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How to Install and Activate Waves V12

Last updated on: 10/11/2021 4:00:00 AM

Learn how to install and activate Waves plugins V12 plugins, either online via Waves Central, by creating your own V12 offline installer via Waves Central, or by downloading a dedicated V12 offline installer.

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 find out whether a certain plugin exists in an older version, visit the older version's download page, and scroll down to the bottom.
  • Products released after October 10, 2021 will not be available for online installation in V12, nor will they be available in the V12 offline installer offered below. Check our Release Notes for specific information.
  • If you install using the offline installer method below, 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 V12 software due to system requirements, using online or offline installation .
  • You have V12 license/s and wish to install V12.

Step #1 Activate your Licenses:

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

Step #2: Install the V12 software

Install V12 software, choosing one of the following three methods:

Method 1: Install Online with Waves Central

  1. Log into Waves Central.
    • Click the Install Products page > All Products tab.
    • Click the view menu and select only V12 .
  2. Use the search bar to search and select the products you wish to install. Review the selections in the Summary section.
  3. Click the Install button.

Your products are now ready to use.

Method 2: Prepare Your Own V12 Offline Installer via Waves Central

Method 3: Use the Dedicated V12 Offline Installer

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