Waves | eMotion LV1 Live Mixer – 16 Stereo Channels Software
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Waves | eMotion LV1 Live Mixer – 16 Stereo Channels Software
Waves | eMotion LV1 Live Mixer – 16 Stereo Channels Software

Waves | eMotion LV1 Live Mixer – 16 Stereo Channels Software

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Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer  16 Stereo Channels

16 St channels mixer with full
eMO D5 comp,gate,expander,leveler,limiter,desser.


eMotion LV1 is a revolutionary digital mixing console for front-of-house, monitor and broadcast engineers. Based on Waves SoundGrid technology, this software mixer delivers the superior sound quality for which Waves is renowned, as well as the quick and convenient workflow needed in demanding live environments.

Limitless Control over Your Live Sound

eMotion LV1 gives you unprecedented control over every aspect of your live sound. Each of the mixer’s channels has its own plugin rack capable of running up to eight SoundGrid-compatible plugins. This means you can mix live with hundreds of your favorite plugins—all running inside the mixer itself. All plugin presets and chains saved in eMotion LV1 can be shared with the Waves MultiRack and StudioRack plugin hosts, enabling you to move seamlessly between live and studio environments.

LV1 Channel Strip – Waves eMo Plugins

The mixer’s channel strip—its standard EQ, filters and dynamics processing—is provided by Waves eMo plugins: eMo D5 Dynamics, eMo F2 Filter and eMo Q4 Equalizer. All three are designed for maximum clarity and efficiency in a live environment. All three are included with the eMotion LV1 mixer.

The LV1 also integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech automixer plugin (purchased separately), which is easily accessible from each LV1 channel.

Intuitive Workflow, Diverse Control

You can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, ranging from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. No matter which device you are using, eMotion LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed.

MyMon: Personal Monitor Mixing App for the LV1

Designed for eMotion LV1, MyMon is a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that gives performers on stage detailed control over their individual monitor mixes, directly from their mobile phone or tablet. Up to 16 stage performers can adjust channel volume levels, mute and pan channels, apply master EQ, and link channels to custom single-fader groups.

Total Portability

eMotion LV1 uses the SoundGrid infrastructure for audio networking. It can be configured as a portable or stationary setup, and can connect to any SoundGrid-compatible I/O or server. This means you can easily carry your mixer with you and run it anytime, anywhere—at home, in your hotel room, on the tour bus, or at the live venue. This way you can have all the time you need to work on your sessions, whether offline or with full-on audio, and make sure you are 100% ready for your show.


  • NEW: MyMon personal monitoring app for eMotion LV1
  • 16 stereo/mono input channels, 8 matrixes, 10 bus/returns: 8 auxes
  • Run 8 SoundGrid-compatible plugins directly on each channel
  • Channel strip processing provided by Waves eMo plugins
  • 16 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable shortcut keys
  • Create your own custom layers for super-quick workflow
  • DCA spill – populate layers with DCA-linked channels
  • 32-bit floating point mix engine; up to 96 kHz sample rate
  • Compatible with industry-standard control surfaces
  • Integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech automixer plugin
  • Connect & share up to 16 stageboxes, expansion slots or DAWs
  • Share the same stagebox between multiple LV1’s at FOH and monitors
  • Windows/Mac 64 bit-compatible1


  • Overview
  • Join a New Era of Live Sound Mixing

    As a live sound engineer, you probably want three things in your show: great sound quality, quick & easy operation of your console, and minimum last-minute surprises. eMotion LV1 gives you all three – and it does it in a way that’s revolutionary.

    eMotion LV1 is a digital software mixer based on Waves SoundGrid® technology, which can run on your PC or Mac. This means several things:

    • It means you have the sound quality you’ve come to expect from Waves, right there in your console’s mix engine. It also means that you have pinpoint-precision control over your sound by running however many plugins you want from the console itself.
    • It means you have all the flexibility that software allows when it comes to operating your console quickly and easily, whether you are using multi-touch screens or any other control surface.
    • And it means that your console is 100% portable, helping you be 100% prepared in advance for your show.

    Control Your Sound with Pinpoint Precision

    eMotion LV1 gives you pristine audio quality and detailed control over your sound. This is a result of three advantages:

    • The mixer has a 32-bit floating point mix engine that represents the pinnacle of Waves’ accomplishments in the field of audio.
    • eMotion LV1’s channel strip—its basic EQ, filters and dynamics processing—is provided by Waves eMo plugins that are optimized for live environments, with transparent sound, zero latency, and a user interface specifically designed for quick operation, clarity and efficiency.
    • Each of the mixer’s channels has its own plugin rack, with room for 8 SoundGrid-compatible plugins. This means that nothing stands between your mixing console and your processors—all your plugins are now controlled directly from the mixer itself.

