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Plugins Don’t Load After Connecting a Flash Drive with Licenses

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

If you can’t find your plugins after connecting a USB flash drive to a computer that already has some Waves plugins installed, try following the steps below, using the Waves Central Version Organizer.

This issue might occur when there is a mismatch between the version/s of your plugin license and the version/s of the plugin software installed on the computer. This is especially likely in multi-user systems: computers used by more than one user, for example in a commercial studio or a school. The Waves Central Version Organizer will help solve this issue.

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

First, check whether the relevant plugin files are correctly installed on your computer. Go to:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V14 (or whichever version is installed on your device)

Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V14 (or whichever version is installed on your device)

The relevant plugin file/s will be named after the plugin, in this format: [PluginName].bundle. For example, the plugin file for Reel ADT will be named Reel ADT.bundle.

If the plugins you are looking for are not in the above folder, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

Step #2 – Run the Version Organizer

  1. Quit all audio apps.

  2. Launch the Waves Central Application on the same system that some your licenses are activated on and log in.
       Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
       Mac: Applications > Waves Central.

  3. Go to the Settings tab

  4. Under Maintenance, locate the Version Organizer and click Run to its right.

  5. In the next window, click Run again
    On Mac you will be prompted to enter your administrator password.

  6. Waves Central will now organize your plugins by version and license.

  7. Once the process is complete, click OK.

The Version Organizer will now correlate the plugin software installed on your system to the licenses you have activated.

Step #3: Rescan

Some host applications will automatically scan for plugins upon reach launch, and some need to be manually initiated, such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Reaper, Studio One, WaveLab, Samplitude, Sequoia, Audition, Komplete Kontrol and Maschine. If your plugins still do not appear these applications - rescan plugins in your host application.

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