Steven Slate Drums releases Chris Lord Alge Expansion

Steven Slate Drums Chris Lord-Alge Expansion

Steven Slate Drums has announced the release of the Chris Lord Alge Expansion for Steven Slate Drums 4.0 and Trigger.

In the Spring of 2012, Chris Lord Alge revisited his recording engineer roots and recorded multiple world class drumkits at OCEAN studios in Burbank. He then mixed all the drums in his classic style in his LA mixroom using the same processing chains that you’ve heard on all of his records. He even printed a sample layer of his famous SONY reverb unit on the kicks and snares. The result is some of the fattest, punchiest, most mix ready virtual drums in the industry! And now you can use these classic Chris Lord Alge drums in Steven Slate Drums 4 Virtual Drum instrument and Steven Slate TRIGGER Drum Replacer/Enchancer.

Chris Lord Alge Expansion features

  • Recorded & mixed by Chris Lord Alge.
  • 12 snares, 11 kicks, 5 toms.
  • Use Directly with SSD4 Player or TRIGGER.
  • Multiple Articulations on Snares.
  • Complete control.
  • Classic CLA sound.
  • Easy to install.

The expansion is available for the introductory price of $149 USD for the SSD4 and Trigger editions (regular $249 USD), or $199 for a bundle of both (regular $399 USD).

More information: Steven Slate Drums / Chris Lord Alge Expansion


Waves and Audiofanzine launch CLA Song Competition

Waves CLA Song Competition

Waves has announced the CLA Song Competition in collaboration with Audiofanzine.

Send us your best song, and multi-GRAMMY® award-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Daughtry) will pick the winner.

Chris will make his choice based on the overall presentation: song, image, and performance.

The Top 25 finalists will be chosen by public voting; one lucky (and talented) winner will have their song mixed by none other than CLA himself.

Entries will be accepted from March 14 to April 3, and public voting will take place from April 4 to April 10. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. All entrants will receive a complimentary $100 USD voucher that may be used toward any Waves product or upgrade.*

More information: Waves

*Toward 50% off any bundle(s) / 25% off any single plugin(s). Vouchers will be sent once the competition ends.


Waves releases Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection

Waves Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection

Waves has released the Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection, a bundle of six application-specific audio plug-ins, created in collaboration with Grammy®-winning mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge.

For over 20 years, Chris Lord-Alge has been the mixing engineer of choice for rock & roll royalty. The Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection gives you an all-access pass to CLA’s hard-hitting, radio-ready sound.

Chris Lord-Alge on the CLA Artist Signature Collection:

CLA Bass — From sub-shaking smooth sounds to Mr. Buzzsaw, CLA Bass is just what the doctor ordered. The plug-in was designed to help you lay down a solid foundation for any song. It gives you six essential effects: bass, treble, compression, sub, distortion, and chorus/flange. Whether you want it to rip, roar, growl, bark, or cut, CLA Bass delivers.

CLA Drums — One of my favorite activities is to work on drums. When creating the CLA Drums plug-in, I had one thing in mind: Anyone who uses it can get a great drum sound for any song and any mix and just have fun! There are six different modes: Kick, Snare, Toms, Overheads, Room and, of course, my favorite, Cowbell. There are three color-coded presets for bass EQ, treble EQ, compression, and reverb, plus a noise gate so you can even get rid of leakage. The faders let you control the amount of each effect and, especially important for drums, we’ve included a phase switch so you can find the best setting for the kit.

CLA Effects — CLA Effects does it all. Filtered vocal? Check. Telephone FX? Check. John Lennon “I Am the Walrus” vocal distortion? Check and double check. Multiple delays with tape phasing? You got it. Reverb, tape slap, and long echo all at once? Yes, yes, and yes. One of my favorite features is the echo throw section: Hit the throw button and add long delays to just the words you want, with one click! And to top it all off, all tempos are matched to the session BPM, cutting out all the guesswork.

CLA Vocals — The most important part of any song is the vocals. The CLA Vocals plug-in makes this part of mixing an absolute joy. I have taken the very best settings which I use in my everyday mixes and crafted them into this chain. It works great on all styles of singers and, best of all, they will want that sound every time! You also get three flavors of the top six effects you need: the right amount of bass, treble, compression, reverb, delay, and chorusing/doubling.

CLA Guitars — Two words describe the CLA Guitars plug-in: Instant Gratification. Every time I plug in my axe, I just can’t stop playing! It delivers the guitar sounds I’ve used on tracks from Green Day to Daughtry, quickly and easily. It’s like a guitar toolbox with all the necessary combinations. The plug-in features three modes—Clean, Crunch, and Heavy—with DI and Re-amping modes for each. You get three color-coded presets for the six most important effects, for the perfect blend of bass, treble, compression, reverb, delay, and chorusing/doubling.

