Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer Plug-in

Non-linear Summing/Console Emulation Plug-in with 3 Console Models, 2 Plug-in Components (Buss and Channel Plug-ins), and Over 100 Individually Modeled Channel Plug-ins - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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SoundGrid

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Get Rich Analog-style Summing - in the Box!

Capturing the sound of three legendary consoles, Waves' NLS non-linear summing plug-in lets you easily and effectively add warmth, depth, and dimension to your DAW. This single amazing plug-in gives you the spot-on sound of three world-famous consoles. Inside NLS, you'll find Spike Stent's magical SSL 4000 G, Mike Hedges's unique EMI TG12345 Mk IV (the same one used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon), and Yoad Nevo's customized Neve 5116. Complete with over 100 individual channel models and three exquisitely detailed buss models, Waves' NLS non-linear summing plug-in makes adding color, character, and polish to your tracks easy.

Waves NLS Non-linear Summer Console Modeling Plug-in Suite at a Glance:
  • Console modeling designed in cooperation with three world-class engineers
  • Over 100 individual channels modeled across three amazing consoles
  • Two plug-in components give you excellent sound-shaping options
Console modeling designed in cooperation with three world-class engineers

To start their NLS non-linear summer plug-in off on the right foot, Waves got together with three of the world's top recording engineers/producers, each with his own unique and phenomenal-sounding recording console. These engineers include Spike Stent (Bjork, Maroon 5, Madonna), Mike Hedges (The Cure, Dido, U2), and Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, The Dandy Warhols). Working channel by channel, these engineers helped to ensure that each of NLS's models came out as accurate as possible. The results are absolutely astounding!

Over 100 individual channels modeled across three amazing consoles

The key concept behind Waves' NLS non-linear summer plug-in is that the warmth and dimensional sound of these remarkable consoles is the result of many individual and channels (each with their own unique sound) interacting together. So, instead of modeling just a single idealized channel from each console, Waves modeled dozens of them. Not only does NLS allow you to re-create the same dynamic interaction between each channel as you'd get if you were using the original analog console, it also lets you create completely unique overall sounds by combining channels from multiple consoles. What's more, Waves also modeled each channel's self noise independently from its frequency response, giving you the option whether or not to include this realistic sonic element in your mix.

Two plug-in components give you excellent sound-shaping options

In addition to individual channels, the Waves NLS non-linear summer also includes a summing buss amplifier model plug-in for each console, which acts as a master control for each of the channel plug-ins. Together, these two plug-in types give you a ton of control over your sound. For instance, you can group multiple channel plug-ins (including channels from multiple console models) into eight VCA groups, which you can mix from the buss plug-in. Individual and buss drive controls let you add saturation to you sound, and each channel plug-in gives you a mic switch, which lets you add in the grit and harmonics from the consoles' preamp sections. However you use Waves NLS non-linear summer, we're sure you'll love the results you'll get.

Waves NLS Non-linear Summer Console Modeling Plug-in Suite Features:
  • An easy way to get warm and colorful analog-style summing in you DAW
  • Perfectly re-creates the sound of three legendary mixing consoles: Spike Stent's magical SSL 4000 G, Mike Hedges's unique EMI TG12345 Mk IV, and Yoad Nevo's customized Neve 5116
  • Two plug-in components, channel and buss models, give you incredible flexibility
  • Comes with over 100 channel and summing amp models, each with its own unique sonic signature
  • Link individual channel plug-ins together into 8 x VCA groups
  • Control all of your NLS plug-ins globally within your session
  • Linked stereo and dual mono formats available for both buss and channel plug-ins
  • Drive and trim controls let you adjust channel gain within each plug-in
  • Simulated mic channel input lets you crush your headroom the way you can on a real analog console
  • Switchable noise for each channel lets you add modeled console noise into your mix for each channel
  • Meter displays provide both peak and dBFS values for your material
Add warmth and life to your mixes with Waves NLS non-linear summing plug-in!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Summing/Console Emulation
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 NLSTDM

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

First Plugin on Every Track

This plugin provides great analog sounds. I use it as the first plugin on every track in Pro Tools and use the gain boost and mic switch control to dial in a wide array of tones. You can immediately here the difference after adding this to vocals, guitar, bass, drums, or an entire mix.
Music background: Singersongwriter/Producer
5/5

Use It As First Plugin On Every Track

This plugin provides great analog sounds and the channel and bus plugin varieties are great. I use it as the first plugin on every track in Pro Tools, and run everything through it for an overall analog sound. You can immediately here the difference in the sound after adding this. Gain and mic output controls
Music background: Singersongwriter/Producer
5/5

Analog Warmth

Provides good analog sound. Different consoles work for different sounds and all improve tone.
Music background: Singer-songwriter/Producer
5/5

My Favorite Plug In

I love this plug in. It is definitely like having a mixing console right at home. I put in on every track and the mix buss. Instantly it opens up the mix and gives it that analog feel. If you can't afford those expensive $3000.00 mixing boards and want something similar this it. Trust Me...
Music background: hip hop r&b etc
5/5

You Can't Go Wrong

To put it simply, you really just can't go wrong with this plug in. Personally, I use the SSL emulation for punchy tracks, and the NEVE for some added color, while the EMI is perfect for warmth. It adds the perfect amount of color and gain to really help pull things to the front of a mix. For a while, I stuggled to make mixes sound bigger when I was working in the box, but the the Waves NLS it has more of a big console sound. Whether you use it on a bus, individual channels, every channel, or whatever else you choose to do, you simply can't go wrong with it.
Music background: Producer, Mixer, Drummer, Guitarist
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