NAMM 2018: Waves partners with Andrew Scheps and PRS to create new channel strip and guitar amp plugins

NAMM 2018: Waves has partnered with a couple of big names to produce new channel strip and guitar amp plugins; namely, mix engineer Andrew Scheps and guitar manufacturer PRS.

The Scheps Omni Channel plugin contains Andrew’s go-to combinations of compression, saturation colours and more. The processors are designed to work together seamlessly and cohesively; some are based on classic hardware units and others are modules that have been developed from scratch.

PRS SuperModels, meanwhile, models PRS’s Archon, Dallas and Blue Sierra/V9 amps. These were created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith and replicate every component of the originals. 

The specs for both plugins are below. The Scheps Omni Channel currently costs $49 (regular price is $149) while PRS SuperModels should be available soon.

Waves Audio Scheps Channel features

  • Designed with GRAMMY-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay-Z, Metallica)
  • Flexible channel strip plugin based on Andrew’s tried and tested processing combinations
  • Pre, compression, EQ and gating modules, each with diverse options for sonic flexibility
  • DS² module with 2 full-range bands and 4 filter types
  • Insert slot: Load an additional Waves plugin anywhere in the channel strip
  • Drag and drop any module anywhere in the channel strip
  • Internal MS/Duo/Stereo routing per module
  • Stereo component provides full discrete control over each channel
  • Flexible shaping of internal or external sidechain input
  • Zero latency

PRS SuperModels features

  • Superb modeling of 3 top-of-the-line PRS amplifiers: Archon, Dallas, Blue Sierra / V9
  • Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith
  • Eight speaker cabinet IRs with automatic IR browser
  • Exceptional noise gate to filter out amp noise and hiss
  • Auto-gain control for maximum performance
  • Unique tone-shaping boost not featured in the hardware amps
  • Digital tuner sensitive to standard & extended-range guitars
  • Smart Mix, Phase Fix & Time Fix controls for perfectly matching 2 cabinets
  • Use as a plugin in your DAW or as a standalone application
  • Designed for studio, home and live playing (with laptop and audio interface)
  • SoundGrid-compatible for ultra-low-latency performance

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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.