Waves Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor
Waves Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor

Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor, Software compressor from Waves in the Eddie Kramer series.

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Hatsubai 15/06/2011

Waves Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Unique compressor"

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More plugins from the famous engineer Eddie Kramer. This time, Waves successfully cloned the vintage Pye compressor that was used at London's Olympic Studios. This was used throughout the classic rock world, and it's one of the best compressors out there. Waves took that famous compressor and made it into a software audio plugin that anybody can easily use. The plugin itself is fairly easy to use. The range of the knobs is good, there are some toggle switches you can choose from, and it sounds great! The main knobs are the threshold, compression, output and decay time knobs. These will control most of the features of this plugin. However, there are some small mini toggles that allow you to adjust different settings, including some of that famous hum.


Waves plugins are pretty well known for being the industry standard plugins out there, and for good reason. First of all, the plugins are cross platform. That means that both PC and Mac guys can use them. Given that I'm a Mac guy, that's a huge plus for me. The plugins themselves are very stable. I've never experienced a crash directly related to inserting a Waves plugin into any audio or MIDI bus in Logic. I've never read the manual, so I can't really comment on that. However, most of these plugins are fairly intuitive when it comes to their usage. While the names may be a touch convoluted if you don't know what they're modeling, you can get a good idea as to what they do if you just mess around. It doesn't take up much memory when in use, even with the 32 bit bridge application in Logic, and I've been using these for quite awhile now.


This isn't exactly the cleanest and most transparent compressor, but it's not meant to be. This is meant to replicate that real old school compressor that was used in many classic rock recordings of the time. It has some great usage for giving those lower gain tracks some real character, but using it with higher gain isn't exactly my thing. Try it on the drums to give it a real unique sound.