Friday, April 15, 2011

Waves Plugins Props!

I've got to say that my recent dealings with the company Waves was very positive. I'm sure you know they are one of the major plugin makers out there, and are popular among the pirate scene, which after my recent experience I would suggest trying not to use cracked stuff by these guys.

I've recently picked up an old pro tools rig for very cheap that is not only no longer supported by Mac, it is also no longer supported by Digidesign. Even if you want to purchase products from these guys for a digi001 system, they won't do it!

However, waves will. A while ago I downloaded some waves demos from their site (version 5) which still run in PT6.4 and Panther, and since I really like the EQs waves has, when they had a special yesterday for only $38 for the RenEQ, I had to get it.

I sent their tech support a message to see if I could still purchase the v5 products for my rig, and surprisingly they said yes, just to get the special and they would downgrade my license to work with version 5. Worked like a charm, and ended up getting a few more from them as well. All are working on my vintage PT rig without hitch.

So many companies just give up support on anything over 2 years old these days it makes me sick. We are such a wasteful society. My rig may be nearly 10 years old, but I can record more live tracks at a time than even the new PT9 interface equivalent.

If you're recording actual instruments, you don't need 8 zillion plugins and sequencing mash-up tools, you need channels! The digi001 has 18 channels, which is a hell of a lot for an interface you can get on ebay for $99.

Waves is smart enough to realize that not everybody wants to throw everything away ever 3 years and then spend thousands more dollars to be able to do less than you could do before. Not to mention their support team was incredibly friendly and talkative.

Props to Waves.

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