Waves Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor
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Waves Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor

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

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moosers 09/03/2010

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

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The Waves Ltd. Pie Compressor is a relatively new plug-in that was partially developed with renown recording engineer Eddie Kramer. It is modeled after a compressor used in during the 1960's in London at Olympic Studios where Kramer recorded the likes of Jimi Hendrix and many other notable artists. While I didn't expect the Pie Compressor to give me the same tone of the original, I was curious to hear what they had come up with. After installing it, which only took a few minutes after following the step by step instructions, I was able to have the plug-in up and running. The interface of the plug-in makes it easy to use, and it also looks real cool as they have modeled it to look like a vintage piece of gear. As far as parameters go, it has knobs for threshold, output, decay time, and compression ratio, and switches for choosing what you view of the VU meter (it's between input, output, and gain reduction), and a switch for what is essentially a high pass filter to get rid of noise if you have some at either 50 or 60 Hz. Overall, everything about using the Pie Compressor is pretty straight forward. I don't think a manual is necessary for use with the plug-in.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm currently running the Waves Ltd. Pie Compressor on an Apple Mac Book Pro that has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I'm running it with Pro Tools LE 7.4 that runs with a Digi 002R audio interface. I can't say that I've had any trouble running the plug-in, as it doesn't seem to take up much processing power. As long as you have an adequate system where you're presently running plug-ins, I think you'll be okay with this one, but as always it really just depends on what kind of system you have to run it with.

OVERALL OPINION

The Waves Ltd. Pie Compressor has a generally thick sound, and is great for a variety of applications. I think it can be useful in a lot of different situations, especially when a sound needs a little bit more beef. I've used it on electric guitars, vocals, and a Rhodes electric piano, all of which in situations where I was aiming to get a bit more thickness. The price of the native version of the Waves Ltd. Pie Compressor is about half that of the TDM version, which is pretty average, but depending on what system you are running, it may make a difference on if it is worth it for you. This is definitely a much better than average compressor at a decent price for those looking for a grittier and beefier compressor plug-in.