Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.


Precision Mangling with Waves Multimod Rack

MultiMod Rack brings huge versatility in a rack-based saturation rig.


1 April 2020

MultiMod Rack is a powerhouse suite that takes multiband distortion to the next level of both musical creativity and precision engineering. It allows music producers to create the wildest palette of richly modulatable distortion FX; and it allows mixing engineers to achieve multiband distortion and saturation with pinpoint precision.  

MultiMod Rack has three plugin slots, each of which can host Waves’ newest distortion and saturation plugins: the vintage analogue-modelled Abbey Road Saturator, the modern waveshaper-based Berzerk, and the classic-sounding MDMX Screamer, Overdrive and Fuzz modules. 

MultiMod’s three slots divide your signal into three frequency bands — lows, mids and highs — with adjustable crossover controls. Want the insanity of Waves Berzerk on your lows, the crunchy overdrive of MDMX on your mids, and analog Abbey Road saturation on your highs? Simply assign the different plugins to different frequency bands, and separately control the flavour of distortion in each. Reshuffling the chosen plugins between frequency bands will significantly change the sound, for serious tonal diversity. Each band also offers controls for level, stereo panning and harmonics.

Five powerful modulators allow you to modulate nearly every individual parameter of the Abbey Road Saturator, MDMX and Berzerk plugins, for ultimate musical and creative flexibility. LFO, sequencer and amplitude modulation options open up sound-design options too. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a post-processing EQ section, which can be modulated to no end.

Leading industry professionals have this to say about MultiMod Rack: 

Producer/mixer Joe Barresi (Tool, QOTSA, Slipknot): “From intricate multiband distortion, to fully over-the-top destruction never before realised — there’s so much under the hood and so much potential to unlock with MultiMod Rack.” 

Producer/mixer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits): “My favourite thing about Waves is the selection of unique plugins that do what no other processing does simply, or at all. MultiMod fits right into that landscape and is incredibly fun to mangle sounds with. Another inspiring innovation from Waves.” 

MultiMod Rack features:

  • Multiband modulation rack for Waves’ Abbey Road Saturator, Berzerk and MDMX distortion plugins
  • The most versatile distortion & saturation suite in existence: vintage analog saturation to futuristic waveshaper distortion, all in one place
  • Multiband distortion processing with adjustable crossover points
  • Five modulators allow you to modulate individual plugin parameters
  • LFO, sequencer and amplitude modulation options
  • Independent level, pan and harmonics controls per slot/band
  • Built-in FX including reverb, delay, chorus
  • Hundreds of categorised factory presets to get you started
  • Artist presets by award-winning producers/mixers Joe Barresi, Jacquire King, Michael Brauer, Devin Townsend, Juno Reactor & many more


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Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.