You can no longer buy Waves plugins individually, as company goes 100% subscription

Waves is one of the most prolific plugin developers in the industry, releasing new effects and - occassionally - instruments at a staggering rate. Recently, the company’s strategy has been to introduce these plugins at rock-bottom prices, and sitewide sales have also been commonplace. However, as of now, that’s all changed.

That’s because Waves is now fully embracing the subscription model. And when we say fully, we really mean it, because you can no longer buy the company’s plugins individually. Obviously, any that you already own will continue to work, but if you want any more Waves releases going forward, a Waves Creative Access membership is your only option.

So what does this contain? If you go for the Ultimate subscription ($25/month), every plugin that Waves makes. And if you continue to subscribe, you’ll get all the new releases, too. 

There’s also a cheaper Essential membership tier ($15/month) that gives you 110 plugins at launch and will get “select new plugins” in the future.

Whichever subscription you choose, you’ll also get ongoing support, all updates and two free months of Splice Sounds+. You can cancel at any time, but if you do, you’ll lose access to your plugins. If you sign up for a year, you'll get 12 months for the price of 10.

All subscribers to both membership tiers also get access to StudioVerse, a new collection of artist-designed, mix-ready plugin chains. AI recommends chains based on your sound, and there are easy-to-use macros for fast adjustments. This is an open platform, too, so everyone who uses it can add more chains.

“Since we started Waves, our goal has been to give all music and audio creators full, affordable access to the largest, most diverse set of top-quality audio tools,” the company told its customers in an email.

“Today, we take the next step. Whatever you are inspired to create, we want you to have everything you need - instantly at your fingertips, always.”

Waves Creative Access is available now, and can try it free for seven days, fully-functional. You can also use it in demo mode for all as long as you like. 

Find out more on the Waves website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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