Steinberg Wavelab 8.5 Audio Editing and Mastering Suite
Steinberg's comprehensive audio editing and mastering suite
WaveLab is the industry-standard production environment for mastering, audio editing and restoration, perfectly tailored to meet the demands of today's professionals. Employed in numerous facilities the world over by mastering engineers working on high quality CD and DVD productions as well as music aficionados looking to restore favorite records or even create podcasts on the fly, WaveLab provides a host of tools to most certainly surpass all expectations and seamlessly integrate into existing studio setups.
Leading solution for audio mastering, editing & batch processing
EBU-R128 loudness metering & processing, loudness graph
Workspace concept, intuitive speaker and plug-in management
Sonnox Restoration Suite, error correction & spectrum-editing
Watch Folders for automated drag-and-drop batch processing
40+ plug-ins incl. iZotope MBIT+ Dither & Voxengo CurveEQ
Analysis tools with 3D & global analysis, 8 metering scales
Encoder Checker for quality comparison of audio codecs
15+ file formats, DDP image creation & CD burning engine
Professional editing tools for precise cutting & high-res zooming
DDP image creation and extensive metadata support
Top features in version 8.5
Watch Folders: Drag-and-drop automated offline-processing feature, using standard folders of the operating system to process and render audio files Encoder Checker: Compare and contrast codec quality and settings on the fly without perceivable latency and with up to three streams simultaneously, such as MP3, AAC and OGG Vorbis
Multi-format rendering: Render to multiple audio file formats simultaneously and save encoding chains as presets
AAC Encoder: Encode straight to AAC formats, such as HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, HD-AAC and 3GPP, for compatibility to Apple products, such as iTunes, iPod and iPhone
Watch Folders: revolutionary drag & drop batch processor
Introducing Watch Folders, WaveLab 8.5 accelerates everyday file conversion and batch processing tasks by outsourcing them to any designated standard folder of a supported operating system. Use WaveLab to create any number of Watch Folders for tasks such as dithering, normalization, plug-in rendering and audio file format conversion.
Audio files placed into the folder will automatically be converted using the processing commands created for that folder. After setting up the Watch Folder processing, the Watch Folder feature runs in the background at operating system level and the main WaveLab application does not need to be running.
Encoder Checker: quality assurance at its best
The new Encoder Checker feature offers a new way of comparing common encoder formats and their settings by generating a multi-stream playback preview. This includes the original, unrendered material and up to three streams each playing through a selected encoder and settings.
A real-time FFT graph allows you not only to hear but also see how encoder and parameter selection will impact the quality of your audio; switching between streams is accomplished without any clicks or perceivable latency. This new analysis tool takes the guesswork out of rendering to encoders, offering real-time A/B/C comparison of MP3 variable bitrate, such as MP3 192 kbit, MP3 128 kbit, iTunes-compatible AAC or Ogg Vorbis formats.
AAC encoder for full iTunes compatibility
Now you can encode straight to AAC formats for compatibility to Apple products, such as iTunes, iPod and iPhone. With the update to version 8.5, WaveLab supports encoding to the AAC file format common on Apple platforms and products such as iTunes and iPod. This allows music or spoken word content to be rendered directly to the AAC format (e.g. HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, HD-AAC and 3GPP) for upload to the iTunes platform. The AAC encoder is implemented in the export file dialog and can also be used in conjunction with the new Watch Folder background rendering feature as well as the Encoder Checker to ensure superior audio quality.
With the new Multi-format Rendering feature, WaveLab 8.5 introduces another tool that speeds up file export handling. This timesaving new feature allows you to export the current audio files to a number of different file formats simultaneously using multicore technology. This means you no longer have to access the rendering dialog over and over again — once it's set up, the export is generated in all supported formats.
Of course, the multi-format rendering task can be saved as multi-format rendering preset, complete with all required settings such as format, bit depth and sample rate, giving you immediate recall when needed. Multi-format Rendering is implemented within the existing file export dialog. This new function saves time when rendering for different "end users" of a file, such as CD, platforms or players using MP3, iTunes or email recipients of preview material.
The latest version of WaveLab also provides many useful improvements to make daily work just that more convenient. Use the new effects bypass function to bypass all plug-ins of a clip or track within the effects section. Also, WaveLab now imports data from XML files and supports the wavpack file format.
Minimum System Requirements
The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software.
Mac OS X
Mac OS X Version 10.8
Windows 7 / Windows 8
Intel dual core CPU Intel or AMD dual core CPU
CoreAudio 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 port for USB-eLicenser (not required for WaveLab Elements)
Internet connection required for license activation and grace period update download
* ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance.