Steinberg WaveLab 10 Pro is software meant for the mastering process, whether you’re preparing albums, podcasts, interviews, radio programs, or books on tape. WaveLab Pro 10 is designed to aid you in producing audio deliverables for the CD plant, for streaming, or for multichannel platforms. As such, the software provides tools aplenty for audio analysis, audio restoration, sonic shaping, and other processes integral to the practice of mastering.
The previous version of WaveLab came with a customizable spectrogram, an expanded Spectrum Editor, a wavelet visualization display, a new suite of forensic plug-ins, and other new tools for handling errors and artifacts. The previous iteration also saw improvements to the Render settings, clip-gain implementation, cue-sheet importation, and auto-saving.
WaveLab Pro 10 picks up where 9.5 left off, offering new features particularly exciting to mastering engineers. A reference track has been introduced to the Audio Montage workspace to facilitate quick A/B comparisons; now you don’t have to use a third-party plug-in to accomplish glitch-free, latency-free switching between affected and reference tracks. Video playback support has also been added with drag-and-drop importing, resampling, and dynamic editing of any video’s audio.
The implementation effects have been vastly improved, meaning you can now pitch to your hardware chain and record back to digital with greater ease and flexibility; among mastering engineers, this was a highly requested feature, and it is now elegantly handled in WaveLab 10. On the editing front, WaveLab now lets you select your own external editor, so you can take full advantage of tools such as SpectraLayers or iZotope RX if you prefer different workflows.
Many more features are now present, and for a full explication and breakdown of these features, please peruse the Features section below this paragraph. WaveLab 10 is compatible with both Mac and Windows platforms and as always supports third-party plug-ins in your audio chain.
WaveLab 10 Pro Features
Reference Track for A/B Comparison
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.
Video Playback Support
If the sample rate of the included audio file doesn’t match the sample rate of your montage, you can create a resampled copy of the audio. You can also undock the video playback window and resize it.
Extended External 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.
External Editor Support
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 for 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 (nondestructively in the Audio Montage), and then update the file/clip in WaveLab.
Undo/Redo History for Audio Editor
In the Audio Editor, edit marks 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.
Divided into dedicated Clip, Track, and Output Inspector sections, the Montage Inspector provides a color tool (for the selected clip, or for 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 has access to a comprehensive range of menu commands.
Audio Montage Track-List Overhaul
Live Input Audio Stream Recording
You can record with optional Master Section plug-ins, including external effects, and record multiple files at the same time, each with different plug-ins, and each to different output file formats if necessary. Activating the live input can be done at any time, even if no file is open in WaveLab.
Improvements to Version 10
- Multitrack recording in Audio Montage (Pro only)
- Marker List and CD List follow playback indicator
- Import Markers from XML file
- Increased amount of effects and playback processing slots
- Real-time rendering with audition
- Improved third-party VST plug-in support
- Improved playback performance
Audio Editing Functions
- Destructive and nondestructive editing allow you to choose which is more appropriate for your project
- High-resolution spectral editing allows you to precisely target certain frequencies, see unwanted noises, and to remove them neatly
- Mid/side processing allows you to make very creative enhancements to stereo tracks
- Edit the left, right, or both channels of a stereo track at once
- Included plug-ins for audio processing
- Seamless support for third-party VST plug-ins and external audio effects
Advanced Audio Analysis
- Comprehensive metering includes peak level, loudness errors, phase, spectrum, and bit metering
- Exceptionally accurate spectrogram view, Wavelet display, and 3D frequency analysis help you extract and process important information
- Forensically analyze audio recordings
- Improve old, imperfect recordings with DeClicker, DeNoiser, DeBuzzer, DePopper, and DeCrackler
- Remove a wide array of unwanted noise and artifacts
- Comprehensive spectral editing capabilities let you target specific parts of the audio spectrum
- Built-in error detection and error correction functionality
Comprehensive Batch Processing
- Entire workspace dedicated to batch processing
- Create different plug-in collections and render many files in different formats in one go
- Create Watch Folders with predefined processes, formats, plug-ins, or any other kind of audio file handling
- Create professional sound libraries that share common characteristics such as level, format, pitch, length, and more
- Comprehensive and flexible metadata editing capabilities regardless of use-case, source material, or end result
- Full range of metadata codes, including ID3 v1 for MP3 files, and v2, which conforms with iTunes standards
- Lyrics and pictures can be added to the metadata of each file
- Includes metadata presets, which can be edited and used to create your own presets, and applied to audio files via batch processing
Comprehensive Sound Design Tools
- Advanced processing tools for capturing samples and creating loops quickly and easily
- Sounds can be recorded manually, or recorded by enabling WaveLab’s sound/silence detection parameters to record automatically
- Automatically split a number of multisamples recorded in one go to create individual files
- Multiple parameters available for splitting, editing, naming, looping, and more
Recording Features and Use Cases
- WaveLab supports both stereo and multitrack recording, making it the ideal tool for a wide range of recording situations including the studio and on location
- WaveLab has a dedicated podcast workspace for recording, organizing episodes, and preparing them for publishing
- Use WaveLab to digitize historic recordings for future generations to enjoy
- use WaveLab to produce audio versions of many popular books, as well as talking newspapers for the sight impaired
- WaveLab’s advanced tools allow you to record audio on location
- WaveLab allows interviews to be recorded and then prepared for broadcast or online publishing immediately, without having to use a different system or software
- Complete mastering solution with comprehensive tools that will cover your workflow from start to finish