No. WaveRider does not utilize the ITU-R BS. 1770 specification, because its algorithm is designed for mixing, not metering. However, WaveRider does make it extremely easy to meet requirements like EBU R-128, ATSC A/85, OP-59, and TR-B32.
To put it simply, it’s based on Leq (A) weighting. But it gets complicated. Alpha version WaveRider’s algorithm was designed by a genius engineer with a PhD.
But in the studio, it didn’t work that well. It needed some human feel. So we went back to the drawing board and lessened the logic, and put some magic in it.
Ultimately, it evolved into an organic beast that is hard to classify as anything. We like that.
Volume riding was “the” technique to get healthiest signals on to tape. Then, with improved headroom of emerging tape machines, limiters and compressor, engineers started to get lazy. Now, in the era of DAWs, we don’t really need to do anything while tracking. However, established engineers still use volume riding to transfer all the life from a performance into a mix.
Wave Rider will work alongside your controller, handling only the faders that are assigned to it (read more in the support page). Giving you more freedom to do more mixing tasks on the fly.
WaveRider is not going to eliminate your need of a controller. However, it will make your life much easier in achieving professional results if you don’t own a controller.
Compressors and limiters do one thing: attenuate the signal. For levels below their threshold they simply don’t do anything. You need to squash your signal over the board and use make up gain to achieve an even output level. This colors the sound, and once it’s there it’s there forever. WaveRider rides the faders for gain as well as attenuation so the output level stays consistent without degrading the dynamics of your signal. The best part is you can alter these moves after the fact. Of course WaveRider could be used along with your favorite dynamics processors to achieve ultimate results.
Well, you are kind of right. It does. However it doesn’t suck as most AGC circuits do.
WaveRider’s intelligent algorithm maintains the natural dynamic of the signal, keeping quiet parts comparatively quieter than loud parts. AGC circuits have a common characteristic: They will push gain as default and then brick-wall limit the hell out of the signal, creating a pumping artefact. WaveRider won’t do that, it will glide the signal gently to where it needs to go.
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It will give you days of your life back. Seriously, on an average full day, WaveRider can save you hours of volume riding. For long form programs, it will even work for you when you are having a break.