Owning two copies of the same plugin

I use one computer for recording and mixing and a different computer for mastering. Instead of buying the update plan every year, can I buy two copies of the same plugin and use a different copy on each computer?

Welcome to the forum. Sure. I own two copies of Mercury…bought years before there was a second license option. I still pay for maintenance every year, just because I like staying current and supporting the cause. So, yes, you will have 2 copies and can assign them to different machines.


If you were planning ing to get a second copy, Black Friday would most likely be the time to do it!!

But then, paying WUP annually may just work out more cheaply. They also offer other incentives, like exclusive online workshops. Not to mention you plugins will always be up to date, so if there is big change to an OS or a DAW, you wouldn’t have to worry about it.

Something to consider at least.

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Thanks. I just upgraded my DAW and my current versions of Waves plugins work great. My problem is that the updates for the plugins that I use on both computers will cost me 60.00 for one year of the second subscription. If I purchase those same plugins (at current prices), it would cost me 90.00 and I wouldn’t have to pay the yearly fee unless a significant update happens. It wouldn’t take more than a year and a half to make the second license purchase worthwhile. I like Waves plug-ins, but am disappointed with the marketing practice of turning a second license into what amounts to an annual subscription. I appreciate your response and now have to weigh the benefits vs. the drawbacks.


Like with anything else there never is a perfect solution. With regular upgrade options provided by other developers its possible to put money down on one version only to have them bring out the next version a few months later and you’ll have to pay extra. Or they could discontinue a plugin shortly after buying it.

Those people who just brought iZotope Trash, Iris, and or Breaktweaker will know how that feels. Or those people who have been heavily invested in NI Absynth would probably be feeling the same pain. At least Waves is still supporting their own plugins from 25 years ago.

Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world and every so often we find ourselves falling between the cracks that ends up costing us more money than it otherwise should have. It’s really fair to blame the devs for the flaws in capitalism.

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Thanks for the reply. I finally figured out that the solution to my problem is quite simple. Instead of registering my licenses to two different computers, I put my licenses on a USB drive. I don’t need the plugins on both computers at the same time, and I can now use all my old plugins on either computer. I will purchase updates as needed instead of every time a year passes from the last renewal. I don’t mind the update program, I just didn’t like having such a rigid timeline to use plugins that don’t need an update other than to keep the second license active.


Hi @rfry,

That’s indeed a great solution :muscle:, and one which we offer a lot in Waves when using more than one computer with Waves licenses just not at the same time, so you can basically go back and forth between computers, just by plugging in your USB flash drive to the computer you wish to use Waves on.

Have a good one.

If your a composer/producer who works with an external disk loaded with sound libraries you can also consider putting the Waves licenses on there. It also saves you a USB slot.