Today we’re going on an adventure!! To the
place where they made this!! And this!! *excited * Wow, I’m really excited today… Today we’re
checking out the new Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin. Let’s go! BOOM! What’s shaking everybody? Jeff
Bastien here, and welcome to another episode of Studio Tuesday. Wow, I am
really ramped up. *excited* Too much coffee. Anywho, excited to see everybody here today. If
you’re new to the channel hit subscribe, ninja kick the bell all that stuff. You
know what to do. Alright, so full disclosures first, I do
not work for Waves, this isn’t sponsored by Waves, I mean seriously, this is my
fifth video they don’t even know I exist. So if you’re anything like me, just
sitting around in your “not multimillion-dollar home studio” you’ve
probably thought to yourself “hmm. I wonder what my mixes would sound like if
I was sitting in a professional studio doing this…” Well with Abbey Road Studio 3, you finally can. So the plugins based off of Waves NX
technology, which is basically just fancy talk for “put on some headphones and
it’ll sound like you’re in a professional room”.
Now the NX plugin was just a generic room, but with Abbey Road Studio 3
they’ve actually gone and modelled the control room at Abbey Road. Which is awesome!!
So today we’re not really gonna do a review on the plugin we’re gonna do more
of a tutorial. And with NX and Abbey Road this new plugin, there seems to be a lot
of confusion and misunderstanding about the purpose and how to actually use this.
So we’re gonna clear all that up in the tutorial. So let’s dive in! Alright gang,
so first things first when you open up an instance of the plugin you’re gonna
be presented with the Waves Head Tracker application. So that’s gonna allow you to
set up using your camera for a tracker, or if you happen to have the Bluetooth
tracker, which I just don’t have yet, this is where you would set all this stuff up.
Alright, so diving into the plug-in interface, this is where you’d select your
monitors. So you’re near fields are here. You click onto the mids you’re gonna get
these speakers, which are also the surround speakers. So if you spin the
room around… those are your surround speakers. And you can reset that just by
hitting that. And then your far fields which are the large speakers that are
built into the wall. So as I just showed you a second ago, you can manually spin
the room around if you want. And again to reset it you can just hit the zero
degree button. This is the level for the plugin. And for some reason my CPU fans
are kicking in so if you hear any fan noise, I’m sorry. So this is the head
tracking section, you can turn the head tracking off and on. If the head tracking
is off your heads always gonna be in the sweet spot. But with that turned on the
software is gonna follow your head movements. Settings button opens up the
Waves Head Tracker application that I showed you not too long ago. Calibrate
button simply resets your head position, so if it seems a little bit off,
you can just click this button and it’ll reset your, your center spot. This section
here is where you would select your tracking device. This is where you would
turn the headphone EQ off and on. And over here is the drop down for the list
of headphones that happen to have their frequency… frequency responses built in.
So if you happen to have any of these sets of headphones it’s recommended that
you pick it out of the list. If you don’t happen to have any of these sets of
headphones it’s recommended in the manual just to leave this setting off.
Now the head modelling section, this is SUPER important. You’re gonna want to
measure your head because if you put these numbers in it’s gonna make this
simulation that much more accurate. And the way you would do that is shown right
here in the manual. You would take the measurement around your head and then
you would take a second measurement from the back of one ear to the back of the
other ear. And then simply just punch those numbers in here, and you can go
over here and just click “set current setting as default” and then whenever you
load the plugin it’s automatically gonna default to your head measurements. Okay
so before we take this bad boy for a spin there’s a couple of things I need
to go over with you about the plugin first. This also applies to the regular
NX plugin if you happen to have it. Number one, this plugin goes at the very
end of your master buss. This is the last thing in your chain. Number two. If you’re
not gonna be using it, you’re gonna be listening through your regular monitors,
turn the plugin off or your mix is gonna sound bonkers. And then number three, when you’re gonna bounce your track out make sure this plugin is off, or again, your
mix is just gonna sound *tongue out sounds* and you don’t want that. Now the other thing I want to
speak too, and I think this is where a lot of the misunderstanding lies.. You can’t
just turn this thing on put, on your cans, and expect to be magically, instantly
whisked away to Abbey Road. Doesn’t work that way.
So the trick to this and the NX plugin… Put on your cans, and forget the plugin
is even on. Just start mixing and don’t even think about it. The plugin is trying
to fool your brain into thinking that you’re in this physical space, that
you’re actually in Abbey Road Studio Three’s control room. But it doesn’t happen
instantly. So just start mixing and give it, I don’t know for me it’s about five
to ten minutes and then you actually get to the point where you actually think
your monitors are on, and then you start taking your headphones off and you’re
like “okay… no they’re off” and then you’re like “holy crap!! this is like bonkers
convincing!!” But again it takes five or ten minutes, at least for me anyway it
may vary for you. So just do your thing, let the plug-in do its thing,
and don’t think about it. And guaranteed in a short bit of time you’ll start taking
your cans off because you think your monitors are still on. Yes, it’s that good.
All right, so who’s ready to take this thing for a rip? I strongly recommend
putting on headphones though while we go through this. Don’t worry I’ll wait. *Silly Music* You” never beat me Dalek!! Cuz I’m the Doctor!!! *More Silly Music* EXTERMINATE!!!!! *More Silly Music* PEW PEW PEW!!!! “I swear this part is almost finished…” You guys back? Cool!!
Road trip!! All right so here’s how this is gonna work. I’ve got a session up from
song my buddy and I wrote a number of years ago. Now this isn’t at all mixed and
I’ve got the vocals muted. I’m just messing around with this session for
some upcoming videos I’m mixing I’m gonna do. So the first thing I want to
demonstrate is the head modelling, because remember before I said that was super
important? I’ll show you. So I’m just gonna play a section back and I’m gonna
mess around with the numbers here and you’ll be able to hear what’s actually
happening. *Music Playback* Heard that drastically changes
everything? This is why you need to get your measurements input into the plugin.
It’s super important. So now I’m just gonna let this section play back and
we’re gonna audition the three sets of speakers here. *Music Playback* Now I’m gonna start turning my head *Music Playback* You can hear how that effects sound
field. *Music Playback* We’ll do the same thing with the mids. *Music Playback* And now we’ll do the nears. *Music Playback* And you can do the same thing with the
head tracking off. And turn the tracking off. And then I’m going to rotate the
studio around manually. *Music Playback* All right so there you have it. There’s
our little “Tour-Torial” See what I did there? Yeah that was lame… Oh oh!! I almost forgot!! There’s this weird little, what I think
is a glitch in the plugin. If you open up a session and throw the plug-in on, or if
you open up a session the plugins already in the session, the tracker
portion actually doesn’t respond to your head. I don’t know why. To fix that just
play the session for a second and then the plugin basically wakes up going “oh
oh, okay, yeah sorry!!” And then it works just fine. So again
that’s probably just a little glitch. The plugin just came out so I’m assuming there will probably be an update. And hopefully that’ll fix that weird little bug. Yeah
so anyway, I hope you learned something from this. I hope it cleared up some of
the confusion around this plugin in the NX plugin. Personally I really like them.
They’ve made mixing a lot easier for me. My mixes seem to translate a hell of a
lot better when I use them. And the low end, I don’t seem to have to fight with
the low end anymore. Which is great because being in a home studio, trying to
mix low end is always a big problem for all of us. But don’t take my word on any
of this. Just head over to Waves website you can grab a demo. I think it works for
like 14 days or something like that. And give it a run for yourself. At the end of
the day, it’s your studio, you need to use what works for you. And that’s it! That’s
all we got for this week. So don’t forget to “like”, ninja kick the Bell icon so you
know when I put a new video up. And as always, have an awesome week and we’ll
see you guys next Tuesday!! *Weird Droning Sound*

