The realm of digital effects processors and plug-ins is a relatively new feild. Well computer processors and RAM get faster our abilities to create high quality professional music within a laptop expands. Every day new things are possible. This environment makes it difficult for old school hard headed engineers to break their old ways and compact their 5 million dollar studios into a backpack, but waves plug-ins to me changed the game. They made it easy to get phenomenal results out of a DAW (Pro Tools). They have been around since the early 90s and most of their most succesfull plug-ins have also been around for years. They are now a staple in all studios around the world and are used from recording to mixing to mastering.
It is now basically undisputed that Waves plugins and plugins in general can compete with and sometimes dominate their hardware counterparts, not only with automation and flexibility but also with sonic quality.
Big ups to anyone who realised this like 5 years ago.
Heres some pics of my favorite staple must have Waves plug-ins.