SoundGrid Studio System

The Next Generation of Sound Technology.

The SoundGrid Studio System is a real-time processing and networking platform designed to bring your studio up to light speed. It allows your DAW to offload its plugin processing and enables your devices to communicate with one another and with the devices of the people you work with. The SoundGrid Studio System integrates seamlessly with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os, providing endless possibilities for setups of every size—from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to an entire network of host computers, I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers.

Get More from Your System. A Lot More.

Features and Benefits

  • Real-Time Processing – Run hundreds of plugins simultaneously
  • Low-Latency Monitoring – Track and rehearse with full-on plugins in near-zero latency
  • Networking – Connect everything and everyone through a centralized hub
  • Seamless Integration – Connect multiple DAWs using the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver
  • Open Architecture – Compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins


  • SoundGrid Studio Application – For managing the SoundGrid network on your host computer
  • eMotion ST Mixer – Low-latency monitoring for tracking and rehearsing
  • StudioRack – For running plugin chains, saving & loading their presets, and offloading their processing to a SoundGrid DSP server
  • SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio Driver – Connects any DAW to the SoundGrid network as a software I/O

How the SoundGrid Studio System Works

  1. Connect at least one SoundGrid-compatible I/O to your computer/s and establish a SoundGrid network.
  2. Setup and route your devices from within the SoundGrid Studio Application.
  3. Instantly achieve real-time:
    • Networking
    • Processing (using StudioRack and a SoundGrid DSP server)
    • Monitoring (using the eMotion ST mixer)

Quick Tour of the SoundGrid Studio System

eMotion ST Mixer Overview


SoundGrid Studio Application

SoundGrid Studio Application
SoundGrid Studio is an application for managing the SoundGrid network’s hardware and software devices on your host computer. An open platform that seamlessly integrates with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os, SoundGrid Studio provides endless possibilities for setups of every size, from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to a whole network of host computers, I/Os and SoundGrid DSP servers.

The SoundGrid Studio ASIO/Core Audio driver and dynamic I/O mapping ability let you configure your network, manage its various components and set up any combination of SoundGrid-compatible devices. The system's configuration module lets you assign and route drivers and hardware devices. SoundGrid also enables I/O sharing between several computers whose resources are managed from the designated host computer.

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eMotion ST Mixer

eMotion ST is the mixer part of the SoundGrid application. It integrates with StudioRack and lets you run SoundGrid plugins for low-latency monitoring, providing you with complex monitor mixing options.

Highlighted eMotion ST specs:
  • 8 multi-purpose mono/stereo input channels
  • 2 stereo FX aux buss/return and 6 stereo aux buss/return
  • 64 mono channel feeds from StudioRack plugins
  • 8 insert slots per channel for SoundGrid plugins
  • Connect multiple SoundGrid-compatible devices and hosts
  • Compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins
  • Fully integrates with StudioRack
  • Use SoundGrid plugins as standalone processors for any purpose
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eMotion ST



StudioRack is a software rack designed to run plugin chains, giving you the choice of directing the processing to a SoundGrid DSP server or to your host computer’s CPU. When processing your plugin chains on SoundGrid, StudioRack lets you monitor your tracks in low latency via the eMotion ST Mixer. Compatible with most popular hosts, StudioRack has a dedicated component for Pro Tools TDM and HDX systems, giving you access to both Avid and Waves offload capabilities.

StudioRack’s unique features:
  • Compatible with most native DAWs
  • Bridges Pro Tools HD and HDX DSP with the SoundGrid DSP server in order to process plugins in low latency while recording
  • Compatible with Waves and third-party plugins
  • Plugin chains used for low-latency monitoring are instantly available for mixing as well
  • Up to 8 plugins per rack
  • Fully automatable
  • Presets for plugin chains can be saved to and loaded from any DAW
  • Quick access to plugin parameters within your chain
  • Intuitive MIDI control over all plugins
  • Avid Control Surface support
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Waves SoundGrid Studio is included at no extra cost with any purchase of the following DiGiGrid Interfaces:


Processing Capabilities and Plugin Counts

Waves’ philosophy is to deliver the highest-quality and most technologically advanced plugins in the audio industry. This sometimes comes at a cost in terms of the heavy processing power required.

Each plugin has its own set of capabilities and requirements. Some plugins use relatively simple algorithms while others use more complex ones. The latter require more time cycles and processing units and are therefore more demanding on your CPU. This directly affects the number of plugins that can be used on any CPU in any application.

Waves plugins can be used on numerous platforms and hosts. Waves’ SoundGrid technology lets you offload your plugins to an external server for real-time processing at near-zero latency. This allows you to open more plugins simultaneously, in the studio, live, and in broadcast environments.

The table below indicates the number of plugins that can be inserted into StudioRacks and loaded to the SoundGrid servers inside our DiGiGrid IOS and DLS interfaces before the system reaches DSP overload (85%) or fails to play audio fluently (clicks, dropouts, corruption).

