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moosers 09/12/2010

Waves Tune : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Waves Ltd. Tune is a pitch shifting plug-in much like the more popular Auto Tune and Melodyne. Waves has certainly borrowed a few pages out of their books as this plug-in feels like a combination of the two. It's available as a Native plug-in individually as well as in the Waves Mercury bundle and the Vocal bundle. Using the plug-in isn't too hard in terms of it's basic features, but there's a lot you can do with it and will take a little bit of time to learn it inside and out. However, it's quite easy to use it for simple pitch correcting purposes. The way your waveform is shown is clearly borrowed from Melodyne, while the parameters found in here are not unlike Auto Tune, so you've kind of got a mix of the two here in terms of the interface. I haven't looked at the manual for Waves' Tune plug-in and don't anticipate needing to any time soon.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Right now I'm running the Waves Ltd. Tune plug-in on my system at home, but have also used it on a few other systems here and there at the professional studio where I work. They're all Pro Tools HD systems, so we never have issues running plug-ins. A better gauge of the plug-ins performance would be my use at home on my own system, which is Pro Tools 9 based and runs on a Mac Book Pro lap top with 4 GB of RAM and a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It runs just fine on this system, although usually I'll print with it and move on rather than keeping it up on a track...

OVERALL OPINION

The Waves Ltd. Tune plug-in is a nice one to have if you're getting a bundle that has it already included, but if you're looking for an individual pitch correcting plug-in, this wouldn't be my first recommendation. It's definitely adequate and will do the job, but for me I like using Melodyne the best and then Auto Tune, which I think are both more complete pitch correcting plug-ins. Waves' Tune has most of the same features and a pretty smooth sound overall, but I personally prefer the other two plug-ins. Perhaps it's because I've been using them for a good amount of time longer than this one, but it seems like Tune is trying to be Melodyne more or less, and while it comes close, it's not as good as the real thing. I'm not sure what kind of price this plug-in commands as an individual plug-in, but unless it's a good amount cheaper I'd recommend sticking with Auto Tune or Melodyne...