Waves Element
Element Synthesis Virtual Instrument, Native (Electronic Delivery)


Introducing Element: The first ever synthesizer from Waves. Powered by Virtual Voltage™ technology, 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.


  • Powered by Virtual Voltage™ technology
  • Integrated chorus, delay, reverb, distortion and bitcrusher effects
  • 16-step arpeggiator / sequencer
  • Plugin and standalone components



  • OCT determines the pitch range.
  • TUNE determines the pitch.
  • FINE fine-tunes the pitch.
  • TYPE determines the waveform type.
  • PW determines the pulse width. (Pulse waves only)
  • VCO selects between virtual Voltage-ControlledOscillation and virtual Digitally- Controlled Oscillation.
  • SINE MOD controls the modulation of OSC 1 using a sineoscillator. (OSC 1 only)
  • FM (Frequency Modulation) controls the amount by whichthe frequency of OSC 2 is modulated by OSC 1. (OSC 2 only)
  • PhM (Phase Modulation) controls the amount by whichthe phase of OSC 2 is modulated by OSC 1. (OSC 2 only)
  • SYNC synchronizes the triggering the OSC 2 waveform to the rate of OSC1.

Additional Oscillators & Mix Section

  • SUB mixes in a triangle wave one octave below OSC 1.
  • NOISE mixes in white noise.
  • RING controls the ring modulation of OSC 1 and OSC 2.
  • OSC 1 / OSC 2 activate each oscillator.
  • MIX balances the mix between OSC 1 and OSC 2.
  • MONO toggles between monophonic and polyphonic modes.
  • RTRG controls envelope re-triggering.
  • UNISON activates a doubling effect which creates aricher sound.
  • PORT determines the glide time (portamento) betweennotes.
  • LEGATO determines whether glide will always occur, or only when theprevious note is still held.

Voltage Controlled Filter

  • TYPE determines the filter type.
  • SLOPE toggles between two types of pole filters.
  • CUTOFF controls the VCF cutoff frequency.
  • RES controls the amount of filter resonance.
  • ENV determines the envelope’s cutoff modulation depth.
  • KBD controls keyboard tracking using C3 as itsreference point.
  • FM controls the amount of frequency modulation onfilter cutoff by OSC 1.
  • ADSR determines the filter’s envelope cutoff behaviorafter a note is triggered.
  • VEL sets the VCF cutoff in relation to the Note Onvelocity.
  • SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope time constants.

Voltage Controlled Amplifier

  • VCA envelope controls the note level from trigger torelease.
  • VEL sets the envelope depth in relation to the Note Onvelocity.
  • SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope timeconstants.
  • PUNCH controls the dynamic transient enhancer.

Low Frequency Oscillators

  • TYPE controls the LFO waveform shape.
  • RATE controls the frequency of the free LFO.
  • TIME controls the rate of the synced LFO, locked tothe project BPM.
  • LED displays pulsate at the same rate as the LFOs.

Envelope 3

  • VEL sets the envelope depth in relation to the Note Onvelocity.
  • SHAPE determines the contour of the envelope time constants.

Modulation Matrix

  • PHASE inverts the phase, per assignment.
  • SRC determines the modulation source.
  • DEST determines the destination of the modulationsource.
  • MOD sets the amount by which the modulation source affects thedestination.


  • MODE determines the operational mode.
  • OCT determines the range, in octaves, of thearpeggiator.
  • TIME (drop-down) activates the host BPM sync function,and sets the rate using note values.
  • RATE sets the arpeggiator rate when TIME is set toFree.
  • GATE determines the length of each sequencer step as apercentage of its note length.
  • STEPS determines the number of steps in the currentsequence.
  • SWING pushes even-numbered notes/steps toward the next odd-numberednote/step, to create a shuffle/swing feel.


  • DIST controls the amount of distortion effect.
  • PRE/POST is a toggle control which determines theplacement of the distortion effect in the signal path, either pre-VCF orpost-VCF.
  • CRSHR is a distortion-like effect which simulates areduction in the bit-depth and resolution of the sound.
  • DELAY is a stereo delay allows separate delay times for left and rightchannels, using note values.
           LEFT sets the delay time for the leftchannel.
            RIGHT sets the delaytime for the right channel.
            MIXdetermines the amount of delay effect in themix.
            FEEDBACKdetermines the amount of gain fed back to the delay input.
  • REVERB controls both the amount and size of thevirtual plate reverb sound.
  • CHORUS determines the amount of chorus modulation.


  • HiPASS controls the high pass filter frequency.
  • LoPASS controls the low pass filter frequency.
  • 100 controls equalization at 100 Hz.
  • 600 controls equalization at 600 Hz.
  • 1500 controls equalization at 1500 Hz.
  • 9000 controls equalization at 9000 Hz.

Global and Out Sections

  • TEMPO displays the current tempo.
  • SOURCE determines the clock source.
  • VOICES determines the number of voices which may beplayed simultaneously.
  • HD activates High Definition mode, which extends thedigital resolution, resulting in enhanced depth and greater high-enddefinition.
  • GAIN sets Element’s overall output volume, after allgenerators and processors.
  • METER displays Element’s overall output energy.

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