"It would be really cool if Waves..."

LV1 requests

  • color coding
  • being able to change output delay from the patching page, or a less convoluted way on the channel view
  • pinch and move controls on the eq section!!! Like an iPad would control
  • an option to hide or make mini faders when for people using controllers

I don’t think I’m unusual.
I create channel strips in Logic Pro when I’m recording, and then use them live in Mainstage.

What REALLY ruins a performance is when my channel strips contain Waves plugins, and I get to the gig and find I forgot to de-authorise the studio Mac - so my live channel strips can’t work.

So, it would be really cool if Waves would allow me to de-authorise my studio computer by logging in to my account, so I can authorise my Macbook for the gig and my channel strips actually work properly.

So simple. So much less frustrating.

And yes, the number of times it has happened has led me to avoid using Waves plugins when I’m creating a channel strip in the studio that I’ll use live. Sigh.

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Hi @keysandfrets, welcome to our forum!

We have two feature in Waves Central that can address your needs here.

  1. Activate your licenses on a USB Flash Drive and carry this flash drive with you. Connect it to your studio computer when you are recording / mixing, take it with you on the road and connect yo your Macbook when performing with MainStage. Detailed instructions on how to do this can be found here: https://www.waves.com/support/move-licenses.
  2. If you ever do forget to bring your Flash Drive or have not de-authorized the licenses from your studio computer - don’t worry!
    Log in to Waves Central, go to the "Recover licenses’ menu and “pull” you licenses off the studio computer and activate them on the Macbook.
    This action is limited to once per year, but guess what? Once you log in to Waves central on your studio computer - our system recognizes it, deletes the redundant license and clears the recovery limit (!) so you can recover again if and when need.

So using either method - you will never need to hold a gig without your Waves plugins :slight_smile:


It would be really cool, if Waves would give the Producers of classical music more tools. For instance: Thanks a lot for the Abbey Road series. I would like to have more of their effects and console stuff especially for the classical recording scene: Suvi Raj Grubb and Walter Legge did legendary recordings with EMI in Abbey Road (e.g. the last recording of Jaqueline du Pre with Barenboim). Are there presets for the consoles (REDD, TG12345, TG12410) known from classical producers?
I would love, if you could integrate more personalities from the classical scene. Most of all it would be interesting, what kinds of compression they use and to have presets from these guys for natural recording-setups like (solo-instruments in a church, string-quartet, Orchestra, choir etc.). At EMI in Abbey Road they used the same consoles as Pink Floyd etc. But they used it differently. If you could ask the classical guys at Abbey Road, how classical music is being mixed, eq-ed and dynamically treated, it would be an opener for classical Producers like me. For my classical recordings I use J37, TG12410, NLS etc. It gives the recordings the typical warm EMI-Sound, which is much more lovely than the sharp edgy sound of Deutsche Grammophon.

I use from time to time the Greg Wells effects, but for classical music they are sometimes a bit too sharp in the high frequencies. I would love a signature series maybe with one knob like Greg Wells (to keep their secrets) with a Producer of classical music.

I am a German producer of classical music (M.S.M.-Engineering, Kassel) and there is a huge Community of Tonmeister, who would love to See Waves having dedicated plugins for classical music treatment. Do us the favour!!!

Frank Momberg,
M.S.M.-Engineering, Kassel, Germany


Hi @Mombe and welcome to the forum!

Great suggestion, this will be passed on :slight_smile:

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Considering how good your pianos are, it would be really cool to have a Hammond and Orchestral instruments…and of course a Distressor :blush:


It would be really cool if Wave Tune Real-Time included a transpose knob to live shift the tuned output to a different key/octave. This is a feature of Autotune that I’m sure many current and future users would appreciate. This is currently only possible via an awkward combination of two Tune instances and a “pitch to MIDI” plugin, where output of one instance is converted to MIDI then piped through a MIDI transposer and back into the MIDI input of the other.

Even better, MIDI out for the detected notes would be incredible! That would enable the above, plus a whole new world of possibilities with multiple instances and MIDI effects.

ARA support for Waves Tune.

