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Mastering with Waves - Grand Masters

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    Tutorial 1



    Get a overview of the Grand Masters bundle and a quick Waves history lesson. Then learn about the one element common among all Waves plug-ins, the Wave System Toolbar.

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    Tutorial 2

    PuigTec EQP-1A


    Learn sly about the magic of the revered EQP-1A and the sonic tricks that this old equalizer can perform.

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    Tutorial 3

    PuigTec MEQ-5


    Explore the dedicated mid-range version of the EQP-1A and see and hear it in action.

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    Tutorial 4

    PuigTec Mains Section


    Get a dedicated look at the effect of the mains section on these plug-ins which emulates some of the non-linearities of the real thing.

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    Tutorial 5

    Linear Phase EQ


    Learn about the clarity and smoothness that only a real linear phase EQ can provide, making it ideal for detailed, surgical work.

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    Tutorial 6

    Linear Phase EQ Lowband


    Discover the dedicated low frequency version of the Linear Phase EQ, designed for really honing in on, and working the low end.

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    Tutorial 7



    Take a tour inside the amazing L2 limiter, one of the most popular limiters of all time.

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    Tutorial 8



    Learn about the importance of re-quantizing your audio correctly. The Waves IDR system is a dithering and noise shaping process to ensure the smoothest audio possible.

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    Tutorial 9

    L3 Multi & Ultra


    See how the L series concept evolved into true linear phase multi-band limiting, to intelligently level out things only in the areas that need it, giving you that 'radio sound'.

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    Tutorial 10

    L3-LL (Multi & Ultra)


    The L3 concept is taken even further here with a low latency version that is equally as usable in a mixing setting as it is in a mastering one.

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    Tutorial 11



    The current top-of-the-line in L series limiters, the L3-16 packs an amazing 16 independent bands of limiting beneath a familiar and accessible parametric interface that can really massage your mix.

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    Tutorial 12



    See how this amazing multi-band compressor can be used to tame or enhance just the portions of your track that need it. Transparent, un-coloring control is the goal with this awesome linear phase processor.

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    Tutorial 13



    Check out this 'one-stop-shop' of dynamics processing. Discover how MaxxVolume can cleverly push soft levels up and loud levels down at the same time to even out problem audio.

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    Tutorial 14



    Explore how this ingenious plug-in allows you to actually rebalance elements in your two track mix, such as raising or lowering the lead vocal so it sits 'just right' in the mix.

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    Tutorial 15



    See how this emulation of industry standard hardware meters can give you all the visual information you need when mixing and to make sure your audio is behaving correctly.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mastering a Track


    Michael starts from scratch with a track fresh from mixing. See and hear how Michael fixes all the problems he finds with the Waves plug-ins, step by step in this in-depth tutorial.

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    Tutorial 17

    Mastering Multiple Tracks Pt. 1


    Michael embarks on a 5 song mastering project using many of the plug-ins from the bundle. Here we have a first listen to the raw stereo tracks.

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    Tutorial 18

    Mastering Multiple Tracks Pt. 2


    Now we get into the real hands-on stage of mastering the five tracks. Michael shows all the processors involved and the settings for each.

This is it, the first and only 'Qualified and Approved' third-party Waves training videos, authorized by Waves. The first title in many to come, DAW guru Michael Costa takes you through the Waves Grand Masters Collection plug-in by plug-in, explaining each, showing you all of their features and functions, as well as uses regarding the art of mastering.

Waves is 'industry standard' for the best sounding plug-ins, used by countless producers and engineers, and are heard on almost every modern recording. This collection focuses on revealing how to use the Waves Grand Masters collection on your stereo mixes to sweeten and fix common problems, as well as creative uses. You'll get plug-in overviews, specific applications for all the plug-ins in the collection, as well as tips and tricks on mastering 'in the box'. Michael wraps up the series with 3 'in-action' videos showing you step by step how he used the Waves Grand Masters bundle to master a 5 song project. If you're a Waves user and want to master in the box, this series is a must have. Get the only qualified and approved Waves training from Groove 3 today.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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