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Perpetual Plugin Licenses and Plugin Subscriptions Compared

Aug 08, 2023

Welcome to our guide comparing perpetual plugin licenses with plugin subscriptions. On this page you can explore the advantages of each model, to help you make the right choice for your needs.

Perpetual License

  • Purchase plugins one by one or in bundles.
  • One-off payment. You buy a perpetual license that does not expire.
  • You get one free year of updates from the moment you purchase. If you need to update to a newer version later on, you can do so by renewing your Waves Update Plan coverage.
  • 2 licenses can be used by the owner on two systems at a time, as long as the product is covered by the Waves Update Plan (see above). 1 license after the first year, if the product is no longer covered by the Waves Update Plan.
  • You can use one plugin or bundle on one system, and other plugins or bundles on a second system: the licenses are separate.

    * The 2nd license can be used by the owner of the main product license only. You may not transfer ownership of the 2nd license separately to another person. Both licenses (main license and 2nd license) must be deactivated before the main license can be transferred.
  • May be added to select bundles covered by the Waves Update Plan, or purchased separately.
  • Use StudioVerse chains that include the plugins you own.
  • Gemstones not included.

Ultimate Subscription

  • Subscribe to over 230 Waves plugins.
  • Monthly or annual payment options.
  • All updates are free: Your products are always up to date. Easy one-click software updates from Waves Central.
  • 1 license. Can be used on one system at a time.
  • One subscription license can be used on one system at a time.
  • All new plugins added for free.
  • Unlimited use of all StudioVerse plugin chains.
  • All Gemstones included.

Essential Subscription

  • Subscribe to over 110 plugins.
  • Monthly or annual payment options.
  • All updates are free: Your products are always up to date. Easy one-click software updates from Waves Central.
  • 1 license. Can be used on one system at a time.
  • One subscription license can be used on one system at a time.
  • Select new plugins added for free.
  • Use StudioVerse chains that include the 110+ plugins in Waves Essential.
  • Select Gemstones included.

For full terms and conditions, please see the Waves EULA.