CLA Unplugged — CLA Unplugged is a dream box of reverb effects plus great hi-res EQ and compression for complex sounds. I always loved the Aerosmith “Dream On” vocal reverb with the really long pre-delay. And I wanted a plug-in that you could also put on strings, piano, acoustic guitars, and nylon guitar solos. This plug-in was designed to give you limitless reverb and delay possibilities, and the smoothest EQ curve around.

The Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection is available to purchase in native formats for $830 USD.

More information: Waves / Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection


Waves announces Chris Lord-Alge and The Jack Joseph Puig Artist Signature Collections, and Eddie Kramer HLS Channel and PIE Compressor

Waves has announced two new Waves Signature Series bundles plus two new plug-ins in its Waves Modeling line.

The Waves Signature Series features customized multi-effects plug-ins (with compression, EQ, reverb and more) based on the personal processing chains and settings of top producers and engineers. The Waves Modeling line consists of software plug-ins based on vintage and rare hardware, such as SSL, API, and Neve mixing console components.

New Waves Artists Collaborations

  • The Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection — Following closely on the heels of the Waves Modeling CLA Classic Compressors, Waves Signature Series presents The Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection. These six application-specific plug-ins (CLA Bass, CLA Drums, CLA Vocals, CLA Guitars, CLA Effects and CLA Unplugged) are the result of close collaboration between Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Lord-Alge and the Waves R&D team. With a mixing career spanning almost three decades, Chris Lord-Alge has worked alongside such artists as Green Day, U2, Creed, Snow Patrol, Daughtry, Nickelback, Jimmy Eat World, Santana and many others. Created from CLA’s custom processing chains, this collection gives users instant access to Chris Lord-Alge’s signature sound: radio-ready rock with an edge.
  • The Jack Joseph Puig Artist Signature Collection — Over the past three decades, JJP has helped redefine the role of the producer/mixing engineer, working with such acts as John Mayer, Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, Panic at the Disco, Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls, the Pussycat Dolls and many more. Following the successful JJP Collection, which modeled rare pieces of vintage gear from his personal arsenal, Waves Signature Series introduces the Jack Joseph Puig Artist Signature Collection. Developed in close association with JJP himself, these six application-specific plug-ins (JJP Bass, JJP Strings & Keys, JJP Drums, JJP Vocals, JJP Guitars and JJP Cymbals & Percussion) were created from JJP’s personal processing chains and give users immediate access to Puig’s larger-than-life pop/rock sound.
  • Eddie Kramer HLS Channel / Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor — Over the course of a production and engineering career that spans more than four decades, Eddie Kramer was the man behind the board for some of the biggest names in music history, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, The Beatles, David Bowie and many more. Continuing a fruitful partnership that recently resulted in Waves Signature Series’ Eddie Kramer Collection, Waves announces the latest in its Modeling line: the Eddie Kramer HLS Channel and the Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor. Created in collaboration with Kramer himself, these meticulously modeled plug-ins are based on the vintage gear he used in historic sessions by such acts as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin at London’s acclaimed Olympic Studios. The HLS Channel Strip was modeled on the Helios recording console from the Rolling Stones’ mobile truck (and which was immortalized in Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”) The PIE Compressor was modeled on the vintage Pye compressor, which was a mainstay in high-end British studios during the ’60s & ’70s.

The Chris Lord-Alge and Jack Joseph Puig Artist Signature Collections are available in native formats only, for an MSRP of $800 USD each. The Eddie Kramer HLS Channel and the Eddie Kramer PIE Compressor are Native and TDM.

More information: Waves


Waves releases CLA Classic Compressors

Waves CLA Classic Compressors

Waves has announced the release of CLA Classic Compressors, a series of four compressors for Windows and Mac.

True classics stand the test of time.

Chris Lord-Alge is a true classic. Over the course of a career spanning almost three decades, he has worked alongside many artists who are classics in their own right.

Green Day. U2. Dave Matthews Band. Tim McGraw. Brian Setzer. Peter Frampton. Tina Turner. Rod Stewart. Steve Winwood. James Brown. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. And many others.

Now, Waves and Chris Lord-Alge join forces to bring you impeccable models of four compressors considered true classics by audio engineers the world over.

CLA Classic Compressors includes

  • CLA-2A – Modeled on the legendary electro-optical tube compressor, the CLA-2A emulates the original’s smooth, frequency-dependent behaviors that have made it a favorite of engineers everywhere.
  • CLA-3A – Based on the early ‘70s solid-state unit known for its unique and highly transparent compression curve, the CLA-3A delivers the quick response and the subtle harmonic distortion for which the original is world-renowned.
  • CLA-76 (Bleuy and Blacky) – Inspired by two highly-desirable revisions of the famed mid-60s Class A line level limiting amplifier, both versions of the CLA-76 offer the superfast attack that made them studio legends.

The CLA Classic Compressors are available in native and TDM formats for $800 / $1,600 USD.

More information: Waves


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