methods"
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Tony Maserati mainly deals with stuff in the R&B field, so it was interesting to see him help co-design a plugin where guitars aren't the prominent instrument. Because of this, I feel our philosophy as to what a good guitar tone is differs a bit. Keep that in mind while reading this review. The plugin is meant to help shape various guitar tones. It has knobs for sensitivity, presence, tame, output, fx, delay, width, vibrato and chorus. There are also switches to select between clean, clean chorus, heavy, thick rhythm and soft flange. The plugin itself is very easy to use, and there's no real need to read the manual. I personally never read it, so I can't comment on that.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

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.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm predominantly a metal guitarist, so I'm always trying to look for a saturated, yet clear sounding distorted tone that can cut through the mix without sounding overly thin. This plugin is geared more towards clean and lighter distorted guitars. I found that it doesn't really work too well with my rhythm guitars, but it can do some decent lead tones.