An increasing number of broadcast companies rely on WaveLab in their daily work because of its outstanding stability and comprehensive feature set. From editing and processing operations for preparing broadcast-ready content, over batch conversion of large amounts of audio files through to individual system integration via scripting technologies — WaveLab is the premier choice for any kind of professional audio work.
State-of-the-art audio engine
WaveLab offers state-of-the-art 24-bit/384 kHz resolution and 32-bit floating-point precision, which results in exceptional sound quality and processing accuracy.
By being able to render audio files in more than 15 different formats, including a variety of high-quality encoders for each format, WaveLab offers utmost flexibility and compatibility in daily broadcast workflows.
WaveLab Audio Editor and Audio Montage
WaveLab features sample-accurate audio editing combined with an impressive set of tools to speed up editing operations. Depending on the editing task, you can choose between a destructive Audio Editor and the non-destructive Audio Montage.
Single audio file recording and editing — the Audio Editor
WaveLab’s Audio Editor is a powerful tool for sample-accurate audio editing and high-quality analysis. All powerful WaveLab editing features are conveniently located right above the audio file waveform. Multiple functions to perform cuts, fades, audio analysis, rendering and more are grouped in their respective function tabs. The Audio Editor also provides a state-of-the-art Spectrogram with cutting-edge spectral editing functionality.
The Audio Editor supports mid/side editing and processing, and includes a global analysis toolkit that provides important status information on peaks, loudness, DC offset and more. The Loudness Normalizer is able to process the loudness of an audio file according to EBU-compliant standards and the offline loudness preview is shown on a separate Loudness Track.
Create and edit a compilation of files — the Audio Montage
WaveLab’s Audio Montage can be used to create a compilation of multiple audio files, perfect to compare different files with each other, create crossfades and prepare audio material to be burned on CD or exported to other destinations. Further editing capabilities focus on the file arrangement as a whole and include features such as grouping, clip splitting and snapping. Like the Audio Editor, the Audio Montage consists of several tabs organized in a ribbon menu grouping all vital functions together. Of course, the Audio Montage is also fully M/S compatible and includes a Meta Normalizer that helps you match the loudness of different tracks.
WaveLab’s quality effect plug-ins
WaveLab includes more than 45 high-end effect plug-ins ready to significantly increase the quality of your audio content. Among them are EQ’s with spectrum matching technology, filters, limiters, dithering plug-ins as well as WaveLab’s MasterRig, the most complete effect suite ever crafted by Steinberg.
All effects can be used either as clip, track and output effects, or globally within WaveLab’s Master Section. Also provided are additional tools to guarantee best audio quality such as the Encoder Checker, allowing for a real-time, latency-free comparison of MP3, OGG or AAC codecs to ensure utmost quality.
WaveLab’s audio analysis toolset is well known for its accuracy and versatility. The tool windows host an extensive set of metering tools, such as the level meter, FFT-based spectrometer, enabling you to check the frequency and level status of your audio material. The EBU-compliant loudness meter helps you to check for broadcast-relevant standards, not only via realtime-metering, but also with an offline loudness track.
WaveLab includes a global analysis toolset that checks for DC-offset, peak and loudness values and includes an error detection system which you can use to discover clipping, glitches, peaks and more. This helps you eleminating unwanted noise using WaveLab’s error correction and restoration tools.
WaveLab provides a plethora of audio processing tools that can be used in two ways: destructive and non-destructive. While the Audio Editor offers destructive levelling, normalizing, fading, looping, splitting and correction tools, the Audio Montage comes with a comprehensive, non-destructive loudness processing solution alongside a range of other options and capabilities.
WaveLab includes a toolset for EBU R-128 loudness metering, measurement and processing. While loudness metering is ideal for checking the status of the audio, the loudness processing capabilities directly process your audio material to EBU-compliant standards.
Restoration and error correction
Be it restoration of archive material through digitalization or correction of issues within interviews and other field recordings, WaveLab provides many tools for achieving the best results. The error correction toolset is located above the waveform in its own ribbon and comes with all functions necessary to find clipping, glitches and peaks, including several options to automatically correct such errors.
To remove unwanted background noise, WaveLab includes a high-quality restoration plug-in suite. Consisting of DeNoiser, DeClicker and DeBuzzer, RestoreRig was designed to detect and remove noise, such as clicks, crackle, buzz or hum, accurately restoring your impaired recordings while preserving the audio quality.
The mighty Batch Processor allows you to process multiple audio files in one go. You can not only convert audio files into different formats, you can even combine your favorite plug-ins to create a whole plug-in chain that is batch-processed.
The Batch Processor also includes a feature called Watch Folders, accelerating batch conversion and processing tasks by outsourcing them to a designated standard Windows or Mac folder of a (supported) operating system. There, folders are processed by WaveLab with tasks you can predefine, such as normalization, plug-in processing, file format conversion and more. Audio files placed into the folder will be converted using the processing commands previously created for that folder.
Metadata, file support and scripting
WaveLab supports the MPEG 1 Layer 2 (M.U.S.I.C.A.M.) file format, which is commonly used in digital broadcast systems, as well as Broadcast WAV, next to more than 15 further audio formats, among them AAC iTunes, FLAC, MP3, OGG, including a variety of encoders and support for metadata. Also, WaveLab includes full DDP support.
But clearly the most exciting features for broadcasters are the scripting capabilities in combination with user presets and batch processing functions. When combined, these functions allow for perfect integration of WaveLab into existing workflows, including automated file import, format conversion and processing. Using the new API scripting interface WaveLab can run even difficult processing tasks in the background.
A professional program layout
WaveLab speeds up daily content processing and editing tasks by providing a cleverly designed interface that is easy to learn and to customize. WaveLab’s Audio Editor, Audio Montage and Batch Processor are based on a ribbon layout consisting of individual tabs for the most often used functions. All ribbon tabs are context sensitive and appear dynamically. The tabs also provide fixed views of all functions, meaning the mastering tools you’re working with are always visible and located at the very same position. The File tab provides all functions for setting up the project and exporting audio material in different file formats.
The Master Section provides a perfect overview of the main level of the audio material. It also comes with global mastering effects and includes 12 plug-in instances allowing for the creation of your individual mastering chain, full M/S support for each plug-in, a resampler and extensive monitoring options. The Master Section also provides separate slots for applying dithering and for checking the file format quality with WaveLab’s Encoder Checker. Last but not least, WaveLab provides speaker management for monitoring several loudspeaker setups.
Organizing your project
WaveLab includes a project concept based on File Groups. This allows you to individually group a bunch of single audio files and the resulting Audio Montage (into which the single files are composed) in one framework — the File Group. This also works for batch processing files.
Large projects often result in complex structures that need to be managed coherently and clearly. WaveLab helps you keep track of your audio files and audio montages with the Project Manager. The Project Manager provides a tree structure view that lets you instantly see which files belong to which file group, how they are named and if they have been modified. You can even drag and drop files from the Project Manager into an Audio Montage or open a new Audio Editor.
One of WaveLab’s biggest assets has always been its customizability, as the layout is an important factor when working with software on a daily basis. WaveLab comes with a docking system that offers a flexible and easy window handling and lets you arrange windows to your individual needs.
For even more convenience, the WaveLab Control section lets you group a freely selectable range of analysis tools in a dedicated space. This way, you can perfectly organize WaveLab’s excellent analyzing tools such as spectroscope, VU metering, spectrum metering and more. Individual combinations of analyzing tools can be saved and recalled at any time.
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