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[Muzaq] Waves’ Free Giveaway: OneKnob Louder

Waves just announced to give away OneKnob Louder during the Black Friday Weekend Sale

According to their website, OneKnow Louder is

Using a combination of peak limiting and low-level compression with automatic makeup, Louder effectively makes tracks louder, increasing RMS by up to 24 dB.
To get your free copy of Waves OneKnob Louder,

[Muzaq] Waves V9 Abandons iLok-Dongle Finally

Waves Audio Ltd. just announced the release of version 9 of their Waves plugins. Finally Waves V9 will support 64bit architectures and in contrast to their predecessors Waves V9 will not require the controversial Pace iLok-Dongle anymore.

They rather introduce the “Waves License Center“. However, customers used to iLoks can keep using them. It is expected the software based license system will bring a major improvement of the plugins’ processing speed.


Waves Audio Ltd. is a leading developer of audio processing technologies with development facilities in Tennessee (USA), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Shenzen (China). Waves Audio was among the first to offer filter solutions to the vuvuzela noises at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


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» Waves Audio Introduces Vuvuzela Noise Reduction
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[MacOS] Pace iLok Dongle Compromised

A worldwide team of crackers managed to generally attack the Pace iLok dongle security system. An automized unwrapper for protected applications has surfaced on the net. The unwrapper is compatible to MacOS X 10.6 (Slow Neopard) and works for the Intel based part of universal binaries only.

The Pace iLok dongle is mainly used by music applications and music plugins. As this market is a little one, the impact of the generic unwrapper is not predictable at the moment. Anyway we suppose, that producers and studios – hopefully – do use legally licensed software and that this unwrapper is used for try before buy possibilities. Marketpenetration comes with confirmed habit of users.

Although some iLok protected applications are offered as trial, forum users say trial times are much too short and having to register a Pace iLok account is considered to not be comfortable for the average user.

Anyway, forum reports indicate that many developers using the Pace iLok dongle have applied additional custom protection layers, which render the Pace iLok unwrapper not useful at least for the average John Doe. It is expected that iLok will very soon add new encryption layers for improved security.