Waves Audio is now shipping CLA MixDown, its latest mix buss plugin developed in collaboration with Grammy-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge.
For over 30 years, Lord-Alge has been the mixer of choice for a number of huge rock acts from Aerosmith to U2, Foo Fighters, Muse, Green Day and Bruce Springsteen.
One of the secrets to his signature sound have been his punchy, smooth, in-your-face mix buss chains, which are now being made available to Waves users.
CLA MixDown features four faders for enhancing the colour, dynamics and drive of a mix, with a buss fader for richness control. A treble fader adjusts high-frequency presence while two flavours of compression hold the mix together.
“I perfected my mix buss chains over many years and 20,000 mixes. I’ve taken my two favourite chains and put them under the hood of this simple-to-use, supercharged champion of a plugin,” Lord-Alge explained. “CLA MixDown features two flavours of my mix buss compression sound, plus console overdrive and a finishing EQ with perfect bass and treble curves.
“You can use CLA MixDown on your master channel, or you can use it the CLA way – on a master aux,” he added. “You can add it after you finish mixing to secure your mix with that finishing touch, but I recommend you insert it before you start mixing, and then mix ‘through’ the plugin, which will help you tailor your mix and get the best sound. Either way, it will dramatically enhance your overall mix and save you precious time toward getting that final mixing touch!”
You can watch an overview of the CLA MixDown plugin with Chris Lord-Alge himself: