Waves swaps plugins for hardware as it announces an optimised music-making PC

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Music software companies moving into hardware is nothing new, but we can’t recall a plugin developer releasing its own computer before. Waves Audio is doing just that, though: the Waves Axis One is a Windows 10 PC that’s optimised to run its products.

The machine has been custom-designed and is built into a rugged half-rack 2U case. It’s designed to be used for live sound, broadcast and studio work, and promises rock-solid performance. It can also be used as the centrepiece of a Waves SoundGrid system.

The specs are as follows:

  • Computer optimized to run Waves software applications
  • Intel® i5 8500 Processor
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD internal storage
  • Windows 10
  • 2 HDMI ports, 1 display port
  • 1 SoundGrid port (EtherCon connector), 1 Ethernet port (RJ45 connector)
  • 8 USB2/USB3 ports, 1 USB-C port
  • Rack-mountable case, 2U half-rack

The Waves Axis One can be pre-ordered now for $1,499 and will be shipping in early 2019.