    Up to 64 channels, 8 plugins each – you do the math of the massive mixing possibilities open to you, and what they can do for your sound

    Operate the Console Quickly & Easily

    Every aspect of the eMotion LV1 interface has been designed to meet your needs when it most counts. Here are just a few of the features that will make your life easier during the show:

    • The main mixer window gives you all the most important info you need at a glance – all channel inputs and parameters, routing, plugin inserts and more – with additional windows providing more detailed views.
    • Channel window for focused control of your plugins, including a Touch-and-Slide slider for quick & easy control of all plugin parameters.
    • Flexible control of your plugins racks – instantly switch the order of plugins within each rack, copy plugins and their presets from channel to channel, add hardware processors as external inserts on your plugin racks, and much more.
    • Support for up to four multi-touch screens, as well as diverse industry-standard control surfaces.
    • The exact same user-friendly interface, no matter which display or control device you are using.

    MyMon: Personal Monitor Mixing App for the LV1

    Designed exclusively for eMotion LV1, MyMon is a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that gives performers on stage detailed control over their individual monitor mixes, directly from their mobile phone or tablet.

    Up to 16 performers on stage can use MyMon at the same time. They can adjust volume levels per channel, mute or pan each channel, apply post-mix master bus EQ over their monitor mix, link channels to custom single-fader groups, and more. The app adjusts to landscape or portrait modes.

    Take Your Mixer Anywhere – Always Be Prepared

    All digital mixers with a software interface let you edit your sessions offline, without audio, when you’re away from the live venue. eMotion LV1 goes one huge step further by letting you actually mix your sessions, with audio, no matter where you are.

    Here’s how it works. To use eMotion LV1 with audio, you need to connect the PC or Mac running the mixer to SoundGrid-compatible devices – an audio interface and a server. But here’s the beauty of it: these can be any computer, any SoundGrid interface, any SoundGrid server – not necessarily the ones you’ll be using at the actual show. At the venue, your computer may be a desktop with large touchscreen monitors – but at home, you can use a small laptop or tablet. At the venue, you can take advantage of the SoundGrid network to connect any number of large interfaces with lots of I/O, as well as extra mixers, extra DAWs for playback and recording. You can also share stageboxes between multiple mixers used at FOH and monitors. But at home, in your hotel room, or on the tour bus, you can use as little as a small server and a compact, lightweight interface in order to mix.

    This means that you can always take your full mixing system – as many as 64 stereo channels, limitless processing – in a small carry-on bag or even a backpack. Run a pre-recorded audio session on the LV1, and work on your actual audio mix well ahead of the show – anytime, anyplace.

    Build a Super-System

    Need to share your inputs with a monitor or broadcast engineer? Connect multiple eMotion LV1 mixers to the same network switch, and share any I/O device – stageboxes, DAWs, computer drivers – between them. This way you can easily share playback tracks, synths, software instruments etc. between multiple eMotion LV1 systems. This means you can get your sources from the stage to multiple destinations at the same time, with separate gain control for each engineer and without having to split the signal with dedicated gear.

    • Setups

    An eMotion LV1 system consists of at least the following:

    1. Host computer: Controls the eMotion LV1 mixer as well as the SoundGrid network that connects all devices. The eMotion LV1 application is located on this computer, as are your plugins and preset files. eMotion LV1 runs on both Mac and Windows and supports multiple displays
    2. SoundGrid server: This is where your plugins are being processed. The power of the server has direct impact on the number of plugin instances you can run
    3. At least one SoundGrid I/O: Ranging from 2-channel preamps to multiple 128-channel audio interfaces (such as the DiGiGrid MGB/MGO SoundGrid-to-MADI I/Os). All I/O devices are connected to the SoundGrid network via Ethernet
    4. SoundGrid-compatible 1Gb Ethernet switch: Links the host computer, the server, and all I/O devices

    Typical cable lengths for this setup (Cat 6 S/FTP):

    1. D1: Host computer to main switch – up to 100 meters
    2. D2: Server to main switch – up to 20 m
    3. D3: Main switch to secondary switch – up to 100 m
    4. D4: I/O device to main switch – up to 100 m
    5. D5: I/O device to secondary switch – up to 20 m


    MacBook Pro / iMac / Mac Mini with Intel i5 CPU or higher
    MacBook Air laptops are not supported

    8 GB RAM

    Operating System
    10.13.x and higher

    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 32-bit


    Intel i3 or higher

    8 GB RAM

    Operating System
    Windows 10 64-bit

    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 32-bit

    Windows 10 64-bit with Intel i5 and up CPU

    Important Notes:

    • SoundGrid is a ‘private’ network: in order to have a clean network stream, the SoundGrid network should not be used to run any non-SoundGrid applications. Using non-SoundGrid protocols on the same network that carries SoundGrid audio might result in audio drops, application freezes, and other unexpected results.
    • LV1 V11 requires updating all SoundGrid hardware to v11-compatible firmware. LV1 V11 is not compatible with v10 or v9 SoundGrid devices. 

