Waves plugins are some of the most popular and versatile audio effects for live sound mixing. They offer a wide range of sound shaping tools, from EQs and compressors to reverbs and delays. But how can you use them on your Avid VENUE console
There are two ways to run Waves plugins on your Avid VENUE console: with SoundGrid Rack for VENUE or via MADI. In this article, we will explain the benefits and drawbacks of each method, and how to set them up.
SoundGrid Rack for VENUE
SoundGrid Rack for VENUE is a software application that allows you to run Waves plugins directly on your Avid VENUE S6L console, without the need for an external computer or audio interface. You can control the plugin parameters from the S6L's encoders and touchscreen, and enjoy low latency and high reliability. SoundGrid Rack for VENUE supports up to 128 plugin instances per system[^1^].
To use SoundGrid Rack for VENUE, you need to install the SoundGrid software on your S6L console, and connect it to a SoundGrid server via Ethernet. The SoundGrid server is a dedicated DSP unit that processes the plugin audio. You also need to install the Waves plugins you want to use on your S6L console, and activate them with a license key or a USB flash drive.
Once you have everything installed and connected, you can insert Waves plugins into your S6L channels, auxes, groups, or matrices, just like any other effect. You can also use the SoundGrid Inventory window to manage your plugins and presets, and the SoundGrid Rack window to adjust the plugin settings.
MADI is another way to run Waves plugins on your Avid VENUE console, but it requires an external computer and a MADI interface. You can use any computer that meets the Waves system requirements, and any MADI interface that supports 64 channels at 48 kHz or 96 kHz. One example is the DiGiGrid MGB I/O[^2^], which connects to your computer via USB.
To use MADI, you need to install the Waves plugins you want to use on your computer, and activate them with a license key or a USB flash drive. You also need to install Waves SuperRack on your computer, which is a software application that hosts and controls the Waves plugins. You can use SuperRack as a standalone program or as a plugin in your DAW.
Once you have everything installed and connected, you need to route the audio from your Avid VENUE console to your computer via MADI, process it with Waves plugins in SuperRack, and send it back to your console via MADI. You can use SuperRack's patch window to assign inputs and outputs, and its mixer window to adjust levels and panning. You can also use SuperRack's snapshot feature to recall different plugin settings for different scenes.
Waves plugins are powerful tools for enhancing your live sound mixes on Avid VENUE consoles. Whether you choose SoundGrid Rack for VENUE or MADI, you can enjoy the sonic quality and flexibility of Waves plugins in your live shows. However, each method has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should consider your needs and preferences before deciding which one to use. aa16f39245