I’m a Cubase user and I generally use VariAudio (a tuning / time-stretching tool similar to Melodyne) to pitch / time correct instruments and vocals. In some occasions I find Waves Tune to sound better (and its set of tools is also very appealing) but its time limit is very constraining and the GUI is not the most ergonomic - editing in a small window and having to do all the cursor locating in Cubase is a bit of a workflow killer.

That would totally change with ARA support. Having Waves Tune embedded in an ARA compatible DAW just like an internal audio editor, with total transport synchronicity, time limit removed, the ability to change the cursor position inside Waves Tune and fullscreen capability would be an extraordinary upgrade. I know its a lot to work on but hey… you asked for suggestions so here’s my 2 cents. :slight_smile:


I think this would be a great idea too. Many of those same tools could be used for post-production as well, now that I think of it. Although they do already have a few tools that could be used will classical. For example…

In terms of Channel Strips I feel the Scheps Omni would be great, because it can be transparent and precise when it wants too.

The DPR-402, C1, H-Comp, MaxxVolume, MV2, API-2500 should all function transparently enough. With H-Comp you’ll either want to turn the Analog circuit off or set it to 1, which seems to be very API influenced.

In terms of eq Q10 is transparent, as is H-EQ when its filters are either set to Digital 1 or 2.

Then there are generally useful tools like the C4/6, F6, Smack Attack that will be quite useful.

So its not a total loss. At least there are some already practical solutions we could work with. But I agree, some nice funkadelic new tools would be great. Maybe an compressor or the 737 channel strip or the Sontec eq, or maybe some Focusrite emulations of you want to go the modelling path.

Or, thinking differently, perhaps a reverb that will place an instrument or a section within a space, but also in relationship to each other. Or maybe it could emulate microphone positions and emulate bleed from other sources. That could also work well to emulate drum room mics.

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An output gain control for WNS would be SO welcome :raised_hands: I really like WNS, sometimes even more than RX Voice Denoise. But especially when denoising speech, it can lower the signal level quite noticeably. This makes gain staging and A/B’ing pretty frustrating. Especially when using it in a live situation. And at $499 MSRP I won’t take “just insert a Nugen SigMod afterwards” as an answer :grin:

Then there’s the eMo D5. When in Expander mode, the Hold and Close controls have no function. Although this is by design, it is not reflected in the GUI and it’s not even mentioned in the manual. This is like “tweaking a plugin, thinking it sounds better and then finding out it was on bypass” but as an actual feature. I only found out, because I created a support ticket over a year ago, thinking it was a bug. The answer I got was “We didn’t gray it out for simplicity of the plugin design. The eMo D5 goal is to be as simple and light as possible.” [#210400]
Therefore it would be really cool, if Waves finally updated the manual (just copy&paste it from the C1 docs really ¯_(ツ)_/¯)
However it would be really even much more cooler, if Waves added plain and simple visual feedback. The Avid Channel Strip for example actually supports Hold & Close controls in expander mode. And when working live, I have other things on my mind, than remembering that some plugin controls have no effect under certain circumstances. :kissing_heart:

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It would be really cool if Waves could adapt NS-1 for V-Mix. V-Mix already uses VST-3 or whatever, and I would be very happy to help beta-test such a product.

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It would be really cool, if Waves’ marketing department would get it’s act together.
Today CLA MixHub is discounted to $39,99 and it’s claimed to be the LOWEST PRICE EVER.
Not even six months ago CLA MixHub was $39,00.

I really like your products and your passion, but stuff like this really hurts my trust in Waves. I appreciate great deals as much as the next person, but not at the expense of being held for a fool. And stuff like that has been happening frequently over the last couple years.

Also, what’s up with the MSRP? I can’t remember the last time any plugin (I think TRACT & B360 are the only exceptions) has actually been offered at MSRP. Not even Abbey Road Studio 3, introduced 9 months ago, has ever been at it’s $199 MSRP. And yet, transfer fees & WUP fees are still based on the MSRP. But how am I supposed to believe in a “manufacturer’s suggested retail price” when not even the manufacturer seems to care about it’s own suggestion?

