WaveLab LE 7 – Getting Started

WaveLab LE 7 – Getting Started
Getting Started
Getting Started texts by Martin Ley.
Revision and quality control: Cristina Bachmann, Heiko Bischoff, Marion Bröer, Sabine Pfeifer, Heike Schilling.
Release date: January 14, 2010
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Table of contents
About the program versions
About the Help system
How you can reach us
Installation and setup
Minimum requirements
Copy protection
Install WaveLab LE
Register your software
Set up the application preferences
Quick tour
WaveLab LE user interface (GUI)
Master Section
Audio Montage
About the program versions
Thank you for your interest in WaveLab LE.
The documentation covers two different operating systems (platforms); Windows and Mac OS X.
This OEM version is an entry-level product which includes
a range of functions that help you to enter the world of
professional audio editing. WaveLab LE not only allows
you to edit CD-quality audio material on two tracks, but
also enhances your recordings with more than ten plugins, including several effects taken from our professional
music software, Cubase. In addition, there is the integrated Podcast function which allows you to share music
and voice recordings in the internet.
Alongside this OEM version, there are also the full versions WaveLab Essential 7 and WaveLab 7, which provide further capabilities.
Please visit www.steinberg.net for more information on
how to work with the WaveLab product family.
Your Steinberg Team.
Where features and settings are specific to only one of
the platforms, Windows or Mac OS X, this is clearly
stated. In other words:
 Unless specifically stated, all descriptions and procedures in the documentation are valid for both Windows
and Mac OS X. The screenshots are taken from the Windows version of WaveLab LE.
Key command conventions
Many of the default key commands in WaveLab LE use
modifier keys, some of which are different depending on
the operating system. For example, the default key command for Undo is [Ctrl]-[Z] under Windows and [Command]-[Z] under Mac OS X.
When key commands with modifier keys are described in
this manual, they are shown with the Windows modifier
key first, in the following way:
[Win modifier key]/[Mac modifier key]-[key]
For example:
• [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Z] means “press [Ctrl] under Windows or [Command] under Mac OS X, then press [Z]”.
• [Alt]/[Option]-[X] means “press [Alt] under Windows or
[Option] under Mac OS X, then press [X]”.
 Please note that this manual often refers to “rightclicking”, for example to open context menus. If you are
using a Macintosh computer with a single-button mouse,
hold down [Ctrl] and click.
Selecting menu options
We use the following convention when describing menu
• “Select Help > Steinberg on the internet > Steinberg
Home page” means:
1. Click the Help menu item in the menu bar.
2. Open the “Steinberg on the internet” submenu.
3. Select the “Steinberg Home page” option.
About the Help system
The document you are reading now contains everything
you need to know to get started quickly with WaveLab LE.
It does not contain any in-depth descriptions of features
or workflows. These are covered in the comprehensive
and context-sensitive Help system.
• To see context-sensitive help about the currently active
window, press F1 or select Help > Help about active
You can find help in the following ways:
The help is fully searchable, and you can save (bookmark) help topics
that you refer to often.
• Hover the pointer over an icon or field to see a Tooltip;
there is often a More link at the bottom of a Tooltip window, which you can click to get more detailed information.
• To access WaveLab LE’s full online help, select Help >
Contents, Help > Index or Help > Search.
How you can reach us
On the Help menu in WaveLab LE you will find items for
getting additional information and help:
• To see context-sensitive help on a particular button,
field or other part of WaveLab LE’s user interface, click
the What is this? button, press Shift-F1, or select Help >
What is this?.
The cursor will change to a question mark. Click on an item in the user interface to display relevant information in WaveLab LE’s Help.
• Under Help > Steinberg on the internet, you can find
links to various Steinberg web sites. Selecting one will automatically launch your browser application and open the
appropriate page.
You can find support and compatibility information, answers to frequently
asked questions, links for downloading new drivers, etc. This requires
that you have a web browser application installed on your computer, and
a working Internet connection.
