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BARBRA STREISAND RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE VANGUARD AS THE WAVES DIAMOND BUNDLE HELPS IN THE RECORDING PROCESS

— Engineer Isaiah Abolin applies Waves Z-Noise plug-in power to eliminate line noise caused by the close quarters in the tiny West Village landmark —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, October 16, 2009 — Barbra Streisand, one of the best-selling recording artists in history, returned to her roots last September, performing with a four-piece jazz combo on the tiny stage in the intimate Village Vanguard jazz club – the very stage she stood on 48 years earlier to do an audition for the club owner. Streisand did this extremely rare club gig, which was recorded to high-definition video and a Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 system, to announce the release of Love Is the Answer, her new album of jazz standards and classics produced by Diana Krall. However, the close quarters of the Vanguard – it holds barely 100 patrons – meant that audio lines would inevitably come into close proximity with lighting cables and power sources. That’s where Waves Diamond came into the picture: using the Z-Noise plug-in from the Diamond bundle, the hums and other audio artifacts caused by external sources that made their way onto the recording were completely eliminated. Other Waves plug-ins used on the mix of the project included the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, Renaissance Compressor, and the IR-1 Convolution Reverb.

Isaiah Abolin was one of the engineers who captured Streisand’s performance that evening at the Village Vanguard, working from a remote truck outside the venue. “We knew that with all of the cabling for lighting and power sources that had to be brought in for the video shoot, there were going to be some problems in terms of noise for the audio,” he explains. “But we also knew what the Z-Noise plug-in was capable of in terms of eliminating that noise, and it was a tremendous boost in confidence as we recorded.”

The Z-Noise and other Waves Diamond plug-ins were applied at the mix of the tracks, which took place in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan. “There was definitely noise, in the form of hum, present on the DI tracks for the guitar and bass,” says Abolin, whose eclectic discography includes engineering the last two The Mars Volta albums as well as the cast recording of The Little Mermaid, and projects with artists as diverse as actress/musician Juliette Lewis and Sony jazz pianist Eldar. “But Z-Noise completely took care of it.” Abolin says that the Q10 EQ also performed flawlessly. “Sometimes with plug-ins, it takes some work to get the right Q,” he explains. “But the Waves EQs have a very intuitive design that gets you where you want to go quickly.” The Renaissance Axx was used on the electric guitar tracks, while the IR-1 Convolution Reverb was applied to enhance the overall band ambience tracks. “I’m also having a lot of success using the Waves plug-ins with The Mars Volta,” Abolin says. “It’s just great to have the huge arsenal of effects that Waves bundles provide. I have the desired effects I’m looking for at the tips of my fingers.”

About Waves Diamond and Z-Noise
A comprehensive collection of audio processing tools, the Waves Diamond bundle brings unparalleled signal processing power to the studio, for tracking, mixing, mastering, creative sound design, and audio restoration. Diamond now includes all the plug-ins found in Waves Platinum, Restoration and Transform bundles, as well as MaxxVolume, L3-LL Multimaximizer and more. From dynamics, equalization and reverb, to pitch correction, spatial imaging and beyond, Diamond is a must-have for every serious studio.

Having set the standard for professional sound restoration with its acclaimed X-Noise plug-in, Waves has outdone itself with a processor that takes noise reduction to a whole new level. Z-Noise is not just a more precise version of X-Noise – it’s based on a brand new algorithm that re-conceptualizes the way noise is treated. Z-Noise’s breakthrough features include dynamic noise profiling, innovative transient preservation and increased low-frequency resolution. Other noise reduction systems are limited by the restrictions of traditional band-split methods. These limitations lead to smeared audio images that lack crispness and clarity. Z-Noise employs a new, more musical algorithm, which delivers unparalleled low-frequency resolution and unsurpassed time sensitivity. Ideal for removing tape hiss, ground hum and computer noise, Z-Noise includes an array of features that make it the most comprehensive noise-reduction tool ever. It gives users the power to shape their results with pinpoint accuracy, using a familiar 5-band EQ interface. Real-time operation means audio engineers can fine-tune the Z-Noise parameters and hear their changes on the fly. Plus, it features advanced adjustable transient detection and enhancement which removes noise while retaining all the power and punch of the source recordings. And while other audio-restoration methods require an isolated noise sample to deliver optimal results, Z-Noise features an exclusive Extract mode that eliminates that need, as well as an innovative Adaptive mode that specializes in reducing noise that changes over time. Given Waves’ reputation for technical innovation and superior sound quality, Z-Noise is equipped to become the favorite of leading audio restoration specialists and recording engineers the world over.

For more information, visit www.waves.com.

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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 15 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 hit records, major motion pictures, and popular video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software solutions as well as hardware plus software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. 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 Sony, Sanyo, JVC, Toshiba, and many others. For more information, visit the Waves web site at http://www.waves.com.

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