Today, Waves announced the availability of Waves V12, a major update to its plug-in technology. Mainly, there’s convenient new functionality, which we’ll have a look below, as well as a bunch of free plug-ins added to select bundles. Certainly enough to warrant a major update!
V12 sees the following key areas of focus:
- Resizable GUIs – Waves pluggos now have 5 adjustable sizes for their user interfaces. About time, huh?
- Preset Browser – Waves has so many plug-ins out there that finding the exact right one is outright daunting for newcomers. The new preset browser aims to ease them in with text-based searching and preset auditioning.
- Retina Graphics – Waves plug-ins now look sharper on modern Macs and other high-resolution screens. They also benefit from optimized GPU performance.
- Compatibility improvements – Waves promises “full ongoing compatibility” with current DAWs and operating systems.
- Free plug-ins – owners of Platinum, Horizon, and Diamond bundles get LoAir, Smack Attack, and Submarine for zilch.
How’s it going for users?
So far, reactions to the update seem mixed. As welcome as the changes are, some Waves users report the following issues:
– DAW rescans all Waves plug-ins, which may take quite a while
– V11 of Waves plug-ins still remain installed, taking up space
– The GUI graphics are upscaled, not re-drawn. This makes for a slightly blurred look, even on Retina displays.
– Update fees could reach as high as EUR 250, depending on the number and kind of Waves plug-ins you own.
So V12 is a bit of hit and miss so far, judging by the reports in forums like KVR. This is probably still a worthwhile update for some users, perhaps the newer ones. But some of the user feedback so far is not exactly positive.
To update to V12, you will either have your licenses covered by your Waves Update Plan (which means the update is free), or you will have to renew your coverage to update. If you are into Waves, you probably have a better understanding of the specifics than I do. Personally, I respect the developer for hustling like crazy, but I’m not a Waves guy myself.
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