Joe West: In the Studio with Waves NLS
Waves, together with three of today's top producer/engineers, has developed the super-cool NLS (Non-Linear Summer): in a nutshell, it's three legendary consoles, all in one powerful plugin.
These three boards include the 'magical' solid state console belonging to Mark ´Spike´ Stent (Björk, Muse, Maroon 5, Madonna), the classic console owned by Mike Hedges (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dido, Faithless, Manic Street Preachers, U2), heard on such timeless recordings as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon; and the vintage British console customised for Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Goldfrapp, Air).
Waves modeled over 100 individual channels in all, capturing the unique colour, character, and behaviour of each and every input and summing bus amp. As a result,
NLS manages to deliver the richness, depth, and harmonic complexity that only analogue gear could deliver – until now, of course.
We at Headliner have had a good listen to NLS, and we have to say, it's pretty staggering what can be achieved - we will be bringing you a more detailed breakdown of our findings in the next issue of the mag, but in the meantime, check out Joe West's video below.
And finally, here are those key NLS bullet points:
Non-linear summing plugin
Three legendary consoles in one plugin
Over 100 individually modeled channel and summing bus amps
Developed in association with top producer/engineers
Adds analogue warmth and character
Global control over all NLS plugins in the session