How to Install and Activate Waves V11

Last updated on: 11/22/2020 11:27:28 AM

Learn how to install and activate Waves V11 plugins by downloading a dedicated V11 offline installer, or by creating your own V11 offline installer via Waves Central.

Important Notes:

  • Current version licenses will activate older version software (V9 and above), as long as the product/s in question exist in this software version.
  • To check if a plugin exists in an older version, scroll to the bottom of its download page.
  • Products released after October 18, 2020 will not be available for online installation in V11 or in the V11 offline installer below. Check the Release Notes for more information.
  • If you install plugins using the offline installer method described, Sample libraries for Waves instruments must be installed manually.

This article covers different situations such as:

  • You have the latest version license/s, but need to install V11 software via an online or offline installation due to system requirements.
  • You have a V11 license or licenses and wish to install V11.

Let’s begin by activating the V11 or V12 license/s:

Step #1 Activate your Licenses:

  1. Download and install Waves Central for |
    If Waves Central is already installed, move to Step 2.
  2. Launch Waves Central:
       On Windows: via the desktop shortcut or via Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
       On Mac: via Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Log into Waves Central.
  4. Click the Licenses page on the left bar.
  5. Click My License Cloud at the top of the page.
  6. Choose the V11 or V12 license/s you wish to activate. Licenses chosen will appear in the list to the right.
  7. Choose the target device for the activated license/s.
  8. Click Activate.

Step #2: Install the V11 software

Install V11 software via one of the following three methods:

Method 1: Install Online with Waves Central

  1. Download and install Waves Central for |
    If Waves Central is already installed, move to Step 2.
  2. Launch the Waves Central application:
       Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
       Mac: via Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Log into Waves Central.
  4. Click the Install Products page > All Products tab.
  5. Click the View menu and select V11 only.
  6. Use the search bar to search for and choose the products you wish to install. Review your selections in the Summary section.
  7. Click Install.

Your products are now ready to use.

Method 2: Prepare Your Own V11 Offline Installer via Waves Central

Method 3: Use the Dedicated V11 Offline Installer

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