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1 About this document
This document gives an overview about the new features and
product facts on Steinberg’s latest version of its audio editing
and mastering suite, WaveLab 8, and its personal audio editing
system, WaveLab Elements 8.
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2 About WaveLab
Steinberg’s WaveLab 8 is the world’s leading audio editing and
mastering application, used by professional mastering studios,
broadcast and project studios, musicians and hobby producers
alike. And thanks to its versatility, WaveLab is also being used
in further areas such as forensic analysis and audio restoration.
With the release of WaveLab 7 back in 2010 Steinberg opened
a new chapter in the long product history with WaveLab 7 being
the first version ever available on the Mac platform. Alongside a
completely new user interface, many new features such as a
restoration suite and DDP image support have been introduced
— all based on a modern software framework and fresh
programming code.
WaveLab 8 is build up on this foundation and dramatically
raises the bar in all aspects of professional mastering, editing
and broadcast metering with exciting new features and
improvements. Any WaveLab user working in a professional
mastering studio, project studio or broadcast situation will
welcome the new WaveLab 8 speaker management system.
Being able to switch between several loudspeaker setups with
no latency helps you to ensure best audio quality on speakers
with even different characteristics. Speaking of audio quality —
WaveLab 8 is the perfect choice to take your audio material to
the next level. Not only Voxengo’s acclaimed CurveEQ with
frequency matching technology allows for dedicated sound
manipulation, but Steinberg’s TubeCompressor and Brickwall
Limiter provide that extra punch your music and speech
productions deserve. Mastering professionals will value the
high-end MBIT+ Dithering plug-in quality-made by iZotope Inc.,
adding warm and natural flair to every nuance of your
recordings. To complement the set of quality enhancement
tools, WaveLab 8’s Audio Montage now allows for the import of
audio files in any sample rate, which enables working at highest
quality levels, no matter what the target format is. WaveLab
now also features a Transport Panel as well as the new
SuperClip concept that makes working with different files in
parallel more than easy. Not to forget the extended meta-data
support, which allows for the inclusion of important audio file
information in formats such as ID3 v2, Broadcast Wave and
iXML.
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WaveLab 8 also provides a plethora of tools for professional
radio and broadcast engineers. Best known for its
comprehensive selection of precise metering and analyzing
tools, the feature set of WaveLab 8 has been extended with a
full-blown EBU-compliant loudness metering and normalizing
system. A clearly structured metering section shows
momentary, short term and integrated loudness values. Add to
that the graphical representation of the loudness range and a
dedicated track that constantly writes the loudness curve and
you get a comfortable overview on the loudness situation at any
time. But it doesn’t stop here. Over 150+ additional
improvements, from high-res zooming, plug-in management
over editing to the renewed in-app help system make WaveLab
8 the most cutting-edge mastering program available today.
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3 Top 10 features in WaveLab 8
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Speaker management system, featuring management
of up to eight loudspeaker setups with zero latency for
quality audio comparison
•
Advanced EBU-compliant loudness metering and
processing, including measurement in EBU R128
loudness scale plus dedicated loudness graph, true
peak support and loudness normalizer
•
iZotope MBIT+ high-end master dither for adding a
warm and natural flair to every nuance of your audio files
•
Voxengo CurveEQ, Brickwall Limiter and Tube
Compressor for mastering-grade audio quality
•
Master Transport Panel for quick and easy project
navigation
•
Single-window
plug-in
management
and
organization for simplified overview on all plug-ins
used within the project
•
Professional editing+ featuring volume clip handles
with Raise Selection option, auto-replay function and
single-click audio file processing
•
Extended Audio Montage environment featuring the
new SuperClip concept, a master plug-in section and
support for files of different sample rates
•
Metadata support for a broad number of formats,
including ID3 v2, BWF v2, iXML, CART and many more
•
150+ improvements to user interface, editing, batch
processing, in-app help system and many others
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4 Top 5 reasons to update from WaveLab 7 to WaveLab 8
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Speaker management system, featuring management
of up to eight loudspeaker setups with zero latency for
quality audio comparison and brand-new VST Audio
Connection dialog for individual configuration of input
and output channels
•
Advanced EBU-compliant loudness metering and
processing, including measurement in EBU R128
loudness scale plus dedicated loudness graph, true
peak support and loudness normalizer
•
High-End plug-ins for exceptional quality featuring
iZotope MBIT+ high-end master dither, Voxengo Curve
EQ, Steinberg Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor
•
Better user interface: Master Transport Panel and
Single-window plug-in management for quick and
easy project navigation and plug-in handing
•
150+ professional editing and workflow features
including auto-replay function, SuperClip concept, meta
data support and user interface enhancements
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5 Top 5 reasons to update from WaveLab 6 to WaveLab 8
WaveLab 8 Review Guide
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Completely new and flexible user interface
comprising four different Workspaces, named Audio File,
Audio Montage, Batch Processor and Podcast with userdefinable window layouts as well as new Speaker
management system
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Advanced EBU-compliant loudness metering and
processing, including measurement in EBU R128
loudness scale plus dedicated loudness graph, true
peak support and loudness normalizer
•
A plethora of new plug-ins including more than 30
Steinberg VST 3 plug-ins as well as iZotope MBIT+
high-end master dither and Voxengo Curve EQ
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Sonnox VST 3 high-class restoration suite
comprising DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker plug-ins
for fast and effective removal of any kind of unwanted
noise
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Full support for OS X and 200+ further new
functions and improvements in the areas of user
interface, editing and workflow, such as WaveLab
Control, new Master Transport Panel, unique plug-in
management, SuperCip and DDP support
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6 Top 5 reasons to upgrade from WaveLab Elements 8 to
WaveLab 8
WaveLab 8 Review Guide
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Professional mastering application with loudspeaker
management,
comprehensive
batch
processor
workspace and top-end error correction tools
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WaveLab Control, enhanced audio analysis
functions and Spectrum editor as well as support of
