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New 'survival tool' allows FOH engineers to align subs and tops to overcome speaker placement issues in small to mid-sized venues.

Waves Sub Align plug-in now available

Waves Audio has announced that its Waves Sub Align plug-in is now shipping.

Sub Align is described as ‘a survival tool for live sound engineers.’ It lets FOH engineers align sub and top speakers in PA systems where the two are tied and the system processor is inaccessible. By doing so, Sub Align offers a solution to a problem live sound engineers struggle with on a daily basis.

The physical position of tops and subs and the distance between them are critical for the overall punch and clarity of the PA system. However, most performers and engineers play small and mid-sized venues, where very often the tops and the subs are not properly aligned. In order to clear floor space, the subs are usually stacked at the sides of the venue or all the way in the back, causing the sound to be smeared and unfocused. 

Sub Align promises to put the engineer in charge of the venue’s PA sound with a simple solution: by giving the engineer control over the delay between their tops and subs and creating a crossover point between them, it enables users to “move” their subs back or forward in relation to the tops, until they reach the alignment point that sounds best. Sub Align also offers control over the subs’ volume and polarity/phase to achieve extra clarity and punch.

The company claims that, with Waves Sub Align, badly aligned PA systems need no longer dictate how a mix will sound, enabling users to get a clearer, punchier mix, no matter the venue.

Sub Align is included in the Mercury and Pro Show Waves Bundles.


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