Jan 26

Waves Abbey Road Reel Automatic Double Tracking (ADT) plugin – NAMM 2014


Come on, you know you want that famous Beatles double-tracked sound – don’t you? Well now you can have just that in your DAW – “You say Yes”

Read on, to see what those clever people at Waves have come up with this time by way of a plug-in for Namm 2014


As soon as you put Abbey Road with Automatic Double Tracking you come up with the Beatles. That famous sound created by engineer Ken Townsend for them in the sixties has been a secret for over forty years. Many have tried to copy it without success and Waves have many Abbey Road Plug-ins already. However, the cat is now out of the bag as the secret has been revealed and Waves claims that their new Abbey Road Reel ADT is the first one to emulate successfully Abbey Road’s pioneering process of Automatic double tracking

It was a clever process back then as they connected a tape machine to a second, speed-controlled machine so that two versions of the same signal could be played back simultaneously. The frequency of an oscillator was then gently wobbled to vary the speed of the second tape machine, making it sound like a separate take – wow, what an idea.

Waves new plugin Reel ADT promises to let you achieve the effect quickly and easily, allowing you to advance or delay the doubled signal to achieve delay and pitch variations. You can also drive each of the signals separately to add tape saturation, and there are wow and flutter controls, too.

Price, availability and formats are not known at present.

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