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  1. They should bring everyone's plugins version to 14 for free for this fiasco
    13 points
  2. https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/waves-announce-reinstatement-of-perpetual-and-wup?utm_source=convertkit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Waves+Announce+Reinstatement+Of+Perpetual+And+WUP+🔥 - 10406459
    10 points
  3. So it was all some manager’s magic to make us register all those plugins we had lying around
    10 points
  4. WUP. The new and improved alternative to a subscription.
    10 points
  5. They've restored perpetual licenses, but restoring their customers trust will be much harder. Waves showed their customers that there was something even worse than WUP. It doesn't endear Waves to me. In fact, after this, I doubt I will buy a Waves plugin again. However, if one of my Abbey Road plugins stops working, I would WUP it -- assuming that Waves hasn't gone back to subscription only at that point, which I do think remains a possibility after this situation. Without a doubt, I don't think it's wise to trust this company. However, I'm grateful that they restored perpetual licenses and their customers' ability to buy support contracts (WUP) in case our existing plugins stop working. But it's a lot like a school bully who decided not to steal a kid's lunch money for a day. I have zero confidence Waves will not engage in future problematic practices; in fact my expectation is that they will engage in other problematic practices. However, there's a wealth of talented developers that I think are more trustworthy and deserving of our money. I'll be supporting them.
    9 points
  6. New free plugin from Wavesfactory Flash v1.0.0 is a transient shaper plugin for Windows and macOS Download it here: https://www.wavesfactory.com/free-audio-plugins/flash/
    7 points
  7. I’m just waiting for something along the lines of: “In celebration of welcoming back perpetual licenses, and as our way of saying we’re sorry, we’re pleased to present all of our long-time loyalty users with a record-low discount price of $28.99 across our entire library of plugins!…”
    7 points
  8. Waves is dead to me…..done with them
    7 points
  9. It's not mine, for reasons already stated. Audio software is tools I use in a hobby, just like my woodworking tools. I wouldn't own a miter saw or circular saw under subscription, nor would I own a guitar under subscription, because I want them around as need arises and inspiration strikes. And yes, with the advent of maker spaces, it is now possible to have access to such tools under a subscription model. It's just not going to happen that I'd pay for a subscription to anything that I might not use for weeks or even months at a time, and/or given my current financial situation, I could lose access to if I don't pay the fee. As it is now, if I have a rough month, all I need to do my #1 hobby is the headphones and interface I already own, including the computer, and the perpetual licenses I already own. Those things, plus whatever food and shelter, and my life could still be at least livable and my creative outlet would still be 100% doable. Wow, cool! Great to have this perspective. I myself am a veteran of the consumer and business software industry, as well as IT. So I have industry experience on the manufacturing side and consuming side of both. There are big differences in the markets for consumer and business software. For software that is in the critical path of a business' moneymaking operations, subscription/leasing is the way, and has been for a long time. From an accounting standpoint, it's better for companies to lease what they can, as well as, for publicly-traded ones, I think analysts like you better the less infrastructure you own. This. Subscriptions have the potential to be better for the product itself. Way back, 30 years ago when I was working in consumer software, I had the sudden insight that the way the traditional (non-subscription) consumer software business was set up, it actually worked against software quality as measured by program stability and the addition of annoyance-relieving smaller features that the veteran userbase often prefer. I think there has since been at least one book written about this, but at the time, it just popped into my head. The bad thing is that stability and smaller features are not what made money for these companies. What made money (in the form of attracting new and upgrade licenses) was new features. All coding costs money, and since coding for bug fixes and convenience features doesn't make any, they get shunted in priority. Build me the new features, then we'll revisit the longstanding bugs if there's time. Back then, release cycles were timed to important trade shows, and product managers were given bonuses for delivering the next version of the product with the latest features in time to make the deadline. I was a QA engineer, and my job was to find things wrong with the software. So the better I did my job, the greater the chance that I would cost my boss her bonus money by slowing down the process. This is one of the reasons that I had to stop doing QA. It was killing my soul. A subscription removes this disincentive mechanism. Revenue is ensured, so bugs can be addressed and features that the subscribers request can be added. The goal becomes retaining existing subscribers and attracting new ones, and bug fixes help retain subscribers. The howls of agony from the veteran users on their 3rd release with a well-known bug still present are more likely to go away. That's if the company is smart. It it's not, then "hey, the cash rolls in whether we improve it or not, so send the coders home." And, note to Cakewalk users: the license for Cakewalk by BandLab is a subscription. It says so in Wikipedia, so it must be true (I know, I wrote the CbB