384 kHz sample rate and up to 1,000 audio tracks for
most individual project organization
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25+ more high-end plug-ins and offline processors
such as Voxengo CurveEQ and MBIT+ Dither from
iZotope for best quality and utmost flexibility
•
Advanced EBU-compliant loudness metering and
processing, including measurement in EBU R128
loudness scale plus dedicated loudness graph, true
peak support and loudness normalizer
•
100+ further enhancements such as mastering-grade
editing tools, extended marker management and
SuperClip allowing for a professional workflow and
efficient handling of audio files
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7 Top 10 features in WaveLab Elements 8
WaveLab 8 Review Guide
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Studio-grade
Brickwall
Limiter
and
Tube
Compressor to improve the quality and natural flair of
your recordings
•
Elements editing+ with auto-replay option and singleclick audio file processing
•
Transport Panel for easy and fast navigation throughout
the project
•
Single-window
plug-in
management
and
organization for simplified overview on all plug-ins used
within the project
•
High-resolution 16-bit float waveform zooming for
ultra- fast and precise editing operations
•
Audio Montage improvements, featuring the new
master plug-in section and drag-and-drop support for
files of any sample rate
•
Metadata support for multiple formats including
BWAF, ID3 v2, CART and more
•
Track Effects, track panning and pre/post global
gain for even more flexibility
•
Extended in-application help system to get started
right away
•
50+ improvements to user interface, CD burning,
editing, recording and many others
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8 Top 5 reasons to update from WaveLab Elements 7 to
WaveLab Elements 8
WaveLab 8 Review Guide
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Studio-grade
Brickwall
Limiter
and
Tube
Compressor to improve the quality and natural flair of
your recordings
•
Better user interface including high-resolution 16-bit
float waveform zooming, single-window plug-in
management as well as a new Transport Panel for easy
and fast navigation throughout the project
•
Enhanced Audio Montage and editing functions,
featuring auto-replay option, single-click audio file
processing, the new master plug-in section and dragand-drop support for files of any sample rate
•
Track Effects, track panning and pre/post global
gain for even more flexibility
•
50+ further improvements including an extended inapplication help system, improved recording dialog and
many others
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9 WaveLab 8: New features at a glance
Speaker management system
During the mastering process it is essential to monitor the premaster on different speaker setups in order to ensure constant
quality level. The good news is that WaveLab 8 comes with an
integrated speaker management system, allowing you to switch
between up to eight speaker setups for playback and record
monitoring, including individual gain control for each output. In
addition, the brand-new VST Audio Connection dialog allows
you to set up individual output configurations for the respective
loudspeaker channels and to conveniently adjust your input
channels.
EBU-compliant loudness metering and processing
The loudness war is over and dynamic sound is getting
widespread — that's why WaveLab 8 features a full-fledged
EBU R128-compliant loudness metering and processing
solution. Besides the measurement of momentary, short term
and integrated values displayed on dedicated scales, WaveLab
also contains a zoomable loudness view that visualizes all
values as a clear graph. Steinberg’s Loudness, Pan and Batch
Normalizer tools have been extended meet the requirements of
EBU standards. If that wasn’t enough, the powerful Global
Analysis now also provides EBU-compliant measurement. Of
course, WaveLab 8 also features TruePeak support, which is
reflected in many of WaveLab’s tools, e.g. normalizers and
various analysis functions.
iZotope MBIT+ master dither
Quality first for WaveLab 8 — the new MBIT+ dither plug-in
made by the specialists of iZotope provides the finest
wordlength reduction algorithms available, allowing you to
effectively convert and dither to 24, 20, 16, 12 or 8 bits. The
advanced dithering process also reduces quantization distortion
with minimal perceived noise. What you get is a smooth
conversion and a major audible improvement.
Quality made: Voxengo CurveEQ, Brickwall Limiter
and Tube Compressor
WaveLab contains a plethora of plug-ins that take your audio
files to perfection. WaveLab 8 goes a step further and adds
thee more effects to your arsenal. The first is Voxengo's
acclaimed CurveEQ. Thanks to its spectrum matching
technology, this versatile plug-in perfectly suits the needs of
mastering engineers. Second, the Brickwall Limiter prevents
from unwanted peaks and keeps the audio signal from passing
the threshold — perfect for achieving the hottest signal without
clipping the recording’s maximum level. And third, the Tube
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Compressor not only shapes the dynamics of your signals very
precisely, but also colors them with warm and rich compression.
Master Transport Panel
Stay in control — record, play, stop, loop, jog, shuttle,
selections, markers and many other functions to speed up
project navigation are now easily accessible via the new Master
Transport Panel. Additionally, the Master Transport Panel
features a status window that shows the time position,
timecode, samples bars and beats.
Single window plug-in management and organization
Keep track of your plug-ins — WaveLab 8 introduces a plug-in
chain window that hosts all inserted clip, track or master plugins in one single area. Now you can switch between different
plug-ins with a single click. Also new in version 8 is the
completely redesigned plug-in organization. The newly
introduced plug-in settings dialog allows you to group and sort
plug-ins by vendor, category and favorites, making it easy to
manage your ever growing number of plug-ins.
Professional editing+
Making audio editing faster and more convenient has been the
main premise for the creation of WaveLab's new editing tools.
One example are the time-saving volume clip handles with raise
selection option that allow you to adjust the level of individual
regions of a clip in an instant. Plus, several new trim and split
options have been added, such as the extended AutoSplit
function. What's more, you can now process selected regions of
your audio file using e.g. a plug-in chain with just a single
command, making comparisons between different editings a
straightforward matter. And the new auto-replay option
automatically re-triggers the playback right after you've made
an edit. In addition, there are more than a dozen further
improvements that facilitate the editing process.
Extended Audio Montage environment
The new SuperClip concept makes it easy to handle complex
audio projects with a large number of clips by combining
several clips into one SuperClip and still giving you the chance
to edit these clips in internal sub-montages. Also new to
WaveLab 8 is the Master Plug-In Section that enables you to
save a plug-in chain locally with each single montage for total
recall. To further enhance the quality of the mastering process,
WaveLab 8 allows you to simultaneously use audio files of
different sample rates. The target sample rate is chosen at the
end of the mastering process, which leads to best sounding
results.
