Steinberg WaveLab 8.5
Editing & Mastering Software


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Steinberg's WaveLab 8.5 is the industry-standard production environment for mastering, audio editing and restoration, perfectly tailored to meet the demands of today’s professionals. Employed in numerous facilities the world over by mastering engineers working on high quality CD and DVD productions as well as music aficionados looking to restore favorite records or even create podcasts on the fly, WaveLab provides a host of tools to most certainly surpass all expectations and seamlessly integrate into existing studio setups.

WaveLab 8.5 accelerates workflows for essential audio tasks such as batch processing, file rendering and working with encoders. These include an automated drag-and-drop batch processing feature, simultaneous output to multiple files and formats, real-time A/B comparison of codecs and their settings as well as a dedicated AAC encoder.

WaveLab belongs to the very first mastering applications available, its history stretching all the way back to 1995. Over the years WaveLab has seen several milestones in software mastering but, at the same time, has always retained its focus on its sole purpose: to provide the best workflow and tools for mastering, editing and restoration.

WaveLab features sample-accurate stereo and multi-track audio editing combined with an impressive set of tools that expedite your workflow. In sum, WaveLab is the most powerful and versatile mastering application on the market today and combines the facilities of many other products within one, intuitive, flexible application.

WaveLab highlights advanced spectrum editing and error correction tools. And with the Sonnox DeNoiser, DeClicker and DeBuzzer tools, it also includes the latest restoration plug-in technology available on the market — best suited to accurately restore impaired audio recordings.

CD mastering is more than just squeezing maximum loudness out of music tracks and putting these into the right order for creating a CD. With WaveLab you can match and adjust levels, equalization, spatial integration and many other audio aspects between different audio tracks in order to create a coherent acoustic experience across the entire CD.

Besides outstanding sound quality and data integrity, WaveLab offers an efficient workflow experience and flexible system integration which are the key requirements in professional broadcast facilities. WaveLab is an ideal tool for radio journalists — and that's why it is being used as field recording application as well as for recording, editing and exporting interviews.

WaveLab’s powerful recording and processing features have made it the first choice for scientific audio archiving and restoration as well as audio laboratory applications including forensic analysis.

Steinberg WaveLab 8.5 Features:

  • Audio Editing & Mastering:
    • Powerful clip-based Audio Montage for stereo or multi-track projects
    • Supports audio files with up to 384kHz in 24-bit quality
    • Track-based effects, master effect section and master section
    • Unlimited undo/red, powerful batch processing and archiving features
    • Speaker management for monitoring several loudspeaker setups
    • High-quality set of plug-ins and processors including iZotope's MBIT+â„¢ Dithering, Voxengo's CurveEQ and mastering-grade VST 3 plug-ins
    • Intuitive marker system and master transport panel for fast project navigation
    • Comprehensive audio analysis suite and metering functions
    • Advanced editing toolset with high-resolution zooming
  • Audio Restoration:
    • Spectrum editing for correction of errors deeply hidden in the frequency spectrum
    • Error correction tools with analysis and automatic correction tools
    • DeNoiser effectively removes constant background noise
    • DeClicker is the right choice to eliminate pops, clicks and crackles
    • DeBuzzer removes humming noises like the mains hum
  • CD & DDP Mastering:
    • Support for the industry-standard DDP format
    • Create a DDP image for exchange with the CD manufacturer
    • Create complex transitions and crossfades between titles
    • Intuitive track assembly and audio editing
    • Extensive marker management and PQ editing
  • Broadcast Production:
    • 24-bit / 384 kHz resolution and 32-bit floating-point precision
    • Fully equipped EBU-compliant loudness metering and processing
    • Supports MPEG 1 Layer 2 (MUSICAM) file format and Broadcast WAV
    • Powerful scripting capabilities including API scripting interface
    • Supports multiple file formats and metadata inclusion
  • Interviews & Field Recording:
    • Intuitive recording setup and versatile monitoring capabilities
    • Record, analyse, master, batch-process and render the recorded audio files right to the desired formats
  • Institutional Applications:
    • Reliable, flexible and easy-to-use application
    • Highly customizable workflow and powerful user-preset and batch processing features
    • Perfect integration into practically any audio laboratory environment
  • Leading solution for audio mastering, editing & batch processing
  • EBU-R128 loudness metering & processing, loudness graph
  • Workspace concept, intuitive speaker and plug-in management
  • Sonnox Restoration Suite, error correction & spectrum-editing
  • Watch Folders for automated drag-and-drop batch processing
  • 40+ plug-ins incl. iZotope MBIT+ Dither & Voxengo CurveEQ
  • Analysis tools with 3D & global analysis, 8 metering scales
  • Encoder Checker for quality comparison of audio codecs
  • 15+ file formats, DDP image creation & CD burning engine
  • Professional editing tools for precise cutting & high-res zooming
  • DDP image creation and extensive metadata support

Steinberg WaveLab 8.5 Specifications:

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X:
    • Mac OS X Version 10.8
    • Intel dual core CPU
    • CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 1 GB of free HD space
    • Display resolution of 1024 x 768 recommended
    • DVD-ROM drive required for installation
    • USB port for USB-eLicenser (not required for WaveLab Elements)
    • Internet connection required for license activation and grace period update download
  • Windows:
    • Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Intel or AMD dual core CPU
    • Windows compatible audio hardware*
      • *Note: ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance.
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 1 GB of free HD space
    • Display resolution of 1024 x 768 recommended
    • DVD-ROM drive required for installation
    • USB port for USB-eLicenser (not required for WaveLab Elements)
    • Internet connection required for license activation and grace period update download

Note: All customers who have activated WaveLab 8 (includes full retail version, educational version, updates and upgrades) on January 29, 2014, or later, are eligible to obtain a free Grace Period update to WaveLab 8.5.

Note: WaveLab is activated as soon as you have entered your activation code within the eLicenser Control Center (eLCC). Please note that the date of activation is the determining factor — not the date of purchase or the registration date.

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