Steinberg WaveLab Pro 11

$472.00

Mastering/Analysis Software with Spectrum Editor, Restoration Tools, Mid-Side Processing and Plug-in Suite – Mac/PC VST2, VST3
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Description

With significant new features for stem mastering, multitrack editing, plug-in parameter automation and podcast production, WaveLab 11 has the concept of “multi” running throughout it. With improved multi-channel file handling, multiple track sub-lanes and analysis meters, multi-core processing and more, WaveLab further enhances its status as the true art of mastering.

Multi-channel interleaved support
WaveLab 11 introduces extended support for multi-channel interleaved files and, for the first time, multi-channel interleaved editing in the Audio Editor. Supporting up to 22.2 surround layouts of WAV files (including Ambisonics files for pre-authoring purposes), a multi-channel file can be opened, edited and saved like any other set of mono/stereo files. Featuring comprehensive controls to make precise editing easier, it’s also possible for external editors to work on selected channels only. The detailed new selection options include highly flexible frequency-domain selection in the Spectrum Editor. In the Audio Montage, automatic splitting of multi-channel audio files into mono or stereo clusters makes it fast to import a large multi-channel file. This also allows plug-ins to process channel clusters independently of one another.

Track Groups for multitrack/stems workflows
Track Groups comprise audio tracks which are routed to a group bus, before the signal continues through the Montage output and then Master sections. This provides an additional summing stage with effects plug-ins, gain and pan controls. Track Groups are especially useful for stem mastering and, alongside Track Lanes, another way to apply a common track group effect chain to stem mastering projects.
Track Groups can be created by selecting tracks from a corresponding Group Channel. Using the Track Group Editor, tracks and track groups can be named/renamed, have colors assigned and moved per drag and drop.

Track Lanes for multitrack/stems workflows
Track Lanes is a flexible new feature that can divide an audio track into eight sub lanes, each lane hosting audio clips, a facility especially useful when working with mix stems inside the Montage. As well as clip effects, track effects can be applied to all clips, providing a final processing chain for all stems on the track. Track Lanes can also be used for sound design tasks like assembling, editing and processing sound effects from layered clips. Each Track Lane features comprehensive controls for selection, solo/mute, fold/unfold, lanes can be converted to tracks, selected tracks can be merged as lanes and more.

Parameter automation with clip envelopes
You can now use clip envelopes to automate the parameters of VST 3 plug-ins. Along with the volume, pan and effect wet/dry parameters, clip envelopes are managed from the new Automation Envelope panel in the Inspector window. Envelopes can be assigned to parameters by right-clicking on the parameter, single envelope points can be text edited, envelopes can be turned on/off and their visibility is easily managed, individually or globally.

SuperVision analyzer
As well as the WaveLab analysis meter, WaveLab 11 features a new professional analysis tool, SuperVision. SuperVision is a fully customizable, multi-meter audio analyzer, with 27 different modules that can be applied in up to nine module slots for level, spectral, phase and waveform analysis. It allows the creation of a fully customized layout for a supremely accurate visual picture of any audio project. Multiple instances can be opened to monitor the audio signal at different stages.

New VST 3 effects plug-ins
WaveLab 11 includes a range of new VST 3 effects plug-ins, delivering even greater possibilities for the most surgically precise sound-shaping.

Additional new features
Time is always precious in the professional audio business, so WaveLab includes many time-saving features and workflow enhancements to help you create content as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Replacing audio in video
In WaveLab 11, part or all the audio of a video file can be replaced with the audio from another track. The original audio can also be refined and replaced with an edited version, without changing the video quality. Importing, editing and rendering are straightforward. (It is recommended that any video editing should be completed in a dedicated video application before refining the audio in WaveLab).

Podcast host service support
WaveLab 11 comes with the same podcast features as the dedicated WaveLab Cast. They include the direct upload of podcasts to five popular podcast hosts: Buzzsprout, Castro, PodBean, SoundCloud and Spreaker.