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Metadata support
With WaveLab 8 you get extensive metadata support for file
formats such as ID3 v2, BWF, CART and iXML. Add information
about the artist, pictures, copyright, the engineer’s name, date
and many more to your audio files and provide your clients with
valuable information. WaveLab 8 even allows for automatic
creation of metadata. Besides, you can add further technical
information, enabling a flawless workflow with the CD
manufacturer.
150+ improvements
WaveLab 8 contains many additional improvements, such as
16-bit float waveform zoom resolution for ultra-precise editing
as well as enhanced marker handling. Plus, you can transfer
the master section plug-ins to a clip, track or the master plug-in
area of a montage. Not to forget further improvements in the
batch processing area. And the improved in-app help system
provides guidance in any situation. In sum, the latest WaveLab
version once again sets the standard in all aspects of
professional mastering.
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10 WaveLab Elements 8: New features at a glance
Studio-grade Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor
WaveLab Elements 8 highlights two premium plug-ins to push
your audio projects to perfection. First, Tube Compressor,
known from the Cubase music production system, not only
shapes the dynamics of your signals very precisely but also
colors them with a beautifully warm and rich compression.
Second, the Brickwall Limiter prevents your recordings from
unwanted peaks and keeps the audio signal from passing the
threshold — perfect for achieving the hottest signal without
clipping the recording’s maximum level.
Elements editing+
For WaveLab Elements 8 we focused on improving the overall
user experience in order to make things faster and easier.
Among the list of new features is the new auto-replay function,
which automatically re-triggers the playback right after an edit
has been made. And of course there are many other
improvements such as a simplified envelope selection to speed
up the editing process.
Transport Panel
Take control — we've consolidated functions such as record,
play, stop, loop, jog, shuttle, selections, markers or play-to and
play-from in the new Transport Panel. This makes moving within
your WaveLab Elements project a whole lot faster. In addition,
the Transport Panel features a status window that shows the
time position, timecode, samples, bars and beats.
Single-window plug-in management and organization
All your plug-ins in one central spot — WaveLab Elements 8
introduces a plug-in chain window that hosts all inserted track
or master plug-ins in one easy-to-access area. Now you can
switch between different plug-ins in next to no time. Also new in
version 8 is the completely redesigned plug-in organization. The
newly introduced plug-in settings dialog allows you to group and
sort plug-ins by vendor, category and favorites, making it easy
to keep track on the ever growing number of plug-ins.
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High-resolution 16-bit float waveform zooming
WaveLab Elements 8 is a big step forward when it comes to
ultra-precise editing operations. The new version contains
waveform zooming in 16-bit float quality, making it possible to
cut and trim clips or insert fades with highest accuracy.
Audio Montage highlights
Making its debut in WaveLab Elements 8, the Master Plug-In
Section enables you to save plug-in chains with each single
Audio Montage for total recall of your project. To further
enhance the quality of the working process, WaveLab Elements
now enables you to import audio files at highest sample rate
and choose the target format (e.g. CD burning) at the end of the
mastering process. This way you are able to work in best
resolution throughout the editing and mastering process, giving
you great sounding results at the end.
Metadata support for a broad number of formats
WaveLab Elements 8 contains metadata support for file formats
such as ID3 v2 and CART. Add information about the artist,
pictures, copyright, engineer’s name, date and many more to
your audio files and provide your clients with valuable extra
information. Plus, you can attach further technical information to
your files enabling a flawless working process with the CD
manufacturer.
Track effects, panning parameter and improved effect
section
Fine-tune your tracks with utmost flexibility — the whole effect
section has been renewned for WaveLab Elements 8. While
track effects give you the ability to apply effects individually, the
new pan parameter allows you control the panning for each
single track. Also new on board are the track and master gain
controls, with the latter having a pre and post fader option. In
addition, you can quickly transfer the whole plug-in chain from
the master section to the effect section to use them on
individual tracks.
Get to grips in no time: improved help system
Thanks to the overall improved help system, you can start using
WaveLab Elements 8 right away. Besides an improved “What’s
this?” function that provides answers when just hovering the
mouse pointer over a program area, the help viewer is now a
fully integrated part of WaveLab Elements that makes finding an
answer not only faster but also more convenient.
50+ further improvements
If that wasn't enough, we've added more than 50 improvements
in different program areas. Besides an updated burning engine
for providing reliable burning processes on the latest operation
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systems, WaveLab Elements 8 contains new recording options,
enabling you to assign custom audio outputs for monitoring
each recorded channel. Plus, the recording dialog has a new
Mix With Playback button for mixing the monitored audio signal
with the playback signal. This way, it is now possible to toggle
between the auditioning of the recorded signal and the playback
signal. And it doesn’t stop here — there are even more
enhancements waiting to be discovered.
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11 WaveLab 8: New features in detail
Speaker management system
During the mastering process it is essential to check the premaster on different loudspeaker setups to ensure constant
quality level. WaveLab 8 comes with an integrated speaker
management system, allowing you to switch between up to
eight loudspeaker setups, definable within the newly arranged
VST Audio Connections menu. There's no hidden processing
involved and your audio signal is always kept clean for final
dithering. Of course, any of the eight speakers setups includes
individual gain for each output, allowing you to balance different
speaker characteristics against each other. The new VST Audio
Connection dialog allows you to set up individual output
configurations for the respective loudspeaker channels,
enabling A/B/C/D comparison of audio files with zero latency.
Needless to say, all input channels can also be set in this menu.
Speaker management in a nutshell:
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Up to 8 loudspeaker setups for record monitoring and
playback
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No hidden processing, keeping the signal clean
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Individual gain for each speaker setup
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Renewed VST Audio Connection dialog for setting up the inand outputs conveniently
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A/B/C/D comparison of audio files with zero latency
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EBU-compliant loudness metering and mastering
solution
EBU-R128 is a well-defined method to measure and normalize
loudness levels based on internationally agreed specific
guidelines set by the European Broadcast Union (EBU).
