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Waves Q-CloneItem ID: QClone
EQ-sampling Plug-in by Waves
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Continue To Use Your Outboard EQ!Q-Clone is a revolutionary new product utilizing unique (patent-pending) technology that lets you use your outboard hardware equalizer in a completely new way. By capturing the sound of your own gear, Q-Clone allows you to use that sound freely throughout your session, adjusting the sound of each track just as you would if you had dozens of that same hardware equalizer.
Real Knobs, Real Hardware Sound
We're not talking about mousing around on a plug-in "simulation" with "virtual" knobs. You're using YOUR gear, not a software version of it. Turn the knobs on your classic box-Q-Clone captures and holds the exact sound in real time.
Q-Clone has two components: Q-Capture, which is used to capture the sound of your hardware, and Q-Clone, which shows you the equalization curve of your hardware and provides other functions. Q-Capture constantly samples the hardware unit's sound, tracking every twist you make on your gear's knobs in real time. The calibration feature lets you tune Q-Capture precisely to your unit's headroom and dB range.
Hardware EQ On As Many Tracks As You Like
Even the most well-equipped studios have a limited supply of outboard EQs, which limits the channels you can put them on. That limitation disappears with Q-Clone. It's like opening a closet and finding stacks and stacks (e.g. up to 24 instances of Q-Clone on a Mac G5 dual 2.5 with Pro Tools or 25 instances of Q-Clone on PC P4 3.6 with Pro Tools) of your favorite box-enough for every channel and more.
Put Q-Capture on an Aux track or dedicated audio track (depending on the DAW). Put Q-Clone on any of the other tracks that you want to process with your hardware EQ.
Save & Recall the Sound of Your Outboard Gear Inside Your DAW
No more writing down the settings on your box to get the same sound when you return to the mix. Q-Clone holds your sound right there when your session opens.
Even more, save MULTIPLE settings as presets and instantly load, A/Band adjust them.
Q-Clone shows you the EQ curve your hardware unit is creating. The Add feature lets you equalize that equalization-like have two of your hardware units chained together. And the Trim adjustment ensures that gain is under control.
Create Unlimited Hardware Chains
If your sound involves putting two EQs in a chain, Q-Clone can clone that composition sound, too. Using the Add feature, you can apply new equalization to a track that's already been equalized. Or create an 8-band EQ version out of your 4-band favorite hardware. Save the whole as a preset, and get your signature sound without even having the hardware present.
Have Your Outboard EQ - And Eat it Too!
There's no substitute for the sound and feel of working with a classic analog equalizer. Keep the sound and feel of your hardware, keep your hands on the knobs, and augument those tenfold with Q-Clone.
It's So Easy
The Q-Clone package consists of two components: Q-Capture and Q-Clone. Using them is easy:
You can change and reset the equalization on each track as often as you need, and save the results as a preset. Using the Add button, you can also make adjustments on top of the original setting-like having the signal running through two of your EQ units at once. And Q-Clone comes with presets captured from a selection of world-class hardware equalizers. Q-Clone is available separately and is not included in any bundle.
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Great Plug-In if you have a use for it
by Brendon Bigelow from Austin, TXFirst off I have to say that this plug-in is really specific. If you have the need for what it does, It's fantastic. But... If you do everything "In The Box" or if you're new to recording... You might... read more [+] not have a great deal of use for it.
June 9, 2012
Music Background: 20 years varied
What it does is this: It enables you to make digital models of analogue EQ's. So... If you have an old Neve 1081 (For instance) laying around, you can use this to emulate it on every channel digitally. The thing is... You may only have one 1081 (For instance). But... With this, you can still use it on every channel virtually. Pretty cool!
Unfortunately... In use, it's pretty dependent on a great deal of studio savvy and a well thought out patch bay. Not to mention a studio set-up that relies heavily on cool analogue gear. It is for this reason that I docked it half a star. It's not intuitive to the layman. In fact... I'd say the layman might be wholly stumped about what it actually does in general.
Those who are new to recording should stop reading at this point as the rest of this review will be loaded with jargon and advanced concepts.
Now... If you do have experience and you do own analogue gear... Here are some things you can do:
1) Model your console Eq's: Let's say you record a project and you come up with a rough mix using the console. You've EQ'd some things with the console EQ's. However, you're sending it off to get mixed or you're mixing at a different studio. What do you do? Well... You could print the EQ'd tracks and leave with twice as much data. Or you could just use Q-Clone to capture each channel's EQ. It's really easy. Then you'd have that great console EQ sound when you're ready to mix (Without compromising your original tracks).
2) Use one EQ on multiple channels: Maybe you own a mono EQ and you want to apply it to a stereo track. Or... Maybe you have one great vintage EQ that you want to put on every instrument. With Q-Clone, you can.
3) Avoid a conversion: Maybe you have a Pultec (Mono... See above) and you want to run the whole mix through it... But, you don't want to suffer another conversion for some reason. Viola! Just put a Q-Clone on the bus and model the Pultec. Done and Done!
Be advised... A side affect of the way Q-Clone works is that it can very easily make a Mono EQ Stereo.
Conclusion: Again... This plug-In is really specific. Don't buy it unless you need what it does. On the other hand... If you do need what it does, get it and have a blast with it. close [-]