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WAVES MAXXBCL UNIT OFFERS UNIQUE
BASS ENHANCEMENT AND DYNAMICS CONTROL FOR MASTERING AND POST PRODUCTION
— Patented algorithm enhances bass for small speakers; Waves’
warm compression, transparent L2 limiting and premier A/D/A conversion
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 processor that combines
Waves’ MaxxBass enhancer, Renaissance Compressor, and L2 Ultramaximizer
limiter in one hardware unit for the first time. In addition, the new
unit’s analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters exceed
the performance of the acclaimed converters in the L2 Ultramaximizer
hardware unit, a processor used on countless hit records and soundtracks.
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 listeners
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.
This allows mastering and post production engineers to
create audio that translates well to consumer systems of varying size
and capability by creating a “second level” of bass sound
specifically aimed at small systems. Used in this way, the original
content of the low frequency spectrum is retained, while MaxxBass is
dialed in to generate harmonics that actually allow listeners to hear
the lower notes, even on small systems. In addition, MaxxBass is ideal
for adding deep and warm low end to archived music that lacks the powerful
bass expected today.
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 Renaissance Compressor is also capable of low-level compression/expansion.
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 first
Waves hardware L2 Ultramaximizer unit became a standard piece of gear
in the best mastering and post facilities because of its ability to
significantly increase signal level without introducing audible artifacts.
In addition, the L2’s converters’ performance was equal
to the best dedicated converters on the market. Now the MaxxBCL goes
further, retaining the signature L2 algorithm and adding new converters
that offer even better performance.
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, allowing flexible
analog and digital format conversion at the highest possible quality.
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. The unit features a backlit panel and precision metering.
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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