Thanks for pointing out this honest mistake. Your feedback has been heard.
Regarding MSRP - these are the full listed prices, and we do our best to always offer the lower prices for our customers, and yes, to push our sales.

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If I were to hazard a guess @krabbencutter, and I’m in no place to know for sure, butI would say the reason for not “permanently” reducing their prices is a marketing decision more than anything and not juts so they could offer sales and move more units.

Waves have been long associated for good quality and their place in the big studios for over 25 years. They only really got to where they are by continuously serving the pro field and to continuously out do themselves. This is why it would be very important to them that their older plugins could still open up in projects from 20 years back.

The trouble is, if they start premaritally reducing their prices, these big studios that have been with them for a very long time might start getting very nervous. As often the expense of something is tightly associated with quality. It isn’t strictly true, but at the back of people’s mind they will be registering cheaper plugins as something that is largely consumer driven and of less quality. I’ve noticed they’ve seen a couple of backlashes over something like quite a few years back.

So by offering sales, not only do the spark people to spend, but they get to keep the old price that signifies quality to their mainstays. Well, that is my educated guess anyway. I expect they will slowly move towards a more permanent price reduction eventually, but only after convincing all those concerned that quality will not be affected.

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Wouldn’t it be great if Waves provided two licences for each plugin, without the need to transfer licences, or mess around with USB keys.

I frequently work in the studio, but also a reasonable amount on the laptop.

My other pro audio effects all provide for two licences and some as many as you like as long as they’re only your devices.

Even for people that only have the studio computer, when transferring across to a new system it’s good to be able to install all of your applications and test it thoroughly for a few months to ensure all your, or your clients projects open on the new computer.

I was just about to buy some more bundles when I realized this limitation, so I didn’t proceed with my order. Hopefully Waves updates this policy to bring it more in line with the industry as it is today, so I can buy some more plugins again as there’s a few I’d quite like :slight_smile:

Hey @AudioNut

Thanks for suggesting this.
We are listening.

For now, it is very easy to move Waves licenses between computers, for example from your workplace computer to your home computer.

If you still have physical access to the computer from which you wish to move the licenses, simply following these instructions in order to move the licenses to a different computer.

If you do not have physical access to the workplace computer, you can also recover your Waves licenses and reactivate them at home, following [these instructions]
If you experience difficulties, please contact Tech Support.

Thanks for the speedy response Yishai!

Appreciate you sharing the info and yes, I’m aware of that, but sometimes we just want to make, mix, or master music instead :slight_smile:

All of my plugins from Plugin Alliance, Eventide, iZotope, Soundtoys and too many more to even think of right now, simply grant you two licences as they realise that fact and also understand that the single DAW in the studio is how it was, not how it is today. Companies like Xfer also grant access to as many computers you own, as long as they are yours. I have a lot of products like that and it’s something that almost always makes them a first choice when there are alternatives.

Like I said, it should be about the music. We spend enough time registering, installing, updating and activating all the software these days and transferring licences at the start of each session is inefficient and just another thing that gets in the way!

Hopefully you guys can just tweak that a little and provide at least two licences per purchase at a minimum in the not too distant future. Although at my current rate of building out the new DAW I should probably slow down on buying so many effects and synths, so maybe it’s not such a bad thing! :wink:

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“It would be really cool if Waves added a Mix knob” to the API 2500 because API themself just did it in the updated hardware so there’s absolutely no excuse anymore :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


I wish Waves simplify purchase ‘protocol’. I actually bought Bass Rider plugin, then I struggled for? 2-3 days trying to go through the obstacle course to have it downloaded/installed/activated. The website was so clanky that it would reject a new password (which I wrote down immediately!?) or presented page with lots of everything but my download or activation code. Finally I gave up, asked and got my money back, …and never (unless…) again will do any buying from Waves!!

Hi @okakba,

I am sorry to hear you experienced purchasing our product this way.
I assure you thousands of users get through this, and if they encounter any issues - contact tech support and are happily assisted until they are working with their products.
I hope next time you are interested in a product from waves, we can turn you around - just call or contact support and they will walk you through the process so you can enjoy our great products.

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