Waves G-Channel
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Waves G-Channel

G-Channel, Software channel strip from Waves.

US public price: $199 VAT
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moosers 02/09/2010

Waves G-Channel : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Waves Ltd. G-Channel is a channel strip plug-in that is available within the Waves SSL 4000 bundle. It's a new addition to the bundle, although I'm not sure if it can be purchased individually. I don't own the plug-in myself, as the studio that I work at has the whole bundle, so I can't say anything about the process of installing this plug-in. The interface of the plug-in definitely has a lot going on, but it's really just giving you options. There are two main sections for both dynamics and filter, with the EQ consisting of four bands in addition to a high and low pass filter. There is also a fader and some general parameters that you would expect to find within the confines of a channel strip plug-in. I haven't seen the manual for the Waves Ltd. G-Channel plug-in, so I can't speak to it's worth.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The studio has the Waves Ltd. G-Channel and the entire SSL 4000 series of plug-ins running on a Pro Tools HD system. We have a pretty powerful computer, although I can't remember the exact specs on it off the top of my head and in an HD system you're not using the computer's processing power anyway. I can't say how well this would run on an LE system or something comparable, but it is a bulky plug-in and I would imagine that it would take up a at least a decent amount of power...

OVERALL OPINION

The Waves Ltd. G-Channel is overall one of the best channel strip plug-ins that I've used. It sounds incredibly realistic and offers up a ton of control over your sound. I can't say how well it would match up to a real console since I haven't had a chance to shoot it out, it sounds like the real deal to me. I love how much control you have here, as it's got pretty much everything you'd need as far as equalization and dynamic processing goes. As I said earlier, I'm not sure on the availability of this plug-in outside of the bundle, but if you are looking for a bundle that will undoubtedly knock your socks off, definitely check out the 4000 series plugs, where the G-Channel is probably the best one.