Waves Intro Element Synthesizer – Here’s A First Look

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Waves has introduced its first software synth, Element, for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Element is an analog-style polyphonic instrument engineered to deliver the fat, gritty sound of the classics, with all the precision, flexibility and control of contemporary digital synths.

Element includes a vast array of convenient features and functions. Like integrated effects. A 16-step arpeggiator / sequencer. MIDI Learn for all controls. And a massive preset library, with total tweakability. Plus, all parameters are laid out right there in front of you, so when inspiration strikes, there’s no need to scroll through page after page to customize your sounds. Searing leads, booming basses, ethereal pads, electro-percussion, sequential motions, mind-blowing FX and lots more: Element does it all.

Here’s a first look at Element, via airusersblog:

Waves Element is available now. It’s priced at $200, but is currently available for $99.

If you’ve used Element, let us know what you think of it!

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41 thoughts on “Waves Intro Element Synthesizer – Here’s A First Look

  1. don’t forget that waves CHARGES for updates and support. $99 gets you in the door, but youll have to pay more to keep using it. Waves is the only company that does this, and it drives me nuts.

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    • Yes its true, but for only $9900 (TDM) or $6300 (Native), the Waves Mercury Bundle is still quite a good deal.

      (I hope you guessed I was just kidding :D)

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    • You have misunderstod the waves update plan a bit. Once you paid for a waves plug in you can of course use it as long as you like. HOWEVER, when they update their range you would have to pay to get the newest version (when they will go from V9 to V10 for example). Granted, that is shitty, but it is a bit different then stating that you have to pay to continue use it, which is simply plain wrong. You can use the version you buy for as long as you like.

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      • Oh relax, I own a mac. It’s more about the “look at this new thing we’ve built!” publicity style, when it’s really not that new.

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  2. Hey, let me act out the scene in which I read over these bits of news!

    “Waves has introduced a new two oscillZZZZZzzzzzzz ZZZZZZzzzzzz ZZZZZZzzzzzzz”

    Thank you!

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    • The funny thing is Jordan Rudess endorsing a vst is meaningless, he’s just famous for tasteless keyboard shredding not sound design. He just rigs up some synth to sound like some faux-guitar and then does his best van halen imitation. Sure, that might mean something endorsing a product with a physical keyboard but what does it have to do with a softsynth? “I’m Jordan Rudess and this synth makes great van halen sounds!”. It’s like the guy is still mad his mom made him play piano instead of getting a guitar for Christmas like he wanted. Uggh, dude makes me cringe with his subconscious guitar envy.

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  3. I was going to try this soft synth but it requires a usb dongle.
    I won’t waste my time anymore with software that requires dongles, usb’s and such. Too much trouble.
    This is why I go hardware now…..and Diva synth (u-he) no damn dongles.
    Join the movement that say no to dongles!!!!!

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      • I had gotten to the point where I had at least 7 dongles finally I said enough, it is a ridiculous antiquated system that has been around toooooo long. There are companies like u-He and D16 that don’t use dongles. If they can do it so can all the other companies.

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      • Let me rephrase that, cause I can see how it could be read two ways: the claim that this synth requires a dongle is BS, it does not require one.

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        • You are indeed correct sir. I mis-read the instructions.
          Thanks god they had a video to explain the process.
          We will see if this synth is worth purchasing?

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    • ELEMENT does not require a USB dongle. In fact it can easily be authorized to your hard disk, just like all other Waves plugins. Waves have abandoned iLok and implemented their own copy protection, which is cloud-based and extremely easy to use. It is even so flexible to allow you to authorize another computer if you have forgotten to move your licenses back to the cloud on the go. Please check things again and you will see that it´s by far one of the best copy protections to date.

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      • You are indeed correct sir. I mis-read the instructions.
        Thanks god they had a video to explain the process.
        We will see if this synth is worth purchasing?

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  4. This might have been cool about 10 years ago. Seems to me this synth offers nearly exactly the same as about a hundred other vsti’s.

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  5. Remarkably unremarkable!

    The phrase “phone it in” comes to mind, $200?! Even $99 seems pricey, a handful of synths from the KVR contest are far more inspiring, free, and without cynical endorsements from goateed wizard dorks.

    Anyway, for me all VA roads seem to lead back to Sylenth!

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    • You are right…..
      Unless I didn’t realize you could modify it like that. That’s good news. It would make sense that a developer like waves would have early access….

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  6. quote : “join the movement that say no to dongles!!!!!”
    did it for a long time…I also “challenge response” protection as much as possible.
    Only have a few plugs using “challenge response” (sidizer and Scamp)
    Otherwise I use freewares or “serial” or software without protection (paid of course)

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  7. Ended up purchasing this synth.
    Has a great sound……not on the level of Diva but very good.
    But what is great about this synth for us old Berlin school guys is the easy to use sequencer.
    In your DAW you can layer the great sounding sequencers together and get amazing sequences.
    No dongle involved and if you are thinking about getting this, right now $99.00 aint bad.

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  8. I would have expected a lot more for a new synth these days.. why make another synth modelled on ancient technology instead of looking to the future and go for something new and groundbreaking? we already have our far better sounding hardware synths for the matter. Im not saying this synth is shit, its just redundant and pointless in my opinion

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  9. I would have expected a lot more for a new synth these days.why make another synth modelled on ancient technology instead of looking to the future and go for something new and groundbreaking?we already have our far better sounding hardware synths for the matter.Im not saying this synth is shit,its just redundant and pointless in my opinion

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  10. I would have expected a lot more for a new synth these days.why make another synth modelled on ancient technology instead of going for something new and groundbreaking?we already have our far better sounding hardware synths for the matter.not saying this synth is shit,its just redundant and pointless in my opinion

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  11. I would have expected a lot more for a new synth these days.why make another synth modelled on ancient technology instead of going for something new and groundbreaking?we already have our far better sounding hardware synths for the matter.not saying this synth is shit,its just redundant

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  12. I would have expected a lot more for a new synth these days.why make another synth modelled on ancient technology instead of going for something new and groundbreaking?we already have our far better sounding hardware synths for the matter.

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  13. I’m pretty pleased with it. The Ui is set up very logically. The arpeggiator is very easy to use. It comes in standalone, which is very important to me, and of course, as a plugin. Most importantly, the thing is very, very crisp and clear. It sounds fantastic and has tons of quality presets. Great value at $99, probably wouldn’t buy it at $200 though.

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  14. so all childish ideas/comments/etc aside, this is a really good va synth.like sylenth it sits wonderfully in a mix,is easy to program,good on cpu,etc except it sounds even better,.sort of like a more powerful roland sh201 without the box it comes in and running native.so keep bickering and regurgitating nonsense youve read somewhere else that you didnt understand like how you think their wup policy works(clear sign that youre a liar about owning anything from waves,just a pirate copy user that never learned how to use the product he installed on his computer because wth its just something that was free anyway)

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  15. i have this VI and its SOOOO CPU heavy that is crashes pro tools easily. and i run an 17 with 16 gig ram. even Massive isnt this intensive.

    Almost useless its such a hog.

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