Yeah I find the CLA bass module to be the most useable of the lot. I've also used the
Maserati Group Processor module for quick & dirty 'mastering' on end-of-day's-work review
copies (yes, I'm not proud of that).
For getting something very quick and tolerable in the heat of the moment they can be
fine, but rarely make it into a final mix.
I think Waves have realised that
they're not really competitive in the market now, and are changing their business model
and pricing structure. But it's hard to do that whilst still maintaining the image of high
quality and not appearing to be struggling, so we're seeing endless 'specials' and
seasonal bargains (e.g. plugins for single-digit dollar prices), which I don't think will
be ending anytime soon.