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Steinberg WaveLab 8 - Update from WaveLab 7 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • Reek N. Havok
    from Surf City USA July 5, 2013Music Background:
    Professional Sound Designer, Producer and engineer

    WaveLab 8 - An amazingly powerful program

    Still trying to get up to speed with WavLab 8. I migrated to WaveLab when Bias Inc, the makers of "Peak" went out of business. WaveLab's 600+ page manual is a bit stifling and I'm slowly getting through it. The program is not very intuitive for me and reading the manual is probably going to be mandatory so be prepared to spend time with a pretty decent learning curve. I'm a Cubase user and see no similarities in the functionality between the two.
    The good news is WaveLab is amazingly powerful, allowing for a variety of ways to edit audio files and comes with a nice selection of top notch plug ins as well as a sophisticated batch processor, super flexible window layout (Though a bit confusing at first) and highly customizable. I'll be very happy when I master this application and all of its versatility. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 due to the learning curve. I'd recommend this for any pro level user for audio editing, file conversions and mastering

  • Steve Shambaugh
    from United States November 30, 2013Music Background:
    Home recording hobbyist. Occasional producer.

    Wavelab 8, Coming of Age but still room to grow.

    I've been a Wavelab user from version 5. I upgraded to Wavelab 7 about 2 years or so ago and have been happy with it for what I use it for; basic mastering, CD burning and MP3 conversion. When I upgraded to Cubase 6 and began to utilize the multiple monitor speaker capability, I was disappointed that Wavelab 7 didn't have this feature. Honestly, this was the main reason I upgraded to Wavelab 8.
    There are also a host of exceptionally high quality plugins. I use Waves plugins however so I don't have enough experience with the stock plugins but I do plan on trying them out as I've heard many good things about them.
    99 % of the time I use it for basic CD stereo track mastering so I know there are a host of additional features I don't use but if I do, I know they're there if I need them.
    The one negative I have to say is working with surround. While you can work with a 5.1 surround file in the montage, Wavelab does not allow burning it to DVD. I really hope they integrate this feature at some point soon. I don't use it much myself but since Cubase 6 can output 5.1 surround and Wavelab 8 allows you to work in the montage with 5.1 surround, burning it to a DVD is simply a logical function they should allow.
    In summary, Wavelab 8 is a very comprehensive program that is well laid out and intuitive to use. Managing between windows is smooth and basic functions easy to understand. Overall, a very good program.

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