Waves Cobalt Saphira Plug-in

Analog Harmonic Enhancement Plug-in with 4-band EQ, Edge and Warmth Controls, 7 Harmonics Modes, and Tape Speed Control - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, and SoundGrid
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Sweet Harmonic Enhancement

At Sweetwater we know it's the glue that pulls a mix together. Waves Cobalt Saphira is a harmonics-shaping plug-in that enhances your tracks with rich harmonics, giving them the elusive analog depth, punch, and glue that are hallmarks of great-sounding mixes. We all strive for balance and clarity in our mixes, but achieving stunning depth is what really separates the pros from the wannabes. In the battle for better-sounding music, Waves Cobalt Saphira is your weapon of choice.

Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic Enhancement Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Control the harmonics you're adding
  • Glue, without compression
Control the harmonics you're adding

Cobalt Saphira gives you firm command of the harmonics you're adding, with separate Edge and Warmth controls that let you tweak and balance even and odd harmonics individually, and 4-band EQ that gives you the ability to separately shape the frequency spectrum of each type of harmonic. Seven different harmonics modes provide graphical representation so you can see the changes in harmonic structure as you make them. Five tape speed controls make it easy to add analog wow and flutter modulation, for extra analog-style depth and musicality.

Glue, without compression

Engineers shop-talk about glue when affirming the advantages of compression. But the glue that results from running your signal through a good compressor is often the result of added harmonics. Cobalt Saphira lets you directly control those harmonics without compression, so you can produce more musical, cohesive-sounding mixes. Waves Cobalt Saphira is excellent on groups and submixes, and during mastering. Think of it as a generator of rich harmonic enhancement that you can tailor precisely.

Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic Enhancement Plug-in Features:
  • Analog harmonic enhancement with full digital control
  • Edge and Warmth controls:
    • Balance tube, solid-state and transformer qualities
    • Achieve various levels of even and odd harmonic enhancement
  • 4-band EQ for separate control of even (Edge) and odd (Warmth) harmonics
  • 7 different harmonics modes for your tweaking pleasure
  • Tape depth with 5 different tape speeds to choose from
  • Great for your sub-groups and master bus
Apply the glue with Waves Cobalt Saphira!

Tech Specs

Software Type Harmonic Processing
Platform Mac, PC
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
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, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number CBLSP

Customer Reviews

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The best plugin i have used for creating depth on a master bus. Allows you to better define elements of a mix and/or glue them together. I have been using it frequently, there is a learning curve for learning the functions (helping me develop my ear for harmonics).
Music background: Mix/master engineer


Great plug in for mastering. I also may use it here and there on certain sounds or some tricked out vocals. It definitely adds harmonics to any signal. I got it on sale, I was waiting for it because I watched a few videos and dug it.
Music background: Hip Hop & R&B

I highly recommend it to any producer/audio engineer.

First I will say this is a well thought out plugin, and it at this point I have used it on a handful of applications, but on each one it excels. Its a harmonics enhancer plugin. The interface is easy to navigate, and is pleasing on the eyes. The sound quality is top notch! The affects can be subtle, or in your face. I won't go much into how it works, but I will state that it is something that I can say is worth even the full price. It works wonders on guitars, guitars & bass guitars buss channels, and groups with completely different instruments. On the guitars specifically it breathes presence, and even more life into them after just a few minutes of dialing it in. Works for ANY style of music as well! I am sure it will work on just about anything I need it to. I can't wait for Waves next Cobalt series plugin. I give it 5 stars because honestly it was better than I expected it to be, and way more flexible than I expected. I highly recommend it.
Music background: Guitarist, Composer, Mixing/Mastering engineer.
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