🎧 Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 Plugin Tutorial (PLUS TIPS)

6 thoughts on “🎧 Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 Plugin Tutorial (PLUS TIPS)

  • August 28, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Hey Gang. Let me know your thoughts on this sort of fancy technology and if you use it or hate it.

  • August 28, 2019 at 3:19 am


  • September 10, 2019 at 10:27 am

    cool man I downloaded the demo but I can't find it in plugins 🙁

  • September 14, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Nice vids, going to check out some more of your videos! This deserves more views, I would recommend using FollowSM”.”com to increase your social proof.

  • October 13, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Big shout out for Walter Piston’s Orchestration there!

    I’ve recently got this plugin plus a pair of AKG 701s so I’m hoping it will indeed solve my absence of a proper treated room problems.

  • January 17, 2020 at 3:23 am

    This was a more of what it does rather than a practical application. What is the advantage of being able to turn your head? When bouncing, does it need turned off or completely removed from the chain? I have used it for one mix and it actually diminished the quality when I played it on different systems; yes I treated it like it wasn’t there and I turned it off prior to the bounce. So I went from a good mix to one that sounded tinny on other systems yet sounded great through my headphones, near mid & far; I have two different pair of headphones that are on the list. Yes I measured my head and ears. I expected it to increase quality not diminish it. Are there any actual tutorials for this software?


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