UPDATE: Here’s an incredible setup that maximizes the virtual analog desk simulation using 3 of Waves best tools for the best of each:
Use Scheps Omni Channel with NLS Channel loaded on the interior insert.
Use CLA Mixbus (don’t set buckets, your 8 busses will appear in the first bucket slot)
Use CLA Mixbus as a summing plugin
- Set this up as a 32 channel, 8 bus template
- Remember to load the presets in NLS so you get the per-channel variation that only NLS offers
- To avoid complexity, don’t worry about the NLS bus plugin… Also, don’t worry about interior buckets with the CLA Mixbus — your busses are pre-bucketed by routing in your daw, and CLA shows your 8 channels and allows bus compression, dynamics, and levels for your busses only.
- If you mix with exported WAVs (recommended), run the WAVs through something like Adobe Audition to batch normalize them to -30 LUFS. This puts their average level at -18db RMS so your tracks already have the correct gain from the start of your session once you import!
Also – Using CLA Mixbus as the summer gives per-bus settings that aren’t available when using the NLS Bus. It is an upgrade over standard NLS flow… And Omni Channel appears to be a little more CPU friendly than Mixbus – so using Omni Channel for the bulk of your per channel EQ/Compression settings and Mixbus for your per-bus EQ/Compression settings is the best of all worlds.
CLA Mixbus, NLS, and Omni Channel are all incredible plugins. Using them this way gets you the benefits of each while minimizing complexity!!
PS. I tested the NLS Channel plugin internally in OMNI channel – it still responds to the NLS Bus, so if you need global top level changes to the desk setting, gain, noise, etc. that is still possible even when using NLS Channel inside Omni Channel.
Hats off to Waves for bringing the analog desk experience and virtual summing to our DAWs. Using these plugins together is truly an incredible experience and it sounds fantastic.