As the 139th AES convention in New York City wrapped up on Sunday, we can fondly recall all the high-end audio interfaces, wireless solutions, dynamics hardware and software, speakers and microphones we saw. It's all great, but we really crave new instruments at these shows, and Waves stepped up to save the day with its Element 2.0 virtual analog synth VST plug-in update.
The two-oscillator Element 2.0 continues in the recreation of classic analog synth warmth and grit, but this time with Waves' second-generation Virtual Voltage technology to up the realism in mimicking analog component behavior. Waves said the new Virtual Voltage brings zero-delay feedback filters, much-improved anti-aliasing to eliminate digital artifacts, high-resolution oscillators and improved analog envelope emulation. Any original Element preset will work with Element 2.0, and the update also adds a redesigned reverb, a new Crusher effect and a new Unison algorithm with 2- and 4-voice modes.
Element 2's interface puts all the parameters right on the main window where they are easy to find, and all the controls are MIDI Learn-ready for you to map. A large preset library includes leads, basses, pads, electro-percussion, special FX, and motion presets using the 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer. As is their way, Waves did not disclose price or availability for Element 2.0, but the original Element currently sells for $119.