When used in TDM, the C4 is a 48bit double-precision processor, dithered to 24bits before handoff to the TDM bus. It requires a full Mix chip; Waves used every bit of power they could to create the fi... Click To Read More About This Product
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When used in TDM, the C4 is a 48bit double-precision processor, dithered to 24bits before handoff to the TDM bus. It requires a full Mix chip; Waves used every bit of power they could to create the finest multiband for the available power. You may think of the C4 as a multiband compressor with parametric adjustments, or as a 4-band dynamic equalizer. Both concepts are true, but the interface looks more like an equalizer with a moving line. Waves’ unique DynamicLineTM display shows the actual gain change as an EQ display. Waves has taken the gain reduction metering function and merged it with the crossover display for a very intuitive interface. ￼When used judiciously, a multiband processor can do much more than merely make a mix “louder.” You can think of the C4 as a dynamic equalizer capable of gentle compression, expansion, limiting, and EQ, independently and simultaneously. For instance, with care, you can de-ess, EQ, and expand in separate bands simultaneously. This is much easier than trying to adjust several split-band compressors (such as the somewhat common usage of de-essers in “non-ess” frequency ranges). Waves waited until sufficient processing power was available before releasing the C4. To properly create a multiband compressor, a phase-compensated crossover is essential. In addition, the crossover must have a flat frequency response when set to nominal values. The C4 has exactly such a crossover. However, many multiband devices may not have this type of crossover, and the resulting colorations have unfortunately been accepted as part of the multiband “sound”, which is completely unnecessary and generally undesirable. Why is such a crossover so important? To avoid any undesirable coloration to the sound and to eliminate artifacts and pitch-shifting effects between bands as their gains move independantly. Any change to a signal can be considered a distortion (some much more pleasant than others), so it is a desirable type of change we want, not uncontrollable, “part-of-the-design” ones. ￼￼￼￼ 2 C4Plug-InManual Waves C4 Multiband Parametric Processor is designed for ease of adjustment and a clear, uncolored sound, while still allowing extreme ranges of control when required. To that point, this “multiband dynamic equalizer” has parametric controls, in that you can change the crossover points (bandwidth), gain (both fixed-output and dynamic), and frequency range of each band, as well as the dynamic range and response controls. The user interface and compressors in the C4 are designed to help you enhance a good mix. Poor mixes are better to be re-done, although the reality of daily production often makes a remix impossible, so the C4 can be used to “fix” these less-than-desirable mixes, to an extent. In the compressors you can actually limit the amount of gain reduction or expansion in each band. And the innovative graphic user interface gives you a precise feedback of what is going on.