Waves NX Virtual Mixroom plug-in – Product Of The Show?
When someone at NAMM tells you they’re going to blow your mind, believe me, after 21 years of going to this show you just kind of respond with a shrug. Yeah. Whatever. So when we put the headphones on us for this demo we were already dismissing its claims and thinking about lunch. Then, boom. Product of the show. Seriously. This thing recreates a mixing room inside your headphones and it tracks your head movements via your Mac camera or optional $100 hardware add on, so you move your head and your stereo monitor placement/mix moves accordingly, just like you are sitting in a great mixing room. We’d pretty much already used our allotted excitement quota up by this point but then, boom, surround sound. Suddenly we were immersed in a full surround environment, again one that tracked your head movement and moved the mix accordingly. We hate the words ‘game changer’ but, there, we just used them, sorry.
So, yes we love the Arturia MatrixBrute, yes we love the OB-6, yes we especially love the Zoom ARQ drum controller, but the Product Of NAMM 2016 – surely a show that will go down in NAMM folklore as the Hardware Synthesizer Show – well that prize might well go to a $49 software plug-in. Who’d have thought that four days ago…?