Waves Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar DesignerItem ID: MaseratiAcGNat
Processing Plug-in for Acoustic Guitar - Native
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Amazing Acoustic Guitar TonesDo you want amazing, professional acoustic guitar tones in an easy to use package? The Waves Maserati Acoustic Guitar Designer is the plug-in for you. After inputting your guitar signal you start off with two optimized guitar EQs: ACG 1 allows you to sculpt the hi and low content as well as maximize volume, ACG 2 offers more compression to bring out the subtle nuances of live playing. You can also optimize punch, dynamics, and reverb with studio grade controls and tones. Dial in killer studio EQs and effects with the Waves Maserati Acoustic Guitar Designer.
World-famous producer Tony Maserati has worked with some of the biggest acts in music including Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, Sting, David Bowie, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, Jay-Z, and many others. Now you can own plug-ins designed by Waves and Tony Maserati. Not only do you get amazing sounds, but also presets set by Tony to achieve those perfect studio tones.
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Bring a world-class acoustic guitar sound to your recordings with the Waves Maserati Acoustic Guitar Designer.
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Hector, Kissimmee, FL
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Not bad, but really just another plug-in
by Lance Lindley from Ebina, JapanBecause this product is available in demo form from Waves, I suggest you spend some time trying it before you commit to buying it. Having already owned the entire JJP Signature Collection and being l... read more [+]ess than completely happy with it, I decided not to buy full Signature bundles anymore, but rather to assess the individual plug-ins on occasion to see what I think of them. As a result, I purchased the Kramer Vocal plug-in for those times when I'm working in more of a classic rock style, and I went ahead and got this Maserati AG Designer. I probably should have spent more time toying with it. After only a few quick passes through the presets, I was convinced it was a panacea for acoustic guitar tracks, and each one does tend to add a lot of sparkle and forward presence to a track. But, without twiddling the knobs, the presets -- in my opinion -- actually tend to all sculpt the sound in a similar way: some chorus, lots of compression, lots of high end. Using the presets, I end up with very "plucky" and bright acoustic sounds, nothing I would call rich, dark or warm. Can I get there by fiddling with the knobs? Maybe. But then what was the point of buying a "Maserati" plug-in? I can twiddle the knobs on any of a rather large collection of comps, EQs, and FX plug-ins I already have. This one was supposed to give me that magic Maserati sound.
January 4, 2012
Music Background: Home Studio Hobbyist -- but a very serious one who goes through a lot of gear
Well, as with all these signature plug-ins, there just is no magic solution. There are just too many variables to a given track -- and more importantly, the larger mix it fits into -- for any plug-in preset to be a one-size-fits-all solution, no matter whose name is on the top of the interface. Variations in the sound of your raw track will affect how the preset sounds, and the frequency balance/masking of all the other tracks in your mix will always require you to tweak each track beyond the factory preset. How, after all, could the factory know that you were going to layer three distorted guitar parts over a stereo piano and then try to get an acoustic guitar to sit in there somewhere? They didn't; so they made their preset to make the individual track sound fabulous when you solo it. Anyone with mixing experience knows, tracks that sound fabulous in solo rarely work in a mix. But then, I suppose the target audience for these plug-ins is largely people without much mixing experience.
So, to summarize, I would demo this -- and any plug-in when the chance is there -- before buying it, and during that demo, I would try it on several different mixes (not just a few solo tracks) and twist all the knobs a lot to see what you're really getting beyond the presets. As for this particular Maserati AGD, I didn't do that, and I loved the way it made a couple of acoustic guitar tracks sound solo. When I went to mix a few songs, though, I couldn't find a preset anymore that didn't make the guitar sound plucky, smashed and somewhat thin. Maybe that's the "Maserati" sound, being (to my mind) primarily a pop producer, but my point is, at the end of the day, it didn't become my "go to" plug-in, just another one in my arsenal with a very particular sound. That may be fine so long as that's your expectation going in, so to quote Dr. Seuss "that's why I'm bothering telling you so." close [-]
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