Waves Central

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

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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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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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Please refer to the latest version on the System Requirements page to find out on which operating systems Waves Central can run.

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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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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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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 can log in to your Waves account, but nothing seems to happen when you try to log in to the Waves Central application, follow these instructions.

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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 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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If you are encountering a persistent “Incorrect Username or Password” message when trying to log into your Waves account on our website or in Waves Central, 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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If you cannot manage your licenses in Waves Central because your computer appears as a disconnected device, these are the possible reasons and solutions.

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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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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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