Archive for March, 2023

Waves Audio responds to user feedback, brings back ‘Perpetural Plugin’ Licenses

Earlier this week, Waves Audio announced that it would be adopting a subscription-only model called Waves Creative Access. This means customers will no longer be able to purchase the brand’s plugins individually – in fact, the only way to access any Waves software will be to sign up to a tiered subscription service that ranges from $14.99 to $24.99 a month.

Responding to user criticism of their announcement that they would only be offering their plugins via a subscription model, the plugin developer has responded to widespread outrage by backtracking on its plans to discontinue perpetual licenses.

Waves Audio reverses its decision to adopt subscription-only model: “We are genuinely sorry for the distress it has caused”

It seems that Waves has taken heed of its customers’ complaints, as the company has announced that it’ll be reversing this decision and bringing back the original perpetual license plugin model as an alternate offering to sit alongside the new Waves Creative Access subscription service.

“Following your feedback, we are bringing back the option to purchase and update perpetual Waves plugin and bundle licenses, side-by-side with the new Waves Creative Access subscriptions,” their website reads. “We are working to make perpetual licenses available to you again as quickly as possible.”

Waves Audio has announced the return of the “perpetual license” option for their plugins:

Dear Waves community,

Over the past few days, many of you have expressed concerns about our decision to discontinue perpetual plugin licenses and our move to an exclusive plugin subscription model. I would like to start by apologizing for the frustration we have caused many of you, our loyal customers. We understand that our move was sudden and disruptive, and did not sufficiently take into consideration your needs, wishes, and preferences. We are genuinely sorry for the distress it has caused.

After respectfully listening to your concerns, I want to share with you that we are bringing back the perpetual plugin license model, side-by-side with the new subscriptions. You will again be able to get plugins as perpetual licenses, just as before.

In addition, those of you who already own perpetual licenses will once again be able to update your plugins and receive a second license via the Waves Update Plan—again, just as before. This option, too, will be available alongside and independently of the subscription program.

We are currently putting all our efforts into making perpetual licenses available to you again, as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date on this webpage, where we will post real-time updates as they are available.

I would like you to know that we are committed to you, our users. We listened to your feedback, and we will continue to listen to you. Waves is a company filled with users and creators, just like you, and we are all as passionate about the products as you are. With this in mind, we will strive to find the way to make things right by you, and hopefully regain your trust.

Thank you for your feedback and continued support—I wish you all the best,

Meir Shashoua

CTO and Co-Founder

In making their initial announcement, Waves did not effectively communicate their stated driver for the change: the “StudioVerse“.

The idea of the StudioVerse is that it allows users to use professionally-created plugin chains, tailored to specific tasks. An AI-powered system suggests plugin chains, designed for specific genre styles, based on your track.

Their introduction to StudioVerse:

The StudioVerse system holds the promise of massively streamlining the process of creating effect chains for professional quality results. But it’s dependent on users having actually having current versions of all Waves plugins, which creates the need for a subscription model option.

Now that Waves is offering both options, what would they need to do for you to be interested in the StudioVerse and their subscription option? Share your thoughts in the comments!

CHOMPI Sampling Keyboard Kickstarter launches, immediately blows past goal

The creators of CHOMPI, a new sampling keyboard that’s designed to make musique concrète style audio manipulation fast and fun, have launched their Kickstarter project to fund production of the device – and it’s already blown past their project goal.

The goal for the project was to raise $30,000, and backers have already committed over $850,000.

CHOMPI is designed to make it easy to sample sounds and play them back, using a built-in keyboard. The interface provides big, dedicated controls for sampling, pitch, sample editing and effects.

CHOMPI also features a looper, so you can record phrases and play over them, and even overdub layers.

The developers is making CHOMPI available via a Kickstarter project, priced at $499 for backers (normally $599).

*Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk. See the project website for details.

AIR Music Technology has turned the Akai MPC/Force Drumsynth into a DAW plugin

A sister company to Akai Professional, Air Music Tech – has taken the DrumSynth engine from Akai’s MPC Standalone and packed it into a plugin.

Like its hardware-housed sibling, the software version of DrumSynth is designed for deep drum sound design. Percussive tones can be sculpted from the ground up, then processed with effects and saved as user presets so that you can use them again and again.

Sounds are created using DrumSynth’s multi-synth generator, which combines FM, analogue modelling and physical modelling algorithms. There are eight individual engines – Kick, Snare, Clap, Hi-Hat, Tom, Percussion, Crash and Ride – so you can create complete kits.

Effects and tone manipulation features include a transient shaper, tuning, EQ, compression, reverb and delay, and there’s also a dedicated mixer. 52 preset kits come included, ranging in sound from classic to contemporary.

DrumSynth runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. The regular price will be $99/£99, but you can currently download it for the introductory price of $39/£39, and there is also a 10-day trial version you can download. Find out more on the Air Music Tech website.