FAQ

Does WaveRider do LKFS or LUFS ?

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.

What’s WaveRider algorithm based on?

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.

What’s volume riding?

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.

I have a controller already, why should I get WaveRider?

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.

I don’t have a controller, is WaveRider all i need?

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.

I have a range of compressors and limiters, and their plugin versions. What can WaveRider do better?

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.

I don’t have a paypal account, and i don’t want one. How else can I pay?

PayPal service let’s you use your major credit card or ATM card. You do not need to register with PayPal to use this service.

How will Wave Rider improve my lifestyle?

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.

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Requires Mac OS X or Windows.
Pro Tools 7 to 12
(click here to inquire about VST)

WaveRider is now shown in classrooms at Full Sail University to exhibit precise vocal production techniques.

Watch a show and tell video by Mike from Pro Tools Expert.

Wave Rider is reviewed in May 2011 issue of Sound On Sound magazine:
Link to article

What is WaveRider?

Wave Rider is an RTAS & AAX plugin. It is a virtual fader controller utility that applies intelligent volume adjustments to the Pro Tools faders to maintain consistent levels, and perform ducking, gating, tracing, and automatic mixing duties.
It has a vast use in audio post production as well as music mixing.

Available for both Mac and Windows.
Pro Tools 7 to 12

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