As of March 27, 2023, Waves plugins are offered in Waves Creative Access subscriptions only. eMotion LV1 and SuperRack continue to be sold as perpetual (non-subscription) licenses. This transition presents new license management practices for users of live sound applications, and probably raises some questions: Please find answers on this page.
Best Practices for Managing Your Waves Creative Access Plugin Subscription Licenses
Waves Creative Access subscriptions (Waves Ultimate and Waves Essential) are offered as monthly or annual subscription licenses. These licenses are updated and re-activated automatically, as payments are received.
If a payment was received but your system is offline (not connected to the internet), your subscription licenses will not renew automatically on that system and will not be available in your live application, until you connect your system to the internet and sync.
Since the live market involves many tours, where equipment is in storage or en route and is not available to connect online, we highly recommend that you purchase an annual subscription. This way, in order to complete the license renewal process, you will need to sync each system online only once a year and not each month.
We also recommend activating your subscription and application licenses on a USB flash drive, via Waves Central.
You can check the expiration date even if Waves Central is not connected to the internet:
An email reminder will be sent to the license owner shortly before the expiration date.
We also recommend that you set your own reminder on your calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
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