Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 with Nx Head Tracker – Referencing Plug-in

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 with Nx Head Tracker bundles together studio-grade referencing software with a hardware component that allows for greater realism. Designed for monitoring in headphones, Abbey Road Studio 3 transports you to the control room of that famed studio environment, reproducing its speakers as well as the response of the room.

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Nearfield, midfield, and farfield modes replicate the various speakers in the control room. You can even use it to simulate the experience of listening in surround with the Nx Head Tracker, a small Bluetooth device that latches onto your headphones and tracks your head movements in 360°. With the Nx Head Tracker applied to your headphones, you can swivel about Abbey Road’s classic control room registering every slight move of your head and making the effect even more realistic.

This software is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems, working in AU, VST, and AAX formats.

Waves Nx Head Tracker for Headphones

The Nx Head Tracker for Headphones from Waves is a small Bluetooth device that latches on to your headphones and tracks your head movements in 360° to augment the 3D audio experience. It can be used to experience music, movies, and games, in 3D audio on several devices such as computers, tablets, or mobile devices using any set of headphones.

Use the Nx Head Tracker with the Nx 3d audio app or the Virtual Mix Room plug-in. It requires a standard AAA battery and provides approximately 40 hours of power. It will go to sleep automatically after a short while if it’s not connected or not moving. Bluetooth 4.0 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is also required.

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 – Referencing Software for Pro Audio Applications (Download)

Available for download, Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 is a plug-in for monitoring your mixes. It aims to create the sound of a famous control room inside your headphones.

Abbey Road’s Studio 3 is the room where Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, and others mixed seminal records. This software, powered by Waves Nx  immersive technology, aims to recreate the sound of that famous room within your headphones. From the speakers to the acoustical design, this plug-in emulates every aspect of the room and puts these qualities in your headphones.

Speakers are often preferred over headphones for mixing as they provide more realistic imaging and a more representative low-end response (depending, of course, on the speaker). Now, you can have the sound and behavior of speakers in your headphones. Not just any speakers—the speakers of Abbey Road Studio 3.

Use this plug-in in your personal mixing setup, or take it with you from studio to studio so you have a consistent basis from which to judge mixes in your headphones. Either way, just slap the plug-in on the last insert of your mix bus, put on your headphones, and you’ll hear what your mix sounds like within the environs of Studio 3. Be sure to turn this plug-in off when exporting your final mix: it’s for monitoring purposes only.

This software will work with Mac and Windows operating systems. It can operate in AU, VST, and AAX formats.

Near, Mid, and Far Virtual Speakers

On the GUI, you’ll note buttons for Near, Mid, and Far; these change what you’re perceiving in the headphones. Near corresponds to Abbey Road’s nearfields, while Mid corresponds to Studio 3’s midfield monitors. Click on Far, and you’ll hear the recreated sound of Abbey Road’s legendary wall-mounted speakers. In effect, you can try your mix in three different virtual speakers.

Rotate Your Position

A Rotate Studio wheel lets you virtually change your monitoring position in the studio. If you don’t have an NX Head Tracker, you can manually rotate your mix position using this wheel. If you do have an NX Head Tracker, you can use it in conjunction with your headphones and built-in computer camera, tracking your head movements as you mix, giving you a three-dimensional illusion that you’re actually sitting in Abbey Road’s Studio 3.

Personalized Head Anatomy Calibration

Head Modeling, designed for use with the NX Head Tracker, is available via the GUI. This feature allows you to use the camera of your computer to roughly measure the characteristics of your head. Now the software can react to your particular head-shape. It’s an extra measure of modeled reality at your fingertips.

Headphone EQ Menu

You’ll also find a Headphone EQ menu, stocked with profiles of various mixing headphones. If you want to EQ your compatible headphones to a more neutral space, you can use this EQ to flatten the response. If you’re familiar with your headphones as they are, simply leave this off.

Surround Compatible

In Midfield mode, you can recreate a 5.1 and 7.1 audio path, effectively mixing in surround with your headphones. Be sure to pair this with NX Head Tracker for the full experience.

Waves Nx Head Tracker For Headphones Specs

Mac OS X 10.9.5 to 10.11.5
Windows Windows (64-bit): 8.1, 10

Note: Windows 7 is not supported (no BLE support)

Bluetooth Compatibility Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) compatibility

Note: If you do not have Bluetooth BLE, use an adapter such as the IOGEAR GBU521 Bluetooth 4.0 micro-USB adapter or Plugable Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy micro-USB adapter

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Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 3.7 x 0.8″

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 – Referencing Software For Pro Audio Applications (Download) Specs

Mac Requirements macOS 10.11.6 or Later

CPU: Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon

8 GB Free Hard-Disk Space

Screen Resolution:
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Recommended: 1280 x 1024 / 1600 x 1024
USB Displays are Not Supported as the Primary Display

Support for Visually Impaired Users:
macOS Sierra 10.12.4
VoiceOver Utility Enabled
Pro Tools 12.7
Logic 10.3.1

Windows Requirements Windows 7 with SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (all 64-bit)

Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core

8 GB Free Hard-Disk Space

Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Recommended: 1280 x 1024 / 1600 x 1024

Supported Plug-In Formats AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and AudioSuite
Sample Rate Supports up to 96 kHz
Operation Stereo
Latency Plug-In Latency: 44.1 to 96 kHz and 800 to 1500 Samples (Depending on Sample Rate and Speaker Preset; Latency Not Reported to Host/DAW)

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