WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor

Original price was: $249.00.Current price is: $29.99.

WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor
WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor

WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor is a spot-on model of the legendary studio’s one-of-a-kind tube comp. Used throughout the 1960s, the original RS124 was essential to the sounds of the Beatles’ studio catalog — injecting everything that passed through it with a velvety-smooth sound, all while yielding sublime-sounding dynamics control. Developed in cooperation with Abbey Road Studios, the RS124 plug-in delivers the same sonic character as the original hardware.

WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor is a spot-on model of the legendary studio’s one-of-a-kind tube comp. Used throughout the 1960s, the original RS124 was essential to the sounds of the Beatles’ studio catalog — injecting everything that passed through it with a velvety-smooth sound, all while yielding sublime-sounding dynamics control. Developed in cooperation with Abbey Road Studios, the RS124 plug-in delivers the same sonic character as the original hardware.

The Holy Grail of
Vintage Smooth Compressors

You've heard the original units on almost everything the Beatles recorded at Abbey Road. You've heard it, most famously, on Paul McCartney’s immortal bass lines. There’s a reason why Abbey Road considered these heavily modified Altec compressors their “secret weapon.”

More recently, the RS124 sound has been a favorite of Grammy-winning mix engineer Tony Maserati, taking advantage of its unique compression tone on Beyoncé's and Alicia Keys' vocals.

Rescued from the Abbey road archives, several original RS124 units were restored to fully operational status in 2000. And now, thanks to Waves’ meticulous modeling, the RS124’s legendary sound is yours.

Abbey Road Studios’ Secret Weapon
for Bass, Drums, Bus Compression

Ultra-Rare Tube Compression:
Bass and Beyond

RS124 was an Abbey Road modification of the Altec 436B compressor: only 25 units were ever made. It shaped the thick, creamy tones of nearly every Paul McCartney bass line in the Beatles: “Come Together” is a prime example. Abbey Road engineers would typically push the input deep into 15-20 dB of gain reduction, producing wonderfully lush results.


Two RS124 Flavors:
Studio vs. Cutter

No two RS124s sounded exactly the same. The Studio model emulates the famous 60070B unit known for its more aggressive sound that squashed transients, with faster attack and release times. The Cutting model has the slower attack time favored by Abbey Road’s cutting rooms—more suitable for bus compression and mastering.


Go Super-Aggressive
with Super Fuse

Want RS124 to become more aggressive? The Super Fuse mode matches release time to attack time, creating a brutal compression character that sounds like it’s “fighting against itself.” Try this on your drum bus for complete room destruction, or to make your beats jump out of the speakers.


Original Sound.
Modern Additions.

For modern mixing capabilities, features have been added to the original RS124: Sculpt your sound with mid-side processing, in addition to stereo, dual mono, and mono. Roll off high frequencies to smoothen the sound. Apply the Sidechain Highpass to remove low frequencies from your bass/kick sidechain. Dial in the perfect blend with Dry/Mix.


Hear It in Action

FEATURES

Unique Compression for Vocals, Beats, Bass, Synths and Mix Buses

Designed in Close Collaboration with Abbey Road Studios

Two RS124 Versions with Different Tube Flavors: Studio and Cutter

Super Fuse Mode Adds Explosive, Aggressive Compression Sound

Mono, Stereo, Left, Right, Mid, and Sides Processing and Monitoring

Optional Auto Hold Feature Reduces Compression Artifacts

Sidechain Highpass Filter Can Beef up Compressed Bass or Kick

Dry/Mix Controls for Parallel, “new York Style” Compression

Optional High-Frequency Roll-Off for Softer Tones

Presets by Beatles Remixer Guy Massey and Many More Artists

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MAC OS:

CPU
Intel Core i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon W 2013 and up / Apple Silicon
See notes regarding Apple Silicon processors

Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive

Operating System
macOS Catalina 10.15, Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13, Sonoma 14

Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

V14 plugins require a graphics card that supports ‘Metal’.

WINDOWS:

CPU
Intel Core i5, i7, i9 (all Gen 6 and above)
AMD Ryzen 9
AVX Support required

Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive

Operating System
Windows 10 64 bit
Windows 11

Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

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WAVES Abbey Road RS124 Compressor