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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:

MaxxEQ™ Full Spectrum Equalization

A full spectrum 10-band equalizer, MaxxEQ graphic equalization is perfect for all types of content, from streaming media and movies to music and games. With MaxxEQ, it's never been easier to customize your sound, frequency by frequency. Inspired by Waves pro audio Renaissance EQ and Waves Q10 (a TEC Hall of Fame inductee), MaxxEQ gives you the power to design EQ curves and shape your frequency response with accuracy and ease, using up to 10 programmable filters with bell, shelf, low pass, and high pass, plus adjustable frequency, gain, and Q parameters. Just like its professional counterparts, MaxxEQ's intuitive paragraphic user interface makes click-and-drag filter design quick and simple — for developers and end-users alike.

MaxxBass® Psycho-Acoustic Bass Enhancement

MaxxBass patented bass enhancement uses the science of psycho-acoustics to deliver deep, thundering lows you can really feel. Whether you're listening on a laptop or watching TV, MaxxBass delivers the low frequency impact that makes the music come alive. In fact, MaxxBass acts as a virtual subwoofer, enabling manufacturers to create devices with ever-smaller speaker components, while maintaining and even extending low end performance.Based on the same Waves MaxxBass professional audio technology used in recording studios and post production facilities, the next-generation MaxxBass for consumer electronics features parallel MaxxBass processes that work in tandem, delivering more low frequency detail with less low mid-range noise. This results in a significantly more realistic bass feeling, as it continuously takes into consideration the capabilities of the reproduction system, and adjusts its output accordingly.


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 Crystal-Clear High Frequencies

When it comes to small speaker systems – especially those without separate tweeters – oftentimes high frequency detail gets "lost in translation," resulting in lackluster, inarticulate sound, while other (sometimes less-than-pleasant) mid-high frequencies are boosted to over-compensate for the missing sonic information. MaxxTreble brings back those missing highs, and restores luster to compressed formats like mp3s and TV sound, using an ingenious proprietary process.

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 Multi-Dimensional Spatial Imaging

When stereo sound first hit the scene over half a century ago, people were amazed: Different instruments, different voices coming from separate speakers simultaneously? Amazing! Of course, today we have home entertainment systems with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, not to mention movie theaters with literally dozens of speakers pointed from every angle. But when it's time to listen to music or watch a movie on a laptop or TV, there's simply not enough physical space to accommodate the stereo content emanating from two small speakers.


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 Intuitive Dialog Booster

Many films on television and DVD are distributed with no consideration for the smaller dynamic range of home playback equipment. Films mixed for cinema exhibition are optimized for a playback level of 85 dB, which is much louder than most consumer listening environments. Normal home playback levels and smaller loudspeakers often result in a feeling that dialogue is too quiet, while music and sound effects are annoyingly loud. MaxxDialog identifies "center" (mono) information and allows the end user to adjust its level independently, resulting in clear, crisp dialog that doesn't vanish behind loud music and effects.


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® All-in-One Dynamics Conditioning

Inspired by the Waves pro audio plugin of the same name, MaxxVolume uses a powerful combination of high level compression to increase RMS levels, low level compression to increase the clarity of soft sounds, and noise gating to eliminate signal and system noise. With expert presets designed by top sound engineers as well as customizable parameters for each function, MaxxVolume can even be used to implement intelligent, manufacturer-defined ear protection mechanisms.

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 Intelligent Volume Stabilizer

The late night lunge for the remote when we change channels – or when they cut to commercial. The drastic difference in volume levels when shuffling between songs – or switching between apps. Even within TV shows and movies, volume levels are anything but consistent.

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.


MaxxMultiband™ Multiband Compression & EQ

MaxxMultiband features eight floating bands with narrow Q values, providing a dynamic equalization that was previously available only in recording studios, post production facilities and mastering rooms.

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™ Adaptive Audio Conditioning

MaxxSense listens to your content before you do, then customizes the output in real-time, before it reaches your ears. By analyzing audio content automatically, MaxxSense minimizes the need for user adjustments, so they can move seamlessly between VoIP and video games, online streaming, prerecorded music and more. Its integrated Noise Rider function analyzes the listening environment using the device's own microphones, acoustically modeling incidental dynamic noise in real time, and adjusting its output performance accordingly. MaxxSense does it all smoothly and seamlessly, without abrupt volume changes or calculation pauses. 

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.

MaxxSpace Headphone Enhancement

 In the early days of stereophonic sound, left and right channels often contained completely different musical elements. Today's mixes, however, are comparatively narrow, with left and right signals that are fairly similar. While using headphones, this tends to result in a one-dimensional listening experience which does not portray recorded content in its most flattering light, with sound sources being perceived mostly as arriving from within the head. MaxxSpace restores the sensation of natural stereo separation and spaciousness by applying a subtle proprietary process to the headphones stereo signal. MaxxSpace headphone enhancement enables even the simplest pair of ear-buds to provide an expansive, enveloping listening experience. 



MaxxSurround Multi-Channel Immersion

When leading audio engineers mix movies for multi-channel theaters and home entertainment systems, they turn to Waves 360° Surround Tools suite of professional audio plugins. MaxxSurround draws on these very same technologies to enlarge the soundstage, for maximized dynamic response and expanded spatial imaging from any surround signal.

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.

Maxx360 Stereo-to-Surround Transformation

Maxx360° employs a patented process to turn ("up-mix") any stereo content into enveloping 5.1 / 7.1 surround sound, using advanced center and rear channel extraction processing, together with a unique LFE channel enrichment process.

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!

MaxxNR™ State-of-the-Art Noise Reduction

MaxxNR adapts to and eliminates background noise throughout online communications such as VoIP based conversations as well as user-generated content such as homemade videos. Based on the Waves WNS Noise Suppressor plugin originally engineered for professional audio post production facilities, MaxxNR uses adaptive multi-band dynamics with zero latency and no phase distortion, resulting in transparent, natural sound.

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.

Bandwidth Extension Cutting-Edge Frequency Revival

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.

Bandwidth Extension

From Their Ears to Yours

Jack Joseph Puig, eleven-time GRAMMY® award-winning producer/engineer (Lady Gaga, U2 and many others), realized that the sound he creates - using cutting-edge processors in a world-class studio, and drawing on his years of experience - often ends up on a smartphone with small, tinny speakers, or through inexpensive headphones. Listeners weren’t hearing the music at its best, so he decided to do something about it. He joined forces with Waves Audio to bring studio sound to listeners everywhere. With MaxxAudio, listeners can experience the magic felt by artists in the recording studio – from their ears to yours.


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