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Waves Harmony

Waves Harmony
  
Waves Harmony

Real-Time Vocal Harmony Playground

It’s time to introduce Harmony to your music—it’s that simple.

Create instant vocal harmonies—up to 8 voices generated from a single voice—and quickly craft your dream vocal production. Easily personalize the character and texture of each voice with built-in pitch, formant, panning, delay, filtering and drag-and-drop modulation, to back up your vocal leads with creative color.

  • Real-time vocal harmony plugin
  • Instant generation of up to 8 voices from a single vocal
  • Adjust pitch, formant, panning, delay, filtering, modulation of each voice
  • 3 workflow modes: Automatic harmonies, MIDI control, graphical mode
  • Perfect for the studio and performing on stage
  • Powerful vocal FX playground for harmonization, doubling, layering, modulated FX
  • Includes more than 450 factory and artist presets

Take a solo vocal, and immediately surround it with epic multi-part harmonies, spread among low and high, male and female (yes, you can transform any voice), light and heavy. In seconds, audition Kanye, Jacob Collier, Ty Dolla $ign and Imogen Heap-style sounds in your song. Better yet – perform them live in real-time.

Don’t know musical theory? A selection of chord presets will supply you with beautiful and musically rich results on any vocal material—with surprising voicings you may have not thought about.

Producing a complex vocal arrangement? Save hours of comping, editing, tuning and additional takes—just draw in the voices and automate snapshots to move with the song.

Performing live? MIDI control lets you play backing vocals on stage in real time.

Waves Harmony gives you 3 choices of workflow, so whether you’re a producer, songwriter, mix engineer or composer, it’s easily adaptable to your creative process.

  1. Automatic mode: To have the plugin instantly create harmonies on any vocal, simply scroll through a versatile bank of chord presets and pick what you like—the EASIEST way to generate harmonies if you’re not sure where to go.
  2. Playable MIDI mode: Connect a MIDI keyboard and play notes or chords in real-time to harmonize your voice—once you set the key and scale, everything you play will sound musical.
  3. Graphical mode: Click to draw in harmonies on the visual display—arrange, tune, shift formant, delay, filter and pan—then adjust per song section using snapshots.

Harmony creates drama to suit a multitude of musical genres: pop, hip hop, R&B, rock, country, folk, and many more.

Beyond harmonies, Waves Harmony is a powerful vocal FX palette in any production or mix. Efficiently layer thick vocal stacks and create exceptional doubling effects, as well as complex delay arrays, creative voicings, modulated melodies and sequencing. It also comes packed with 450+ plugin-presets to get your ideas flowing.

Waves v14 System Requirements

Mac

Windows

CPU
Intel Core i7 / i9 / Xeon-W / Apple M1
See notes regarding Apple M1 (ARM-based) processors
CPU
Intel Core i5, i7, i9, Xeon (all Gen 5 and above)
AMD Quad Core
AVX Support required
Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive
Memory
Minimum: 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
16 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System
10.15.7, 11.6.5, 12.3.1
Operating System
Windows 10 64 bit (21H2)
Windows 11 (21H2)
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

V14 plugins require a graphics card that supports ‘Metal’. Learn more.
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024x768
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes:


  • These specs are for software version 14.
    Windows 10 64 bit (Pre-2004) is not supported with software version 14.0.

  • Mac models without ‘Metal’ support are not supported with V14. Learn more.

  • If you experience unusually high CPU consumption from Waves Plugins V14 and above while using a non-Intel CPU and Windows, learn how to enable MKL optimization to improve CPU performance.

  • Current version licenses will activate older version software (V9 and above), if the product/s in question exists in this software version.

  • To check if a plugin exists in an older version, scroll to the bottom of the older version's download page.

  • Software versions earlier than 9.92 cannot co-exist with software versions above V10. To run V9 side by side with a newer version, please install version 9.92.

  • For this reason, installing a newer version alongside V9 may cause temporary loss of access to V9 plugins on systems that support both versions. We are aware of this issue, which can be resolved by reinstalling V9.92 plugins or contacting Tech Support.

  • Waves plugins are officially supported on up to two screens in third-party DAWs and host applications.
    Screen Resolution: SSL E-Channel, SSL G-Channel, Element, Codex, Dorrough, Flow Motion, Bass Slapper and Bass Fingers require a minimum screen resolution of 1280x1024 / 1600x1024. Recommended screen resolution for Flow Motion, Bass Slapper, and Bass Fingers: 1920x1080.

