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Waves launches Waves Creative Access - All Waves Plugins Now Subscription Only


Waves has announced the introduction of Waves Creative Access - all Waves plugins are now available exclusively as subscriptions, with all updates included and new plugins added at no extra cost. As of March 26, 2023, Waves Creative Access subscriptions are the only way to get Waves plugins. If you purchased Waves plugins previously, you continue to own them (at the latest version you had prior to the launch of Waves Creative Access).

Waves has also launched StudioVerse, an "AI-powered community for plugin chains that will help you unlock the power of all your Waves plugins".

Here's what they say:

Waves Creative Access

Since we started Waves, our goal has been to give all music and audio creators easy, affordable access to the largest, most diverse set of top-quality audio tools—so you can create with total freedom.

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.

To make this a reality, today we launch a full-scale Waves plugin subscription, Waves Creative Access, which is now the new and exclusive way to get Waves plugins. All Waves plugins, always up to date, with new releases as well as updates added at no extra cost—all available to you in an easy subscription.


  • Over 220 plugins.
  • Two levels to choose from:
    • Waves Ultimate (all 220+ plugins) - $24.99 / month.
    • Waves Essential (over 110 plugins) - $14.99 / month.
  • All plugin updates, always included.
  • New plugins added regularly.
  • Includes the StudioVerse AI-powered community: Thousands of mixing chains with AI search.
  • Monthly & annual subscriptions available.
  • Limited-time bonus: 2 months free of Splice Sounds+.
  • Start with a free 7-day trial; cancel anytime.

StudioVerse: The AI-powered Community for Plugin Chains

Today, we are also proud to release StudioVerse, a groundbreaking AI-powered system that will help you unlock the full power of all Waves plugins and bring to your DAW the power of an entire musical community.


  • Thousands of mixing chains for every track.
  • Created by hundreds of producers & mixers.
  • AI recommends chains based on your sound.
  • All chains powered by easy-to-use macros.
  • Open system: Everyone can add more chains.
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Discussion: Active
27 March 2023 at 9:46am

A bad decision. A clear disregard and disrespect for former users. #NoMoreWavesAudio.


27 March 2023 at 2:49pm

When greed writes business plans...

At this point the story of adding Waves plugins to my repository ends.

28 March 2023 at 5:21am

Yup. And without warning! wth.

27 March 2023 at 3:13pm

Never again.

27 March 2023 at 3:53pm

Stupid. The subscription-based world is getting out of hand.

Update your existing plugins to the latest version (while still in WUP) and call it a day. Glad I got what I got over the last 8 years, but all in all, I'm saddened that Waves feels the need to go down this route.

27 March 2023 at 3:59pm

EDIT: Second thought...DON'T update. Too risky.

27 March 2023 at 4:09pm

Absolutely disgusted by this. I only regularly use one Waves plugin and there's absolutely no way on earth I'm paying a monthly subscription just to use the one plugin. Waves just lost another customer.

27 March 2023 at 4:59pm

Bye, Waves.

27 March 2023 at 7:33pm

I used to be a pro in the 0's, but nowadays I'm merely a hobbyist. Just like Waves, actually. ‍♂️.

28 March 2023 at 9:17am

Wow, how to massively piss off your user base. Not that they were ever particularly good at updates, but a subscription model for a bunch of 10-15yr old low dpi, basic UI, plug-ins?

I'll keep what I have but very unlikely I'll be spending more with them.

Goodbye Waves.


28 March 2023 at 11:43am

If anyone is interested in helping, this is a petition against the changes that Waves implemented. We already have many signatures! And there are important people signing too. They will have to listen to their users.


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