Having spent a bundle on great sounding analog tube gear, Andy Krehm, our chief mastering engineer, is moving on his desire to acquire more class A outboard digital gear. Our first unit was the Waves L2 Outboard Ultramaximizer, Peak Limiter / Volume Maximizer followed by the K-Stereo Processor (see Jan. 2002 Press Release).
We recently acquired the Waves Restoration Noise Reduction Toolkit. This is a quality set of TDM plug-ins that competes well with the high-end system that has been considered “industry standard” for years. Four modules, “Click”, “Crackle”, “Hum” and “Noise” work individually or in any combination.
Well, we really weren’t going to say anything about this, but given that the cables cost over $600. each, we decided we had better mention it!
Recently, we purchased the Tube-Tech SMC-2B Vacuum Tube Multiband compressor. While there are many software versions of multiband compressors, this unit is the world’s first tube outboard unit and it sounds noticeably better than any software versions that we have tried. At over $6,000., its not cheap but in our opinion, it is well worth the price.