Steinberg WaveLab 7 Audio Editing and Mastering Software is one of the most powerful and versatile audio editing and processing applications on the market, combining the facilities of many other products within one, intuitive, flexible application.
WaveLab belongs to the very first mastering applications available, its history stretching all the way back to 1995. Over the years WaveLab has seen several milestones in software mastering but, at the same time, has always retained its focus on its sole purpose: to provide the best workflow and tools for mastering, editing and restoration.
From professional mastering engineers working on high quality CD and DVD productions to music aficionados who are looking to restore favorite records or even create podcasts on the fly, WaveLab 7 provides a plethora of tools which will most certainly meet all requirements and surpass expectations while seamlessly integrating into existing studio setups.
Steinberg WaveLab 7 Audio Editing and Mastering Software Features
- Industry-acclaimed tools for mastering, audio editing and restoration
- Powerful audio analyzing and metering tools
- Runs under Windows as well as Snow Leopard, bringing at length all advantages of its advanced tools to the Mac user
- Flexible and intuitive session and window management concept
- High end restoration suite from plug-in specialists Sonnox
- First-rate collection of VST3 plug-ins, including StudioEQ and Post Filter
- Extensive batch processing functions
- Audio Montage for simultaneous editing across several tracks
- Professional burning engine with DDP format support
- DIRAC 2.2 time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
Steinberg's WaveLab allows quick audio editing and professional mastering with sample-accurate precision. High quality EQs, dynamics and effects are included, and the software can integrate additional effects processors.
Audio Montage Workspace
The Audio Montage Workspace is the heart of the non-destructive editing processes in WaveLab. All editing tasks and actions are either processed in real-time or rendered into the audio material. The powerful Audio Montage Workspace supports not only several audio tracks each with up to 8 channels. Audio files in the Audio Montage are shown as so-called clips. Each clip is actually merely a window on either a part or the entire length of an audio file. The selection can be enlarged, reduced or just moved over the audio material (known as sliding).
WaveLab 7 supports the editing of clips over several tracks, making editing of linked tracks in a multi-channel project fast and efficient. By pressing the ALT key, changes made to a clip are also made to every selected clip. Any fades already set remain unaffected; Volume and Pan settings also remain unchanged. A range of grouping functions give a clear overview of the project at all times.
WaveLab 7 also offers an intuitive crossfade editing concept. A crossfade is automatically created as soon as two clips overlap in the Audio Montage window. The clips show the results of the crossfade directly in the waveform, offering a useful aid in positioning the fade in exactly the right place. Functions like Snap To Waveform and Snap To Fade speed up editing work and allow an exceedingly efficient workflow in WaveLab 7.
The left and right borders of the crossfade can be both adjusted independently of one another or moved symmetrically and simultaneously using the middle of the fade as a reference point. The entire fade can also be moved along the waveform while retaining all its settings.
The Audio Montage is fully surround-capable, supporting fast efficient workflow with surround recordings. 5.1 files are automatically imported as two stereo and two mono files, and each track can be routed independently to its own audio output. For audio files that are routed to the LFE channel, a low pass filter can be also be used as an insert effect.
Multiple global plug-ins can be loaded at the same time to process all clips on any desired track. Volume and Pan envelopes can be adjusted with sample accuracy for each and every clip. Fades can also either be edited using the mouse or adjusted by loading user-definable fade curve presets.
High End Tools for Audio Restoration
Removing artifacts from old records or eliminating unwanted noise within the audio material does not mean investing in separate tools. WaveLab 7 brings along a high class restoration suite made by the famed plug-in specialists at Sonnox, comprising the popular DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker plug-ins. Using these powerful tools allows you to polish your audio material with exceptional audio quality.
Restoration with the Spectrum Editor
The Spectrum Editor is an immensely powerful new tool for restoration and editing of an audio file’s frequency information. The precision linear phase filters allow editing of even microscopically narrow frequency bands.
The Spectrum Editor displays the audio material as a sonogram that shows the changing intensities of the frequencies over time in different colors and shades. The Spectrum Editor offers two different editing modes — Surgical processing and Master Section processing.
