Waves Vocal Rider Vst Dx Rtas 1 1 Air
you can use the target control to fine-tune the balance between a boosted volume level and an attenuated volume level. this is useful when you need to add a little more volume to your track without making the vocals become too loud. that way you can compensate for the inevitable distortion introduced by adding any amount of compression. the target control allows you to adjust the balance between volume and attenuation while you ride the vocals. then you can send the adjusted vocal track to any other processor you wish to add to it. this allows you to adjust the sound of the processed vocal track any way you wish. it’s probably easiest to think of the target control as a sort of response control that lets you raise or lower the vocal track’s level.
the power of the level control is that it’s much more responsive and far more accurate than setting levels with sliders. you can set the level control to any position in its range and then the track won’t sit at that level when you play it back. you can listen to the playback, which plays back the track with the vocal rider’s settings, and actually adjust the level control via your audio interface to fine-tune the amount of compression without cutting off any dynamic range. as you adjust the level control, you can hear that you’re doing it through the ear. it’s a very pleasant, audible process.
i have found the program to be very easy to use. waves is a company known for its ease of use with products, and vocal rider is no exception. the same easy-to-use interface that has worked well with waves products for so long makes it trivial to work with vocal rider. it’s easy to build a custom setup right out of the box by adding vocal rider’s effects in any order you wish, and then processing, arranging, and sending the audio back to your computer. since the vocal rider vst plug-in works as a virtual interface to your audio interface, you can add it to your vst rack to work with any type of audio input on your host application, be it windows or mac.
waves has gone for the much more streamlined approach in vocal rider with lots of useful features concealed in plain sight. its simplicity and transparency make it stand out. and the velocity knob is a welcome addition, offering you a good quality vibrato effect without any latency or other sound quality issues. vocal rider certainly seems to have its place in a very busy desktop.
it was very easy to select the settings and it automatically adjusted the settings to my liking very quickly so i was able to start using it straight away. the plugin automatically adds meters and buttons to the waves window and can be controlled using any midi device. the level fader automation section also has its own meters so that you can see at a glance what is happening. because of the live coding form of the automation, it also provides a degree of precision so you have the same level of control over the plugin as with a standard plugin. waves are also offering a free demo of vocal rider, which is available from their website. its completely free, and the demo shows how the plugin works without requiring a download.
it means that the fader moves from 0 to 100% in a single step when pressing the down arrow key and 0 to 0% in a single step when pressing the up arrow key. so why is this important to me? because it means that you can automate the plugin by turning a knob in your audio software. so if i have a fader bar on the waves software at 100%, pressing the down arrow key will mute the vocal and pressing the up arrow key will unmute the vocal.
vocal rider also worked well with an amplifier. unfortunately, the smart output didn’t work with ilok on my mac pro. however, the rca input worked fine. i played the track over to the input of a simple dynaudio one amplifier and used the gain and volume faders to adjust the channel. i didn’t bother with the monitor controls and never needed to. the one downfall of this approach was that i was unable to monitor the vocal at the same time as the amp’s speaker output, which made the levels very confusing. on the other hand, the volume fader operated as an attenuator, in that setting the mains would start quieter and would then stay quieter than the amplifier. this gave me control over the relative loudness of vocal and the instrumental bits, which i found useful when introducing vocal rider to a vocalist who was vocally way out of line with the track’s intentions, and getting a subjective feel for the vocal’s place in the mix. i then usually left the volume fader well up, ensuring that the vocal’s level would be louder than the surrounding music. and it always was.