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WaveLab version comparison

WaveLab is available in two different editions: WaveLab Pro and WaveLab Elements. Each one features stunning performance and crystal clear sound quality due to Steinberg's highly acclaimed audio engine.

The feature set of each version was carefully picked and tailored to the individual needs of mastering engineers, musicians and podcasters alike — just pick the WaveLab version that suits you best.

WaveLab Pro

Steinberg’s comprehensive audio editing and mastering suite

  • World’s leading audio editing and mastering solution with up to 384 kHz sample rate support
  • State-of-the-art spectral editing functionality including a modern Spectrogram with a Wavelet display, a cutting-edge Spectrum Editor, Steinberg’s Audio Inpainting technology and a live Spectrogram meter
  • Full M/S compatibility provides comprehensive M/S audio editing, processing and monitoring
  • MasterRig high-end mastering plug-in suite including 6 modules, 8 instances and full M/S support
  • RestoreRig restoration plug-in suite including DeClicker, DeCrackler, DePopper, DeNoiser and DeBuzzer

WaveLab Elements

The ideal choice for project studios, podcasters and musicians

  • Audio editing and mastering application based on the professional WaveLab Pro version with loudspeaker management, a modern Spectrogram, batch conversion capabilities and top-end restoration tools
  • Professional mixing/editing capabilities such as track and output effects to achieve the best results when polishing your audio files
  • Over 30 effects and processors including MasterRig, RestoreRig, dynamic effects, delays, reverbs and many offline processors
  • Enhanced audio analysis and error correction functions perfectly suited to improve your audio
  • CD burning engine for transferring your creative ideas to CD

More about WaveLab Elements

Comparison Chart

WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
Ideal for Mastering, broadcast and professional music studios Home producers, musicians, radio freelancers
Maximum sample rate 384 kHz 96 kHz
Internal processing 64-bit floating point 64-bit floating point
Maximum number of audio tracks > 1000 3
Master section slots 12 5
Clip effects per clip 10 2
Real-time VST 3 effect plug-ins 41 18
High DPI support Logo green Logo green
Apple Touch Bar support Logo green Logo green
Audio Montage Workspace for combining compilations of multiple audio files Logo green Logo yellow
Audio restoration functions Logo green Logo yellow
Audio File Workspace for sample-accurate audio editing and analysis Logo green Logo yellow
Transport panel Logo green Logo yellow
Recording options Logo green Logo yellow
Monitoring options incl. meter freeze Logo green
Batch Processor incl. naming scheme Logo green
Mid/Side monitoring, editing and processing Logo green
Unlimited file size due to RF64 support Logo green
Watch Folders: Drag-and-drop automated offline-processing Logo green
Audio analysis
WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
3D Spectrum Analysis Logo green Logo green
Spectroscope, Oscilloscope, Level Meter Logo green Logo green
Spectrogram view Logo green Logo green
Global Audio Analysis Logo green Logo yellow
EBU-compliant loudness metering Logo green
Offline loudness analysis Logo green
Wavelet display Logo green
Live Spectrogram meter Logo green
Spectrometer, Bit-Meter, Phasescope, Wavescope Logo green
Audio analysis tools Logo green
WaveLab Control: Group your favorite analysis tools in one central spot Logo green
Encoder checker for AAC, MP2, OGG Logo green
WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
RestoreRig plug-in suite Logo green Logo green
Spectrum analysis and editing Logo green
Error correction tools for automatic detection and correction of errors within the audio file Logo green
Formats & Export
WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
Metadata support RIFF, ID3, BWAF, CART, iXML, AXML RIFF, ID3, BWAF, CART
AAC Encoding incl. AAC-HD, AAC-HE Logo green Logo green
File exchange with other Steinberg DAWs Logo green Logo green
Support for various file formats, including WAV, BWF, SDII, MP3, RIFF, WMA & more Logo green Logo yellow
Burning engine and CD/DVD-audio support Logo green Logo yellow
Full support for the industry-standard DDP format Logo green
WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
Offline processors 25 16
Integrated real-time Resampler Logo green Logo green
Standard Dithering Logo green Logo green
Bleep Censor generator Logo green Logo green
Time Stretch & Pitch Correct Logo green Logo yellow
Effect Section with clip, track and master effects Logo green Logo yellow
iZotope MBIT+™ Master Dither Logo green
EBU-compliant loudness processing Logo green
Pan & Loudness normalizer Logo green
Batch process Audio Mixer Logo green
Batch process Delay Next Process Activation Logo green
Spectrum editor Logo green
Audio Inpainting technology Logo green
WaveLab Pro WaveLab Elements
Single-window user interface Logo green Logo green
Single-window plug-in management: Organize your plug-ins one central place Logo green Logo green
Window docking system Logo green Logo green
Startup dialog Logo green Logo green
Audio file browser for simple audio file management Logo green Logo green
16-bit float high-resolution waveform zooming Logo green Logo green
Auto Replay option Logo green Logo green
Podcast tools Logo green Logo green
Marker tools providing a clear structure in even the most complex arrangements Logo green Logo yellow
Key commands and remote control support Logo green Logo yellow
Speaker management system: Support for up to eight speaker setups Logo green
SuperClip concept makes it easy to deal with a large number of clips Logo green
Professional editing toolset, featuring Auto Split, custom clip export, select while playback and more Logo green
Multi-format rendering incl. presets chains Logo green
5.1 surround rendering Logo green
Multiple files rendering incl. naming scheme Logo green
Project manager Logo green
Extended menu structure Logo green
File comparator Logo green
Timecode display Logo green
Clip plug-in send automation Logo green
Signal & DTMF generator Logo green