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Interviews and field recording

WaveLab has established itself as one of the most popular solutions for capturing and producing interviews as well as for field recording applications. Its easy setup, high-quality audio recording and versatility with regards to analysis, editing and rendering including all professional formats combine to make WaveLab an ideal tool for broadcast companies, radio journalists, freelancers and hobby users alike.

 

 

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Features for interviews & field recording:


Recording

WaveLab comes with an easy-to-use recording setup that can be opened simply by clicking the record button in the transport window. Once the input channels have been defined, WaveLab is ready to record in up to 192 kHz. The level meter provides an accurate indication of the rec level, while the disk capacity shows you the maximum time for your recording.

Multiple start-, stop- and pause-record options make sure you don’t miss the first bit of an interview. For the best overview, a solo button lets WaveLab disappear in the background and only leaves the recording setup open in a condensed form.

Professional editing

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 the Audio Editor, where you can analyse, edit and render each recorded file and the Audio Montage, where you can create a compilation of your recordings for later export as series of interviews/field recordings, for example.

Single audio file recording and editing — the Audio Editor

Audio files can be recorded via WaveLab’s record dialog or can simply be loaded into the Audio Editor. This lets you work with each recording separately, edit and analyse the file according to your needs, add individual names and prepare it for rendering/exporting. Once imported, all WaveLab editing features are conveniently located right above the audio file waveform. 

Multiple functions to perform cutting, fading, rendering and more are grouped in their respective tabs. The included loudness track provides an overview of the loudness of an entire audio file, allowing you to check if your interview/field recording is compliant to common broadcast loudness standards and ready for publishing. The Audio Editor is also designed for analyzing audio material using WaveLab’s high-quality analyzing tools.

Arrange your interviews — the Audio Montage

By putting one file behind another, WaveLab’s Audio Montage can be used to create a compilation of multiple audio files, a perfect way of arranging a series of interview parts. You can add effects such as EQ and limiter, either for each of the single audio clips or for all together. Thanks to WaveLab’s marker capabilities, you can burn your recordings on CD or export them including metadata, such as author or recording location. The Audio Montage also provides a Meta Normalizer that helps you matching the loudness to EBU-compliant standards. The layout of the Audio Montage is similar to the Audio Editor, providing a main area that consists of several tabs right above the audio file waveform display.

WaveLab’s powerful effect plug-ins

Get your interviews and field recordings to sound more professional by applying WaveLab’s comprehensive suite of mastering effects. WaveLab contains more than 45 high-quality plug-ins. Among them are EQ’s, filters, reverbs 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 included are further 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.

Exporting

Preparing for export / loudness processing

If your audio material is destined for broadcast, very often EBU loudness standards need to be considered. WaveLab offers loudness processing functions in both the Audio Editor and Audio Montage. Once you have arranged multiple interviews/field recording clips within the Audio Montage or you have edited/processed single files in the Audio Editor, you’re ready to use WaveLab’s powerful export functions. Choose from more than 15 popular file formats among them AAC iTunes, FLAC, MP3, OGG, including a variety of encoders. Exporting many files in one go can be done using the multi- render option, while the automatic naming scheme allows you to easily distinguish between the different files exported.

Podcasting

You can create a podcast for uploading to the internet simply by choosing the “Create Podcast” option in the File menu. The podcast feature is a complete online publishing toolset and allows you to create and publish podcasts on the internet. The simple and intuitive interface lets you produce podcasts from start to finish.

With built-in FTP capabilities, RSS 2.0 support and time-saving templates, the podcast solution in WaveLab provides everything needed. And with an iTunes account at hand, it is even possible to publish podcasts on iTunes, including the selection of specific iTunes categories.

Advanced functions: Audio analysis

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 and more, 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.

Advanced functions: Error detection and correction

Every now and then it happens that audio recordings include unwanted noise or peaks, leading to the rejection of the material by the publisher. To avoid such issues, WaveLab contains a potent solution for detecting and removing errors. The error correction toolset comes with functions necessary to find unwanted noise such as glitches and clippings, including several options to automatically correct such errors.

Moreover, WaveLab boasts a whole collection of high-end restoration tools, suited to accurately restore impaired audio recordings. The suite was created by the audio specialists at Sonnox and consists of DeNoiser, DeClicker and DeBuzzer, enabling you to accurately remove clicks, crackles and buzzes.

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