  • Waves Instruments: Additional disk space may be required for sample libraries. Specific information is available on each instrument’s page.

  • RAM: Grand Rhapsody’s & Bass Finger’s minimal RAM required is 16 GB (and not 8GB, as generally described for all plugins). [Mac & Windows].

  • Waves Plugins and applications are supported and tested on operating systems installed on the built-in system hard drive. Operating systems installed on external hard drives are not tested and may not be fully functional with our software.

Waves 14 Supported Hosts

Mac


Apple M1 Support

Windows

Pro Tools 2022.4 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)Pro Tools 2022.4 (AAX Native, Audiosuite)
Ableton Live 11.1 (VST3)
Ableton Live 11.1 (VST3)
Audition 22 (VST3)
Audition 22 (VST3)

Bitwig Studio 4 (VST3)Bitwig Studio 4 (VST3)
Cakewalk by BandLab 2021 (VST3)
Cubase 12 (VST3)
Cubase 12 (VST3)
Digital Performer 11 (Audio Units)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
FL Studio 20 (VST3)
Garage Band 10.4.6 Audio Units)
Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Logic Pro X 10.7.4 (Audio Units)
Nuendo 12 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 22 (VST3)
Premiere Pro 22 (VST3)
Maschine 2 (VST)
Main Stage 3 Audio Units)
Samplitude Pro X6 (VST3)
Luna 1.2.7 (VST3)Pyramix 14 (VST
REAPER 6 (VST3)
REAPER 6 (VST3)
Reason 12 (VST)
Reason 12 (VST)
Sequoia 15 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)
Studio One Professional 5 (VST3)

Exceptions & Notes:

General:

  • These specs are for software version 14.
  • V14 supports 64-bit only.
  • With the release of Waves V13 plugins, we announce full official Apple M1 support for host applications that are themselves Apple M1-compatible. We will work to provide official M1 support for more host applications as they become M1-compatible. We will update this page with new developments as they are available.
  • In certain scenarios, a mixture of multiple versions of Waves plugins installed on the same system may cause issues in Logic Pro X, even if all versions are supported on the system. This is under investigation and there is a workaround. If you encounter such behavior – please contact Tech Support for assistance.
  • MIDI Support: The following hosts do not offer MIDI support: Pyramix, Premiere, and Audition.
  • Mono to Stereo components are not supported in Cakewalk by BandLab, GarageBand and Luna.
  • Sidechaining is supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Cubase, Cakewalk by BandLab, Audition, Ableton Live, FL Studio, REAPER, Bitwig Studio, Samplitude, Sequoia and Studio One.
  • Surround plugins are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Cubase, Audition, Premiere, REAPER, and Pyramix.
  • GarageBand: The Preset Browser is not available on Intel Mac computers.
  • Adobe Premiere on M1 Macs: While loading plugins / changing parameters, you may experience a slow graphic refresh rate.
  • V14 plugins are Supported on StudioRack 13. See supported hosts for previous StudioRack versions.

Ableton Live:

  • As of Waves V12 – Waves plugins are supported only in the VST3 format.
  • Users are hereon advised to load plugins in the VST3 format only for future session compatibility.
  • Clicking the ‘About’ box in the plugin will display if plugin is loaded in the VST3 or VST (2.4) formats.
  • If you encounter issues with VST (2.4) plugins in current or older sessions, or wish to ‘future-proof’ your sessions, load VST3 instance/s of the plugin alongside the existing VST (2.4) ones, then use the WaveSystem toolbar to copy the preset/s from VST (2.4) and paste in the VST3.
  • Plugin parameters are not auto-populated in Ableton Live for some plugins with many (over 67) automatable parameters.
  • Ableton Live sessions created with previous versions (V10/V11) of the plugin components listed below, will not load in the sessions after the plugin version is updated:
    • C4 Multiband Compressor: Mono component
    • C6 Multiband Compressor: Mono component
    • L2 Ultramaximizer: Mono component
    • Q1-Q8 Equalizers: Mono component
    • F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ: Mono component
    • Nx – Virtual Mix Room over Headphones: 5.0, 5.1 and 7.1 components

Plugins:

