How to Put Waves Plug-ins in Logic

By Scott Shpak

Updated September 22, 2017

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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.


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.