Audio ducking
WaveLab 11 includes simplified ducking — using an audio track to control the volume of a different one. The ducking controls on an Audio Montage track allow one or more modulator tracks to control the ducked track. Straightforward parameters include Voice Threshold (triggers the Ducker), Music Attenuation (the level reduction on the ducked track), fade out/in times/profiles and how long the volume on the ducked track is reduced for.

New Clean and Enhance track inspector sections
The Track Inspector adds two new sections with specialized channel strips for real-time audio processing, radically simplifying the enhancement of audio tracks with straightforward “one knob” controls. Alongside the familiar Insert Effects and Gain and Pan sections, the new Clean and Enhance sections provide very quick and easy ways of cleaning up and improving the quality of audio recordings.

Audio montage performance boost
WaveLab Pro now supports multi-core processing for audio montages, increasing the processing performance of montages with multiple tracks, clips, and effects. This is especially noticeable when working with multiple tracks or/and overlapping clips, for instance when stem mastering.
It is now also possible to suspend the processing of track plug-ins if their input signal is detected as silent, conserving CPU resources.

New Start-Up Assistant
The Start-Up Assistant has been revised and divided into Recent and Templates sections, which can be filtered by file types. An additional search field allows you filtering by name, using text input.

Revised external FX plug-in window
The external FX plug-in window has been overhauled with level meters for the input and output gain sections to avoid audio clipping. An image of the external device can also be added for reference.

VST plug-in handling features
Improvements to VST 2 and VST 3 plug-in handling include each instance now having its own, independent undo/redo history; switching between two independent plug-in parameter sets for easy comparison of different settings; saving plug-in parameter settings as a custom default preset and seperate controls for Bypass Effect and Listen to Effect Signal Only in the Master Section plug-in header.

ALSO NEW IN WAVELAB 11

Sending mono file audio streams to a dedicated speaker
You can specify a dedicated speaker to send the audio stream of mono files to.

Auto Split Tool Enhancement
Support for Room tone, crossfades and additional split parameters.

Custom names for audio ports
You can now specify custom names for your audio ports in the Audio Connections dialog.

Including notes in audio montage templates
You can now include notes that you have written in the Notes window when you create an audio montage template.

Batch processor enhancements
A search/replace function allows you to replace text in the whole file list, to fix paths. It is also now possible to import and export the file paths in a text file.

Stopping recording when record position reaches next marker
You can stop a montage track recording when the record position reaches the next visible marker.

Track peak meter shows left and right stereo channel
The montage track peak meter now shows the volume level for the left and right channels independently.

Level/fade envelope or pan envelope before or after clip effects
You can now specify whether to add the level/fade or pan envelope before or after clip effects.

Omit clips on reference tracks from select commands
In the Clip Tool Window there is the option to omit clips on a reference track from all Select commands.

Playing back multi-channel files on stereo speakers
If your audio device setup comprises less speakers than the edited audio file, you can assign different speakers to the same audio port to play back on stereo speakers.

Copying clips and ranges with visual feedback
When copying a clip or a range of clips, a ghost image now makes it easier to place the copy at a precise insert point on the timeline.

Create Audio Montage from Result
When Create Audio Montage from Result and Whole Range are selected, but Create CD Image and Cue Sheet is not selected, the recreated montage now imports all metadata and markers from the source montage.

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In Depth

WaveLab is much more than the master of mastering. Its modular approach allows you to use different parts of its comprehensive feature set in every area of professional audio production. Whether it’s sample-accurate editing, precise spectral changes, audio restoration, forensic analysis of sound files and many other uses, WaveLab has the tools to do the job incredibly accurately and intuitively.