entry😂). Seriously, it is a subscription license that must be renewed at least every 6 months. The difference with Cakewalk is that BandLab is paying for our subscriptions. Veteran Cakewalk/SONAR users can see the obvious benefits of being freed from having to grub for perpetual licenses: the program is as stable and smooth and fun to use and versatile as it's been since the X series came out, and maybe before. That's what it's like having your favorite program backed by subscription. So I fully admit that it is (potentially) better for the product while still sure that I really, really don't want to buy a subscription for any audio software, for reasons already mentioned. This, again. I won't go into my beliefs about how stock market analysis is the scourge and poison of capitalism, but yes, this is all true. And after that insight that I had about the disincentives for quality in software manufacturing, I had another one, and swore to myself that I would never again work at a publicly-traded company. What you describe is the reason. When a company goes public, its focus changes from providing goods and/or services that they can sell for a profit to increasing shareholder value, which is entirely based on what a bunch of people in New York who know nothing about your business think your company is worth. Analysts don't care how many employees at what salaries are needed to make a quality product, they only look at how many you have and how much you pay them, and less is more in both cases. This is why a company whose stock is flat will get a new CEO, who immediately, without checking to see what impact it will have on operations, orders 10% in layoffs and elimination of all contract employees across the board, in every department from product development to facilities management. After which the stock price blips up (and upper management cash in a bunch of options). The employees at the company who don't know any better look at each other and think "we already didn't have enough people to do the work, we also lost some of our smartest people. This company is going to go into the toilet. How can the stock price be going UP??" And the new CEO is a hero to his bosses, despite the fact that he (and yes, it's still most often a "he") may have doomed the company's long term survival. Because the people pulling his strings don't care about quality product or long term viability or employee well-being or marketplace prestige or anything else but having that stock price go up. It's about "the big exit," (which happens when the stock gets attractive enough for another company to buy the place out and the early investors can cash out as multimillionaires). In modern times, especially in high tech startups who want to benefit from younger employees donating labor (in the form of working more than the agreed 8 hours a day, 5 days a week), companies give employees stock options so that they in effect become "shareholders." So their focus also shifts from "selling quality product" to "doing whatever drives up the stock price." The actual product or service is at that point no longer "the product." "The product" is the stock price. Cakewalk Inc. wasn't dissolved because SONAR and its other products were necessarily failures, it was dissolved because Gibson's stock price was in the toilet and they wanted a quick boost. Burn the division whose removal will result in the best effect on the stock price. Merry Xmas, stockholders. Note about the publicly-traded thing: A company doesn't have to be publicly traded for this scenario to play out. If they just want to sell the place, the same analysis criteria go into deciding what private companies make good acquisitions. They're also used when private companies seek loans. Explains a lot of unfathomable corporate decisions, don't it? 😂 In light of the above, it could be that Waves are just looking to sell and don't care about what happens to the company or its users after the first big quarter when the analysts put them on the "buy" lists and the owners' shares become worth a fortune. They might not give a hoot about its possible impact on the future sale of Waves' plug-ins. The new owners (or even the current ones) could decide that the real assets are the licensing partnerships with other manufacturers and sell the plug-in business.
    7 points
  10. Great to have perpetual licenses and WUP back. But in all honestly, I’ll be looking at UA native and other devs as my first option. Waves will have to earn my trust again. To the Waves Execs: There are things called surveys, polls and questionnaires. Use those next time.
    6 points
  11. Prolly CLA et.al. said "remove my name unless you bring back perpetual/WUP".
    6 points
  12. Have a look at these:- Bass Rider - TBProadio.de DynaRide2 Vocal Rider - TBProadio.de GainRider3
    6 points
  13. totally disagree - ignoring the 'value for money' aspect, there are some great sounding libraries in there. horses/courses obviously
    6 points
  14. I don't give a flying f**k about corporate bean-counter gymnastics. I want to own everything I have. Outright. Apologies to any in present company, but I despise bean counters. They ruin everything they touch. Once they start running a company instead of people who know anything about the real world beyond numbers, that is the end. They play their games to artificially inflate the value of the company and damn the product, damn the customer service and most of all damn the customers. I think corporate bean counters make lawyers and politicians look honorable.
    6 points
  15. That's the issue. It's hard to get trust back.
    5 points
  16. They’re backtracking now, LMAO Where are now the Waves advocates of our forum to tell us the tale about the Angry Minority ™ like this guy called @Carl Ewing who was sharing his wishful thinking yesterday, destroying all the critics of Waves sub move.
