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Review: Waves Butch Vig Vocals Plug-In

This plug-in makes it easy to create professional sounding rock vocals

Item: Waves Butch Vig Vocals
Price: $149 (US) (Download)
Mic Rating: 5/5

At A Glance: Butch Vig is an influential rock music producer whose credits include Nirvana, The Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Muse and Garbage. He is known for his upfront rock vocal tones that often feature the use of distortion as a musical effect. Waves’ Butch Vig Vocals plug-in aims to recreate some of these signature vocal sounds within an easy to use interface that features intuitive controls to create great sounding rock vocals from within your DAW. It is compatible with all major plug-in formats (except TDM) and will work on both Mac and PC.

Butch Vig Vocals is a quick and easy way to get a modern rock vocal sound from within your DAW

Butch Vig Vocals is a quick and easy way to get a modern rock vocal sound from within your DAW

High Notes: All the plug-in controls are laid out on one screen and clearly labelled. There is a 3-band EQ with frequency bands chosen for “low”, “presence” and “air”; there are also sweepable low and high-cuts. There is also a unique focus control that creates boosts at 1kHz or 2kHz to really make vocals cut through a mix as well as an optional mid-dip to remove any “mud”. There is a simple to use de-esser and compressor and, finally, the important distortion controls that help create the upfront rock vocal sound Butch Vig is best known for. There are two types of distortion – tube and solid state – that can be blended separately and feature their own low and high cut controls.

Off Pitch: The unique design of the interface will not be to everyone’s taste. Also, unlike some of Waves’ other “Signature Series” vocal plug-ins, there are no reverb and delay effects included.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The plug-in comes with a great range of presets to show of the variety of sounds that it is capable of. By using them as a starting point and (once you find something you like) making a few tweaks, you can create great sounding rock vocals in a matter of minutes. It requires no specific knowledge of more technical things such as compression ratios or EQ Q-points (you can’t even alter them if you wanted to); making it particularly great for musicians mixing their own music at home who do not have much engineering experience. Although it is unlikely you’ll be finding this plug-in used on many jazz records any time soon; it can also work well on other genres of music such as pop and dance, where you want an in-your-face vocal sound. Overall, Butch Vig Vocals does exactly what it sets out to do and is a quick and easy way to get a modern rock vocal sound from within your DAW.

Manufacturer’s Website: Waves

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Chris Kennedy is the principal product reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about his work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.