Activate Licenses

Last updated on: 12/22/2019 4:09:35 AM

Learn how to activate Waves licenses directly to your computer or to a USB flash drive, using the Waves Central application. You can do this only for licenses that are currently “Not Activated” (on the License Cloud).

Please note that licenses can be activated to one device at a time (computer or USB flash drive).

Important Notes:
  • Check which software version is most suitable for your system and DAW.
  • Newly purchased (or demoed) V11 licenses will activate V10 and V9 software, as long as the products in question exist in V10 or V9. To find out whether a certain plugin exists in V10 or V9, visit the V10 and V9 download pages, and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Existing V9 licenses can be found and managed in the Licenses page of Waves Central.
  • Software versions earlier than 9.92 cannot co-exist with software versions V10 or V11, if you wish to run V9 side by side with V10 or V11 – please install version 9.92
  • For this reason, installing V11 alongside V9 may cause temporary loss of access to the V9 plugins on systems that do support both versions. We are aware of this issue and it can be repaired by reinstalling V9.92 plugins or contacting Tech Support.”
  • If your licenses are already activated to a device, learn how to Move Your Licenses.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Launch Waves Central
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or via Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
    Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  2. Select the Licenses page.
  3. Select My License Cloud at the top of the page.
  4. Choose the license/s you wish to activate. Selected licenses will appear in the list on the right.
  5. Choose the target device for the activated license/s.
  6. Click the Activate button.

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