Waves Essential

Over 110 industry-leading plugins covering your mixing and production needs
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Also available: Waves Ultimate with 230+ Waves plugins

Over 110 Pro-Quality Plugins Covering Your Mixing and Production Needs

Shape your sound with a massive collection of industry-leading audio plugins, covering a vast range of your mixing and production needs.

Vocal production and mixing plugins, including Waves Tune Real-Time, Clarity Vx, Vocal Bender, Vocal Rider, R-Vox and CLA Vocals. The classic Renaissance series. Selected analog emulations, including SSL E-Channel, CLA-76 and Kramer Master Tape. The CR8 Creative Sampler. A rich palette of popular plugins, including F6 Dynamic EQ, H-Delay, L2, PuigTec EQs, and so much more.

With Waves Essential, your essential mixing and production needs are covered—and beyond.

  • Over 110 industry-leading plugins
  • 7-day free trial: no commitment
  • All future updates included
  • Select new plugins added
  • Vast collection of pro-quality audio plugins
  • Includes StudioVerse: Thousands of mixing chains with AI search
  • Cancel anytime (your subscription will stop at the end of your current period)
  • Limited time: 2 free months of Splice Sounds+: Allow 8 days for code delivery by email
  • Personal technical support by phone and email
  • From Waves Audio, winner of the Technical Grammy® Award

The Industry’s Most Popular Plugins In Your Sessions

  • Produce and Mix with Industry-Defining Plugins

    Shape your sound with over 110 plugins powering millions of sessions: Vocal plugins, including Waves Tune Real-Time, Clarity Vx, Vocal Bender, and much more. All Renaissance plugins. Analog models including SSL E-Channel and CLA-76. Dozens more popular plugins, including F6 Dynamic EQ, H-Delay, L2, PuigTec EQs, the CR8 sampler, and beyond.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • All Plugin Updates Included

    Always be up to date with the latest versions of your plugins. No hassle, no extra cost. Now you, and everyone you collaborate with, can always produce and mix with the same updated versions of your plugins.

  • Select New Plugins Added

    With Waves Essential, your creative palette keeps growing as more new plugins are released. Many of our new releases will be added to your subscription at no extra cost.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Select Waves Gems Included

    Effortlessly fun and infinitely inspiring, Waves Gems are a growing collection of creative effects that can transform any track into pure audio magic. Available exclusively in Waves Creative Access.

    Features: 2 Free Months of Splice
  • Includes StudioVerse: Thousands of Mixing Chains at the Click of a Button

    Break the knowledge barrier in mixing with StudioVerse, the AI-powered community for plugin chains: Thousands of mix-ready chains that help you unlock the full power of all your Waves plugins—created by hundreds of industry-leading producers and mix engineers, and delivered by powerful Musical AI inside your DAW: Learn more

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • 2 Free Months of Splice—the World’s Best Sample Library

    Limited time only: Get 100 credits a month, to use on samples, presets, and MIDI patterns from the Splice Sounds+ catalog. Downloads are yours to keep forever. You will get your Splice code by email 8 days from the moment you start your Waves subscription. Available only to users who are not already on a Splice plan.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Created with Grammy Winners

    Waves plugins, presets, and chains are created with the biggest contributors to the music industry—the producers and mixers behind Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, and countless more—bringing their expertise to your sessions.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material