Uninstall Waves Products

Last updated on: 5/3/2020 4:10:15 AM

Follow these instructions to uninstall Waves plugins and applications using Waves Central or uninstall unused individual plugins manually.

Please note that Waves Central allows you to uninstall Waves plugins by version only: that is, you can only uninstall all Waves V11 plugins at once, all your Waves V10 plugins at once, etc.

Waves applications (such as MultiRack or eMotion ST) can be selected individually for uninstallation, but individual plugins must be removed manually as described below.

Uninstall via Waves Central:

  1. Quit all audio apps.
  2. Launch the Waves Central application:
    • Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
    • Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Log into Waves Central using your Waves account information.
  4. Go to the Settings tab.
  5. Under Maintenance, select the products/version you wish to uninstall in the dropdown menu, and click Uninstall.

Uninstall unused individual plugins manually:

  1. Quit all audio apps.
  2. Navigate to the relevant plugin version folder:
    • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you wish to remove from).
    • Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you wish to remove from).
  3. The plugin file you wish to remove 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.
  4. Delete the plugin file/s you wish to remove (or move to a backup folder).
  5. Clear Waves preferences:
    • Click the Windows key + ‘R’ and enter %appdata%, click Enter.
    • Delete the Waves folder inside the 'Roaming' folder that appears.
    Mac: Delete the "Waves Preferences" folder located at HD > Users > Current user > Library > Preferences (this folder is accessed by going to the Go menu and holding down the Alt\option key. This will reveal the Library option).

Please note: Manually removing a plugin will not be reflected in Waves Central’s ‘Install Status’ for that plugin. For correct reflection of the installed plugins in Waves Central, uninstall the entire version and re-install just the plugins that you need.

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