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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAVES MAXXBCL UNIT OFFERS UNIQUE
AND DYNAMICS CONTROL FOR SOUND REINFORCEMENT
— Patented algorithm enhances bass while protecting speakers
Waves’ warm compression and transparent L2 limiting also included
TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL, April 19, 2005 — Waves Ltd., the international
leader in software and hardware based audio DSP, has announced the release
of MaxxBCL, a new hardware unit that brings Waves’ unique bass
enhancement and dynamics processing to live sound reinforcement for
the first time.
MaxxBCL incorporates three of Waves’ well-known
audio processors in a sturdy 2U rack-mount configuration: MaxxBass enhancer
(which features a second-generation algorithm used in the company’s
Renaissance Bass); Renaissance Compressor; and L2 Ultramaximizer limiter.
All processing is performed in a 48-bit end-to-end path.
MaxxBass uses psychoacoustic principles to generate harmonics
that add bass sound without adding bass frequencies, allowing the audience
to hear bass lower than physically present. The dynamics of the original
bass are duplicated in these harmonics, resulting in a very natural-sounding
bass enhancement. The MaxxBass harmonics and the original bass can be
mixed in any proportion at the output. Because MaxxBass can actually
reduce low-frequency content while increasing bass sound, the result
is improved amplifier efficiency, protection against blown speakers,
and a bigger low end, all at the same time. Low-frequency feedback and
rumble control are also improved.
The Renaissance Compressor provides the classic sound
of analog compression, adding warmth and control to full mixes, vocals
and instruments alike. Two compression modes are offered: ‘Opto’,
which models a vintage optically driven compression system; and ‘Electro’,
a modern-sounding compressor implementation. Full control of threshold,
ratio and attack are included, along with Waves’ ARC™ (Automatic
Release Control) that tailors the release time to the input signal,
reacting in a way similar to the human ear, and dramatically increasing
overall RMS level without sacrificing clarity or introducing artifacts.
The L2 Ultramaximizer limiter, heard on countless hit
recordings and soundtracks, has a very fast overshoot-free response
that puts the sound up-front with astonishing transparency. The brick
wall limiting allows the engineer to set the actual peak level output
desired and then set the threshold to make limiting and level rescaling
a one-shot process. The L2 significantly increases the average signal
level — and thus the perceived loudness, without introducing distortion
or side effects.
The MaxxBCL’s front panel controls are designed
for ease of use in performance conditions. For all processors, the top
knob controls the parameter most likely to need riding during a live
set: Intensity for MaxxBass, Ratio for Renaissance Compressor, and Out
Ceiling for the L2 limiter. The backlit displays, meters and buttons
are visible under any lighting, while the tactile-feel knobs offer sensory
feedback. Dedicated bypass buttons for each processor are included.
Precision metering with re-settable peak hold options
(90 dB range for I/O, 12 dB range for compressor and limiter attenuation)
offer reliable readings. The peak holds for all meters can operate as
momentary (2 sec) or infinite, and are reset by pressing the Peak button
MaxxBCL features analog (both balanced and unbalanced)
and digital inputs and outputs, the latter including both AES-EBU and
S/PDIF capabilities at sample rates up to 96 kHz. Independent input
and output level matching is provided in six steps from 9 to 24 dBu,
with 12 additional 1 dB steps of level trim per channel available on
the front panel. The input trim rotary switch is based on 1% resistor
networks. Transformer-coupled analog I/O (with Jensen transformers on
the input) is provided and the unit features a dynamic range of 125
dB. Post-requantization processing is supplied by Waves’ IDR (Increased
Digital Resolution) dither system, which includes 9th order noise shaping
to minimize audible noise while dithering to 16- or 24-bit output.
MaxxBCL is built to stand the rigors of intensive touring,
with reinforced construction, sturdy rack mounts, and handles that protect
connectors and controls.
Waves MaxxBCL is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $3200.
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About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional,
broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Waves has ten years
of expertise in the development of psycho-acoustic signal processing
algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing
to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning
processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of
the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks, and multimedia
titles. Waves offers computer software solutions and hardware plus software
solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. Waves also offers
semiconductor with embedded software solutions under the Maxx brand
for the consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technology
dramatically enhances audio performance in consumer applications and
has been licensed to several leading companies, including Motorola and
Microsoft. For more information, visit the Waves web site at http://www.waves.com.
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