Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios Introduce the RS56 Plugin
June 11, 2013
Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast and consumer electronics markets, and long-term collaborators, London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, are proud to introduce the new RS56 Passive EQ plugin, based on the original RS56 Universal Tone Control, utilized on a multitude of classic recordings.A passive equalizer with powerful sound-shaping capabilities, the RS56 Universal Tone Control was originally introduced in the early 1950s and used at Abbey Road Studios to prepare recordings for the record-lathe, as part of the process we now know as “mastering.” Later, Abbey Road’s pop engineers began using the RS56 for studio recordings because of its abilities to dramatically manipulate sound – unlike the basic treble and bass EQs found on the mixing consoles at the time. This earned it the nickname “The Curve Bender.” Waves and Abbey Road Studios have faithfully recreated the unique magic of the RS56, using advanced circuit modeling techniques based on the original schematics. Like its hardware predecessor, the Waves Abbey Road RS56 passive EQ plugin features three bands with four selectable center frequencies for each and six different filter types, plus independent or linked control over the left and right channels. The result is an extraordinary equalizer that is as effective today as it was when it was created over half a century ago. Abbey Road Studios’ Director of Engineering Peter Cobbin said, “The RS56 plugin has already joined the ranks of my go-to list, as it delivers an inviting sonic character along with a logical functionality. I would encourage any engineer to get creative with some lovely old-time curve bending, and tap into this fabulous piece of Abbey Road heritage.”Features:Based on the legendary RS56 Universal Tone Control passive EQThree bands with four selectable center frequencies for eachSix different filter typesIndependent or linkable left/right controlsDeveloped in association with Abbey Road StudiosControls:Bass Decibels sets the amount of low frequency boost or cutBass Width sets the shape of the filterBass Frequency sets the low frequency cutoff pointBass On/Off deactivates low frequency processingTreble Decibels sets the amount of midrange frequency boost or cutTreble Width sets the shape of the filterTreble Frequency sets the midrange frequency cutoff pointTop On/Off deactivates high frequency processingOutput Level:In Stereo and Duo modes: Controls the left and right channel levelsIn MS mode: The left knob controls the Mid channel; the right knob controls the Sides channel level.Phase inverts the phase of the signalEQ Mode selects stereo processing mode (stereo component only)Stereo relatively links the channels and applies the same processing to both.Duo unlinks the channels and offers the option of applying different processing to each.MS applies an MS encoding matrix on the input to the pluginGraph Range sets the range of the EQ graphVU Meters display output VU readingsVU Level Calibration sets the dBFS level which appears as 0 VU.The Waves: Abbey Road RS56 Passive EQ plugin is Native and SoundGrid® compatible. It is not included in any Waves bundle; it is only available separately. It is now available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $200, with a special introductory price of $99, and SoundGrid $300, with a special introductory price of $149. Visit www.waves.com for more information.Abbey Road Studios, Curve Bender and RS and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.