If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in GarageBand but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.
Step #1 – Verify plugin software is installed
Check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer.
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V14, (or whichever version is installed on your device, V13-V9)
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V14, (or whichever version is installed on your device, V13-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.
For V13-V9 plugins to show up in your DAW, their license must be activated. If you installed V14 plugins or Waves Creative Access, you can skip this step.
Check whether the relevant plugin or bundle license/s are activated on your computer or USB Flash Drive:
If the plugins are not activated, check if they appear in the Not Activated tab. If that’s the case, select the license/s and click ‘Activate’.
If the plugin licenses are not found in the Not Activated tab, check if they appear in a device in the Disconnected Devices tab. If that's the case, refer to this article.
Step #3 – Verify Audio Units are enabled
Access GarageBand Preferences > Audio/MIDI Tab > Effects > check "Enable Audio Units".
Step #4 – Rescan for Plugins
Once the rescan is done, create a new project with a supported sample rate, add a track and load your Waves plugins.
If your Waves plugins are now available in GarageBand, you can safely delete the files dragged to your desktop.
If your plugins load in Demo mode (with periodic mutes), refer to this article to activate your license.
None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.