Waves Audio

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Waves Audio Ltd. is a developer and supplier of professional audio signal processing technologies and audio effects, used in recording, mixing, mastering, post production, surround, live, and broadcast sound. Since the early 1990s, Waves processors have been available as plugins for most popular audio hosts and platforms, including Audio Units, TDM, DirectX, MAS, and VST.

Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers its technologies as DSP semiconductors and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics, and are currently used in products from companies including Sony, Sanyo, JVC, Toshiba, and Altec Lansing. Maxx technologies are used to enhance audio performance and improve sound in televisions, laptop computers, mobile phones, VoIP, multimedia speakers, and portable audio systems.

The company's corporate headquarters and development facilities are located in Tel Aviv, Israel, with additional offices in the United States in Knoxville, Tennessee and Shenzen, China.


Founded in October 1992 by Gilad Keren and Meir Sha'ashua, Waves released the first audio plug-in, their Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer.[1]

In 2011, Waves was a technical Grammy Award recipient.[2][3][4]


  • Gilad Keren - Chief Executive Officer
  • Meir Shaashua - Chief Technological Officer

Copyright Lawsuit

In early 2010, Waves Audio won one lawsuit and had a defendant admit liability in a second lawsuit regarding intellectual property infringements and the illegal use of its software. The two studios named were New York City-based Reckless Music, LLC, d.b.a. Skyline Recording Studios NYC, and Quad Recording Studios, Inc.[5]


In September 2004, Sony announced that new VAIO PCs would include a mastering software suite with plug-ins from Sony Oxford (now Sonnox) and Waves.[6]

When the high sound pressure levels produced by the vuvuzelas at the 2010 FIFA World Cup became a very real problem for broadcasters, Waves Audio devised an audio software plug-in solution utilizing two plug-ins to create a notch filter which helped greatly reduce the interference of the vuvuzela noise during the broadcast of the international sporting event.[7]


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