What is this? button
Installation and setup
Minimum requirements
To use WaveLab LE, your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:
This will speed up value editing and scrolling considerably.
About audio cards
Please note:
• For serious work with WaveLab LE, we recommend that
you use a card with MME or ASIO drivers (Windows) or
CoreAudio drivers (Mac).
Mac OS X 10.6
Mac Intel CPU
1024 MB RAM
CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
CD or DVD-ROM drive
200 MB of free hard disk space
Display resolution of 1024x768 pixels
• If you use WaveLab LE to edit files for use with other
hardware (such as a hard disk based recording system
using its own audio converters) any loss in audio quality
that you experience when listening to the files in WaveLab
LE (due to deficiencies in the audio card) will not affect
the final audio files in any way.
General notes on how to set up your system
That is the quantity of information that the disk can read, usually expressed as “sustained transfer rate”. Again, “the more the better”.
• Wheel mouse – Although a mouse without a wheel will
work fine with WaveLab LE, we recommend that you use
a wheel mouse.
Windows 7
1024 MB RAM
Windows MME- or ASIO-compatible audio hardware
CD or DVD-ROM drive
200 MB of free hard disk space
Display resolution of 1024x768 pixels
• Hard disk speed – The speed of the hard drive also determines how quickly WaveLab LE can perform read/write
operations (how quickly it can process audio files).
On the Steinberg web site you can find detailed information on what to consider when setting up a
computer system dedicated to audio work. From the
Steinberg Home page, go to the DAW Components
link on the Support page.
• RAM – There is a direct relation between the amount of
available RAM and the number of windows and files that
you can have open at any one time.
The amount of RAM specified above is the minimum requirement, but as
a general rule “the more the better” applies.
• For professional use (mastering, etc.) we recommend
that you use a card capable of playing back files in 24-bit
Copy protection
WaveLab LE uses a software-based copy protection
scheme. The so-called Soft-eLicenser is installed and activated automatically as part of the installation process of
WaveLab LE.
After installation, WaveLab LE is ready for use – you do
not need to do anything else.
• Hard disk size – The size of the hard disk determines
how many minutes of audio you will be able to record.
Audio files are relatively large. Approximately 10.6 MB of hard disk space
is used up for every minute of 16-bit stereo/44.1 kHz audio recorded.
For 24-bit/48 kHz audio or higher, the audio files are of course a lot bigger. Therefore we recommend a hard disk with enough space for your recordings.
Installation and setup
Install WaveLab LE
Register your software
The installation procedure automatically unpacks all the
files and puts them in the right places.
We encourage you to register your software! By doing so
you are entitled to technical support and kept aware of updates and other news regarding WaveLab LE.
1. Insert the Steinberg WaveLab LE DVD into your disk
Depending on your system, the WaveLab LE Start Center program on
the DVD may start automatically. If no interactive start screen appears,
open the DVD and double-click the icon “WaveLab LE Start Center” to
launch the interactive start screen.
2. Click a flag to select your language.
Proceed as follows:
Go to www.steinberg.net/mysteinberg, log in to the exclusive MySteinberg online customer portal and register your
product by following the instructions on screen.
Set up the application preferences
3. Click the Install button.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
5. When you see a message saying that the installation
was successful, click the Close button.
WaveLab LE is highly configurable. All the preference dialogs are in the Options menu:
At this point, you can browse through the additional options and information on the Start Center DVD.
6. Click the Exit button at the bottom right of the Start
Center window to quit the Start Center application.
7. Eject the DVD.
• Global preferences.
Installing manually
In this dialog you can specify settings that apply to the whole WaveLab
LE application and its workspaces, such as the language, user interface
and startup options.
In case you do not want to install WaveLab LE via the interactive start screen, follow the procedure below:
1. Start the installation:
Windows: Double-click the file called Setup.exe.
Macintosh: Double-click the file called “WaveLab LE 7.mpkg”.
