Waves Center Plug-in

Center Balance Software - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Waves Center Plug-in
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Take control over the stereo field of your mixes!

Center from Waves gives mixing and mastering engineers control over the stereo field. Center separates the left/right (side) content from the phantom center material for fine-tuning of the mix. Need to bring the vocals down a bit on a 2-track mix? No problem! Are hard-panned guitar tracks to far out to be truly effective? Bring them back to the middle with this super-cool plug-in! This innovative plug-in lets you manipulate crucial elements of your mix, meaning Center can repair the stereo field of any mix!

Waves Center at a Glance:
Fix mixes and masters
Rebalance spatial imagery
Fix mixes and masters
Ideal for final mixes and mastering, Waves Center is an innovative processor that separates phantom Center content from Side (L/R) content. With Center, you can zero in on the phantom center and bring out or bring down the vocals without affecting everything else. Perfect for post-production engineers and DJs as well, Center lets you reposition, isolate, and even eliminate elements of your mix.

Rebalance spatial imagery
Using a unique dynamic engine which considers the amplitude, frequency, and time envelope of stereo sources, Center gives you the power to radically re-balance your spatial imagery. Adjustable punch, high frequency, and low frequency controls let you enhance detail with maximum impact. Get centered or get side-tracked. Choose sides or play it down the middle. Find the middle ground, or get a little something on the side. With Waves Center, you really can play the (stereo) field.

Waves Center at a Glance:
  • Enhance dialog or narration
  • Control the ambience/reverb of stereo location recordings
  • Improve mono compatibility
  • Bring out the lead vocals in a finished mix
  • Re-image stereo drum overheads
  • Balance stereo recordings of individual or groups of acoustic instruments
  • Widen or narrow the stereo spread
  • Remove vocals for karaoke
  • Remove instrumental tracks for remixes and mash-ups
  • Manipulate samples and drum loops
Manipulate the stereo field with Center!

Tech Specs

Software Type Center Balance Software
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number CTRTDM

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Very useful tool!

This is not a tool most people would need often, but when you do need it, there really isn't anything else I have seen quite like it. It turns the phantom center of a two-track stereo recording into its own track in a way, which during the mastering process, or a restoration, is awesome if you need to alter the balance between the center and the far left and right of your stereo track. It isn't a magic bullet that can make it all better, but it definitely offers some control that you normally wouldn't have. This is a lot like other corrective-type software though...you can't dig too deep before artifacts show up and things start sounding weird, so tread lightly and find the sweet spot for your application.
See also: Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Utility