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Waves Update Plan

The Complete Care Plan for Your Waves Products
When you purchase or upgrade a Waves software product, you get one free year of the Waves Update Plan for that product. This gives you updates for your covered products, 2nd licenses for covered plugins and bundles, plus all the benefits listed below. The products you own remain yours forever, even after your plan expires. To enjoy updates and benefits, renew your plan at any time.
PLUGIN UPDATES
Enjoy new plugin updates and ongoing compatibility with your DAW, OS & hardware
FREE 2ND LICENSE OPTION
Get second licenses for your covered plugins and bundles, for use on different devices1
VIP TECH SUPPORT
Receive personal technical guidance from Waves experts
NEW PLUGINS ADDED
Receive all plugins added to your bundle since you bought it and during coverage2
EXCLUSIVE PREMIUM CONTENT
Get access to premium music production & mixing masterclasses3
WAVES VOUCHER
Get a voucher good towards any Waves software purchase4
The cost for one year of Waves Update Plan coverage depends on the number of products you own and their prices. Updating coverage per year ranges between $12 and $240 if you own one copy of each product.
New Plugins Added to Waves Bundles
With your Waves Update Plan, you receive any plugins added to the bundles you own, at no additional cost. Find out which plugins were added in recent years to the bundles below:
Exclusive for Waves Update Plan Members
Waves Premium Masterclasses
Enter the studios of the world’s best Grammy®-winning producers and engineers, as they show you their methods and techniques.
35% Off Mix With The Masters VOD Masterclasses
Exclusive to Waves Update Plan members: 35% off VOD Masterclasses by Chris Lord-Alge, Timbaland, Finneas, Andy Wallace, Sylvia Massy, Andrew Scheps, Jaycen Joshua & more5
35% Off Mix With The Masters Vod Masterclasses
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the Waves Update Plan?

The Waves Update Plan provides the following benefits for your covered products, for the duration of your coverage:

  • Plugin updates to ensure continued compatibility with your current DAW or OS version
  • A second license for any covered plugin or bundle, for use on a second computer. This allows you to use two licenses of a single product, on two different computers at the same time, without having to move licenses between computers. (Please note that the 2nd license benefit applies to plugins and bundles, but not to Waves applications such as eMotion LV1, SuperRack, MultiRack, SoundGrid Rack for Venue and SoundGrid Studio, or to Waves subscriptions.)
  • New features, components and performance improvements added to your plugins
  • Any new plugins added to your bundles
  • VIP Tech Support
  • Access to exclusive member-only premium content

Do I have to renew my Waves Update Plan?

Whether you renew is up to you.

If you wish to use your Waves product in the version you already own – without updating – you can continue to do so, as long as it remains compatible with your DAW and computer operating system.

(Please note, however, that after your Waves Update Plan for a given product expires, you will be able to use only one license of that product, on one computer at a time; you will no longer be able to use a second license on a different computer simultaneously.)

Will my licenses continue to work even after my Waves Update Plan expires?

Yes, the Waves license version you purchased will continue to work, as long as your DAW version and computer operating system remain compatible with it. When you purchase a full Waves license you get a permanent authorization for the version you purchased.

You will need to update, however, if you wish to get a newer, updated version of the Waves product you purchased.

(Also: Please note that after your Waves Update Plan for a given product expires, you will be able to use only one license of that Waves product, on one computer at a time; you will no longer be able to use a second license on a different computer simultaneously.)

Why does Waves charge for updates?

At Waves, we are committed to ensuring that the same plugins you are using in your sessions today, will continue to serve you 5, 10, 20 years from now – always and without limitation. We have been providing updates to keep our plugins compatible since 1992, and are committed to continuing to do so. When you use Waves, you can be confident that your sessions will open the way you want them, now and in the future, with your plugins and your sound fully intact.

To achieve this, we invest countless hours and manpower in order to be able to support as many platforms and third-party version updates as possible. We have entire teams of employees dedicated to the ongoing compatibility of our massive plugin catalog with every major operating system and every significant DAW.

By renewing your Waves Update Plan, you help us help you stay fully compatible as these platforms undergo updates – all while keeping our extremely affordable plugin pricing, which makes our products accessible to all producers, engineers and musicians out there.

Is the Waves Update Plan included with every Waves software purchase?

Yes. Each time you purchase a Waves plugin or bundle, you get one full year of the Waves Update Plan, free of charge. During this year, you get free access to all the above benefits.

How do I renew my Waves Update Plan after the first free year?

Simply go to your personal Waves account page, select the licenses you want (this will calculate your cost), and click “Renew Update Plan.”