WaveLab 8 includes a comprehensive set of tools for loudness
analysing and normalising, making it possible to be compliant
with broadcast-requirements adopted by a growing number of
TV and radio stations.
WaveLab 8 offers measurement of momentary, short term and
integrated loudness values displayed on a configurable,
dedicated precision scale. It also shows the Loudness Range
(LRA) to help controlling the loudness distribution. The latter
ensures that the audio track loudness measurement isn’t
influenced by single (loud) sound events. In addition, WaveLab
8 comes with TruePeak indication via a virtual LED.
All loudness values are represented clearly in the Loudness
Graph overview. This area of WaveLab has been completely
rewritten to provide a track-covering overview on momentary,
short term and integrated loudness as well as loudness range
and true peaks as zoomable curve. Plus, many loudness
related plug-ins and processors have been updated, such as
loudness normalizer, global analysis, batch meta leveler, batch
meta normalizer, batch audio analysis and level meter to take
TruePeak and EBU-R128 into account.
EBU-compliant loudness metering and processing in a nutshell:
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EBU R128-compliant loudness measurement with various
measurement options (Momentary, Short term, Integrated)
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Dedicated WaveLab 8 Loudness Graph and metering
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TruePeak support
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Updated plug-ins such a loudness normalizer, batch meta
normalizer, batch audio analysis taking EBU R128 and
TruePeaks into account
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Support of Replay Gain metadata
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Quality first: iZotope MBIT+ master dither
The new MBIT+ dither made by the specialists of iZotope
provides the finest wordlength reduction algorithms available,
allowing you to effectively convert and dither to 24, 20, 16, 12 or
8 bits. You can choose from three types of dither algorithms and
four different noise-shaping options. Plus, MBIT+ includes DC
offset filtering, auto-blanking and dither harmonic suppresion for
dynamic and transarent conversions.
The advanced dithering process also reduces quantization
distortion with minimal perceived noise. As a result, the
algorithm produces smooth and quiet conversions resulting in
an audible improvement of your recordings.
iZotope MBIT+ master dither in a nutshell:
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World-class dithering from the specialists of iZotope
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Different bit-depths, three types of algorithms and four noise
shaping options selectable
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DC offset filtering, auto-blanking
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Reduction of quantization distortion
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Quality made: Voxengo CurveEQ, Brickwall Limiter
and Tube Compressor
WaveLab 8 contains a plethora of plug-ins allowing you to raise
your audio material to a new quality level.
Voxengo CurveEQ
Thanks to its spectrum matching technology Voxengo’s
CurveEQ is perfectly made to suit the needs of mastering
engineers. This extremely versatile 64-band spline EQ with
linear and minimum-phase modes also features a built-in
professional-grade spectrum analyzer that allows for displaying,
saving and loading static spectrum plots for comparison and
matching purposes.
Voxengo CurveEQ in a nutshell:
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64-band spline EQ with spectrum matching technology and
freeform drawing mode
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Spectrum analyzer
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A/B comparison and undo/redo function
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Brickwall Limiter
A must-have for mastering applications is a Brickwall Limiter.
WaveLab 8 contains the newly developed Steinberg Brickwall
Limiter that keeps the audio signal from passing the threshold
— perfect for achieving the punchiest signal without clipping the
recording’s maximum level. Parameters such as Drive, Attack
and Mix let you individually adjust the character of the
processing while the large VU meter provides excellent visual
feedback.
Brickwall Limiter in a nutshell:
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Mastering-grade limiting
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Large VU meters for visual feedback
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TruePeak support
Tube Compressor
“Warm and rich” is among the most important characteristics
when engineers describe their preferred style of compression.
Tube Compressor was made to exactly reflect these demands.
Known from the worlds most acclaimed music production
system, Cubase 7, Tube Compressor not only shapes the
dynamics of your signals very precisely but also colors them
nicely.
Tube Compressor in a nutshell:
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Warm and rich compression
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Precise signal shaping
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Mastering-grade quality
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Master Transport Panel
Record, play, stop, loop, jog, shuttle, selections, markers and
many otehr functions to speed up moving within your project
are now easily accessible via the Master Transport Panel,
located at the very below of the WaveLab program window. In
addition, the Master Transport Panel features a status window
that shows the time position, timecode, samples, bars and
beats and gives you the ability to define pre- and post roll and
save all settings in a clearly arranged preset section.
Master Transport Panel in a nutshell:
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All vital functions for moving through tracks conveniently
located at one central place
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Several play to, play from and play range commands
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Ability to save playback actions as presets
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Single-window plug-in management and organization
WaveLab 8 contains a revolution in plug-in handling and
organization. For the first time it is possible to switch between
several opened plug-ins with just one mouse-click — and within
one single main window. Gone are the days when you had to
fiddle around with several open plug-in interfaces. Simply
choose one plug-in within the effect section of WaveLab and
add further plug-ins just by clicking a single button in the plugin's user interface. A new plug-in will instantly open within the
same frame and allows you to switch back and forth between
the plug-ins chosen. The single-window approach works for clip,
track and for the master plug-in area within the effect section.
WaveLab 8 also features a completely redesigned plug-in
organization. The new plug-in settings dialog allows for
grouping and sorting plug-ins by vendor, category and individual
favorites, making it easy to keep track on the ever growing
number of plug-ins used within the application.
Single-window plug-in management and organization in a
nutshell:
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Plug-in window automatically adopts the size of the plug-ins
chosen
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All clip, track and master plug-ins can be hosted as plug-in
chain within one window
•
Redesigned plug-in organization featuring new sorting
possibilities
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Professional editing+
Making your daily work faster and more convenient — that has
been the goal for the creation of a whole bunch of new editing
tools. WaveLab 8 comes with enhanced volume clip handles to
adjust the level of individual selection of a clip in no time. Just
mark a specific region and select the Raise Selection command
from the edit menu — simple and efficient. Also, the Auto-Split
function has been improved, now offering several automatic
split options, plus several trim options have also been added to
WaveLab 8.
