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How to Get StudioRack

Jan 24, 2024

Learn how to get StudioRack, the free Waves plugin chainer. With StudioRack, you can save and load complete chains using Waves plugins as well as VST3 plugins by other manufacturers. You can also browse and load thousands of chain presets from the included StudioVerse, our AI-powered online community for plugin chains.

StudioRack can be installed in four ways:

Option 1: Install StudioRack for FREE as a single plugin

To install StudioRack for free, follow these steps:

  1. Download Waves Central, our software management application. (If you already have Waves Central installed, go on to step 2).
  2. Launch Waves Central:
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
    Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Go to the Install Products page.
  4. Select the All Products tab.
  5. Search StudioRack and select it.
  6. Click Install.

Please note: Installing StudioRack on its own will give you access to StudioVerse, but the full experience of StudioVerse and access to all chains depends on the plugins that are installed on your system and the version they are in.

For the full StudioVerse experience – we recommend choosing the Waves Ultimate Waves Creative Access subscription.

Option 2: Install StudioRack from the StudioVerse page in Waves Central

  1. Download Waves Central, (If you already have Waves Central installed, skip to step 2).
  2. Launch Waves Central and login to your Waves account
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
    Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. In Waves Central, go to the StudioVerse page, and click Install Demo. This will install StudioRack and all Waves plugins.
    *In case you don’t yet have licenses for any of the plugins, they will run in Demo mode - with periodic mutes.
    ** If you already have some plugins installed, it will let you choose to either install only StudioRack, or install StudioRack with the rest of the plugins in Demo Mode.

Option 3: Subscribe to Waves Creative Access

Access all the benefits of StudioRack and StudioVerse is by subscribing to Waves Creative Access. Installing your Waves Creative Access subscription also installs StudioRack.

  1. Choose a subscription and start your free 7-day trial here.
  2. Follow these steps to install and activate your Waves Creative Access plugins, including StudioRack.

Option 4: Demo Waves Creative Access

Try StudioRack and StudioVerse by installing Waves Creative Access and using a fully functional demo with periodic mutes.

  1. Download Waves Central, our software management application. (If you already have Waves Central installed, go on to step 2).
  2. Launch Waves Central:
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
    Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Select the Creative Access tab.
  4. Press ‘Install Demo’.

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