Issue 91

Waves Creative Access

Waves shifts focus to subscription-based model.


30 March 2023

Since Waves began, its goal has been to give all music and audio creators full, affordable access to the largest, most diverse set of top-quality audio tools. To make this a reality, Waves has launched a full-scale Waves plugin subscription, Waves Creative Access. This is a new way to access all Waves plugins, while keeping up to date with new releases as well as updates added at no extra cost. 

With Waves Creative Access being initially launched as the exclusive way to access Waves plugins, community feedback has now lead Waves to reinstate its regular perpetual licensing model and will co-exist with the new model.


  • Over 220 industry-leading plugins
  • Two levels to choose from: Waves Ultimate (all 220+ plugins) and Waves Essential (over 110 plugins)
  • 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

Introducing StudioVerse

Amidst this news, Waves has also released StudioVerse, a groundbreaking AI-powered community for plugin chains that will help users unlock the full power of all Waves plugins by bringing the power of an entire musical community to user’s DAWs.


  • 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

Waves Essential: US$14.99 / month (pay annually to save two months)
Waves Ultimate: US$24.99 / month (pay annually to save two months)


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