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Waves Jack Joseph Puig Signature Series Plug-in Bundle - Native Reviews

3.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • Mike Galane
    from Granite Bay, CA January 6, 2011Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    These are GREAT plugs!

    These signature products are incredibly effective to quickly to get to 80% of what is needed. Today I use a combination of Waves Modeling (classics and analog modeled plug-ins) and get excellent results. The ability to drop these into mixes to get quickly off the ground is amazing.

    I must admit, I was skeptical until I did the demos. Musicians not familiar with engineering should be all over these. They won't learn much about "how" to get there with EQ/compression but they can surely get somewhere fast.

    I have had two clients this week amazed that I was able to turn around a credible mix in under 60 minutes. I thought pulling in my SSL/Neve/API presets along with JJP/CLA models along with other general purpose plug-ins was fast -- this was much faster to create a cohesive, quick mix that can easily be changed to meet the "vib" the client is looking for.

    Mike

  • Allen Henry
    from Atlanta November 27, 2012Music Background:
    Musician, electrical engineer.

    A Nice layer of Tone, HOWEVER......

    This plug ins WILL offer you a shortcut to decent tone. I've had more success with Drums, vocals and bass......piano....not so much. The biggest problem with this plug in is the method of distribution. the waves authorization, registration, implementation process should be dubbed "conflagration"...... Waves is the most "walk you around in a circle" confusing pile of poo I've ever dealt with in just trying to get software to actually work. This is simply another case of persons building processes and websites when they have no clue as to how to go about making them intuitive to the end user. There's no getting around it.....their authorization process is confusing as all get out. I'm more computer literate than a lot of people and this process just makes you want to take a ball bat not only to your computer but the entire Internet.

  • Lance Lindley
    from Japan May 23, 2011Music Background:
    Songwriter, Home Studio guy

    Not bad but not all that

    I'm no engineering genius. I'm exactly the target audience for these Signature Collections from Waves. I know just enough about recording and mixing to be dangerous, so I'm always looking for a quick, simple way to get my tracks sounding professional, as my lack of real knowledge or training often means I spend hours on a single instrument track only to end up sounding worse than the raw signal.

    Well, shame on me for thinking there exists a panacea plug-in that would instantly make my individual tracks sparkle and sound like the pros. The ad copy for this JJP suite from Waves almost had me convinced: drag and drop one on your guitar track, one on your bass, one on your kick and another on your snare, a last one on your vocals, and voila, your mix sounds like Green Day.

    Sadly, it hasnít worked out like that. Of course, there are so many variables in how an instrument or voice was recorded that a preset plug-in has only a small percentage chance of making it sound better instead of worse, and these JJP plug-ins are no different than any other in that respect. Waves tried to manage that by including quite a number of drop-down preset options from which to choose, categorized by things like (bass) DI, Amp and Synth, (vocals) Male 1, Male 2, Female, or (guitar) Clean, Amp/Blues, Chug, etc., which should increase the likelihood of your raw track sounding the way the plug-in expects so that it can work its particular magic starting from the right baseline. However, in spite of those categories, I have found the JJP plug-ins to be no more magical or accurate than any other VST effect, including those that came free with my DAW.

    So, tweaking is still required, and the next thing Waves tried to do with JJP is simplify the tweaking by including simple faders with promising names like "Warm" and "Edge" and (literally) "Magic." Still, I find tweaking the JJP to be no more simple nor rewarding than tweaking a more traditional faux rack gear interface. In the end, Iím back to running through all the presets looking for one that sounds better than the raw track, and playing randomly with faders when I canít find a preset that fits the bill. And the truth is, I dislike most of the presets on pretty much all of the different instrument plug-ins. Some in the guitar plug-in, for example, make my track sound so horrible I canít imagine what kind of raw sound they were designed for. I have found one bass preset and one vocal preset that I now live by Ė I use them on almost every song. Not so with the kick, snare, overheads, keys, guitarsÖ so Iím not sure it was worth $300 to find a good sounding preset for bass and vocals, and I guess I need to spend more time ďunder the hoodĒ of the other effects to find a similar setup for my other tracks in order for this to seem like a deal. But the nagging thought that keeps me from rating this higher than three stars is that I could have just as easily tweaked the free plug-ins from my DAW if thatís what itís down to.

    So, to summarize, I think these JJP plug-ins are probably no better or worse than most other VST effects these days that have preset bundles meant to combine effects to sweeten a particular type of track or a master channel; so if you already have a fair collection, you might not need to spend the money on this. If you donít have many already, you might as well get these. Note: these are 32-bit plug-ins, so to use them with a 64-bit DAW, you will need a bridge (J-bridge worked fine to get it running with Studio One Pro).

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