Waves X-FDBK: Feedback Destroyer

One of the most important steps before any soundcheck or show is 'ringing out' the wedges and PA – pushing them to a volume that produces audible feedback, then identifying the feedback frequencies, and cutting them using a graphic equaliser.

Doing this by ear is slow, agonising, imprecise, and not completely effective; moreover, in order to avoid feedback, the monitors are often being tamed. As a result, the performers can’t hear themselves loudly enough.

Enter Waves X-FDBK: the first plugin ever to provide an automatic and fully effective feedback elimination solution. Whether you’re a front of house engineer mixing for thousands, or a singer performing with your own compact PA system, you can now get a loud, clear, and feedback-free mix in seconds. This way you have one less thing to worry about, and you can focus on what’s really important – your mix.

X-FDBK identifies the precise frequencies that cause feedback and surgically cuts them, dramatically shortening the setup time of monitors and PA speakers. This plugin improves the 'ringing out' process, and shortens it to a matter of seconds. It identifies the feedback frequencies quickly and precisely, and cuts them with a narrow notch, preserving the fidelity of the wedge or PA, and enabling you to maximise the gain without getting feedback.


Check out the video above: all you need to do is turn up the levels on your wedges and PA until they start to feedback, activate the plugin, and wait a few seconds until you hear the feedback disappear. The plugin's graphic frequency spectrum shows you all feedback frequencies, and the degree to which they were cut, letting you tweak them manually if you wish.

Everyone wants their monitors and PA loud, clear, and feedback-free. With the Waves X-FDBK plugin, you can achieve this easily in no time at all. It's a must-have survival tool for any live sound engineer or live performer.