I’ve complained in other threads about my increasing irritation with Waves, as have many others. Specifically, the subscription only thing really made me angry. They backed off, of course, but still. I’ve been considering dumping them since I use less and less of their plugins.
Well, they are trying to give me another reason, and I suspect it is related to their stupid subscription crap. I fire up Nuendo for the first time in over a month today… and Nx Abbey Road is showing it is in demo mode. WTF? I go and have a look in Waves central, and all my licenses are not here, they are on a “disconnected device”.
Ummm… No Waves. This is the same computer, with the same harddrives, with the same OS install, etc. The only thing that has happened since the last time I ran things is software updates, and I got a new graphics card.
Now if their licensing is so flakey that replacing one piece of hardware will break it, that should be noted so you know to deactivate first. Nothing else has issues, mind you, Steinberg is happily licenses, Fabfilter, NI, etc. They are all perfectly happy this is the same system that it has been, only Waves is throwing a fit.
I can fix it with the license recovery, of course, and I’m going to do that, but they only let you do it once a year. What do you want to bet if it happens again their solutions is “oh just subscribe, then you never have licensing issues!”
Personally, I think if it does happen again, that’ll be it for me and Waves. They have stuff I like, some of their compressors have nice presets, S1 is real easy to use, Codex has some fun sounds, but I can likely find something else that’ll replace them with a bit of work.