Waves Audio (booth 15302) has released the SoundGrid Extreme Server-C, a plugin processor for the studio and live, as of NAMM 2019.
This DSP unit can process hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible plugins in real time, live or in the studio. It allows the user to mix live shows or track overdubs in the studio with real-time plugin processing. This is possible thanks to its ultra-low latency: as low as 0.8 ms at 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz.
With its 2U chassis, the Extreme Server-C is only half the width of a standard 19-inch rack. You can rack-mount one server using rack ears, or double up for redundancy and mount two units side-by-side using a rack shelf. Additionally, the Extreme Server-C is lightweight and compact, making it easy to travel with.
Waves has also opened pre-orders for the SoundGrid Mobile Server. With an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM, the SoundGrid Mobile server allows the user to pile on quite a bit of processing tasks, making it suitable to power plugins in small live shows, as well as in the studio. No different than the full-sized, rack-mountable SoundGrid servers, latency is extremely low: 0.8 ms at 44.1–96kHz.
Paired with a SoundGrid audio interface, the Mobile server enables users to record and monitor through plugins in real time. When used with a non-SoundGrid interface, it takes the plugin processing load off your computer during mixing and editing sessions.