    • VPN software can alter network settings to meet its requirements.
      These changes can the affect the network ports used for SoundGrid and may compromise performance of the SoundGrid network.
      We strongly advise that you remove, disable, or turn off all VPN software while working with SoundGrid.

    Control Surfaces

    Touch and Multi-Touch Screens

    • Supports up to four screens (requires 4-port graphic adapter)
    • Multi-touch support for Windows 10, with touchscreens supporting 10-point touch.
    • Single-touch support for Mac (using compatible drivers)

    Other Control Surfaces

    • Icon Platform M for eMotion LV1
    • Icon Platform X for eMotion LV1
    • Behringer X-Touch (Mackie Control mode)
    • Mackie MCU (Mackie Control mode – Logic layout)
    • ICON-Global-QCon (Logic mode)
    • Tactus Control is only supported with eMotion LV1 v9.14.0.423, it is not supported with eMotion LV1 v10 or v11.
    • How to Remotely Control Your Mac or PC with VNC - please disconnect VNC before contacting Technical Support for troubleshooting.


    • MIDI fader/knob devices – General MIDI standard mapping for fader pan and mute; control feedback depends on MIDI device
    • MIDI Show Control – program change for scene automation from any MIDI device

    iOS & Android Apps

    • MyMon personal monitor mixing app for eMotion LV1

    Sample Rate Support

    44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz


    Recommended Computers

    We highly recommend using these computers, customized specifically to run eMotion LV1:

    • Waves Axis One – recommended for all LV1 configurations
    • Waves Axis Proton – recommended only for 16-ch. and 32-ch. LV1 configurations

    We can also recommend the following qualified systems:

    • Mac mini 2014 and up, i7, 8 GB RAM, minimum 256 GB SSD (not Fusion), Windows 10 via Bootcamp.
    • HP EliteDesk 800 G3, Customized with i5-7600 CPU @ 3.5Ghz, 16 GB RAM, 128/256 SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630, 3 display ports, Ethernet port (Intel I219-LM), Windows 10.

    OS X users: For best performance of audio transport from the SoundGrid Core Audio Driver to the SoundGrid network, new Apple computers featuring Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connectivity should use one of the following adapters:

    • Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3-to-Ethernet Adapter
    • OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

    Windows Users: Connecting to a SoundGrid network via Thunderbolt 3 is currently not supported.


    Supported I/Os

    • eMotion LV1 is compatible with all SoundGrid I/Os.
    • For some systems it is advisable to use a secondary computer for recording/playback. This provides optimal CPU and disk performance on the primary computer that is running eMotion LV1.
    • Compatible firmware required: SoundGrid I/O firmware v10.3 is currently compatible with eMotion LV1 v11.

    Please note: When using the SoundGrid Connect feature, the only local devices supported in eMotion LV1 v11 are the built-in output of macOS X Core Audio and built-in Windows drivers (with ASIO4ALL).


    Supported SoundGrid Servers

    • All SoundGrid servers are supported, except DiGiGrid DGS-XL (not sold by Waves), which is neither certified nor supported for use with eMotion LV1.
    • For best results we highly recommend to use eMotion LV1 with the SoundGrid Extreme Server.
    • SoundGrid Impact Server and DiGiGrid IOS are supported by the eMotion LV1 16-channel configuration at sample rates of up to 48 kHz.
    • For detailed CPU consumption benchmarks, see our Compare Servers page.
    • SoundGrid v11 firmware required

    Supported Cables

    Cat 5e, Cat 6 and Cat 7 cables are supported.
    Tested and approved cable length: 100 meters from I/O box to switch; up to 4 hops/switches.
    Consult this page for further info.


    Supported Plugins

    Waves plugins: eMotion LV1 v11 supports Waves v11 and v10 plugins. See our plugin compatibility chart and plugin latency chart.

    Third-party plugins:

    • eMotion LV1 v11 and v10 support 64-bit plugins only, and therefore does not currently support third-party plugins. 32-bit SoundGrid-compatible plugins by other manufacturers will be supported in the future, pending the manufacturers’ schedule.
    • eMotion LV1 v9 supports all 32-bit SoundGrid-compatible plugins by other manufacturers. (Plugin Alliance’s 100% SoundGrid Bundle is currently not supported on eMotion LV1 on Windows.)



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