Waves Release a Synth - Element

Good heavens! With Virtual Voltage Technology   03-Jan-13

Waves Release a Synth - Element

Waves are not known for their virtual instruments, but their new Waves Element Synthesizer has added a new string to their bow.

Its also been endorsed by Mr Jordan Rudess - which is unsurprising in itself, but does indicate that they are taking this seriously.

Element appears to be a traditional 2 Oscillator polysynth with the usual architecture, and features something called Virtual Voltage Technology - Waves own version of a virtual analog engine I guess.

Their site was struggling to serve up the video when I looked so you'll need to check back - perhaps they'll get something onto Youtube. Its creator Yoad Nevo demonstrates the on board sequencer and other features.

Available in Native format only at $99 introductory offer ($200 RRP)





OCT determines the pitch range.

TUNE determines the pitch.

FINE fine-tunes the pitch.

TYPE determines the waveform type.

PW determines the pulse width. (Pulse waves only)

VCO selects between virtual Voltage-Controlled Oscillation and virtual Digitally- Controlled Oscillation.

SINE MOD controls the modulation of OSC 1 using a sine oscillator. (OSC 1 only)

FM (Frequency Modulation) controls the amount by which the frequency of OSC 2 is modulated by OSC 1. (OSC 2 only)

PhM (Phase Modulation) controls the amount by which the phase of OSC 2 is modulated by OSC 1. (OSC 2 only)

SYNC synchronizes the triggering the OSC 2 waveform to the rate of OSC 1.

Additional Oscillators & Mix Section

SUB mixes in a triangle wave one octave below OSC 1.

NOISE mixes in white noise.

RING controls the ring modulation of OSC 1 and OSC 2.

OSC 1 / OSC 2 activate each oscillator.

MIX balances the mix between OSC 1 and OSC 2.

MONO toggles between monophonic and polyphonic modes.

RTRG controls envelope re-triggering.

UNISON activates a doubling effect which creates a richer sound.

PORT determines the glide time (portamento) between notes.

LEGATO determines whether glide will always occur, or only when the previous note is still held.

Voltage Controlled Filter

TYPE determines the filter type.

SLOPE toggles between two types of pole filters.

CUTOFF controls the VCF cutoff frequency.

RES controls the amount of filter resonance.

ENV determines the envelope's cutoff modulation depth.

KBD controls keyboard tracking using C3 as its reference point.

FM controls the amount of frequency modulation on filter cutoff by OSC 1.

ADSR determines the filter's envelope cutoff behavior after a note is triggered.

VEL sets the VCF cutoff in relation to the Note On velocity.

SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope time constants.

Voltage Controlled Amplifier

VCA envelope controls the note level from trigger to release.

VEL sets the envelope depth in relation to the Note On velocity.

SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope time constants.

PUNCH controls the dynamic transient enhancer.

Low Frequency Oscillators

TYPE controls the LFO waveform shape.

RATE controls the frequency of the free LFO.

TIME controls the rate of the synced LFO, locked to the project BPM.

LED displays pulsate at the same rate as the LFOs.

Envelope 3

VEL sets the envelope depth in relation to the Note On velocity.

SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope time constants.

Modulation Matrix

PHASE inverts the phase, per assignment.

SRC determines the modulation source.

DEST determines the destination of the modulation source.

MOD sets the amount by which the modulation source affects the destination.


MODE determines the operational mode.

OCT determines the range, in octaves, of the arpeggiator.

TIME (drop-down) activates the host BPM sync function, and sets the rate using note values.

RATE sets the arpeggiator rate when TIME is set to Free.

GATE determines the length of each sequencer step as a percentage of its note length.

STEPS determines the number of steps in the current sequence.

SWING pushes even-numbered notes/steps toward the next odd-numbered note/step, to create a shuffle/swing feel.


DIST controls the amount of distortion effect.

PRE/POST is a toggle control which determines the placement of the distortion effect in the signal path, either pre-VCF or post-VCF.

CRSHR is a distortion-like effect which simulates a reduction in the bit-depth and resolution of the sound.

DELAY is a stereo delay allows separate delay times for left and right channels, using note values.

  • LEFT sets the delay time for the left channel.
  • RIGHT sets the delay time for the right channel.
  • MIX determines the amount of delay effect in the mix.
  • FEEDBACK determines the amount of gain fed back to the delay input.

REVERB controls both the amount and size of the virtual plate reverb sound.

CHORUS determines the amount of chorus modulation.


HiPASS controls the high pass filter frequency.

LoPASS controls the low pass filter frequency.

100 controls equalization at 100 Hz.

600 controls equalization at 600 Hz.

1500 controls equalization at 1500 Hz.

9000 controls equalization at 9000 Hz.

Global and Out Sections

TEMPO displays the current tempo.

SOURCE determines the clock source.

VOICES determines the number of voices which may be played simultaneously.


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loneraver    Said...

Please don't be endorsed by Jordan Rudess this time... Please don't be endorsed by Jordan Rudess this time...


03-Jan-13 02:02 PM

Synth_Fan    Said...

Being endorsed by Jordan Rudess means they are taking it seriously? Really?

Don't you mean - being endorsed by Jordan Rudess is a cynical patronizing move and reveals that Waves think that synthesists haven't two brain cells to knock together so that if Jordan Rudess thinks it's good (for a fee) that we'll all rush out and get it.

Don't they know that Jordan Rudess endorses everything going, which makes his judgment redundant. And don't they know that synthesists will puke with that endorsement?

Most of all - are Waves serious, in any way on this Earth, with their user base if they think they can charge 200 Bucks for a basic subtractive synth, untried, where better ones are free for download or on sale do $1 as an App?

Just how serious are Waves taking this?

03-Jan-13 04:33 PM

The Guvnor    Said...

But they use Virtual Voltage Technology. It has to be good. Just think of all them voltages that have been...virtualized. Seriously though, I think Synth_fan hit the nail on the head. It does sound like one of the freebie synths you get on the Computer Music giveaway DVD.

03-Jan-13 05:30 PM

al    Said...

Toilet Paper: Now Endorsed by Jordan Rudess

03-Jan-13 07:27 PM

L56    Said...

Please let us have less Jordan Rudess in 2013.


For what element concerns, it sounds ok, but I'll keep using everything we have already 20x over. .

03-Jan-13 07:46 PM

eXode    Said...

Why have ELEMENT when you can have ACE?

04-Jan-13 02:11 AM

MixDSP    Said...

Visit us at MixDSP.net for your lowest price on Waves new Element synth!

04-Jan-13 02:44 AM

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