  • Abbey Road Studio 3:
    • Not supported under Audition, Premiere on Mac.
    • Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro (no 7.1 support), Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer and REAPER. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Cakewalk by BandLab.
  • Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain - Not supported under Garage Band.
  • Bass Fingers - Not supported under Pyramix on Windows.
  • B360 Ambisonics Encoder – 5.1 to 4.0 and 7.1 to 4.0 are not supported by Logic Pro X. In Pro Tools, B360 Ambisonics components are available on standard ‘QUAD’ tracks only, and not yet available on ‘1st order Ambisonics’ tracks.
  • CLA MixHub:
    • The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio.
    • Some plug-ins may not be available when both V12 and V13 are installed.
    • Inserting a plugin in the insert slot while automation is in touch mode and all automation lanes enabled may result in a crash or unexpected behavior.
  • CLA Nx - Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • DeBreath - Not supported under Main Stage and Premiere on Mac.
  • Dorrough Stereo: Only the vertical version of Dorrough Stereo is available in MultiRack, SoundGrid Studio and StudioRack.
  • Dorrough Surround: Only the vertical version of Dorrough Surround is available in MultiRack.
  • DTS Neural Surround plugins are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro (7.1 surround not supported), Nuendo, Cubase (7.1 surround not supported), Audition, Premiere, and REAPER. 7.1 SDDS/Film is not supported in all DAWs.
  • eMo Generator:
    • When using eMo Generator in Logic or Digital Performer, make sure to enable the input monitor on the channel where the plugin is inserted.
    • Not supported under FL Studio on Mac
  • Grand Rhapsody Piano, Electric 200 Piano, Electric 88 Piano, Electric Grand 80 Piano, Clavinet and Bass Slapper are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools (AAX Native), Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Cubase, Main Stage, Studio One, Cakewalk by BandLab, Reason, Samplitude (VSTi), Sequoia (VSTi), FL Studio, REAPER, Garage Band (on i7), Maschine and Komplete Kontrol.
  • Lofi Space and Retro Fi: Tempo Sync is not available in Premiere Pro.
  • GTR3 / GTR Solo – Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • Kaleidoscopes - Not supported under Luna
  • Morphoder - Not supported under Garage Band
  • MultiMod Rack - Not supported under Garage Band
  • NLS Non-Linear Summer – Not supported under Audition, Premiere and FL Studio on Mac.
  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: Surround is supported on Pro Tools (HD required), Logic Pro (no 7.1 support), Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer and REAPER. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Cakewalk by BandLab. In Pro Tools, Nx Ambisonics components are available on standard ‘QUAD’ tracks only, and not yet available on ‘1st order Ambisonics’ tracks.
  • Q-Clone is not supported on the following hosts: Main Stage, Garage Band, Audition, Premiere and FL Studio.
    Q-Capture component not supported on Main Stage.
  • Scheps Omni Channel:
    • The insert slot is not supported under Bitwig Studio and Garage Band.
    • Some plug-ins may not be available when both V12 and V13 are installed.
    • Inserting a plugin in the insert slot while automation is in touch mode and all automation lanes enabled may result in a crash or unexpected behavior.
  • SoundShifter: On Pro Tools, SoundShifter Graphic & Parametric support AudioSuite only.
    On all other hosts, only SoundShifter Pitch is supported.
  • UM225 & UM226 are supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools HD, Nuendo, Cubase, Audition, Premiere, REAPER, and Pyramix. UM226 is also supported on Logic Pro and Digital Performer.
  • Waves Virtual Instruments are not supported on Avid and Adobe Premier.
  • Waves Tune & Tune LT are fully supported on the following hosts: Pro Tools (AAX Native 64-bit & Audiosuite only), Logic Pro, Studio One, REAPER, Cakewalk by BandLab, Ableton Live 10.1 (Arrangement view only. Session view not supported). Waves Tune & Tune LT are also supported on the following hosts, but without ReWire support: Audition, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reason, Bitwig Studio, Garage Band, FL Studio, Premiere Pro, Samplitude, Seqouia, Komplete Kontrol, Maschine, Ableton Live 11 and Luna.
  • X-FDBK is not supported on Adobe Premiere and Pro Tools Audiosuite on Mac.
    In addition, it is not supported on Adobe Premiere and Pro Tools Audiosuite on Windows.

Waves Harmony: Create Your DREAM Vocal Production #gettingstarted

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