WAVES Silk Vocal

$49.99

WAVES Silk Vocal
WAVES Silk Vocal

Silk Vocal is a smart EQ and dynamics processor engineered to minimize disruptions to visual clutter and overall workflow while providing a diverse array of sonic sculpting tools to help eliminate guesswork and intuitive access to various detailed solutions. Waves’s groundbreaking smart vocal engine technology is deployed with Silk by automatically scanning for resonances across roughly 2,000 distinct analysis bands, giving you a swath of options and approaches for addressing potential issues without eroding the human touch

Silk Vocal is a smart EQ and dynamics processor engineered to minimize disruptions to visual clutter and overall workflow while providing a diverse array of sonic sculpting tools to help eliminate guesswork and intuitive access to various detailed solutions. Waves’s groundbreaking smart vocal engine technology is deployed with Silk by automatically scanning for resonances across roughly 2,000 distinct analysis bands, giving you a swath of options and approaches for addressing potential issues without eroding the human touch

Take Your Vocals from Raw to Pro –
In No Time.

Mixing vocals is challenging, and every vocal is different. Resonant frequencies, boominess, harshness & sibilance prevent vocals from sitting in the mix, and removing them sensitively requires time, precision and accurate monitoring.

Accelerate Your Vocal Mixing
Start Working with Silk

Silk Vocal is a smart EQ & dynamics processor that takes your vocals from raw all the way to balanced and mixed. With its intuitive UI you’ll solve problems without needing several other plugins.

Employing innovative technology, Silk automatically detects resonances across 2000 analysis bands. Its smart vocal engine decides where and when processing should occur— you decide how much. Try it, see how fast you mix vocals.

Accelerate Your Vocal Mixing

A New Approach to Mixing Vocals

Imagine having up to 2000 analysis bands listening to your vocal in real time, and only processing when necessary. The guesswork of mixing is prevented, and your vocal can be trusted to translate across listening devices.

Silk is like power-steering your way to the finish line of the mix. Intelligently speed past the technicalities and you’ll be less fatigued when you make creative mix decisions.


Low

This knob tightens the boomy, muddy and inflated low end that vocals often have due to proximity effect & room issues when recording.

Using Silk’s smart processing for this purpose – rather than a regular or dynamic EQ – will ensure the natural warmth of the vocal stays intact.


Mid

The midrange is the most critical area in the vocal to get right in mixing. Simply turn the knob for smart processing to take place.
You’ll hear a reduction in harshness and bite without losing the voice’s character.

You can adjust the mid-range processing with the assistance of two automatable handles that let you focus the frequency range for much more accurate processing.


High

Some vocal recordings contain Sibilance, which are those distracting ‘s’, ‘sh’ or ‘t’ sounds jumping out aggressively. Other times, you’re dealing with a smeared and overly resonant treble sound in the super-high frequencies.

Toggle between Sibilance and High processing to see which gives you the smoothest & most balanced top end. Tip: Use solo and delta to hear what’s being reduced.


Dynamics

The dynamics section features the most musical single-dial compression possible.

Once you’ve tonally balanced your vocals with the smart EQ, a few dB of compression helps to keep them tight, upfront and consistent.

The link handle applies output gain compensation to the compression, which prevents the addition of unwanted level.


Auto Makeup Gain

The default setting of the plugin is with auto makeup gain on, which means the smart EQ reduction is continuously and adaptively compensated with a level increase. You have the option of turning this off and setting your own levels.


Silk Vocal Live

When you purchase Silk Vocal you also get Silk Vocal Live – a real time version of the same plugin. It operates like the original but utilizes minimum phase curves rather than linear phase and thus, it has a much lower latency.

This means you can record with Silk Vocal Live, monitoring exactly how the plugin sounds on your voice in real time. Of course, this version will also benefit live engineers, and is SoundGrid compatible.


Advanced Settings

HPF is a high-pass filter at 60 Hz, which filters out sub frequencies from the vocal.

Speed adjusts the envelope of the smart EQ processing. It is a fixed attack-release ratio, and depending on the vocal you may choose faster or slower processing.

Precision adjusts the sharpness of the Q in each of the processing bands. Choose lower values for more surgical processing, and higher values for smoother results.

Gate can be used in a traditional manner to eliminate unwanted noises between vocal passages.

Mix knob allows you to blend the entire Silk processing between 0% and 100%.


Hear It in Action

FEATURES

Smart EQ & Dynamics Processor for Vocals

Raw Vocals to Balanced & Mixed Vocals in No Time

Remove Boominess, Harshness and Sibilance from Vocals

Accelerate Your Vocal Mixing & Remove Guesswork

Includes License for Silk Vocal Live, a Real-Time Version

Seamless & Musical Dynamics Control

Male Voice & Female Voice Modes

Linear Phase Processing Curves

Includes High Pass Filter, Gate, Mix, Band Solo, Band Bypass, Delta, Speed & Precision Controls

Adjustable Midrange Tuning for More Focused Processing

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 

Mac:

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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