Always moving with the times, Steinberg's Wavelab now includes comprehensive loudness metering, along with new plug-ins and an improved interface. The new Brickwall Limiter plug-in is another handy addition for finalising, as, like the new loudness metering, it can detect inter-sample clipping. So once set up, you can try out multiple configurations and audition your master on them without messing about with your hardware at all. Once you've chosen your first Clip, Track or Master effect, you'll find a '+' button on that plug-in's control bar, so you can add further tabbed effects to that chain, and can then move between these plug-ins by clicking on the various tabs. However, I feel that the Tube Compressor is more suitable for tracking or sound design than mastering, since its Drive control adds quite a bit of harmonic warmth and richness even at the lowest setting.
As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional. Plus, the single-window plug-in management or the auto-replay option are valuable improvements for multiplying your productivity. For more than 20 years WaveLab has constantly pushed back the boundaries of what is possible in mastering, audio editing, restoration and analysis by including features carefully crafted for mixing and mastering studios, post-production facilities, sound designers, musicians, journalists and broadcasters. The biggest sore point about version 7 for many users was the lack of a comprehensive manual, so let me reassure you on this count right away. Each can incorporate up to eight audio channels, be given a meaningful name, and have an individual master gain setting. Once these are set up, you can switch between them with no latency using the buttons in the Master Section.
Simply cut out unwanted noise, crossfade between takes or enhance the clarity of speech recordings using clip- or track-based effects. I even found myself noticing for the first time smaller items that had appeared in Wavelab 7. Verdict + Good audio analysis tools + New pro metering tools + Multi-speaker outs + Exhaustive format support + Configurable sections + Batch processing tools — Still looks a little dated — Quite heavy on icons Still the best cross-platform wave editor out there. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. Written entirely between midnight and four in the morning, Twelvefour is a concept record that explores the theory that an artist's creative peak lays within these hours. You can also process selected regions of an audio file using plug-in chains with a single command, making it quicker to perform tasks such as gain adjustment, hum removal or other things.
However, all three are taken from Steinberg's Cubase 7, so those who have an all-Steinberg setup will probably already have them. However, another helpful Master Section addition helps you judge which one sounds best in your particular application: 'Monitor 16-bit dithering' amplifies the dither by 48dB for test purposes, so you can clearly hear its contribution. This is a result of WaveLab's history as a Windows application and the difficulty of completely rewriting legacy code for a new platform. Potential new users may deem Wavelab 8 expensive, but it does offer a vast feature set for the price — and if you're on a tight budget, do take a look at Wavelab 8 Elements, which offers a generous subset of the full version's features at a much lower price. Most musicians check their mixes on a couple of sound systems other than the main one in their studio, to make sure they 'translate' well, and the majority of serious studios have several speaker systems on hand, so they can double-check that mixes sound good through large full-range systems, more typical nearfield monitors, and some sort of 'grot box'.
Hollin Jones makes the introductions. It may look a bit nerdy, but the Plug-in Settings window could save you hours of organising your plug-in collection so that you can find everything quickly and easily. Working with WaveLab Elements has never been easier and more creative! This, of course, is in constant use, and whereas it was previously partly duplicated on the Central Switcher Bar, and at risk of getting lost among the other Command Bars, it now sits above or below the main waveform windows, consolidating all the existing transport commands into one neat area and offering a number of improvements and new options. Wavelab's collection of bundled plug-ins has grown over the years, and three new options have been added in version 8. On a Mac Near You WaveLab 8 builds on the already excellent version 7 and adds many of the tools that Cubase 7 or Nuendo 6 users might recognize as having been new in their most recent updates. MasterRig — and More Quality Effects WaveLab Elements offers more than 25 studio-grade effect plug-ins that allow you to increase the quality of your audio material or to change its character. Anyone who has been baffled by the scrolling graphical complexities of some upmarket loudness meters will no doubt be pleased to hear that the Wavelab 8 implementation is very easy to interpret, with its three horizontal meters beneath a graph of loudness distribution.
A new brickwall limiter is provided for squeezing maximum gain out of source material while never passing 0dB. General workflow is helped by the new Master Transport Panel, which gathers together the key playback and navigation commands into a single location. The entry-level WaveLab Elements is available for significantly less, though its feature set is naturally slimmer. Mastering is the process of trying to make audio sound as good as possible on any playback device, and most pro studios have at least two sets of speakers you can use to try to achieve this. It's All in The Edit Audio editing has been improved, with new features like the Raise Selection option that lets you adjust the level of individual sections of a clip and the ability to process specific regions of an audio file using plug-ins with a single command.
A Superclip can be either an internal 'I-Clip' rendered from one or more existing regions in the current montage — in effect, a folder containing another montage — or an external montage file imported as an 'X-Clip'. It provides a low-latency and high fidelity interface between a software application and the soundcard of a computer. Restore old vinyl and tape recordings, fine-tune the recording of your band's last gig or get rid of environmental noise — it's up to you. This is perhaps an overdue addition, but a very welcome one nonetheless. All of these developments are worthwhile improvements, but there is one major disappointment surrounding plug-in use in Wavelab 8: there's still no support for plug-in parameter automation.
Thanks to the thought-out marker management you can accurately define the start and end points or adjust the breaks to your taste. The basic approach of the app is broadly similar, and will be familiar to anyone who has used it before. Once enabled, it starts playing any region you define immediately, so you can dodge about listening to different parts of the track without having to select them and then hit Play each time. You can get into huge detail when editing and metering, and features like audio montage and batch processing are really useful, as is the ability to export to multiple formats and even batch-rename groups of files. Add some punch with the Tube Compressor and Brickwall Limiter, and adjust the pitch and tempo of your recordings. WaveLab 8 now supports up to eight separate speaker configurations each with individual gain, so if you have the required hardware you can audition on multiple speakers without having to physically re-wire anything.
The help text is displayed on the status bar at the bottom of the workspace window. With this advanced suite you can remove any kind of unwanted noise, clicks, crackles or hum fast and effectively. Wavelab 8 will automatically detect files with mismatched sample rates when you try to import them, and offer to create and then use resampled versions in 32-bit float format that get saved in a temporary folder. Produced by Phil Ek Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses , it is the follow up to the band's debut album States. Publisher does not accept liability for incorrect spelling, printing errors including prices , incorrect manufacturer's specifications or changes, or grammatical inaccuracies in any product included in the Musician's Friend catalog or website.