7 application-specific audio plug-ins created in collaboration with the acclaimed mixing engineer.
With the Tony Maserati Signature Collection of audio plug-ins, you can join the A-list of stars who have turned to this mixing engineer master for his magic touch. Black Eyed Peas. Beyoncé. Usher. John Legend. Alicia Keys. Jason Mraz. Macy Grey. Mary J. Blige. Rob Thomas. Sting. David Bowie. Tupac Shakur. Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z. All of them have called on his expertise at a pretty penny. When you think you're ready for that hit sound, you can get on the fast track with this much more affordable 6-pack of custom-built high performance processing chains Waves has created in collaboration with this industry legend.
The Tony Maserati Artist Signature Collection includes the Maserati GTi Guitar Toner, Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer, Maserati DRM Drum Slammer, Maserati HMX Harmonics Generator, Maserati B72 Bass Phattener, and the Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer. Below is his take on each of the different processing chains and their benefits to you as well as breakdown of the controls that each one has.
Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer
Tony Maserati on the ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer: “The ACG is a comprehensive tool to help gain ultimate control and energy boost from a variety of acoustic guitar types. The ‘ACG 1’ setting allows you to maximize level and sculpt your top and bottom. ‘ACG 2’ setting has more built-in compression for bringing out the subtleties in a live performance. Both have appropriate room settings available to be dialed in at varying levels.”
Maserati B72 Bass Phattener
Tony Maserati on the B72 Bass Phattener: “The B72 actually has two distinct starting places. I’ve worked on a large variety of music for my artists, and there’s never just one sound or one preset. Try the ‘DI’ setting on your electric or acoustic bass and you’ll see how you can enhance the roundness, while keeping it lively throughout the song. The ‘Synth’ setting opens up a different door, with thickness, stereo spread, and harmonic flavor. It’ll fill the speakers like an old Prophet.”
Maserati DRM Drum Slammer
Tony Maserati on the DRM Drum Slammer: “The DRM was designed to help the excitement of percussive transients get heard through mixes which are thick with instrumentation and vocals. Whether on programmed or live drums, DRM is a great starting point for your mix.”
Maserati GRP Group Processor
Tony Maserati on the GRP Group Processor: “The Maserati GRP plugin is meant to help that final blend jump out a bit. It’s got a nice bit of equalization involved but no effects, no shredders, none of that kind of thing. In fact, the compression that I’m using in the network there is very, very subtle, because generally I don’t do major compression over my groups. It’s meant to add a nice sheen on a great blend of background vocals or compress a drum kit together, make it really feel like it’s got some nice air to it.”
Maserati GTi Guitar Toner
Tony Maserati on the GTi Guitar Toner: “The GTi was created with all the different guitar players I’ve admired in mind. I tried to find settings that would be a starting place for getting their sound, from the ‘Clean’ in-your-face sound of, say, Elliott Smith to the wide chorus-y spread of The Police’s Andy Summers using the ‘Clean Chorus’ setting. On the ‘Heavy’ setting, a bit of level and EQ help your already crunched guitar sound scream through any thick instrumentation you’ve got. ‘Thick Rhythm’ lets you to subtly or substantially make your rhythm guitar sound livelier; it also works great on Wurlis and Horns. The ‘Soft Flange’ setting is just that; it adds interesting and subtly audible filtering to legato notes or sustained electric guitars. My intention was to make these effects usable in a wide variety of applications. The wild and crazy FX are out there; you already got ‘em if you need ‘em!”
Maserati HMX Harmonics Generator
Tony Maserati on the HMX Harmonics Generator: “In ‘Modal’ mode, the HMX will make your piano wide, with just the right amount of chorus effect, to give it life on a vocal demo, or raise your Wurlitzer’s presence, for some ethereal magic. ‘Bounce’ mode will add a bit of reverb and delay, to create energy and movement for a sensitive ballad or live-ness to a funky full-band setting.”
Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer
Tony Maserati on the VX1 Vocal Enhancer: “The VX1 is a compact package for full vocal control, whether you need to squeeze the most emotion out subtle performance or engulf it in a room with a full band production. This plugin has all the processing you need for Vocals.
Contour 1 will give you a studio or small venue room; Contour 2 is a larger chamber with reflective pre-delays, most suited for slow ballads; and Contour 3 is set up for quicker tempo songs with a very small room and matching pre-delay.”