HIGHLIGHTS

Reference Track – A/B Comparison
WaveLab 10 introduces a new track type in the Audio Montage workspace, the Reference Track. This allows you to add a reference audio file and switch playback between the reference track and the montage tracks that you are working on, without any glitches or latency. A Reference Track can be routed to the main outputs, to the Playback Processing Section or to a user-defined reference track output, where unused audio outputs on your hardware can be utilized for playback.
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Video playback support
WaveLab 10 comes with video file playback in the Audio Montage, allowing you to arrange, edit and process the audio of a video. Using the same high-quality video engine as Cubase and Nuendo, the imported video file is displayed as a clip on the video track.

Videos can be imported by drag and drop into a newly created video track, via the Import in the File menu, or from the Insert tab of the Audio Montage window. If the sample rate of the included audio file doesn’t match the sample rate of your montage, you can create a re-sampled copy of the audio. You can also undock the video playback window and resize it.
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Extended external effects support
You can now integrate external effect devices into the WaveLab signal flow by setting up external FX buses. Using a combination of outputs (sends) and inputs (returns) on your audio hardware, you can use external effects in the Audio Montage as Clip, Track and Output effects. If you select an External Effect ASIO plug-in as an insert effect for an effect slot in the Master Section, the audio is sent to the corresponding audio output, processed in your hardware effect and returned via the specified audio input to the plug-in. When any External Effect bus is used in the signal path, WaveLab will use the new ”Render in real time” option for rendering. (Note: External effects are not currently supported in the Batch Processor).
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External editor support
You can now integrate other audio editors (like SpectraLayers or iZotope RX) into your WaveLab workflow, giving you the option of modifying an audio file range (in the Audio File Editor) or an audio clip range (in the Audio Montage) in other editors, directly from within your current WaveLab session.

You can include up to three different external editors, easily setting the path to the applications that you want to use. After defining an audio range which you want to transfer to the external editor, you can use the new Editor control in the Edit ribbon to send your selection to it (this is done non-destructively in the Audio Montage), then update the file/clip in WaveLab.
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Undo/Redo History for Audio Editor
We have introduced a completely new undo/redo edit history system in WaveLab 10. Available in the Audio Montage and — for the first time — the Audio Editor workspaces, both have their own independent undo/redo log. Unlike common undo/redo histories, which track edit operations, the new WaveLab history system logs versions. A version represents a whole wave file, not just an edit operation.

In the Audio Editor, edit marks also allow you to see where audio parts have been edited, making it possible to recover earlier versions of the edited parts without losing the changes you have made to the rest of the audio.
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Montage Inspector
The Effect Tool Window has been completely redesigned and renamed the Montage Inspector, with a Master Section-style appearance. The handling of plug-ins and corresponding functionality — like channel processing, signal routing, loading effect presets and bypass — is now streamlined and consistent between the Master Section and the new Montage Inspector.

Divided into dedicated Clip, Track and Output Inspector sections, the Montage Inspector features a color tool (for the selected clip or all clips on a track when the Track area is selected), a name field (which displays the current name of the selected clip/Track) and tabs for Effect, Gain and Slot, each with access to a comprehensive range of menu commands.
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Audio Montage track list overhaul
The Audio Montage window in WaveLab 10 features a number of user interface improvements. The different track types (Audio, Reference and Video) have a new track header design with dedicated controls for each track type. In addition, you can now resize the height and width of each track; seamless vertical scrolling in the Montage window is possible (when you have multiple tracks), and you can simply drag and drop the track header to change the order of tracks.
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Live input audio stream recording
WaveLab 10 allows you to record and render live input streams through the Master Section and the inserted plug-in chain, only limited by the number of available audio inputs and the overall performance of your system. This facility allows you to monitor a given audio input bus any time (directly from the Master Section and through the Master Section chain), to record with optional Master Section plug-ins (including external effects) and to record multiple files at the same time, each with different plug-ins, and different output file formats if necessary. Quickly and easily accessed via a new live input button at the top of the Master Section, which opens the bus and sample rate selection menu, activating the live input can be done at any time, even if no file is open in WaveLab.
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