Waves MultiRack Plug-in Host

Plug-in Effects and Signal Processor Software Environment for Live Audio Production - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU
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If you're using Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins (or RTAS for older versions) are what you need. Most other Mac DAWs support AU plug-ins. VST is compatible with a number of Mac and Windows programs. Be sure you choose plug-ins that work with your DAW!

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A Revolution in Live Sound Processing!

Waves MultiRack is the live sound breakthrough we've all been waiting for. Finally, there's a streamlined, ultra-stable way to use your favorite plugins as live signal processors. MultiRack delivers the same power to run multiple simultaneous instances of the same, awesome native Waves plug-ins that revolutionized the studio recording world. With a laptop computer and a multi-channel audio interface, you can replace dozens of rack spaces worth of equalizers and dynamics processors just by running MultiRack. But beyond merely replacing hardware, you can also save and recall all of your processors' settings instantly with MultiRack, just as you can with any DAW.

What MultiRack offers you is access to world of the finest reverbs, equalizers, compressors, limiters, and delays without the limitations, hassles, or expense of hardware. There's no need to drag around all of the bulky cables or towering stacks of rack gear anymore! Waves designed MultiRack to be simple yet impressively powerful, allowing you the same advanced routing options as hardware, but with none of the cumbersome cabling or fumbling around in the dark for proper inputs and outputs.

Each input and output or pairs of inputs and outputs act as a separate "rack" within Multirack. Next, you plug into your interface the same way you would plug into an effects unit or processing chain. You can have up to 64 racks, with eight effects/processors each. It's that easy! To keep things organized, you can easily group like racks. Any processing can cause latency, but you can align MultiRacks negligible latency per group. Full session and session snapshot recall with total parameter control via a single monitor make MultiRack one of the most exciting technological advancements that the live sound world had seen!

Waves MultiRack Live Plug-in Audio Effects and Signal Processing Features:
  • Use your favorite waves plug-ins, live!
  • Take studio sound to the stage and back again
  • Quick and simple setup
  • A fraction of the cost of hardware
  • Simple routing: no cabling, no rack mounting, no trucking
  • Full recall, full control
  • Set and save presets and snapshots per song and song sections
  • Group similar racks together (such as all drum channels), and they will share a common group name
  • Groups are color-coded, making visual identification of similar racks much easier
  • Since software processing can cause latency, you can align the latency per group
  • Windows and Mac OS X compatible
MultiRack puts the power of Waves plug-ins in you hands — LIVE!

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Software Type Plug-In Host
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU
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 MRSG

Customer Reviews

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Run with the Big Dogs

If I were a professional sound man, I would definitely have Multirack for the sound quality, vertility, ease of set up, cost, convenience, etc etc. But I'm just a closet guitar player/singer....doomed to have a few effects and below average sound quality...... Multirack is a virtual rack (well actually it is up to 64 racks). I've had Multirack for just a week now, so I am certainly no expert; but it has completely revolutionized my sound system and I wanted to share that with others. Here are the highlights: 1. Multirack is a standalone program and has nothing to do with recording software. It is strictly for live performing....and It sounds great whether or not there is a live audience. 2. . Multirack installed fairly easy (although there are a few different steps with ILOK/Waves), and had no glitches. I'm using Vista 64 on a quad core processor, and a Tascam US-1641 interface. Vista 64 is not officially supported, although Windows 7 is. 3. It uses only Waves plugins. The plugins can also be used in your recording software, so you can get double duty from the effects software. (I purchased the Gold bundle; 26 high qualiity effects including EQ's, compressors, reverbs, delays, doubler, de-esser, enhancers, etc.) 4. Unlike a physical rack where the effects are stacked vertically, in Multirack the effects for each channel run in a horizontal row, with up to 8 effects available for each row. Each additional channel uses another row. Any effect can be used any number of times in different channels. Effects can be added or deleted from a row with a few clicks, or the row rearranged by dragging and dropping. Each effect in each row can be individually adjusted by double clicking on that effect: the effect interface will then pop on the screen. If you have used the Waves plugins, you already know how nice the interfaces are. The amount of control the user has and the ease of use, I think will be an eye-opener to people used to using physical racks. 5. GTR3, Waves guitar effects package, works great in Multirack, and has really brought my guitars to life. The package is loaded with first class amps, speakers, and stomp boxes. 6. The number of channels you can set up is limited to the number of outputs on your audio interface. While the professional sound man will be using Multirack patched into a large mixing board, the hobbyist can do fine plugging mics and instruments directly into the audio interface (use the interface and/or Multirack to handle input levels) and using a mini-mixing board to manage the output going to the power amp. 7. Multirack has many other features. You can create and save different Sessions: a session is a specific layout of channels and effects. And you can create and save different snapshots within a session: a snapshot is the sum total of all the individual effects settings. And there are controls to compensate for latency, although I have not found latency to be an issue. 8. The Waves support people have been prompt and helpful with their responses. Also, if you have an iLOK dongle, you can demo Multirack for 7 days; check the Waves website. 9. Although Multirack seems to be aimed at professional sound people, I can strongly recommend it for others, including hobbyist singer/ instrumentalists. It has an intuitive layout, and is very easy to use. While the Waves products are not low-budget items, for a relatively modest cost, you can have a hugely versatile, high end signal processing chain, and professional level sound quality.
Music background: Hobbyist - Guitar & vocals

Its ok but limiting

Waves Multirack seems ok. The plug-in host is limited to Waves plug-ins. I have had no luck with 3rd party plug-ins. In my humble opinion it should be free if you can only use waves with the unit as you have already purchased the plug-ins. Waves also keeps it plug-ins from playing nice with other hosts. I believe Waves makes some good products but they are overpriced and in my personal opinion better ones are on the market. Give live professor a try before purchasing this product.
Music background: Professional Engineer
See also: Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Bundles