The Surgical processing mode offers three filter types that can be used in six different ways for a variety of tasks. Using the High Pass, Low Pass or Band Pass filters, a certain frequency area in the sonogram can be dampened, faded in or out or even wiped over with the Dispersion function. The dampening and aggressiveness of the filters is also user-definable.
Master Section Processing
This mode allows the processing of the selected frequency area using the Master Section plug-ins, including dithering and noise-shaping algorithms. With this powerful editing tool, a defined frequency area can, for example, be sent through the Sonnox DeClicker or other restoration plug-in. Other uses include complete dynamics control over user-defined frequency bands.
Another editing process provided by the Spectrum Editor is the copying of audio material from one place to another in the sonogram view. Using the Source/ Destination functions a suitable area can be isolated very quickly and copied to several different locations. The area that is to be replaced is defined by stretching a rectangle, and the selected area can be moved and adjusted in size quickly and easily. Editing can be performed independent of the audio channel or simultaneously on both channels of a stereo file.
This internet standard is fully supported by WaveLab 7. Simple and intuitive user interface allows to create basic or complex Podcasts from A to Z, without ever quitting WaveLab. The perfect integration in the WaveLab audio recording and editing environment makes it a unique solution on the market.
WaveLab 7 supports the complete podcast standard RSS 2.0 specification. Not only audio files but also video and PDF files can be integrated. Pictures are automatically scaled to the right size. The integrated FTP client transfers the podcast quickly and efficiently over to the server without stopping work on audio files in WaveLab 7. Podcast descriptions can be imported as an HTML file, locally saved picture files are automatically saved with the audio onto the server when a podcast is published. To help create new episodes of the podcast even faster, WaveLab 6.1 includes user-definable templates. WaveLab 6.1 can also create podcasts directly for iTunes.
WaveLab 7 offers a range of powerful batch processing tools, applying a huge range of editing processes and renaming options to large numbers of with a single command.
Remote controller integration
WaveLab offers tactile access to WaveLab functionality through support for MIDI remote controllers. Every incoming MIDI message received from a remote controller can be assigned to a command in WaveLab 7, offering control over a range of aspects of the WaveLab functionality. Setting up a command is astoundingly simple: the command is selected in the Key Commands Editor, while the desired MIDI command is activated on the control surface. All assigned commands can be saved as a file, allowing different controllers to be selected.
Clip-based effects and plug-in chains
WaveLab 7 offers freely definable plug-in chains. These can consist of any plug-ins available in WaveLab, and can be created almost instantly by using the tab-area of WaveLab 7. There it is possible to create a PlugIn chain consisting of up to ten PlugIns that can be used for each audio clip or track. Not only can the order of the plug-ins within the chain be changed by drag and drop as desired, but a plug-in can also be removed from the chain without having to open the plug-in itself. Opening a plug-in for editing is as simple as double-clicking it. Chains can also be saved as a preset and used to process any clip or track in the Audio Montage at will.
External effect hardware integration
WaveLab 7 includes a powerful system for integrating outboard FX in the Master Section audio signal chain. Each external effect unit is integrated as a plug-in at any desired position in the Master Section. WaveLab supports up to 8 parallel input and output channels to ASIO-compatible audio interfaces. WaveLab automatically recognizes the latency of the hardware and compensates this delay to offer perfect synchronization to Timecode. The level sent to the hardware is set using the Send Level control.
Loudness-compensated bypassing of plug-ins
Effect plug-ins can alter the perceived volume of a signal, making the direct comparison of a signal that has been sent through a plug-in or a plug-in chain with the original material potentially more difficult. WaveLab 7 offers a SmartBypass function which automatically compensates for this difference in loudness, making effective A/B comparison of material with its unaltered version quick and easy. SmartBypass also supports the integration of external effect hardware.
Recording through plug-ins
In WaveLab 7, audio signals can be recorded through the effects of the Master Section. This allows effects such as EQ, compression or noise gating to be used while recording, preparing the material for further editing and processing later. Depending on the number of channels offered by the ASIO-compatible hardware, up to eight channels can be recorded simultaneously, allowing WaveLab 7 to perform recording tasks such as recording a mixer’s subgroups or in recording surround. WaveLab supports recording sample rates up to 384 kHz, and is limited only by the converters of the system’s audio hardware.