Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios Introduce the RS56 Plugin

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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.”

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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.”

Based on the legendary RS56 Universal Tone Control passive EQ
Three bands with four selectable center frequencies for each
Six different filter types
Independent or linkable left/right controls
Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios

Bass Decibels sets the amount of low frequency boost or cut
Bass Width sets the shape of the filter
Bass Frequency sets the low frequency cutoff point
Bass On/Off deactivates low frequency processing
Treble Decibels sets the amount of midrange frequency boost or cut
Treble Width sets the shape of the filter
Treble Frequency sets the midrange frequency cutoff point
Top On/Off deactivates high frequency processing

Output Level:
In Stereo and Duo modes: Controls the left and right channel levels
In MS mode: The left knob controls the Mid channel; the right knob controls the Sides channel level.
Phase inverts the phase of the signal
EQ 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 plugin
Graph Range sets the range of the EQ graph
VU Meters display output VU readings
VU 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.