In case you want to process just a specific region of a clip with
a defined plug-in chain such as Compressors or EQ, it’s now
possible to perform this action with a single command (e.g. key
stroke), for example after comparing different plug-in
constellations with each other. The new AutoReplay function is
a blessing for professional editors as it offers you to
automatically re-trigger the playback right after the edit has
been done — time-consuming cursor positioning belongs to the
past!
New features such as Track Lock, that prevents from unwanted
changes, improved name editing in lists and enhanced clip
alignment let’s you speed up your editing process. Plus, there
are more than 25 further additions in the area of editing helping
you to facilitate your individual workflow.
Professional editing+ in a nutshell:
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Various improvements in the area of editing
•
Auto-Split with various new options
•
Improved processing via key commands
•
Enhanced volume clip handles to adjust the level of an
individual selection in no time
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WaveLab 8 Review Guide
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New AutoReplay function for faster playback of performed
changes
•
Track Lock prevents from unwanted changes
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Improved name editing in WaveLab list views
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25+ further editing enhancements
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Extended Audio Montage environment
Imagine you need to work with dozens of clips in parallel, with
each of them needing different tools to work with. WaveLab 8
allows several single clips to be combined as one SuperClip in
order to consolidate smaller clips and edits. Such a SuperClip
can then be inserted into an Audio Montage. The beauty of a
SuperClip is that it allows you to modify the implied clips at any
time by dissolving the SuperClip back into the single clips —
containing all original clip-based effects and settings. This way,
you’ll achieve a unique level of flexibilty when organizing your
montage. There is also the new Master Plug-In Section that
allows you to save a plug-in chain locally with each single
montage in order to provide a total recall option for later
changes.
Extended Audio Montage environment in a nutshell:
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SuperClip for working conveniently even in very large
projects
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Including all clip- and track-based effects
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Master Plug-In area for local effect plug-in recall
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Working at higher sample rates
To further enhance the quality of the working process, WaveLab
8 enables you to import audio files in highest sample rate. You
choose the target sample rate at the very end of the mastering
process, which provides best sounding results. For example,
when you’d like to prepare a CD burning process, you’re no
longer required to work in 44.1 kHz right from the start. You can
master in e.g. 384 kHz and just export in 44.1 kHz at the end of
the day.
Working at higher sample rates in a nutshell:
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Auto-detection of mismatched sample rates
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Option to re-sample to other sample rates in best quality
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Allows you to work at higher sample rates
Panning parameter and improved effect section
WaveLab 8 comes with a renewed effect section. Conveniently
arranged as dockable window, the effect section now includes
dedicated panning functions for each audio track, enabling you
to adjust the stereo panorama. New to this section are also the
track and master gain controls with the latter having a pre and
post fader output option, depending on which level you’d like to
listen to.
Panning and improved effect section in a nutshell:
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Renewed effect section
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Dedicated panning functions for Clip and Track level
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Master Gain Control and pre/post fader options
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Metadata support
WaveLab 8 now contains extensive metadata support for
formats such as ID3 v2, BWF v2, iXML, CART and more. Add
information about the artist, pictures, copyright, engineer’s
name, date and many more to your audio files, providing
valuable extra information to your clients. Also, WaveLab 8
provides a process for generating metadata automatically on
the basis of pre-defined criteria such as CD-text, helping to
speed up your tagging workflow. In addition, you can add
further technical information to your files enabling a flawless
working process with the CD manufacturer.
Metadata support in a nutshell:
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Extensive metadata support for file formats such as, ID3 v2,
BWF v2, CART and iXML
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Automatic generation of metadata
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Batch processing of metadata
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Include information about the artist, pictures, copyright,
engineer’s name
150+ further improvements throughout the whole
application
WaveLab 8 contains more than 150 additional improvements
throughout the whole application. Editors will value a better
zoom resolution (16-bit float depth) for ultra-precise edits. Next
to the possibility to time-shift audio selections using key
commands, various enhancements in the area of marker
handling have been included in WaveLab 8. Mastering
engineers will experience a faster workflow in terms of plug-in
handling by having the possibility of transferring plug-in chains
from the WaveLab master section plug-ins to a clip, track or the
dedicated master plug-in area of the Audio Montage effect
section. Also, a new quality dither tester has been added. Not to
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forget the various improvements in the area of batch
processing, such as batch processing of metadata with audio
analysis text reports, playback preview and import of dual-mono
files.
WaveLab 8 also contains an updated burning engine providing
compatibility with the latest operating systems. The recording
capabilities have been extended. WaveLab 8 contains improved
recording options, enabling the assignment of inidividual audio
outputs to monitor each recorded channel. In addition, the
recording dialog has a new Mix with playback button for mixing
the monitored audio signal with the playback signal.
The improved in-app help system provides guidance in
situations where questions may arise. Besides an improved
“What’s This?” function that already shows descriptions of
functions when just hovering the mouse pointer over a program
area, the help viewer is now a fully integrated part of WaveLab
— with better and faster search results.
Further improvements in a nutshell:
•
Better zoom resolution (16-bit float) for precise editing
•
Dither quality tester
•
Time-shift of selections with one single key command
•
Various further options in the area of marker handling
•
Ability to transfer plug-in chains from the WaveLab master
section to a clip, track or dedicated master plug-in area
•
Various batch-processor improvements, such as dual-mono
file support
•
Customizable record monitoring and Mix with playback
option
•
Improved help system and "What’s This?" function
Better zoom resolution:
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Recording window with “mix with playback option”:
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12 WaveLab Elements 8: New features in detail
Mastering-grade Brickwall Limiter and Tube
Compressor
WaveLab Elements 8 features two premium plug-ins to polish
your audio material and make it ready for publishing.
Brickwall Limiter
A must-have in mastering application is a Brickwall Limiter.
