Waves Plug-ins - can they work on a Mac?

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Music Afficionado
Member Since: Aug 12, 2008

I have a bunch of waves plug-ins on an old PC that are .exe files so they obvioysly wont work on a Mac. However, a lot of studios appear to offer Waves - do they just PCs? Or, can newer Macs that have Intel processors allow you to install .exe files and then use on a Mac system, i.e. Digital Performer?

I am getting ready to upgrage my Mac and am contemplating going back to a PC just b/c I have tens of thousands of dollars in PC plug-ins lying around doing nothing.

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MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Feb 26, 2010 02:37 pm

It should be as simple as putting the iLok on the Mac and installing the Mac files.

You don't install .exe files - You install the (.dmg?) files on the install disc.

Music Afficionado
Since: Aug 12, 2008

Feb 26, 2010 02:44 pm

Right. But the DVDs I have that contain a lot of plug-ins have Waves .exe files, not .dmg. They were given to me by an old PC guy who literally packed hundereds of programs, plug-ins, etc on 2 DVDs. I have installed the Waves plug-ins fine on my PC but dont use it anymore to record. I was hoping there was a way to get them to work on my Mac but I'm assuming I just need to go out any buy new ones that are Mac compatiable.

Wasnt sure if getting a Mac with intel processors would solve the problem since I am inthe market to upgrade my computer anyway. Meaning, if I could spend $2k on a new comp and literally have access to $25k+ worth of programs and plug-ins - it would be a no brainer.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 26, 2010 02:45 pm

Ummmm, so basically you are asking how to install pirated plugs, then?

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Feb 26, 2010 02:57 pm

Yeah, I was in the middle of typing a reply when that hit me, dB...

When you obtain these plugins by any means other than purchasing/downloading them from the manufacturer or a legit clearing house such as KVRAudio.com, then you are obtaining them via illegal means.

When you purchase these plugins, they usually come with all of the necessary formats included on the CD/DVD/download(RTAS, VST, AU, etc.).

Or you would select which format you need at the time of purchase, just like you'd select which size of "I Steal Software" T-Shirt you need as you add the item to your shopping cart (or as you add it to the inside pocket of your jacket, whichever the case may be).

OKOKOK, enough razzing. I know you're not deserving of being hated on for this since you've been an active member here for a while now. But remember that this site has a very strict policy of not discussing, encouraging, nor facilitating the piracy of software. And those 2 DVDs of stuff that guy gave you are all illegal, no two ways about it.

Music Afficionado
Since: Aug 12, 2008

Mar 01, 2010 09:30 am

I hear you - makes sense. Too be honest, when I got them, I was new to recording and didnt even know which were any good or how to use any. They sat for over 2 years. It wasnt till later that I recognized the names. If it makes you feel any better, I paid for them back then and pay for all my plug-ins with iLoks now...

Since: Feb 07, 2009

Mar 01, 2010 10:54 am

There is NO WAY to use Windows Plug-ins on any Mac - Windows are .DLL files and no Mac - INTEL or PPC (booted into OS X) can use them.

Master of the Obvious?
Since: Jun 29, 2004

Mar 03, 2010 10:13 pm

You just said you didn't pay for them though... now I'm confused.

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