How to Find Your Plugins in a Waves Host Application

Last updated on: 7/12/2016 4:45:40 AM

If you are trying to load your Waves plugins but cannot find them in one (or more) of the following Waves host applications:

  • SoundGrid Studio
  • MultiRack (Native or SoundGrid)
  • eMotion LV1
  • StudioRack

then follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available:

Step #1 – Verify Plugin Installation

First, check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer. Go to:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V9
Mac: System HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V9

The relevant plugin file will be named after the plugin, in this format: [PluginName].bundle. For example, the plugin file for Reel ADT will be named Reel ADT.bundle.

If the plugins you are looking for are not there, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

Step #2 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform the following procedure:

Windows:

  1. Quit all applications.
  2. Press [Win key] + R, type %appdata% and press Enter.
  3. Go to Waves Audio > Preferences and delete its content.
  4. In the now empty Preferences folder, create a new text document (right-click > New > Text Document) and name it ForceUseGUIScanner. This document must have a [.txt] extension and should remain empty.
  5. Launch your Waves host application.
  6. If prompted to Locate the Modules Folder, direct to:

    • For SoundGrid Studio / StudioRack:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\SoundGrid Studio\Modules
    • For MultiRack (Native / SoundGrid):
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\MultiRack\Modules
    • For eMotion LV1 Live Mixer:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\eMotion LV1\Modules
  7. If prompted to Locate the Waves Public API (WPAPI) Folder, direct to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\WPAPI
  8. If prompted to Locate the Waves Plugins Folder, direct to C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V9

Mac:

  1. Quit all applications.
  2. In Finder, click on the Go menu while holding down [Alt/Option] and click on Library.
  3. Go to Preferences > Waves Preferences and delete its contents.
  4. Create an empty text document and name the file ForceUseGUIScanner. This file must have a [.txt] extension and should remain empty. Place this file in the Waves Preferences folder above.
  5. Launch your Waves host application.
  6. If prompted to Locate the Modules Folder, direct to:

    • For SoundGrid Studio / StudioRack:
      System HD > Applications > Waves > SoundGrid Studio > Modules
    • For MultiRack (Native / SoundGrid):
      System HD > Applications > Waves > MultiRack > Modules
    • For eMotion LV1 Live Mixer:
      System HD > Applications > Waves > eMotion LV1 > Modules
  7. If prompted to Locate the Waves Public API (WPAPI) Folder, direct to System HD > Library > Audio > Plug-Ins > WPAPI
  8. If prompted to Locate the Waves Plugins Folder, direct to System HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V9

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