2. Follow the instructions on screen.
• Audio File editing preferences.
In this dialog, you can make settings for Editing (Display, Playback
Browser, Snap to zero-crossing, etc.), File Type (e.g. 32-bit) and Style
(colors used for waveforms, background and other elements).
• Favorite folders.
In this dialog you can set the preferred folders for saving and opening different types of file (temporary files, audio files, and Podcasts) and control
whether they are updated automatically.
• Audio streaming settings.
In this dialog you can specify the Audio devices used for recording and
playback, along with various options such as number of buffers and pre/
post roll times.
• Customize commands.
In this dialog you can create your own shortcuts. Bear in mind that many
shortcuts are context-sensitive.
Installation and setup
Quick tour
The following sections introduce you to some of WaveLab
LE's main windows.
WaveLab LE user interface (GUI)
WaveLab LE is highly customizable. You can set up your
workspace exactly as you want it:
• Drag WaveLab LE’s panels around and dock them to
different places in the main application window. Try it!
• Make panels float as separate windows, if you like.
• WaveLab LE also makes use of tabs.
If you have more than one Audio File open, they appear as tabbed sections in the main application window, rather than as separate windows.
Quick tour
Master Section
The Master Section is found at the end of the WaveLab
LE signal path, before your audio material is passed on to
the audio hardware, or before it is rendered to disk as an
audio file. This is where you set the master volume, and
add global effects. The Master Section includes:
• Three effects slots
• Master level faders
• Render function to create a final audio master file
The Master Section is shared by the Audio Files and Audio Montage workspaces (it is a “shared tool”). You can
have either or both of these workspaces open at the same
time, but the Master Section will only be active in one
workspace at any one time.
You have complete control over how the Master Section is
• You can have the Master Section as an independent
floating window, or dock it to the Audio Files or Audio
Montage workspace in a frame.
• To bring the ‘active’ workspace (that currently ‘owns’
the Master Section) to the foreground, select Global >
Master Section.
• To show or hide the Master Section’s frame in the Audio
Files or Audio Montage workspace, select Workspace >
Shared tool windows > Master Section.
You can dock this shared tool window, or have it float. Note that the two
workspaces do not have to have the same setting here: you might want
for example to have the Master Section docked in the Audio Files workspace, and not visible in the Audio Montage workspace.
Quick tour
The Audio Files window is your main editor for working on
individual audio files.
• Select File > Open, browse to an audio file and click
WaveLab LE allows you to open, edit and save audio files
of various formats. You can always undo any edits you
have made. As well as being able to cut, copy and paste
audio sections, you can apply processes such as normalization, and create level envelopes or fades. You find
these features in the various options and dialogs of the
Edit menu and the Process menu.
• Browse to an audio file using WaveLab LE’s File
Browser, and double-click to load it.
If WaveLab LE’s File Browser is not visible, select Workspace > Specific tool windows > File Browser.
• Drag and drop from the Windows Explorer/Mac Finder.
You can open audio files in the Wave window using the
following methods:
Quick tour
Audio Montage
The Audio Montage provides a track-based working environment (one mono, one stereo, two mono, two stereo, or
one mono and one stereo track).
Audio Montages have their own file type (.mon).
Here you can combine (mix) multiple audio files on up to
two tracks to create new mixes of your music, radio plays,
commercials and so on.
You can open a new (empty) Audio Montage workspace
(select Global > Audio Montage Workspace), or create
an Audio Montage from a file you are working on in the
Audio Files workspace (select Edit > Create Audio Montage from Audio File).
Quick tour
WaveLab LE allows you to make your audio available on
the Internet in the form of Podcasts. A simple and intuitive
user interface allows you to create Podcasts without quitting WaveLab.
For example, if you are working on an audio file in in the
Audio Files workspace, select Edit > Create Podcast
from Audio File. If you do not have an audio file open, and
want to start a new Podcast file, select Global > Podcast
Podcasts have their own file type (.pdc).
Quick tour
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