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MaxxVoice™

More and more consumers and businesses are depending on online voice and video communications. As the novelty of VoIP fades and demand increases, users are becoming aware of its limitations, most notably poor voice quality. We strain to understand others and even shout into (or at) our computers. In addition, cellphones are plagued by their own set of sound problems. Poor sound quality is so common that we accept it as the price we pay for the convenience and economy of online or mobile communications.

It doesn’t have to be this way… Waves, borrowing from its award-winning audio processing tools that make music, television, movies, and games sound great, offers a unique set of technologies that make VoIP and cell phone communications come alive with superior vocal quality and intelligent enhancements.

MaxxVoice is a suite of state-of-the-art voice and communication solutions that provide cutting-edge technologies for intelligible noise-free conversations and conferencing on any device. Based on the same professional Waves processors used in audio forensics and post-production facilities, MaxxVoice includes innovative directional and adaptive background noise reduction, advanced echo cancellation, intelligent volume and dynamic controls, and much more. Understanding is togetherness, MaxxVoice brings people together for business and for life.

MaxxBeam™ Microphone Array Noise Suppression

MaxxBeam offers directional noise reduction technology for integrated microphones that intelligently overcomes noisy environments and focuses on you (or other speakers) for improved voice clarity and intelligibility in noisy environments.

Based on microphone-array technology, MaxxBeam differentiates between desirable sounds inside the “beam” and undesirable sounds outside of it, suppressing both stationary and non-stationary unwanted noise from outside the beam. MaxxBeam’s Auto Beam feature is a directional steering function that enables the beam to track and locate the main speech source, giving users the freedom and flexibility to communicate from most anywhere. Auto Beam also controls the width and scope of the beam automatically adjusting to one or more user’s positions to improve the clarity of multiple speakers or a single speaker on the move.

MaxxBeam’s Real-time Configurable Beam Direction lets users instantly focus the array from narrow directional beams for single users to wider beams for conference calls. At narrow beam settings, MaxxBeam reduces all signals originating from outside the beam, at wide settings, diffused noises and room reflections are suppressed.

MaxxBeam™ offers tremendous microphone placement flexibility, and works with any matching microphones. MaxxBeam is perfect for consumer-grade microphones as its Automatic Microphone Calibration can compensate for differences in microphone pairs. Best of all, MaxxBeam simplifies hardware design, and is compatible with a wide variety of microphone types.

MaxxBeam™

  • Reduces noise to improve intelligibility
  • Automatic microphone calibration
  • Support for various microphone types
  • Flexible microphone placement
  • Real-time configurable beam direction
  • Single user and conference modes
  • No bundled hardware required

MaxxNR™ State-of-the-Art Noise Reduction

MaxxNR intelligently recognizes and eliminates undesirable background frequencies while upholding the sound of your natural voice for clearer, quieter, and better sounding online communication.

Based on the Waves WNS Noise Suppressor engineered for professional audio post-production facilities, MaxxNR uses adaptive multi-band dynamics with zero latency or phase distortion, resulting in transparent natural sound.

By intelligently analyzing the input signal, MaxxNR determines which frequency ranges contain undesirable background noise and dynamically reduces them to minimize ambient and environmental noise while maintaining crystal clear voice quality.

MaxxNR™

 

MaxxEC Advanced Echo Cancellation

MaxxEC eliminates echoes and room reverberation common in online communication improving intelligibility of speakers at a distance or experiencing feedback, including that disruptive echo of your own voice.

A primary cause of echoes is feedback, where the microphone picks up sounds coming from your device’s speaker, and room reverberation where the person speaking is far from the microphone or in a room with poor acoustics. To minimize this effect, MaxxEC (a true full-duplex echo canceller) uses algorithms Waves developed for professional audio to reduce echo leak and room reverberation without making voices sound unnatural (common with other echo cancelers). Waves MaxxEC frees you from annoying echoes and room reverberation so your conversations can flow. After all, saying it once is enough.

MaxxEQ Paragraphic Equalization

MaxxEQ is an elegant easy to use equalizer that can automatically or personally be adjusted to enrich your unique voice for clarity and quality of sound.

With a full spectrum 10-band graphic equalizer, MaxxEQ is also perfect for customizing your sound for streaming media, movies, music, and games. Just like its professional counterparts the Renaissance EQ and Waves Q10 (a TEC Hall of Fame inductee), MaxxEQ’s intuitive paragraphic user interface makes click-and-drag adjustments quick and easy for developers and end-users alike.

MaxxVolume® Dynamic Microphone Enhancement

The small microphones used in portable devices typically have limited input capabilities, especially when it comes to the diversity of the human voice.

To optimize microphone performance, Waves took our all-in-one dynamics processor, MaxxVolume, and configured it especially for voice input. Using a powerful combination of compression, gating and leveling, MaxxVolume ensures a strong and steady vocal input to your microphone for more intelligible clear communication.

DeKey Keyboard Noise Attenuation

DeyKey intelligently eliminates disruptive clicking noises made by typing and keystrokes during meetings. You or anyone you converse with can finally type away during online conversations without disrupting communication and peace-of-mind.

Communicating directly with your device’s OS, DeKey isolates telltale keystroke noises and removes them without affecting voices. Plus, DeKey understands that not all clicks are the same and constantly adapts to sounds to improve affectivity.

DeKey

DeEsser Sibilant Sound Attenuation

Cell phones and VOIP applications transmit a great deal of information using a minimum amount of bandwidth. Unwanted vocal sounds are not only annoying, they steal limited resources. As a result, voices can sound unpleasant and hard to understand. A common source of this is sibilance, the loud “ss” and “sh” sounds in common words. Humans are skilled at ignoring such sounds, but microphones are not.

Sibilance overloads sound processors and masks the voice. DeEsser intelligently analyses the frequencies of sibilance and removes them reducing hissing sounds for more intelligible, clear, and pleasant vocal quality during online and mobile communication.

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Orientation Support

MaxxVoice is equipped to respond in real-time to the latest use cases in the PC market, allowing users the flexibility to converse from a variety of positions as well as a variety of device angles and placements.

Perfected for detachable, transformer, and tablet models, MaxxVoice communicates directly with the device’s motion detection sensor, receiving real-time data and automatically adapting to its configurations.

With support for both 3 Microphone L-Array and 2×2 Mic Array configurations, MaxxVoice adapts to the environmental orientation of device sensors by constantly monitoring motion-detection API. MaxxVoice orientation support provides an easy turnkey solution for all mic placement and support use cases with no need for end-user involvement.

From Their Ears to Yours

Jack Joseph Puig, eleven-time GRAMMY® award-winning producer/engineer (Lady Gaga, U2 and many others), realized that the sound he creates—using cutting-edge processors in a world-class studio, and drawing on his years of experience—often ends up on a smartphone with small, tinny speakers, or through inexpensive headphones. Listeners weren’t hearing the music at its best, so he decided to do something about it. He joined forces with Waves Audio to bring studio sound to listeners everywhere. Now, with MaxxAudio, the magic of the recording studio can be experienced on personal consumer devices.