How to Put Waves Plug-ins in Logic


Vendor-supplied plug-ins have been stretching the sonic capabilities of digital audio workstations since the earliest days of computer-based recording. Waves Audio Ltd. provides plug-ins supporting all major DAW hosts. Waves Version 9 plug-ins work with the 64-bit version of the Apple Audio Units, or AU, format used by Logic Pro. Fully compliant and authorized AU plug-ins from Waves that have been correctly installed will be automatically detected by the Audio Units Manager when Logic Pro or the plug-in itself is first run or updated. You can also manually enable plug-ins that are not validated by the Audio Units Manager.

  • Open the Audio Units Manager in Logic Pro by selecting "Preferences," then "Audio Units Manager" from the main menu bar.

  • Locate the Waves plug-in with no checks in either the "Logic" or "Nodes" column. Click an unchecked box to manually enable the plug-in, then click "Done" to store your changes.

  • Assess how the plug-in works after it is manually enabled. Using plug-ins that have failed the Audio Units Manager validation test may negatively affect Logic Pro X performance. You can disable plug-ins by unchecking boxes in the Audio Units Manager and clicking "Done," or by clicking the "Reset & Rescan Selection" button at the bottom of the Audio Units Manager window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your Waves plug-in versions must support your Logic Pro version. For example, Waves Version 8 plugins will work with Logic Pro up to version 9.1.5, but are not supported by Logic Pro X.
  • Using Logic Pro with Wave plug-ins that failed Audio Units Manager validation may prevent Logic Pro from opening, may cause Logic Pro to crash or may corrupt data within project files.

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