WaveLab Elements 8 contains the newly developed Steinberg
Brickwall Limiter that keeps the audio signal from passing the
threshold, perfect for achieving the punchiest signal without
clipping the recording’s maximum level. Parameters such as
Drive, Attack and Mix let you individually adjust the character of
the processing while the large VU meter provides excellent
visual feedback. It also takes True Peak into account.
Brickwall Limiter in a nutshell:
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Mastering-grade limiting
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Large VU meters for visual feedback
•
Parameters such as Drive, Attack and Mix for individual
adjustment
Tube Compressor
Tube Compressor is the ideal tool to smooth out your mix and
color it with warm compression. It shapes the dynamics of your
signals with nice coloring, providing an audible difference to
many other types of compressors.
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Tube Compressor in a nutshell:
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Warm and rich compression
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Precise signal shaping
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Mastering-grade quality
Elements editing+
Next to the proven WaveLab concept of having clip handles for
individual gain adjustments, new features have been included
to facilitate the editing process dramatically. During editing it is
often necessary to hear the changes – and one of the most
unconvenienent processes to place the cursor manually in the
timeline. WaveLab Elements 8 comes with an AutoReplay
function that allows for automatic re-triggering of the playback
while audio editing with the mouse. And of course there are
many more improvements such as a simplified envelope
selection to facilitate the editing process.
Elements editing+ in a nutshell:
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Various improvements in the area of editing
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Several trim and split options added
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Improved processing via key command
•
New AutoReplay functions for faster playback of performed
changes
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Track lock prevents from unwanted changes
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25+ further editing enhancements
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AutoReplay:
Transport Panel
WaveLab Elements 8 provides a dedicated Transport Panel,
reflecting all vital functions for the daily working process, such
as Record, Play, Stop, Loop, Jog, Shuttle, Selections, Markers
and many more. All these functions are now easily accessible
via the dedicated Transport Panel section, conveniently located
at the very below of the WaveLab program window. In addition,
the Transport Panel features a status window providing
overview on time position, timecode, samples and bars+beats.
Transport Panel in a nutshell:
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All vital functions for moving through tracks conveniently
located at one central place
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Several jump-to commands
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Ability to save presets
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Single plug-in window management and plug-in
organization
Switching between several open plug-in windows belongs to the
past! WaveLab Elements 8 contains a dedicated plug-in chain
window that hosts all inserted track or master plug-ins in one
single area, making switching between different plug-ins
possible with one single click. The size of the window
automatically adopts to the size of the respective plug-in.
WaveLab Elements 8 also features a completely redesigned
plug-in organization, allowing to keep track on the ever growing
number of plug-ins. The new plug-in settings dialog provides
grouping and sorting functions for your plug-ins, by vendor,
category and favorites.
Single plug-in window management and plug-in organization in
a nutshell:
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Single plug-in window automatically adopting the size of the
plug-ins chosen
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All track and master plug-ins can be hosted as plug-in
chains within one window
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Redesigned plug-in organization featuring new sorting
possibilities
High-resolution 16-bit float waveform zooming
WaveLab Elements 8 is a big step forward when it comes to
ultra-precise editing operations. The new version contains
waveform zooming in 16-bit float quality, making it possible to
consider finest nuances while cutting, trimming or creation of
fades.
High-resolution 16-bit float waveform zooming in a nutshell:
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Clearly better resolution down to the detail level
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Perfect for better cuts, trimming operations or fades
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Better removal of errors
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Audio Montage improvements
WaveLab Elements 8 features a “Master Plug-In Section”. This
new area enables you to save plug-in chains locally with each
Audio Montage, making it more efficient to work with different
plug-in sets in different projects. This “total recall” option is an
ideal way to perform changes later on. To further enhance the
quality of the working process and results of your audio
mastering, WaveLab Elements 8 enables you to import and
work with audio files at the highest sample rate (up to 96 kHz) –
and decide for the target sample rate only at the end of the
mastering process, for example when it comes to CD burning.
This way you’re able to work in best resolution throughout the
editing, analysing and mastering process, providing best
sounding results.
Audio Montage improvements in a nutshell:
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Master plug-in section for saving plug-in chains locally
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Support for working at highest sample rate and deciding for
the target format only at the end of the mastering process
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Up to 96 kHz for mastering-grade quality
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Metadata support for a broad number of formats
WaveLab Elements 8 contains extended meta-data support for
file formats such as ID3 v2, BWAV and CART. Add information
about the artist, pictures, copyright, engineer’s name, date and
many more to your audio files, providing valuable extra
information to your clients. In addition you can add various
further technical information to your files enabling a flawless
working process with the CD manufacturer.
Metadata support in a nutshell:
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Enhanced meta-data support
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File formats including BWAV and ID3 v2
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Ability to add information such as artist’s name, pictures,
copyright, engineer’s name, date among others
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Panning parameter and renewned effect section
WaveLab Elements 8 comes with a renewned effect section.
Conveniently arranged as dockable window, the effect section
now includes track effects for improving your audio material.
Dedicated panning functions for each audio track, enabling
adjustments of the stereo panorama even during the mastering
process. New to this section are also track and master gain
control with the latter being pre or post fader output applicable,
depending on which level you’d like to listen to.
Plus, you can transfer the whole plug-in chain from the mastersection with one single command to the effect section, for use
of Master Section plug-ins even on individual tracks.
Panning parameter and renewed effect section in a nutshell:
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Track effects
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Panning function for each audio track
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Track Gain control
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Master Gain control in pre/post fader
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Transfer the plug-in chain from the master section to the
effect section
Get to grips in no time: better help system throughout
Next to the new manual, WaveLab Elements 8 provides new
ways of learning an application. Besides an improved “What’s
This?” function that already shows descriptions of functions
when just hovering the mouse pointer over a program area, the
help viewer is now a fully integrated part of WaveLab Elements
with better and faster search results. And the new Help Tracker
even identifies menu entries within a dedicated description
bottom left.
