The Waves/Abbey Road – The King's Microphones plugin is a digital audio processor, created in concept by Abbey Road Studios and engineered by Waves. This marks the first collaboration between Waves and Abbey Road Studios. The plugin is the only product of its kind that recreates these rare microphones, giving studio/live mix engineers a quick and easy distinctive vintage/"lo-fi" sound for vocals, drums, etc.; giving post re-mixers a dialogue processor to achieve authentic period-appropriate sounds; and giving sound designers the chance to recreate the sounds of the era, for the shaping and processing of sound effects.
The mics were recently restored and employed to record audio for the film, which inspired the team at Abbey Road to explore the mics' potential further. Peter Cobbin, senior recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios, who worked closely with the Waves engineering team on the development of the plugin, stated, "Last year I had the fantastic opportunity to use the microphones built for the British Royal family whilst recording the score for The King's Speech. This year I am proud that the combined efforts of Abbey Road Studios and Waves have produced a wonderful authentic plugin that captures the very essence of these beautiful and rare microphones."
The King's Microphones plugin is a special EQ filter processor that recreates the unique tonal character of these microphones, with three proximity positions for each: Close, which emulates the response from a source located 5 cm from the capsule, creating a warmer tone through proximity; Ambient, which emulates the response from a source located 40 cm from the capsule; and Natural, which emulates the basic response of the microphone, without any proximity effect or artifacts. The King's Microphones plugin is RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU and Waves SoundGrid compatible. Additionally, the King's Microphones plugin works in Mono or Stereo mode.
Abbey Road Studios is an iconic symbol in the international music industry. The studios have been at the heart of British music for almost 80 years and been the home of countless landmark recordings and innovative techniques, equipment and technology. Today, Abbey Road Studios is one of the most technically advanced recording, mixing and post-production facilities in the world. In the 1920s and 1930s, EMI had the honor of crafting special microphones for the British Royal Family for use at important and significant occasions. From this extremely rare collection, three microphones have been used as the basis for this unique plugin.
Used exclusively by the royal family for speeches on momentous occasions, each of these three priceless microphones dating back to the 1920s was tailored and tuned especially for its specific user: King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Ornately designed and decorated with gold, silver and chrome adornments bearing the royal coats of arms (the official coat of arms of the British monarch), each is a one-of-a-kind aesthetic masterpiece with its own distinctive sonic character.
Cobbin added, "It was exciting to know we had the very microphone used by King George VI, the central character of this film, and I thought how appropriate and inspiring it would be to have the microphones present at our recording sessions. The royal microphones are works of highly-skilled craftsmanship."
Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road, stated, "Since the early 1990s, Waves has been developing groundbreaking plugins for the audio industry. We are very proud to be working closely with Waves in the creation of exciting new products based on the legendary Abbey Road Studios equipment and expertise."
The King's Microphones plugins offer stunningly accurate recreations of the originals' unique frequency responses, with three proximity settings for each.
Pricing and Availability:
The Waves/Abbey Road – The King's Microphones plugin is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $99.00
What a load of crap. You can't recreate the sound of a "Roayl Microphone" they used the wrong type in the film in any case. Bloody "hollywood" twisting history yet again.. Don't be fooled into buying this rubbish.
27-Oct-11 03:15 PM
In fact I read an article in sos where they detailed having access to the original microphones from the EMI vault to use for speech and some of the incidental music,don't know about this product but maybe check your facts before the neg head s*$t.
29-Dec-11 11:45 AM