Waves Manny Marroquin Signature
Today’s biggest stars trust their mixes to Manny Marroquin.
Rihanna • Bruno Mars • Alicia Keys • John Legend • Cee Lo • Kanye West • The Rolling Stones • Chris Brown • Justin Bieber • Pitbull • Fun • Lana Del Rey • Usher • Nas • John Mayer • Imagine Dragons • Linkin Park • Christina Aguilera • B.o.B. • Enrique Iglesias • Jay-Z
Now it’s your turn.
Created in collaboration with Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Linkin Park)
EQ, Delay, Reverb, Tone Shaper, Triple D & Distortion plugins
Personalized hybrid processors inspired by Manny's own workflow
Manny Marroquin on the MM Delay: “Delay is all about depth. It’s one of the key elements in almost every mix I do. Plus, it enhances the groove, and creates layers of sound which can make a mix more exciting and multi-dimensional. It usually takes me five or six different plugins to get me those delay sounds; I wanted to put them all into one. We’ve included all the little extras that I always use to make the sound even more interesting: Some nice reverb, a little bit of distortion, a doubler/harmonizer to fatten things up plus a phaser, when you want to add some movement or really go wild.”
Manny Marroquin on the MM Triple D: “Getting rid of “boxy” sound, harshness and sibilance can take a lot of work – if you want to do it right, which means not EQing things out and carving certain frequency ranges completely out of your signal. The Triple D plugin makes it easy to remove those unpleasant, even painful, frequencies. So why is it called “Triple D”, you may ask? Here’s why: DeBoxy, to remove “boxy” sound from the low mid area; DeHarsher, to eliminate harshness in the mids/high mids; and DeEsser for all those high ‘sss’ and ‘shh’ sounds. With Triple D, it’s a breeze to get your vocals sounding the way they should.”
Manny Marroquin on the MM Tone Shaper: “Parallel compression plays a huge part in my mixing technique. It adds richness and really brings out the full character of almost any sound and helps different elements stand out within a mix. Tone Shaper is a parallel compressor with four separate bands plus EQ and a few other ‘secret ingredients’ that make it quick and easy to change tonality of a track to match your mix. I’ve found that when a mix is like 80% there, instead of EQ or volume, adding the Tone Shaper makes things jump out, without sacrificing space in the mix.”
Manny Marroquin on the MM Distortion: “One of the things I also love is distortion. Whether or not it’s audible, sometimes I just want to feel it. By adding just a touch of it, it will help get me that. And I’m not just talking just about guitars, either. A little bit of distortion on vocals, Rhodes, Wurlis, etc. can really add a lot of attitude and edge. So whether you like it ‘crunchy-style’ or ‘down-and-dirty,’ this Distortion is a simple but very effective plugin.”
Manny Marroquin on the MM EQ: “When I sit down to do a mix, and I’m looking to do some creative equalization, as opposed to doing some ‘clean up,’ I always seem to end up reaching for the same frequencies. That’s when I go for one of my six go-to equalizers, depending on the frequency: SSL 9080 XL K for its high and low pass filters; Quad 8 or Neve 1073 for the low end; Quad 8 or Motown for lows/low mids; Motown, 1073 and API 550B for mids/high mids; and Avalon 2055 for its silky high end. Waves and I captured the best of each of my favorite EQs – and put them together in one plugin.”
Manny Marroquin on the MM Reverb: “For my Reverb plugin, we modeled the very best reverbs in my room, 18 of my favorites: Six different reverbs, with three different room sizes for each. We also included some EQ and compression, which I always use to shape the reverbs so they sit perfectly within the mix. Plus, we added what I like to call the ‘fun’ section, with phaser and distortion. For example, sometimes I’ll send something to a really big reverb, then add phase and distortion to get some really unique tails. With this plugin, it’s all right there in front of you.”