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Hatsubai 10/07/2011

Waves LoAir: Produktbewertung von Hatsubai (content in English)

"Interesting subharmonic synth"
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For those of you who have ever wanted a subharmonic generator for post production work, this could quite possibly be the exact plugin you're looking for. The plugin is basically a super adjustable low end adjuster to add depth and girth to your overall mix. The plugin has four knobs for resonance, lo, loair and output. It also has four sliders for L/R, C, Ls/Rs and LFE. Finally, there are two buttons for align and trim. The plugin itself is implemented in a very intuitive way, so anybody can use this without having to read the manual. Personally, I've never read it, so I can't comment on it. The plugin is also real easy to utilize. Simply enable it on whatever buss you're looking to shape the low end on. It tends to work best on the master buss, but don't let that stop you from utilizing it on other busses.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves is the king when it comes to things like stability and performance. They're almost unbeatable in this category. I've never experienced a single crash or hiccup while using this plugin inside of my favorite DAW -- Logic Pro. The plugin is cross compatible, and that means that almost every user out there should be able to utilize this plugin on their favorite machine. It also doesn't take up too much RAM or processing power, which is a huge plus. There is one issue I have experienced, however. The plugin itself is a 32 bit plugin. I run a 64 bit DAW, and it can be a real pain because Logic Pro has to run a special bridge application to utilize this inside the 64 bit workspace. I'm hoping they'll update this plugin later down the road to work in 64 bit environments natively. I've been using the Mercury bundle for about half a year now, and I'm loving every minute of it.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a high quality low end shaper for your master buss, this is a good plugin to check out. It's very solid at what it does, and I found that it works great for certain mixes. However, I'm a heavy metal guitarist, and using this can sometimes make the overall mix muddy if you use too much of it. I think this would work much better for electronica music and the like. This could really help deliver that huge thump without having everything sound like a jumbled mess.