Install & Activate SoundGrid Rack for VENUE on Avid S6L

Last updated on: 2/14/2019 8:27:50 AM

SoundGrid Rack for VENUE V10 is only compatible with VENUE 6.1 and higher.

SoundGrid Rack for VENUE V10 requires that all Waves plugins installed on the console are V10 plugins. It is not compatible with Waves V9 plugin installations. If you have plugin licenses that are V9 or earlier, you can update to V10 using a current Waves Update Plan for those licenses. Learn more about Waves plugins V10.

After installing SoundGrid Rack for VENUE V10 on a console which currently runs V9, you’ll need to configure I/O and Servers in SoundGrid Inventory.

If you’re using VENUE 5.7 – 6.0 with SoundGrid Rack for VENUE V9, you’ll need to run it with Waves V9 plugins installed. Waves version 9 installation package is available here. SoundGrid Rack for VENUE V9 and Waves V9 plugin installations can be activated with V10 licenses.

Software installation requires a computer that’s connected to the internet. As part of the process, you’ll download an offline installer with which you can install Waves Central, all software, and licenses to the VENUE console.

Fresh Install or Updating to Latest Version

A fresh install means that no Waves software is installed on VENUE. To install SoundGrid Inventory, SoundGrid Rack, and Waves plugins to VENUE, you must download an offline installer using a computer that’s connected to the internet (not the VENUE computer).

Do this in the computer that’s connected to the internet:

  1. Download the Waves Central application to the online computer.
  2. Launch Waves Central.
  3. Go to “Licenses/Manage Licenses.” Select the “SoundGrid Rack for VENUE” license, along with the licenses for your Waves bundles/plugins and send them to your USB flash drive.
  4. Go to “Install / Prepare Offline Installer.”
  5. Choose “Windows” as the target platform.
  6. Choose your USB flash drive as the target directory. This will create a Waves folder on the target drive. This folder must be placed at the root level of the USB drive. Do not place it inside another folder.
  7. From the Product List, select “Choose SoundGrid Rack for VENUE” and all Waves bundles/plugins that you wish to install.
  8. Choose “Prepare Offline Installer.” The Waves Central application is included in this offline installer.

    Note: Do not install Waves instruments as they are not supported by SoundGrid and their samples libraries are quite large.


Do this in the VENUE console:

  1. Plug the USB flash drive into the S6L.
  2. Go to “Option/System.”
  3. Enter the CONFIG mode and press “Update.”
  4. Choose “Install Waves Central.” This action copies and installs Waves Central from the offline installer. When installation is complete, you can proceed directly to Waves Central. If you cancelled Auto Launch, choose “Launch Waves Central” from the Settings panel “Option/Devices/Network Cards/Waves WSG-HD/Settings.”
  5. In Waves Central, select “Uninstall” from the “Install” drop-down menu. Chose “Uninstall V9 plug-ins” (if previously installed).
  6. When the uninstall is complete, select “Install” from the Install menu.
  7. In the left-hand panel, choose Select Offline Installer.
  8. When prompted, highlight the Waves folder you've moved to the USB Drive and click Select folder/Open.
  9. From the product list, choose “SoundGrid Rack for VENUE” and all of the bundles/plugins you wish to Install.

    Note: If the console is connected to the internet, you can choose to move licenses to the console. If you perform a Restore, these licenses will be deleted. You will need to reactivate them.

    Once installation is complete, restart the console.
  10. In VENUE, go to Options/Plugins, select “WaveShell SoundGrid Rack,” and choose “Install.”

Note: VENUE does not display individual Waves plugins. Instead it indicates “WaveShellSoundGridRack-AAX.”

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