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How to Install and Activate Waves V13

Last updated on: 6/13/2022 8:33:11 AM

Learn how to install and activate Waves plugins V13 plugins, either online via Waves Central, by creating your own V13 offline installer via Waves Central, or by downloading a dedicated V13 offline installer.

Important Notes:

  • V12 licenses will activate V12.7 and V12.0 software, as well as earlier V9-V11 software versions, if the product in question exists in any of those versions.
  • 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 June 28th, 2022 will not be available for online installation in V13, nor will they be available in the V13 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 V13 software due to system requirements, using online or offline installation.
  • You have V13 license/s and wish to install V13.

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 V13 software

Install V13 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 V13.
  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 V13 Offline Installer via Waves Central

Method 3: Use the Dedicated V13 Offline Installer

None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.

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