Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb Plug-in

Convolution Reverb with over 120 Sampled Sources and Low CPU Load - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU
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Superior Reverbs And Ambiences

The Waves IR-1 plug-in is a convolution reverb unlike any other: besides its pristine samples of over 60 real acoustic spaces and over 60 classic hardware devices, IR-1 also has flexible classic controls of key reverb parameters. That's right: you can edit all the traditional reverb parameters! IR-1 comes with an extensive library of samples and presets that re-create the sonic environment of over 60 carefully sampled real acoustic spaces and over 60 classic hardware devices. Sweetwater can highly recommend the Waves IR-1 convolution reverb plug-in for everything from lead vocal tracks to audio for video.

Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb Plug-in at a Glance:
  • The natural sound of acoustic spaces
  • True control over reverb parameters
  • Processing that's easy on your CPU
The natural sound of acoustic spaces

The attraction of Sampling or convolution based reverbs is the accurate reproduction of natural acoustic spaces. But the chief drawback of most convolution verbs is their inability to control reverb parameters in the familiar and flexible fashion offered by traditional artificial reverbs.IR-1 offers the best of both approaches without any compromises.

True control over reverb parameters

IR-1 is the first Convolution based reverb that allows classic parameters to actually affect the convolution, not just "filter the result" in order to produce parameter changes.

Processing that's easy on your CPU

The IR-1's CPU Usage Control is a special "low CPU" mode utilizing intelligent algorithms that require less CPU usage while preserving high sound quality and definition. Direct Convolution Length Control allows control over the length of the actual real-time convolution. Therefore the CPU load can be reduced if desired by using a shorter convolution length and a longer reverb time.

Waves IR-1 Convolution Reverb Plug-in Features:
  • Extensive Library captured using new state of the art techniques
  • 96kHz - Support for high resolution
  • Reverb Time RT60 - The IR-1 uses unique Impulse Response (IR) manipulation techniques to allow shortening and lengthening (times 4) of the Reverb Time while maintaining acoustic coherence and preserving the natural envelope and frequency content
  • Size - Controls room size and applies acoustic modeling methods on the actual ER (Early Reflections) portion to make the space smaller or larger while maintaining its signature
  • Reverb Decay Envelope - A graph-based multiple breakpoint envelope allows unlimited options for re-shaping the reverb's decay behavior
  • Density - Controls the space's density and applies innovative modeling methods by controlling the actual IR's reflections, resonance, and inherent randomness
  • Resonance - Analyzes the frequency response of the impulse response (IR) and derives the room modes allowing acoustically based control of IR modal timbre
  • Decorrelation - While not a classic reverb control, decorrelation allows greater control of the reverberation's stereo spaciousness
  • ER/Tail/Direct Independent Control - IR-1 analyzes the IR for the early reflection/reverb tail (ER/Tail) boundary marker and allows the classic control of gain and pre-delay for each portion
  • Damping - Proportional to the reverb time, this control applies innovative filtering methods to control the IR's low, mid, and high frequencies separately
  • 4-Band paragraphic EQ - A Renaissance based 4 band paragraphic EQ
  • CPU Usage Control and Direct Convolution Length Control - Allows you to maintain CPU power
Re-create acoustic spaces with the Waves IR-1 plug-in!

Tech Specs

Software Type Convolution Reverb
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format Native
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 IR1SG

Customer Reviews

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Great Reverb with Complete Control

Waves IR-1 gives an engineer full control over reverb. Every possible quality of the sound can be managed to create the EXACT reverb needed for a recording. Waves IR-1 is a complex piece of software that requires some time to master. There are 3rd party tutorials available to help the new user get up to speed on using this powerful software. With a little time studying IR-1, an engineer can deliver unique sounds for every client's needs. And there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of free impulse files available on the web. Given the number of impulse files and the control the IR-1 provides, there are no limits in creating the sound you want. This is great software!
Music background: Recording, Engineer, Pro Music, Teacher

Great upgrade from stock ProTools LE reverbs

This is my first plugin purchase of any kind. I'm using it with ProTools LE 8, and this is a BIG upgrade from the stock reverb plugins. I've just listened to a couple of the available impulse libraries, and just love them. Really luxurious sound. Couldn't be more pleased.
Music background: Home studio


Really cool. Does what is says it does, really well. Went from Logic Pro plug in reverbs to this. Definitely more professional
Music background: Producer, Composer, Musician

Waves IR-1 Native

Very smooth convolution reverb. Love the samples from Acoustics.net. Highly recomend.
Music background: Musician, Recording Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Paul Lea

This is a GREAT reverb for any Nuendo, ProToolsLE, Sonar, Vegas or DP user in search of realistic sounding spaces. I don't mix without it anymore.
See also: Reverb Plugins, Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Reverbs & Delays