Waves Axis One is a DAW computer optimized for Waves plugins
The new Waves Axis One is a computer that’s been specifically designed for audio applications and optimized for Waves plugins.
At its core the Waves Axis One houses an Intel® i5 8600 six-core 4.3GHz max processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB internal SSD drive. This is ample for most audio applications however as the system is based on regular PC architecture, the chances are it is upgradable in the future. The case features two USB ports on the front and six on the back plus a single USB-C port and it’s all housed in a 2U half-rack sized enclosure, making it fit into almost any studio or touring rack.
The specs might not seem like the most powerful computer in existence, however optimization makes all the difference. The Waves Axis One was meticulously designed from the ground up to maintain reliability during the most strenuous audio applications. From the system to the hardware, the Waves Axis One has been rigorously tested for studio and road applications.
The Waves Axis One is based on Windows 10, finally a competitor to the popular choice in studios around the world.
Network audio applications?
The Axis One features a Waves SoundGrid port and an RJ-45 Ethernet connection to connect and sync it up with various network audio platforms. The Waves SoundGrid system is a hugely expandable professional audio networking solution with a variety of hardware choices to suit every need, having the SoundGrid port on the Waves Axis One allows you to integrate it into almost any SoundGrid network. This also presents a great system to use as a backup machine that runs a copy of your primary machine that can kick in if your main system ever goes down.
Axis One is set to retail at USD $1499 (Around R22k Excl. duties) which isn’t too bad considering what you would pay for a high-end PC nowadays, and it’s tuned to your audio needs. Waves Axis One will start shipping in early 2019.
For more information, check out the Waves website.