Can I use my covered Waves licenses on more than one computer at a time?

Yes. As part of your Waves Update Plan coverage, you get a second license of any covered plugin or bundle, which you can activate on a second computer simultaneously. You will be able to continue using the second license on a different computer, as long as your product is covered by the Waves Update Plan.

(Please note: This benefit applies to plugins and bundles only; it does not apply to Waves applications such as eMotion LV1, SuperRack, MultiRack, SoundGrid Rack for Venue or SoundGrid Studio.)

Does the Waves Update Plan give me access to personal Tech Support from Waves?

Yes. Waves Tech Support is available to Waves Update Plan members via both phone and e-mail, nearly around the clock.

If a new version of my Waves product/s comes out, will I have access to it?

When you purchase a Waves product, you get one free year of the Waves Update Plan from the date of the license registration.

As part of your Waves Update Plan coverage, you will have access to any updates that Waves releases for your covered products during the coverage period.

If your Waves Update Plan for a certain product expired, you will need to renew it in order to get access to newer versions of that product.

Will I still be able to renew my Waves Update Plan at a later date if I let it lapse?

Yes, you can always renew your plan, no matter how much time passed since you last updated your products. Waves still allows updates from Version 3 and higher.

How is the cost of the Waves Update Plan calculated?

The annual cost of Waves Update Plan renewal depends on which products you own, and how many. It can be as little as $12 per year for a single plugin, and is capped at $240, if you own just one copy of each product.

The annual cost can exceed the $240 cap per system, if you own more than one copy of a product (for example, if you are renewing the plan for two separate copies of the Mercury bundle).

What is the difference between “updates” and “upgrades”?

Good question! Some of our users sometimes get the two mixed up.

When you update a product, you go from an older to a newer version of the same product – for example, from Version 11 to Version 12 of Vocal Rider; or from Version 11 to Version 12 of the Horizon bundle.

When you upgrade a product, you go from a smaller product to a larger product that contains the smaller one. For example, you upgrade from the SSL E-Channel plugin to the complete SSL 4000 Collection bundle; or from the Gold bundle to the larger Horizon bundle.

The good news is that when you upgrade from a smaller to a larger bundle, you automatically get a full free year of the Waves Update Plan for the larger product. For example, if your Waves Update Plan coverage for the Gold bundle is about to expire – you can either renew your coverage; or you can upgrade from Gold to a larger bundle and get your Waves Update Plan renewal for free.

(Please note that the free Waves Update Plan renewal will apply only to the licenses that are part of the upgrade, not to any additional licenses you may have which are not part of the upgrade.)

Do I get free Waves Update Plan renewal when I upgrade to a larger product?

Yes. As noted in the previous answer, every time you upgrade from a smaller to a larger product (for example, from SSL E-Channel to the SSL 4000 Collection; or from Gold to Horizon), you receive free Waves Update Plan renewal for your upgraded product, for one full year.

(Again, please note that the free Waves Update Plan renewal will apply only to the licenses that are part of the upgrade, not to any additional licenses you may have which are not part of the upgrade.)

Important to Know
1. eMotion LV1, SuperRack, MultiRack, SoundGrid Rack for Venue, SoundGrid Studio and all Waves Subscriptions are excluded from the 2nd license benefit. Your 2nd license for a product remains valid only as long as your Waves Update Plan for that product remains current; the 2nd license will expire when your Waves Update Plan for that product expires. The 2nd license is for use by the owner of the main product license only. See all 2nd license terms & conditions.

2. The Abbey Road Collection is excluded from the “New Plugins Added” benefit. Waves Update Plan coverage will NOT add newly released plugins to this bundle.

3. Waves Premium Masterclasses are available only to owners of purchased products covered by the Waves Update Plan, or for plugin owners with a paid Waves Update Plan renewal on their free products.

4. For every dollar you spend on a renewed Waves Update Plan, you will receive a Waves voucher for the same amount. This voucher may be redeemed for up to 50% toward any bundle, application (e.g. MultiRack, eMotion LV1), or upgrade, or up to 25% toward any plugin, off the price at the time of redemption. The voucher may not be combined with multiple plugin discounts. The voucher cannot be used toward hardware, hardware/software combos, subscriptions (including 5-Pack), courses, the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin, or Waves Update Plan coverage. The voucher can be used for one order only and does not carry a remaining balance. Multiple vouchers may not be combined.

5. If you have products currently covered by the Waves Update Plan, you will receive your Mix With The Masters discount by email. Please note: This benefit applies to Mix With The Masters’ VOD videos only, not to Mix With The Masters subscriptions.