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Steinberg WaveLab Pro 9
Steinberg WaveLab Pro 9

Digital Audio Editor from Steinberg belonging to the Wavelab series.

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Steinberg has announced version 9 of its audio editor Wavelab, with two different (Pro and Elements) versions.

WaveLab 9 features a new single-window interface based on a "ribbon and tabs" concept, as well as a multi-monitor-friendly window docking system.

The Pro version's Master section now offers 12 insert slots (5 in the Elements version) with flexible channel processing and new metering/monitoring, plus M/S support. Included mastering plugins are combined in the MasterRig suite, described as "the most powerful plug-in suite ever developed by Steinberg". A total six multiband modules are included in WaveLab Pro 9 (Imager, Limiter, Dynamic EQ, Compressor, EQ and Saturator), while in Elements 9 the MasterRig included the EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Saturator and Imager modules. WaveLab Pro 9 also contains two new multiband plug-ins, the Multiband Expander and Multiband Envelope Shaper, and in addition to these a new SoX-based Resampler has been included.

Version 9 also introduces a new direct file exchange system to help WaveLab work alongside Cubase and/or Nuendo, with the additional possibility to open WaveLab directly from within Cubase/Nuendo to use WaveLab’s restoration, editing, analysis and mastering functions during the mixing process. After editing and processing the audio file in WaveLab, the file can then be automatically updated in Cubase/Nuendo with a single mouse click in WaveLab.

Wavelab Pro 9 features include:

  • Audio editing and mastering solution with up to 384 kHz sample rate support
  • New user interface with a new windows docking system
  • New master section with 12 effect slots plus expanded monitoring and processing functions
  • Fully M/S compatible with M/S audio editing, processing and monitoring
  • MasterRig mastering plug-in suite, including 6 modules, 8 instances and full M/S support
  • EBU R128-compliant loudness metering, including a loudness graph, loudness meta normalizing and true peak support
  • SoX-based Resampler, Multiband Expander and Multiband Envelope Shaper
  • WaveLab Project Manager and customizable naming scheme
  • Direct exchange of audio files with Cubase and Nuendo

Wavelab Elements 9 features:

  • Audio editing and mastering software for hobby musicians, podcasters, journalists and home studio use
  • New user interface and windows docking system
  • New master section with 5 effect slots
  • MasterRig mastering plug-in including 5 plug-in modules: EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Saturator and Imager
  • SoX-based Resampler, plug-in management and organization for simplified overview of all plug-ins used within the project
  • Extended file compatibility including AAC and MP3 read and write support
  • CD burning engine and metadata support for multiple formats
  • Direct exchange of audio files with Cubase and Nuendo

WaveLab Pro 9's full version will be available "shortly" for €579 (update versions are already available, starting at €99.99 for an update from version 8.5), and WaveLab Elements 9 is already available for €99.99.

Owners of a previous version who registered on or after February 2nd, 2016 can benefit from Steinberg's traditional grace period.

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