Nuendo, out of nowhere, started taking 10-15 minutes to "Scanning VST3 plugins" while opening

I have no idea what has happened. I haven’t installed any new plugins, haven’t updated any plugins recently. Nuendo was working perfectly yesterday. I start it today and now its stuck on “Scanning VST3 plugins…” for around 10-15 minutes. I’ve restarted my computer twice, nothing is helping it.

Does anyone know what I can do to fix it? I don’t understand why it just randomly started happening since absolutely nothing has changed on my computer since yesterday when it was normal.

EDIT - through process of elimination, I discovered it was WAVESHELL causing the problem. I have reinstalled Waves twice now, and it gets stuck every time. I can’t figure out what’s going on and why I can’t use Waves all of the sudden

I think the Waves installer thingie has a cleanup/repair option somewhere in there. Try that. IF not you might try uninstalling but then manually cleaning out the Waves directories for anything it didn’t remove.

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Danger. Waves is allergic to any kind of hardware modification. Especially if network drives or NAS storage are also connected. Check whether Waves Central still recognizes the licenses, or only if you start with admin rights.
As a rule, a complete deinstallation with a complete cleanup is sufficient - and then a new installation. If Waves Central only recognizes the licenses with admin rights, this is due to drives for which Waves admin rights are required.
In the case of problems with admin rights, this delays every scan and start of Nuendo considerably.

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Thanks for the help guys. Doing the Waves Central Repair thing, as well as uninstalling, manually removing every single mention of Waves on my computer (including in the registry), and then reinstalling, it fixed it.

I am concerned about your mention of connected network drives. I connect to and disconnect from LucidLink every day (which the OS sees as basically a network drive). I’ve been doing this for months though, so it would be an odd time for Waves to decide it had a problem with this “hardware” change.

Who knows. All is well though now!

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The problem with the NAS network drives only exists under Windows. And only when the networked drive is powered off.

Unrelated, but Waves drives me nuts when I connect to my work’s VPN every day. If I don’t have something running in Nuendo already, it’s plug-in license checking when opening a project or adding a new Waves plug-in usually results in the spinning ‘W’ icon that takes forever (especially when adding a plug-in via DOP).

They seem to be the only plug-in manufacturer that hates my work VPN. It eventually works; just takes forever, unless I load up Nuendo FIRST.

Regarding network stuff, I have a couple NAS boxes connected too, where I used to keep my SFX library for Soundminer. But, since the work VPN doesn’t like local network connections, I ended up buying a large-capacity HDD to run inside the tower for that (problem solved - plus it’s an additional backup). :slight_smile:

Waves checks each drive every time. And some drives are slow to respond. A powered off NAS or network drive can take a minute per drive. We have now removed network drives that are rarely switched on. What I’m saying probably only applies to Windows - since the problem is definitely Windows-related. All other companies have a much better licensing model than Waves.

And it almost got worse… :wink:

I have been debating jettisoning Waves entirely. I have a couple plugins I like, but ya, they annoy me in a lot of ways.

Yeah I feel you. They just have a fewww plugins that I really like. Clarity being one of them, I’ve been using it on DOP constantly

Yes. We recently cleaned up 1.500 hours of digitized university professor tapes using only Waves Clarity VX Pro, Clarity deReverb and Waves Rider (for consistent speech volume).
But with the restoration of tapes, vinyl … you can’t avoid Waves Q10, C1 gate, ZNoise, XHum, L1. There are countless better alternatives in the musical field - but when it comes to restoration, you can’t do without Waves, iZotope and Voxengo.

Just out of curiosity and because I am grateful for any advice that helps me improve: What does Waves offer me that RX doesn’t?
I work mainly in post and have used RX for years when restoring audio. I have also used SpectraLayers for a few things. But 98% of the time I use RX. (Started with RX 2.)

In my opinion the de-noise of Clarity VX Pro is better than RX the majority of the time. Same with de-reverb of ‘Clarity De-Reverb’ (but I also really like Accentize DeRoom Pro 2 for de-reverb).

I still use some individual RX modules like mouth de-click, but yeah for noise/reverb, I feel like RX is lacking a bit compared to the others. I also send audio to RX 9 for surgical editing stuff, but even for that type of work I’ve been finding myself using Spectralayers more and more recently.

I’m sure RX 11 is going to be improved to keep up with all the competition though.

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Apart from the fact that I don’t know anything better for Waves Clarity VX Pro at the moment. Clarity VX deReverb is much better in lectures as iZotope deReverb.
Waves XHum is better than iZotope at humming tapes/cassettes/humming from vynil. Waves DeNoise cleans up very bright highs from tape/vinyl better than iZotope RX Denoiser. I use both in a row.
The Waves Q10 is best on vinyl records as it affects the sound the least and doesn’t increase distortion. It changes the sound the least… All other equalizers increase vinyl squeaking.
While the Voxengo HarmonyEQ is better on dull tape, even better than fab filters.
To keep a dialogue at the same volume, the Waves Playlist Rider is currently unbeatable. Softly spoken words and loud sentences come absolutely naturally at a constant level. I can’t get that with iZotope. Especially not to clean up several thousand hours of readings.
Waves C1 Gate behaved correctly to let records fade out at the end. The Cubase / Nuendo gate doesn’t do that well.
The Waves L1 has no audible impact on the sound of analogue media and renders the fastest - when you have tens of thousands of clips.
Another aspect is that I change values a lot in the DOP and all values ​​of all waves plugins can be changed with the arrow keys from keyboard instead of fiddling with the mouse.

But I’m only talking about the restoration of analogue sound carriers. That doesn’t apply to musical things. My job is to restore historical sound carriers.