Installation & Activation

Use this guide to find the exact set of instructions to update, activate and install your Waves licenses by checking your current license versions, activation status and Waves Update Plan coverage.

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Waves Central is Waves’ installer and license management application. It can be used to: Install and update Waves software products

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Follow these steps to install Waves software products and activate them to your computer in one go, using Waves Central’s “Easy Install & Activate” page.

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If your audio computer cannot connect to the internet, you will need to use a computer with an internet connection in order to do the following.

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Waves Central allows you to install products and demos registered to your account. This may come handy in situations such as hard drive reformat, installation...

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Learn how to activate Waves licenses directly to your computer or to a USB flash drive, using the Waves Central application.

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Learn how to move your Waves licenses between computers, using a USB Flash Drive or via Waves License Cloud.

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Learn how to recover Waves licenses in cases of lost, stolen, or damaged USB flash drives or computers, or if you reformat or replace your hard drive.

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SoundGrid audio interfaces require a driver installation in order to function. Follow these steps to install the SoundGrid I/O driver via Waves Central.

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Installing Waves latest version using Waves Central will remove previously installed V9 products. Follow these steps to reinstall the removed Waves products.

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Please follow these steps. Relaunch Waves Central after each step before trying the next. Make sure you are logged in to your computer with an Administrator User account.

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Using Waves Central you can only uninstall all Waves plugins. If you wish to uninstall individual plugins, you will need to uninstall all plugins and then re-install the ones you want.

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Learn how to use your Waves plugins when using a custom VST folder

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A single Waves product license can be used on just one system at a time, but can easily be moved back and forth between compatible systems as often as you like.

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Waves V9 and up require activation on a computer or USB flash drive. For both OS X and Windows compatibility, your USB flash drive must be FAT32-formatted.

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To view which licenses are activated on your computer or USB Flash Drives: Make sure you are logged in to your computer with an Administrator User account.

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iLok authorization is no longer available. If your iLok key is lost or defective you can update to Waves latest version under the Waves Update Plan.

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To run Waves plugins on Logic 9, you must use a Waves V9.3 offline installer, which only includes Waves products released until September 10, 2015.

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To run Waves plugins on Mac OS Lion 10.7 to 10.7.5, you must use a Waves V9.3 offline installer, which only includes Waves products released until September 10, 2015.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Ableton Live but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Logic Pro X but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Sonar but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in FL Studio but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Adobe Audition but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Digital Performer but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make them available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Final Cut Pro X but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in GarageBand but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Studio One but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

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If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Vegas / Sound Forge but you cannot find them, follow these instructions to make the plugins available.

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If the Install button of the Waves Central app is grayed out, with the message “Please select at least one product” on the top left, follow these steps.

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If, for any reason, you wish to remove the latest version of Waves plugins or bundles and install v9.3 versions instead, please follow these instructions.

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If you encounter an “Entry Point Not Found” message while launching the Waves Central application or during product installation, follow these instructions.

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This extended library is for use with the IR-series Parametric Convolution Reverb plugins (IR-L, IR-1, IR-Live, IR-360). To install the library, follow these instructions.

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To run Waves plugins on Windows 32bit (7 or 8.1), you must use the Waves V9.3 offline installer, which only includes Waves products released until September 10, 2015.

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To offload plugin processing from your computer’s CPU to a SoundGrid server when using a non-SoundGrid audio interface, follow the steps in this page.

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To install Waves plugins v9.6 and compatible Waves host applications (SoundGrid Studio, MultiRack, eMotion LV1), you must use a dedicated offline installer.

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To run Waves plugins on Mac OS Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Mavericks 10.9.5, you must use the Waves Central v9.6 offline installer for Mac.

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If you are based in China, follow these steps to install Waves software products and activate them to your computer using Waves Central.

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Learn how to move pre-installed instrument samples to a different location on your computer or to an external hard drive.

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

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To install Waves plugins v9.92 and compatible Waves host applications (SoundGrid Studio, MultiRack, eMotion LV1), you must use a dedicated offline installation folder.

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Waves License Center (WLC) has been discontinued on October 25, 2015 and no longer works. If you try to launch it, a connection error message will appear.

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Follow these steps if you have inadvertently updated your Waves software to V10 and wish to revert to Waves v9.92 plugins, using our dedicated offline installer.

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Installing/updating eMotion LV1 v10 will update all SoundGrid applications, firmware and drivers to v10, which is not compatible with SoundGrid v9 software. Follow these instructions to switch between SoundGrid v9 and v10.

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If you can't load your Waves plugins in Pro Tools, follow the relevant instructions for your version of Pro Tools to make the plugins available.

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