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FOH Engineer Greg Nelson Chooses Waves for Pearl Jam
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, December 8, 2014 — Top FOH engineer Greg Nelson (Pearl Jam, Incubus) chooses to use Waves Audio plugins and Waves MultiRack SoundGrid when touring with Pearl Jam.
Nelson recalls, “I started using Waves in 2002 while mixing some live bootlegs for Incubus. I think it was just the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer and the Waves C4 Multiband Compressor on the master to smooth out the mix a bit. They sounded better than anything else around at the time and I loved using them. I was so excited when they were made available for use in a live environment.”
Describing his current setup on the road with Pearl Jam, Nelson says, “I am mixing Pearl Jam on a DiGiCo SD5 with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid and the Waves Server One. My favorite Waves plugins when working with Pearl Jam are the MV2 for kick and especially snare; the H-Comp Hybrid Compressor for vocals; the C6 Multiband Compressor for vocals and slight master bus tuning; and the CLA-3A Compressor/Limiter for guitars. I also use the Waves API 550 EQ, which works great on anything! On the master busses, I just use the Renaissance Compressor for some slight compression (a ratio of 1.8), and just a taste of the C6 again to smooth things out. I am a big believer in letting your live mix have dynamics and letting everything breathe. On my rec bus I do a bit of mastering with a Waves L2 Ultramaximizer, a C6, a Waves Q10 Equalizer (still great after all these years) and a bit of Waves S1 Stereo Imager just to widen the mix a bit, as I don't do too much hard panning in arena shows.”
“Waves just makes the SD5 so much better,” Nelson adds. “Waves plugins run so seamlessly that I often forget they’re not just part of the console!”
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Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 130 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 20 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, ASUS, JVC, and many others.
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