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moosers 30/06/2010

Waves MV360° : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Waves Ltd. MV360 plug-in is a dynamics processor that is designed for surround sound purposes. It is for use for mixing 5.0 and 5.1, which I haven't done all that much of to date. We do however have this plug-in at the studio where I'm working, so I've gotten to mess around with it a bit to see what it's all about. I wasn't involved with the installation process of this plug-in since I don't own it and it was already installed on our system when I started working at the studio. The interface is split up into sliders for threshold and volume for each of the bands, as well as a section for cutting or boosting within each of the sections of surround sound. I didn't have access to the manual, so I don't know what the make up of it is like.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The system that I've ran the Waves Ltd. MV360 plug-in on is Pro Tools HD based, with a quad core Mac desk top. We've actually got this on a few different systems with the studio complex, but I've only used it on the main system. I only tried running one instance of the plug-in, so I really can't say how well it would run beyond this. It isn't the type of plug-in that you'll be needing to run a lot of, but even one of these at a time could tax your system depending on it's make up. Chances are that if you have a need for a surround sound dynamics processor, you're system will be able to run this plug-in.

OVERALL OPINION

While certainly not a necessity for most DAW users out there, if you're going to be mixing surround sound in any fashion, the Waves Ltd. MV360 plug-in is definitely a good thing to have around. I can really only see this being used in a post production setting, which is why we have it on hand. I can't really imagine another situation where you would need this, but you never know. The price is about average for a Waves plug-in, which is of course more expensive than most plug-ins out there. Having said this, Waves is definitely one of the best out there when it comes to making plug-ins, so you don't have to worry about bugs or the sound quality, as Waves is always at the top of the game when it comes to realistic sounding plug-ins. I don't know much about surround sound mixing, as this is the only plug-in of this kind that I've used, but from what I can tell this is a top notch plug-in of it's kind.