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 their licenses to your computer in one go, using Waves Central’s “Install Products” page.

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Learn how to use an offline installer to install legacy software or to install software to devices that are not connected to the internet.

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Waves Central is an application used to install, manage, and update your Waves software products and licenses. You can install new products, move and deactivate licenses, install legacy software, and install to offline devices.

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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. You can do this only for licenses that are currently “Not Activated” (on the License Cloud).

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Waves Central offers two simple ways to move your licenses: via a USB Flash Drive or Your License Cloud.

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Follow these instructions to recover Waves licenses for lost, stolen, or damaged USB flash drives or computers.

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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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If some of your Waves plugins are missing after you installed them with Waves Central, consult one of the following pages in order to find them.

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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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Follow these instructions to uninstall Waves plugins and applications using Waves Central. Note that Waves Central allows you to uninstall Waves plugins by version only.

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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 or Cakewalk by BandLab 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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Follow these steps if you have inadvertently updated your Waves software version and wish to revert to Waves v9.6 plugins and compatible Waves host applications (SoundGrid Studio, MultiRack, eMotion LV1), using our 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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For most of Waves’ sample-based instruments (all except Grand Rhapsody Piano), the SD samples library is placed in a default location when installing the instrument. Here is how to move them to a location of your choice.

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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, StudioRack), 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 version and wish to revert to Waves v9.92 plugins and compatible Waves host applications (SoundGrid Studio, MultiRack, eMotion LV1), using our dedicated offline installer.

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Waves SoundGrid platform currently has three available versions: V9, V10 and V11. Use this guide to set up the correct driver version for your application, SuperRack in V11, eMotion LV1 Live Mixer in V10 and MultiRack and SoundGrid Studio in V9.

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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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Follow these instructions to set up a fully redundant DiGiCo SD7 & Waves MultiRack SoundGrid setup, incorporating two mirrored SD7 engines with separate, yet mirrored Soundgrid setups.

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Follow these instructions to set up a fully redundant DiGiCo SD7 & Waves MultiRack SoundGrid setup, incorporating two mirrored SD7 engines with separate, yet mirrored Soundgrid setups.

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Follow these instructions to connect DiGiCo SD7 Quantum engines to MultiRack SoundGrid and SoundGrid server/s for audio processing, remote control and mirroring for dual engines, with or without server redundancy.

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Follow these instructions to set up a fully redundant DiGiCo SD7 & Waves SuperRack SoundGrid setup, incorporating two mirrored SD7 engines with separate yet mirrored SoundGrid setups.

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Follow these instructions to connect DiGiCo SD7 Quantum engines to SuperRack SoundGrid and SoundGrid server/s for audio processing, remote control and mirroring for dual engines with or without server redundancy.

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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 Waves Central’s Version Organizer.

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Learn how to install Waves plugins V10, either online via Waves Central, or by creating your own V10 offline installer via Waves Central, or by downloading a dedicated V10 offline installer.

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