Tools for your troubles

Wavegrove is an entity committed to furthering the digital music and audio production process. With insights derived from physics and mastering processes, Wavegrove intends to take the sweat out of the audio work. For now you’ll be left with the blood and tears.

The Modern Classic.

HCL Varis is a mastering grade all tube point-to-point design vari-mu compressor.

Varis is basically four different compressors all packed together for pure tube action – now inside of your DAW.

Master the art of volume. Break barriers or don’t, it’s up to you.

Inspired by boutique hardware from Handcrafted Laboratories, Islander is a Vari-Mu based mastering grade compressor, with digitally extended features and a proven track record.

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Products designed by Wavegrove to solve problems. Whether it’s missing mojo in a master, getting down with dynamics, or equalising a track to fit the soundscape. Wavegrove designs plug-ins to make your life easier.


creating waves since 2021

Tools to solve specific needs

When mixing or mastering the key word is feel. Usually you can hear the sound you want in your head before you get it right in your DAW. After chasing the sound for a good ten years, Jussi noticed patterns that kept repeating, and thought about automating parts of his mixing process. When you do the same thing over and over again in a mix, it’s clear there could be a tool to do just that.

Working with people whose ears we trust

While doing something by yourself gets you the results you strive for, it is always better to get some help from in the people around you. We’ve forged relationships with some of the best people in the business and feel blessed to be working with them on our products.


While there’s wonders and magic happening in the analog realm and the gear we’re all used to, digital audio offers possibilities that analog doesn’t. While Wavegrove doesn’t try to emulate the analog completely, we definitely try to get some of the same mojo out of our code.

Latest Articles


  • HCL Islander in Sonic Scoop’s top new compressors of 2023

    HCL Islander was included in a list of 2023’s top compressors by Sonic Scoop! Thank you all for your support <3 “This plugin comes by way of two software companies and one Ukrainian hardware manufacturer. It’s awfully clean as a compressor, handling parallel duties to boost apparent loudness quite well. It also has a clipper…

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  • The Story of Islander

    I wanted to tell you the story of how the HCL Islander came to exist as a plugin. Hope you enjoy reading it! While HCL Islander has become a staple of mastering compressors, Wavegrove is still just a one man operation run by me, Jussi. I’m a musician and nerd making my money mostly from…

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  • HCL Islander v1.2.2 introduces user presets

    HCL Islander v1.2.2 has been released and introduces custom user presets. Even the factory default can be replaced. Make sure to check out the manual to see how the feature works!User Manual on Google Drive

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  • ProTools support released

    You AAX about it – Islander is now Pro Tools compatible! Two month intro offer available – including all other platforms as well! As always, download the plugin before hand and try the trial on your system before purchasing. We got you covered! Islander – Our journey has now begun Plugin page: Downloads:

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  • HCL Islander version 1.2.1

    Version 1.2.1 Further oversampling improvements, gain match accuracy improvement Version 1.2.0

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  • HCL Islander version 1.1.0

    V1.1 Feature Creature How many gain controls does it have? – Yes “Probably the only compressor with 8 different ways of controlling gain.10 if you count the thresholds.”

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