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Uninstall Waves Products

Last updated on: 6/21/2022 11:59:28 AM

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

Note that Waves Central allows you to uninstall Waves plugins by version only. For instance, you can only uninstall all your Waves V14 plugins at once — or all your Waves V11 plugins at once and so on.

Individual plugins must be removed manually, as described below.
Waves applications (such as SuperRack or eMotion LV1) and Waves SoundGrid I/O drivers can only be uninstalled together as one.

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 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).
  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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