Whether they're creating sound for films, music or games, today's top engineers share the same goals: To arouse our emotions, to tell a great story, and to deliver an experience that transcends the limits of our imaginations. Creating rich, complex soundscapes that combine power with detail requires ideal listening environments and specialized tools. That's why the pros turn to Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award for its contributions to the recording industry.
But a song, movie or game can sound only as good as the device it's played back on. More and more people listen to content on laptops, tablets and phones, and music engineers are discovering that what people experience is far from what it sounds like in the studio.
MaxxAudio is a suite of advanced audio enhancement tools from Waves that brings award-winning technologies to consumer electronics devices. MaxxAudio offers end-users unparalleled sound performance, whether they're playing a game, watching a movie, listening to music, or using online voice communication. With clearer highs, enhanced bass, and increased volume, MaxxAudio provides a better listening experience on any device, whether it's a PC, TV, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Now, what sounded great in the studio will sound great on the go.
MaxxAudio is also a powerful design tool that gives manufacturers the ability to get bigger sound from smaller components. Top audio performance is a major selling point today, and MaxxAudio gives your product the sonic edge.
The MaxxAudio suite includes:
With years of experience delivering clean, articulate bass for music production, mixing, mastering and live sound using its patented "Missing Fundamental" technology, Waves is the undisputed leader in psycho-acoustic bass enhancement. MaxxBass low frequency extension algorithm offers the same precision as Waves professional audio tools, so developers can create presets perfectly suited for their products and their end-users' needs.
MaxxTreble high-frequency enhancement lets you hear every nuance of your music and movies, with crisp, breathtaking detail and unparalleled clarity.
Based on the acclaimed professional Waves C1 Compressor/Expander, MaxxTreble applies a powerful, customizable combination of equalization and parallel high-level compression to the selected frequency range between 500 Hz and 20 kHz. The end result is a crystal-clear sound experience, so you can reach those highest highs, with increased RMS levels that don't exceed your system ceiling.
MaxxStereo, inspired by Waves S1 Stereo Imager professional audio plugin, compensates for the physical limitations created by small speakers located in close proximity to one another. A unique and powerful tool that uses psycho-acoustic spatial imaging techniques to enhance and alter stereo separation, MaxxStereo widens the stereo field for optimal performance, to provide an immersive, enveloping experience. Making any device sound much larger than it actually is, MaxxStereo extends the span of stereo side content while maintaining the integrity of unprocessed center content.
With MaxxStereo , you get the best seat in the house, every time.
MaxxDialog lets you adjust dialog levels in movies and games, relative to the music, backgrounds and special effects, so you can bring the dialog up front and center — where you want it. Using patented Waves technology, MaxxDialog ensures that pivotal dialogue information is not lost behind loud music and effects.
Based on the Waves Center pro audio plug-in, MaxxDialog used by top audio engineers around the world to zero-in on a song's phantom center and raise or lower vocals without affecting the rest of a mix. MaxxDialog offers developers a simplified interface that facilitates integration into consumer devices.
With MaxxDialog patented center channel detection, it's easy to provide end users with loud, clear, and intelligible dialog in home listening environments, for the perfect listening experience.
MaxxVolume delivers maximum levels and clarity without distortion, perfect for TV, movies, music and games, as well as critical online communications where you need to hear clearly with natural voice quality. Using acoustic modeling, MaxxVolume calculates not only the signal being fed to the loudspeakers, but the real volume heard by the listener as well.
To top it off, MaxxVolume automatically protects your system, so you can "crank it up" without running the risk of speaker damage, or turn it way down, without missing a beat.
MaxxLeveler is a state-of-the art technology that eliminates the need to continuously adjust volume, guaranteeing comfortable listening levels for streaming media, music, movies and more. MaxxLeveler smoothes out volume differences between different sources, so finally you can fully experience soft scenes and loud action sequences alike — without having to reach for the volume.
Automatically adjusting differences in level for a richer performance at all volumes, MaxxLeveler uses two pre-programmed listening modes—Normal, with a wide dynamic range for everyday listening, and Midnight, ideal for those times when you don't want to disturb others.
Ideal for everything from games and TV to music and online communications—just set it and forget it; MaxxLeveler will keep your output levels balanced, smooth and steady.
Feel free to sit back, relax, flip between channels, jump from media sources to audio applications: MaxxLeveler has got your volume covered.
Using a sophisticated proprietary algorithm, MaxxMultiband divides audio content to up to eight individual frequency ranges between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. It then applies a powerful combination of high level compression, low level compression, equalization and automatic gain compensation to selected ranges. MaxxMultiband essentially turns you into a mastering engineer; the only difference is, instead of mastering the sound of audio content, you're mastering the audio performance of your device, eliminating troublesome enclosure resonance.
MaxxSense listens to your content before you do — then customizes the sound in real-time, before it reaches your ears. That means you can truly lose yourself in the experience, without reaching for the volume between songs or scenes, or every time there's a commercial.
An intelligent all-in-one solution encompassing a cascade of dynamic processors working instantaneously, MaxxSense takes the guesswork out of the sound experience. MaxxSense analyzes your content automatically, minimizing the need for user involvement or even changing presets, so you can move seamlessly between VOIP and video games, online streaming, prerecorded music and more. Your audio performance is automatically adapted to whatever you're doing, since MaxxSense is always one step ahead of you.
MaxxSurround delivers enhanced 7.1 audio imaging from surround sources, creating an immersive multi-dimensional soundscape with breathtaking depth, realism and separation.
For the full enjoyment of today's sophisticated multi-channel sound productions mixes for today's listening environments, there's nothing like it. With MaxxSurround, you won't just watch a movie; you'll be in the middle of the action.
Based on the UM225/226 professional audio plugin by Waves, Maxx360° automatically analyzes audio content, extracting each element and positioning it within the surround soundscape. Best of all, Maxx360° maintains the character of the original mix, including absolute levels, relative levels and relative positions in space. Within the mix, dialog is positioned properly in the center channel, while bringing out and enhancing the impact and excitement of LFE special effects.
Based on the UM225/226 professional audio plugin by Waves, Maxx360° automatically analyzes your audio content, extracting each element and positioning it within the surround soundscape. Best of all, Maxx360° maintains the character of the original mix, including absolute levels, relative levels and relative positions in space. Within the mix, dialog is positioned properly in the center channel, while bringing out and enhancing the impact and excitement of LFE special effects, like explosions, earthquakes, and street rumble.
With Maxx360°, you can fire up any movie and experience it in all its glory — and then some!
By automatically analyzing the input signal, MaxxNR determines which frequency ranges contain undesirable background noise, and dynamically processes these ranges alone, effectively reducing ambiance and environment sounds.
Derived from and related to the modeling of vintage analogue amplifiers, Waves' Bandwidth Extension Technology was designed to compensate for lower resolution encoding on compressed audio signals, restoring lost frequencies to provide a fuller spectrum output which more closely resembles the original uncompressed signal.
Waves' Bandwidth Extension restores lost high frequencies by generating higher order harmonics from existing frequencies, and manipulating them to behave as the original lost frequencies with dynamics and EQ control. VoIP and most phone networks transmit band-limited or compressed audio signals which reduce clarity and intelligibility. The algorithm synthesizes and expands narrowband signals, improving audio performance by simulating higher quality sample rates.
Waves' Bandwidth Extension is also ideal for compressed audio files such as mp3s which have reduced frequency ranges. When music files are encoded, high frequency content is lost, depending on the bit rate and encoder. This is especially common with content that is encoded for streaming purposes.