Better help system in a nutshell:
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New manual for WaveLab Elements 8
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Improved “What’s This?” function
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Help Tracker for identifying menu entries
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More than 50 additional improvements
WaveLab Elements 8 contains an updated burning engine for
use with the latest operating systems. Also, the recording
capabilities have been extended. WaveLab Elements 8 contains
improved recording options, enabling the assignment of
inidividual audio outputs to monitor each recorded channel. In
addition, the recording dialog has a new button called "Mix with
playback" for mixing the monitored audio signal with the
playback signal. This way, it is now possible to toggle between
the auditionning of the recorded signal and the playback signal.
WaveLab Elements offers 50+ further enhancements waiting to
be discovered.
Further improvements in a nutshell:
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Updated burning engine for the latest operating systems
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Recording option added “Mix with playback”
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Assignment of inidividual audio outputs for monitoring
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50+ further enhancements
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13 Common WaveLab features
Workspace concept
The most flexible way of project organization
Perfect workflow, custom-made — WaveLab is equipped with a
user interface, comprising four different Workspaces, named
Audio File, Audio Montage, Batch Processor and Podcast. Each
Workspace is dedicated to a specific job within WaveLab and
provides a rich toolset for the respective tasks.
Audio File and Audio Montage Workspace are divided into
several areas such as the Tab area,the Master section and a
space where the audio file or audio file montage can be inserted.
Alongside the Tab functions, the Batch Processor Workspace
offers another space where effects for processing can be
inserted and grouped and a section where audio files can be
loaded for processing. The Podcast Workspace consists of a
separate WaveLab area incorporating all necessary functions to
create and upload podcasts to the internet.
Each Workspace is fully customizable, which makes it easy to
adapt the user interface to individual requirements and
workflows. Windows can be resized, moved and saved as a
window layout for later recall. WaveLab also comes with a wide
range of function tabs that can be positioned within the new Tab
area and provide quick access to the most important tools.
Audio File Workspace
The Audio File Workspace is the perfect place for sampleaccurate audio editing and high-quality analysis. Audio files can
be recorded via WaveLab’s record dialog or can simply be
loaded into the file area of that workspace. Once inserted, all the
powerful WaveLab editing functions are available to analyze,
edit and process audio material. Several function tabs and
options, such as marker management or the File Browser tab,
are readily accessible and streamline the workflow.
In addition, the Audio File Workspace is also predestined for
analyzing audio material by using WaveLab’s high-quality
analyzing tools. Be it spectroscope, oscilloscope or VU metering
— all those premium tools are just a click away. And it doesn’t
stop here. The extensive error correction area is also available
as a single, space-saving tab.
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Audio Montage workspace
The Audio Montage workspace allows the user to create a
compilation from multiple audio files. In addition, this workspace
allows real-time fades and cross fades, clip-based
effects, several edit-tools and global effect plug-ins within the
Master Section.
A dedicated, clip based tool window, including Edit, Cue Point,
Envelope, Fade In/Out and Colors sections, facilitates the entire
operation within the Audio Montage and speeds up the workflow
dramatically.
Batch Processor workspace
The Batch Processor workspace is one of the most powerful
tools within WaveLab. The Batch Processor workspace is
divided into three main areas: On the left side, the process chain
can be fueled with plug-ins, such as the new VST 3 effects, and
further WaveLab functions and processors. The right window is
reserved for the insertion of audio files. In the section below, the
user can define output paths, formats and include external tools.
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Podcast workspace
The Podcast workspace is a complete online publishing toolset
and allows for creating and publishing podcasts in the internet
with ease. The simple and intuitive interface lets the user
produce podcasts from A to Z without ever quitting WaveLab.
Built-in FTP capabilities, RSS 2.0 support and time-saving
templates — the Podcast Workspace provides everything
needed to work with this internet standard. And with an iTunes
account at hand, it is even possible to publish podcasts on
iTunes, including the selection of specific iTunes categories.
WaveLab Control
For even more convenience, the WaveLab Control section lets
the user group a freely selectable range of analysis tools in a
dedicated space, which can be detached and moved to another
display.
WaveLab Control is the perfect tool to organize WaveLab’s
studio-grade analyzing tools such as spectroscope, VU
metering, oscilloscope, waveform display, spectrum metering,
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phase correlation tool and bit-metering. Individual combinations
of analyzing tools can be saved and recalled at any time,
enabling the usage of several analyzing settings for different
purposes.
The WaveLab Control window can also be placed on a second
screen, allowing the main screen to be entirely used for other
purposes. Of course, WaveLab Control can be perfectly adapted
to any screen size by simply adjusting the window’s height and
width.
High-class restoration suite
Restoration suite made by the specialists of Sonnox
Clicks, crackles and buzzes — with the Sonnox Restoration
Suite unwanted noise is history. WaveLab boasts a whole
collection of high-end restoration tools, enabling the user to
accurately and effectively restore impaired audio recordings.
Developed by the Sonnox specialists, DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and
DeClicker are capable of removing even the harshest noises
without affecting the ambience of the original. Advanced
algorithms, a straightforward user interface and detailed visual
feedback make this suite the first choice for the most demanding
audio restoration works.
Sonnox DeNoiser
The Sonnox DeNoiser delivers high performance noise removal
and is best suited to eliminate constant background noises of
different colors. The DeNoiser offers Input and Output metering,
Sensitivity and Attenuation faders to determine the intensity of
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de-noising as well as two different tracking methods, depending
on the noise frequencies in the audio material. DeNoiser also
features a High-Frequency knob for adjusting the frequency
range as well as a graphical representation of the processing
intensity and frequency range.
Sonnox DeClicker
DeClicker is a true all-rounder. The plug-in contains three
sections with individual thresholds and controls: DePop, DeClick
and DeCrackle. Whether it is a pop-sound in a voice recording, a
click sound or unsightly crackles — DeClicker has the right
answer to eliminate such disturbing sounds.