    5 points
  17. Tbh, Waves needs to do more than just backtrack their decision. Things are definitely NOT back to normal. They really betrayed our loyalty and trust. Give us free WUP for a year and I think I’d be able to forgive their horrible mistake.
    5 points
  18. There's a group list of alternative plug-ins here for people who already began moving away from them... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1--yRZdWro_d28LmYNvaWsVct7CR6Y_KAULFU8wZ4SEI/edit#gid=0
    5 points
  19. I knew this would happen. It was freaking illegal by LAW to take away people their bought licenses, for not registering it by a certain date. Or to take away ''WUP'' when customers also bought extra licenses because of ''WUP''. And then introduce ''Subscription-Only'' and sell ''Perpetual licenses'' till the last date still without any warning. I have emailed Waves multiple times to let them know, i wanted a refund for all my bought products if this was really happening. I did not agree on ANY of this, on the dates when i bought their products. There was no warning or any notification. Luckely customers are protected by LAW for these cases/scams, when companies change agreements/policies afterhands. I know from my other topic that Fleer and i , and some others gave away some free licenses away on the forum. Well, i Hope someone has fun with it now
    5 points
  20. From the Waves Site https://www.waves.com/news/perpetual-waves-licenses-are-back
    5 points
  21. Hotfix that contains a blocker for 3.3.0. This hotfix marks the last stable compatible version for users on Mac OS 10.14. This release will block users from auto-updating NA2 when on an incompatible OS, and allowing users who cannot run later versions of Reaktor or Kontakt to install their content products without being required to install Kontakt or Reaktor. ADDED / IMPROVED Disable auto update for users on incompatible OSes Allow users to install content products without also downloading Kontakt/Reaktor if the latest version of either is not installed
    4 points
  22. Run Native Access to update
    4 points
  23. Get it here https://glitchedtones.com/products/tape-cassette-2-vst-au-plugin-free
    4 points
  24. Me too. I'm out never to return. "Fool me once . . ." I got an email this morning from Kazrog with this subject line: :Final hours: "perpetually" yours forever 😏" You gotta love it.
    4 points
  25. Sore losers This is good news for perpetual license owners, but trust was already lost. At least subscription enthusiasm among other audio plugins companies was killed by Waves wrong move. Must have been a great lesson for all of them once and for all. Having in mind that most companies are doing their best to promote their products on forums in the form of “user” comments, it was an earthquake what happened everywhere from Cakewalk Discuss, to KVR, Gearspace and VI-Control communities. Probably the damage was fatal to Waves. Who’ll dare to be the next one?
    4 points
  26. After the Waves sub-only fiasco other plugin dev companies will think twice before following the Waves steps. Couldn’t be happier. AVID, I hope that you’re taking notes now
    4 points
  27. The people I feel bad for now are the folks like Fleer and others who were just giving away serials not just a week ago. They are the ones who got screwed now....
    4 points
  28. I am sure they have done some permanent damage with the way cut to subscription only without any direct warning, but they will make some short term profits from guys like me. I will end up Wupping my oldest plugins in case they do something like this again. I will certainly be leery of future purchases with Waves.
    4 points
  29. That criticism must have damaged them far more than they thought - and it was well deserved in my view. They tried to stiff their users. It leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth - I'll never trust them again.
    4 points
  30. Didn't someone say that this would happen so that we would all be happy with WUP-ing? Will it stop the rot or are Waves finished? I personally only use about dozen of their products (all V13) and had thought about going down the WUP route. After the weekend, I've sourced almost all similar VSTs (some free) and will probably go with them. Once bitten, twice shy!
    4 points
  31. Run the Spitifre App and select "LABS" then "Not Installed" to download
    4 points
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    4 points
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    4 points
  34. I will continue to wean myself off Waves irrespective of this announcement.
    3 points
  35. You could apply trimming to the clips to shorten them to their new extents. Just right click on the clip and select "Apply Trimming". This command is selection based, so if you want to apply to more than one clip, just select the other clips before executing the command.
    3 points
  36. Picked up SpecOps on the second round, which somehow had eluded me before this- was between that and Keemun Bass. We’re really down to seeds and stems at this point.
    3 points
  37. I thought you could move licenses between machines with a usb key.
    3 points
  38. According to the Pro Tools newsletter the popular answer is no since Waves is a single machine license and would require 2 subs if you also do work on a laptop,
    3 points
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