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31st May 2008
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Question which one is the best WAVES plugin to EQ vocals/speech?

I'd be curious to know what EQ plug-in do you like the most from WAVES, mostly for vocals and spoken word...

(if you have other suggestions than waves, keep in mind i'm using PC, Cubase ... VST...)

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try uad, sonalksis, or urs. waves policies make them a bad investment in my opinion.
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quincyg: what do you mean exactly when you say that Waves policies make it a bad investment?

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babelfish spitfish = a really really good De-SSer. And it's free. Sorry had to add this. Have that one ready when your voice over person has those Ss-es (some voices just have this), and the recording needs to be ready quick. It's really almost as good as the uad de-sser (I think).

Also the babelfish compressor on the voice will do miracles.

So, free stuff!

As for eq and compressor, sonalksis will do great!!!!

Also a great eq (not surgical) is URS FullTec - 5 band Program EQ. For adding highs great.

Also for adding highs, voxengo gliss eq

So no waves ok!

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+1 for the free spitfish de esser vst

With that one, you will need to eq much less. Works better then eq-ing out the s with say q10.

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As for voiceover, If it's tv commercials, slapping on a waves l1, smacking it, still gives you that horrible tv voice everyone hates but puts up with. Clients love it. If you do that, the eq used does not matter so much, anyone, even a free one will do.

+1 for URS fulltech and for sonalksis pack. Yeah, get the soknalkisiss pack, but learn how to spell it first... :O

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Oh I forgot... I allways put the sonnox inflator on the voice, works wonders adding warm coloration, for a less boring voice. The sonnox pack is great also inc the limiter (!), but more expansive.
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quincyg: what do you mean exactly when you say that Waves policies make it a bad investment?

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search "WUP" "WUPPED"
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within reaper is a plug in called ReaFir.
that has various interesting aspects.
one being you can draw any eq curve you wish.
ReaFir is but one of many broad and surgical eq's one can use.
also check out Reaeq and ReaXcomp <<very interesting .

in summary you have total flexibility in setting an eq any way you want.
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person has those Ss-es (some voices just have this),
Simply not true. Excessive sibilance is a symptom of poor mic technique and incorrect mic placement.

The Spitfish is an excellent plug, though. I have used it on occasions when the vocal was recorded elsewhere for something that was mixed in my place.
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their policies are not very consumer friendly. waves charges you for the right to update plugs, if necessary, and makes it very expensive if you want to transfer their plugs.

other studio owners around here have reported that they have sent in spy's to look for illegal plugs.

i own waves gold 5 native, which i am unwilling to pay for wup in order use the same version 5 on my new intel mac. i would rather take a loss and sell them.

idfegadwaves

there are better options from decent companies.
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Simply not true. Excessive sibilance is a symptom of poor mic technique and incorrect mic placement.
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I've had several British speakers in front of my tm1... and they had a loud natural Sssss, even when they spoke. Professional voiceover artists, they told me: It's an English thing, you should take the s out a bit, they always do. Well, anyway, who cares, spitfish is great.
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