Sonnox DeBuzzer
Beat buzzes with the highly effective DeBuzzer tool. DeBuzzer
removes humming noises like the mains hum with ease — and
without affecting the original material too much. The plug-in
features a large wheel for precisely selecting the humming
frequencies. Adjustments down to a hundredth hertz can be
done by pushing the Fine Adjust button. It’s also possible to
adjust the sensitivity and the attenuation as well as the reduction
mode (humming/buzzing), depending on the respective type of
noise. Two further tracking modes allow the user to adapt the
tracking method to the existing audio material.
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Flexible user interface
WaveLab’s user interface approach offers unprecedented
flexibility when it comes to the customization of tools and
workspaces. Windows can be resized, grouped and moved like
fluid within the application. Even the Master section can be
dragged and dropped freely — while other windows will
automatically adjust their size.
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Real multitasking
It is even possible to adjust the allocation of the computer’s
processing power, depending on how many computer cores
should be occupied by the batch process. Starting from one
core up to all existing cores, WaveLab allows the user to freely
adjust the resources.
Connect to the core of WaveLab
WaveLab comes with a comprehensive remote control support,
perfectly integrated with your CI, CMC series and CC121
controller hardware. Adjust plug-in parameters, volume levels or
the stereo pan — faster and more convenient than before.
Enjoy using the transport controls of the CC121 or the CMC
series — everything’s at hand.
Best of all, WaveLab also supports the AI knob technology,
allowing you to seamlessly control all program parameters with
one central knob directly from your Steinberg controller
hardware.
Of course, WaveLab is also ready to be used with up to three
other MIDI-based control surfaces supporting the MIDI learn
function, which lets you easily assign the controls of your
hardware to a specific parameter within the application. You can
control these parameters with modifiers such as the keyboard
or MIDI pedals. And the comprehensive Control Maps editor
allows for even more detailed individual adjustments, giving you
hands-on control within seconds. This can be done even with
iPad controllers (by using MIDI bridge).
Speed up your production process
WaveLab features an enhanced DDP file workflow. Once you
have created a new DDP file, WaveLab automatically offers a
button that let’s you import the DDP file directly into the Audio
Montage area for further adjustments.
After importing DDP files, WaveLab now labels clips and
markers with more appropriate names, allowing you to easily
identify the imported files. Last but not least, WaveLab brings
enhanced file quality by offering an option to verify the DDP file
checksum.
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64-bit on Mac and PC
WaveLab 8 and WaveLab Elements 8 are available as 64-bit
versions for OS X (10.8) and Windows 8 platforms. Edit
hundreds of tracks simultaneously, handle extensive batch
processes or analyze and restore audio material with utmost
precision — with the advent of 64-bit support, your WaveLab
experience will be faster than ever.
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14 Product fact sheet
Languages supported
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(J) – RTM II (other languages release)
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
English (GB), German (D), French (FR), Italien (IT), Spanish
(ES), Japanese (J)
Automatic Grace Period
Valid for purchases of WaveLab 7 and WaveLab Elements 7
from March 1, 2013. Includes all update purchases in this
period.
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Components
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WaveLab 8 / Elements 8 box, slip cover, printed Quick Start
Guide (WaveLab 8 only), Quick installation Guide
(WaveLab Elements 8 only)
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WaveLab 8 and Elements 8 installation DVD
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USB-eLicenser with pre-installed
(WaveLab 8 retail version only)
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License code for USB-eLicenser on printed card, license
disclaimer
25
hours
license
Pre-activation of the USB-eLicenser
WaveLab 8 includes the USB-eLicenser in WaveLab 8 retail
versions, which initially contains a license to operate all
Steinberg software for a total of 25 non-consecutive hours. The
permanent license for the product needs to be manually
activated by the customer (internet connection required) using
the Activation Code printed on the included Essential Product
License Information Sheet.
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Minimum system requirements
Mac
PC
OS X Version 10.8
Windows 7 / Windows 8
Intel dual core CPU
Intel or AMD dual core CPU
Core Audio compatible audio
hardware
Windows compatible audio
hardware**
2 GB RAM
1 GB of free HD space
Display resolution of 1024 x 768 recommended
DVD-ROM drive required for installation
USB-eLicenser and USB component connector*
Internet connection required for license activation and grace period
update download
*WaveLab 8 only
**ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency
performance.
For recommended systems, please refer to our website
www.steinberg.net in the Support section under DAW
Components
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15 Trial versions advertised in WaveLab 8
The WaveLab 8 / WaveLab Elements 8 Start Center application
provides internet links to a number of the best VST effect plugins currently available. The trial versions include the plug-ins of
the Yamaha Vintage Plug-In Collection (Vintage Channel Strip,
Vintage Open Deck and Vintage Stomp Pack) as well as the
legendary Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 and 5043 EQ and
compressor plug-ins. All trial plug-ins run 30 days without
functional limitation and can be downloaded and activated
online.
Rupert Neve Portico plug-ins
The Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 EQ and 5043
compressor plug-ins introduces the legendary Neve sound to
your digital mastering workstation. By using Yamaha’s
exceptional VCM technology, the plug-ins accurately reproduce
the characteristics of their counterparts, the Portico hardware
range. Your recordings will benefit from a landmark sound that
already brought some of the world’s most successful recordings
to perfection – an ideal tool for high-quality mastering!
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Yamaha Vintage Plug-In Collection
Consisting of the Vintage Channel Strip, the Vintage Open Deck
and the Vintage Stomp Pack, the Yamaha Vintage Plug-In
Collection brings the exceptional sound of the legendary add-on
effects for Yamaha’s digital mixer flagships to every VST 3, VST
2.4 and AU compatibale DAW. These plug-in masterpieces are
based on the renowned VCM technology, which has already
been used for the Rupert Neve Designs plug-ins. Especially
the Vintage Open Deck adds natural tape machine flair to your
mastering process. Including a broad selection of tools, such as
equalizers, compressors, tape saturation and stomp box effects,
these three bundles represent a comprehensive plug-in
collection that brings every production to a new level of sound
quality.
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