Waves Audio

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Waves Audio Ltd.
Industry Software
Founder Gilad Keren, Chief Executive Officer
Meir Shaashua, Chief Technological Officer
Products Plug-ins for audio production, audio equipment
Website Waves.com

Waves Audio Ltd. is a developer and supplier of professional digital audio signal processing technologies and audio effects, used in recording, mixing, mastering, post production, broadcast, and live sound. The company's corporate headquarters and main development facilities are located in Tel Aviv, with additional offices in the United States, China, and Taiwan, and development centers in India and Ukraine.

In 2011, Waves won a Technical Grammy Award.[1][2]


Waves Audio was founded in 1992 by Gilad Keren and Meir Sha'ashua. Later that year, Waves released its first product, the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. The Q10 was the audio industry's first commercially available audio plugin.[3][4]

Waves launched the Waves Signature Series working with music producers and engineers to explore their unique sounds. In 2009, as part of the Signature Series, Waves released the Eddie Kramer Signature Series of five plug-ins focusing on classic rock.[5] The Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series followed in 2010.[6] That same year, Waves announced the release of its SoundGrid technology at the Winter NAMM show. SoundGrid was created to make Waves audio processors available on a low-latency platform.[7]

In 2011, the company was honored with a Technical Grammy Award for "contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field."[1][2]

The Waves Signature Series continued in 2013 with the Manny Marroquin Signature Series.[8] In 2015, Waves worked with music producer Butch Vig to release the Butch Vig Vocals plug-in as part of the Waves Signature Series.[9]

Waves launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 to help fund the production of Waves Nx, a technology that transmits 3D audio on headphones in stereo or 5.1/7.1 surround sound.[10][11]


Waves has launched plug-ins in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios, such as the King's Microphones plug-in released in 2011,[12] the REDD Console plug-ins released in 2012,[13] the J37 tape saturation plug-in, Torque drum tone shifter plug-in[14], the RS56 Passive EQ plug-in released in 2013,[15][16] and the EMI TG12345 plug-in released in 2014.[17]

Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers its technologies as licensable algorithms for consumer electronics. Technologies from the Maxx brand have been used in products including computers, laptops, smartphones, VoIP and portable loudspeaker systems from companies such as Dell,[18] Toshiba,[19] Sony, Oppo, OnePlus,[20] Sanyo, JVC, and Altec Lansing.

Copyright and trademark lawsuits[edit]

In 2010, Waves Audio was involved in two lawsuits regarding intellectual property infringements and illegal use of its software. In one lawsuit, with the defendant Skyline Recording Studios NYC, Waves won, and in the other, with the defendant Quad Recording Studios, the defendant admitted liability.[21][22]

In 2013, Waves Audio sued Motorola Mobility for allegedly infringing on its Maxx trademark with the Droid Razr Maxx and Droid Razr Maxx HD phones.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Technical GRAMMY Award: Waves Audio Ltd". 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Waves Audio To Receive Technical Grammy Award (ProSoundWeb)". ProSoundWeb. 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  3. ^ Richard James Burgess (2014). The History of Music Production. Oxford University Press. 
  4. ^ Rounik Sethi (June 7, 2016). "Behind The Scenes at Waves: An Interview With Mick Olesh". Ask Audio. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Eddie Kramer Collection - Waves Audio Signature Series Software Plug-ins". Routenote. October 19, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Waves Audio Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection". FOH Online. March 16, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Waves Announces SoundGrid Audio-Over-Ethernet Networking/Processing Platform At Winter NAMM 2010". ProSoundWeb. January 19, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Waves Audio Introduces Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection". ProSound Web. March 19, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Waves Audio Now Shipping Butch Vig Vocals Plug-In". ProSound Web. March 20, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ Max Langridge (July 13, 2016). "Wednesday Wrap: Tidal and Humax updates, Waves 3D Audio and Teufel surround sound setups". What Hi Fi?. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ Julian Horsey (June 23, 2016). "Waves NX Offers 3D Audio On Any Headphones (video)". Geeky Gadgets. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios Offer The king's Microphones Plugin". FOH Online. May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Waves Audio, Abbey Road Studios Unveil REDD Console Plug-ins". Soundworks Collection. December 10, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2017/9/18/waves-release-torque-a-new-drum-tone-shifter-plug-in-retune-drums-in-the-mix
  15. ^ "Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios introduce the J37 Tape Saturation plug-in". Guitar Player. October 16, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios Unveil RS56 Plugin". Gear Junkies. June 13, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Waves Audio & Abbey Road Studios Now Shipping EMI TG12345 Plug-In". ProSound Web. October 8, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dell Unveils Redesigned Inspiron Laptop Portfolio". Hot Hardware. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  19. ^ "Toshiba Improves Laptop Sound Quality by Enlisting Waves MaxxAudio". Mobile Magazine. 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  20. ^ "OnePlus Partners with Waves to add MaxxAudio to the One". Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  21. ^ "Recording: Waves Audio Prevails Against Copyright Infringement". Pro Sound Web. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  22. ^ "Software Beware". Grammy.com. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  23. ^ "Waves Audio Slaps Motorola With 'Maxx' Trademark Suit". Law 360. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Barry Wood (2008). Waves Plug-Ins Workshop: Mixing by the Bundle. Course Technology.