  DiGiGrid IOS
(SoundGrid Server Firmware –
DiGiGrid DLS
(SoundGrid Server Firmware –
Plugin 44.1kHz 96kHz 44.1kHz 96kHz
RChannel (Mono) 260 58 330 140
RChannel (Stereo) 132 54 256 118
Q10 (Mono) 512 276 512 512
Q10 (Stereo) 256 200 256 256
SSL Channel (Mono) 196 64 512 202
SSL Channel (Stereo) 164 50 256 256
API 550A (Mono) 266 116 512 204
API 550A (Stereo) 256 114 256 256
IR-Live (Mono) 10 8 32 12
IR-Live (Stereo) 6 4 18 8
CLA Guitars (Stereo) 16 8 23 11
C6 (Mono) 60 34 112 50
C6 (Stereo) 56 23 102 40
J37 Tape (Mono) 30 30 46 44
J37 Tape (Stereo) 15 15 27 24
CLA-76 (Mono) 192 90 360 136
CLA-76 (Stereo) 158 44 256 106
Reel ADT (Mono) 15 15 30 28
Reel ADT (Stereo) 15 15 28 25

* The maximum number of plugins that can be tested given system limitations is 512 mono and 256 stereo (64 and 32 StudioRacks, respectively).


Popular Questions

How does SoundGrid Studio connect to my system?

Which I/Os are SoundGrid-compatible?

How do I create an audio network?

What can I do with this audio network?

How do I offload plugin processing from my system?

How do I get a server?

Am I limited in the number of StudioRacks I can have in my session?

If I run SoundGrid with Pro Tools using a Core Audio I/O that is not HD Native, do I still get that 64 I/O stream from StudioRack?

How does the number of StudioRack instances depend on my connections?

What functionality do I have when using StudioRack?

What about low-latency monitoring?

How will this affect my workflow?

What do I do if I receive a session that was created with StudioRack using a SoundGrid server?

Can I only use Waves plugins with eMotion ST and StudioRack?

Does SoundGrid Studio support 192 kHz?

Where do the mic/line outputs show up in Pro Tools? On a Pro Tools insert path in a DiGiGrid window? Or in the Pro Tools I/O input?

Can the DiGiGrid system clock follow an external clock, i.e. Antelope, Avid internal, or Avid Sync I/O?

Can Pro Tools be slaved to the DiGiGrid clock?

Can I insert Waves plugins on mic/line inputs before Pro Tools input (pre-recording)?

What is the difference between using the DLI/DLS in SGP mode and in I/O mode? Am I getting 64 I/Os in Pro Tools?

Can I share resources with my second room, including mic/lines and the ability to use plugins?

What are the different latencies of the SoundGrid Studio System?

How would a DLS fit into my system, consisting of a HD native card, a Lynx Aurora 16 with LT-HD, and a 'blue' 192? Could I connect the 192 to the DLS and still use the DLS server capabilities?

Can I use a controller with StudioRack?

Do I need to have some kind of hardware for StudioRack, or will it work for grouping plugins and settings as a channel strip, as the Slate Digital VMR?

Waves SoundGrid and DiGiGrid interfaces are a new product line. How do we know if it will still be around in a few years’ time?

Why do I need to purchase SoundGrid plugins when I’ve already purchased TDM versions?

What makes the SoundGrid DSP server different from other servers?

What are the advantages of StudioRack over simply saving a channel strip in your DAW?

What does it mean when you say that "some third-party plugins" will work?

What are the benefits of using Ethernet to stream audio signals?

When I record overdubs, does the eMotion ST mixer merge the live input with the DAW output? If I monitor a virtual guitar amp while recording, will the playback be routed to that same virtual amp?

What if I don’t want to work with the eMotion ST mixer?

I can see the potential of the DiGiGrid interfaces and SoundGrid Studio System for multi-room studios that want to invest in a networkable audio infrastructure, as long as you don't already own a Pro Tools HD/HDX system. But if you already own such a system, wouldn’t it be a waste of money to get a DiGiGrid interface as well, since all you need is the Pro Tools hardware and the Waves software?

I'm a bit confused as to the 'Live Sound' and 'Studio System' distinction. Do they involve the same components? Can I invest in something relatively minimal now – just for additional DSP – and incorporate a mixing console down the track?

Can I use SoundGrid plugins with Native systems?

If my session was created with a SoundGrid system, can I then continue to work on it with a non-SoundGrid system?

If I add Waves' solution to my HDX system, will I be able to control (and automate) all the Waves plugins in Pro Tools, or will I need to do that from the eMotion ST mixer and therefore tweak the plugin parameters in two different places – the AAX ones directly in Pro Tools, and the SoundGrid ones in another location?

When I use a DiGiGrid DLS or DLI with an HD/HDX or HD Native system, does the DLS/DLI appear in the Pro Tools I/O setup window as I/Os and inserts?

When I use a DiGiGrid DLS or DLI with an HD/HDX or HD Native system, does StudioRack behave like a hardware insert chain?

I’m getting audio artifacts when I connect more than 100 channels to the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver. What can I do?

I use a high-channel-count SoundGrid I/O for recording. After upgrading the driver from V9.5 to V9.7, I seem to be getting audio artifacts. What can I do?