So, raise you hand if you’ve used a real Neve 2254… Anyone?
Limiter + compressor + (de-esser?). Limited controls, and unlike a lot of analogue emulations you really have to push the signal to get anything to happen with this. I assume this is true to the original.
The “Analog” knob (on this and other Waves plugins) is interesting. It doesn’t really make anything more analogue, as in non-linear effects or harmonics, but it controls the amount of noise and hiss. At 100% it starts to get pretty audible.
The frequency response is completely flat. There doesn’t appear to be any filtering at the high end to eliminate aliasing. You can compare the charts here with UAD’s version of the 2254. Maybe someone can help me with this, but I don’t think that the DeEsser does anything. Clicking it on doesn’t make any change to any frequency range, no matter the settings on any other part of the plugin. Am I missing something?
Take a look at the hints for the UAD Neve 2254, they work here too.