A world of WaveLab applications
WaveLab is widely known in the audio industry as a professional mastering application, but it is so much more. WaveLab’s powerful features can be used for many other audio-related tasks. Read on to discover the many applications where WaveLab excels...
The best audio editor
WaveLab offers a wide variety of specialized editing functions. Both destructive and non-destructive editing are available, allowing you to choose which is more appropriate for your project. High-resolution spectral editing allows you to precisely target certain frequencies and see unwanted noises, to very neatly remove them.
Mid/side processing allows you to make very creative, highly effective enhancements to stereo tracks. You can also edit the just the left, just the right or both channels of a stereo track at once.
WaveLab includes a large selection of plug-ins for audio processing, you can seamlessly use third-party VST plug-ins and even integrate external effects devices to extend its capabilities. Error detection and correction can be carried out within WaveLab and all editing functions are carried out via a highly intuitive user interface, with tools arranged in a very clear and meaningful way.
Advanced audio analysis
WaveLab features the most advanced audio analysis tools available to the professional sound industry. A comprehensive range of meters — including peak level, loudness errors, phase, spectrum and bits — ensures that you always get an incredibly accurate view of the sound you are working with. But WaveLab goes much further than showing you what’s happening. It features an exceptionally accurate spectrogram view, Wavelet display and 3D frequency analysis, including global analysis tools to “see” deep into sounds, helping you to extract and process important information. Law enforcement agencies and accident investigators use WaveLab to forensically analyze audio recordings, highlighting how it benefits a remarkably wide range of users.
WaveLab’s high end audio restoration tools are well-known for their ability to improve old and imperfect recordings. It includes the RestoRig restoration plug-in suite, featuring DeClicker, DeNoiser, DeBuzzer, DePopper and DeCrackler, to remove a wide array of unwanted noise and artefacts. Comprehensive spectral editing capabilities let you precisely target and work on very specific parts of the audio spectrum, while WaveLab’s huge array of plug-ins, ability to host third-party plug-ins and improved integration of external effects devices help to make improving audio quality fast and intuitive. With error detection and error correction functionality built in, WaveLab is the one-stop answer to restoring and improving all types of audio.
Industry-leading batch processing
WaveLab has an entire workspace dedicated to batch processing, which can be a huge time-saver for audio professionals. With a vast array of plug-in effect and high-quality processors to select from, you can create many different plug-in collections and render many files in different formats in one go.
You can also create watch folders with predefined processes, formats, plug-ins or any other kind of audio file handling and, without even having to open WaveLab, you can drag files into that folder on your desktop to process them all automatically and in one go.
WaveLab’s advanced batch processing is the best way to create professional sound libraries, knowing that all files will have the same characteristics like level, format, pitch, length, and much more.
WaveLab features very comprehensive and flexible metadata editing capabilities, which can be utilized regardless of use case, source material or end result. As well as the full range of metadata codes — including ID3 v1 (for MP3 files) and v2 which conform with iTunes standards — lyrics and pictures can be added to the metadata of each file. WaveLab comes with metadata presets that can be edited and used to create your own presets. These can then be saved and applied to audio files, using batch processing to save time.
WaveLab is a fantastic tool for sound designers, not only because of its industry-leading audio analysis, editing and restoration functions, but because its advanced processing tools make it a great solution for capturing samples and creating loops. These ensure that the audio files are in peak condition before importing them into a sampler or soft synth. Sounds can either be recorded manually or by enabling WaveLab’s sound/silence detection parameters to record automatically. WaveLab can also automatically split a number of multi-samples recorded in one go, to create individual files. There are many parameters available for splitting, editing, naming, looping and much more, letting you create samples quickly and easily, without the mechanics of sample creation getting in the way of your creativity.
WaveLab supports both stereo and multitrack recording, making it the ideal tool for a wide range of recording situations, including the studio and on location.
Perfect for podcasts: Nowadays a major part of audio broadcasting, WaveLab has a dedicated podcast workspace for recording, organizing episodes and preparing them for publishing.
Archiving analog recordings: Many institutions use WaveLab to digitize historic recordings for future generations to enjoy. A high-profile example is the British Library.
Reading aloud: Publishers and organizations use WaveLab to produce audio versions of many popular books, as well as “talking newspapers” for the sight impaired.
Location recording: WaveLab’s advanced tools mean that audio recorded on location can quickly and easily be made ready for any use within one software package.
Interviews: WaveLab allows interviews to be recorded and then prepared for broadcast or online publishing immediately, without having to use a different system or software.