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Pre-mastering made easy
My favorite new feature of WaveLab Pro 9
is the addition of the CD Track Group. It's
called "CD Track Group" for historical reasons, but this feature is very useful for making
vinyl pre-masters... and cassette pre-masters
too, as cassettes are back in fashion again.
Until now, when making vinyl pre-masters
in WaveLab (or any software), I had to
make a separate Montage for each side of
the record. This is because for vinyl and
cassette pre-masters, I usually need to produce a single WAV file for each side of the
album and supply a PDF report detailing
the marker times for each song. That's so
the manufacturer knows where each song

For example, if you have a Montage of
audio files at a particular sample rate,
and you use your converter to make new
versions of them at a different sample rate,
all you have to do is collect the new files
in one folder and direct WaveLab Pro 9 to
it. It will create a new Montage at that
sample rate, with all of your markers,
fades, effects, and everything else perfectly intact. This makes it easy to create master files at 44.1 kHz as well as at higher
sample rates for high-resolution digital
masters or vinyl pre-masters. This used to
mean a lot of painstaking manual work;
WaveLab Pro 9 does it automatically in literally one second.

WaveLab Pro 9 now lets you insert a
plug-in on only the Left, Right, Mid, or
Side channel-a very useful feature in
mastering, especially if you are using a
plug-in that doesn't offer mid/side processing natively. On the topic of Mid/Side,
WaveLab Pro 9 allows for direct editing
and processing of the Mid and Side channels, including Spectrum Editing that's very
useful for restoration work.
Miscellany
WaveLab Pro 9 now includes WaveLab
Exchange, which allows you to open
Cubase events in WaveLab Pro 9 and vice
versa. This lets you use the editing capabilities of WaveLab Pro 9 and apply them
to Cubase events. Cubase Pro or Artist
8.5.10 or higher is required for this. Also
added is the ability to copy/paste markers
from one Montage to another; even if the
sample rate is different, the location on the
timeline is respected.
Final thoughts

Plug it in

starts and ends. It wasn't possible to do this
in a single Montage, because the time
report and audio file for side B wouldn't
match-time "zero" on side B would be 20
minutes in (right after side A).
WaveLab Pro 9 makes quick work of
making vinyl and cassette pre-masters,
thanks to a useful time sheet report that is
relevant to the actual album sides while
staying in one Montage. With the new CD
Track Groups feature, you can create the
vinyl pre-master in one Montage (as you
would for CD or digital release), designate
which tracks are side A, side B, etc., render a continuous WAV file of each album
side, and then generate a matching PDF
report so the marker times are relevant to
the audio for all sides (up to 10 sides). This
has already saved me so much time!
Another related feature added to
WaveLab Pro 9 is the ability to easily recreate a Montage at another sample rate. If
you're like me and prefer to use a thirdparty sample rate converter (such as
Saracon or iZotope SRC) rather than the
sample rate converter within WaveLab,
you'll really find this new feature useful.

WaveLab Pro 9 includes a new
Steinberg plug-in called Master Rig, similar to iZotope Ozone in function as well
as performance. It comes with 10 different
modules, including a limiter, imager, two
saturators, two EQs, two dynamic EQs,
and two compressors. The Master Rig
plug-in also features some useful controls
and metering. Also new: Multi-band
Expander and Envelope Shaper plug-ins.
While WaveLab Pro 9 doesn't yet offer
automation of all plug-in parameters as
you'd find in many DAWs, it does introduce a new feature to automate the level
or blend of an inserted plug-in, an
improvement over previous versions. You
have the option to either do parallel plugin processing or simply blend the
wet/effected signal into the dry signal.
While I was initially underwhelmed
with this new automation concept, it's
actually much more useful than I thought.
It is a mix/blend concept and the blending is recomputed for each sample. By
contrast, parameter automation is performed with a bigger granularity because
(for example) every 512 samples the
algorithm is readjusted. As a result, the
blend automation sounds much smoother
than standard parameter automation.
While you wait for full plug-in parameter
automation, this is a great and interesting
automation starting point that is actually
more useful that you might first realize.

WaveLab already did a number of
unique things very well, but WaveLab Pro 9
ties together powerful and unique masteringrelated features with a great user-friendly
interface and improved stability over previous versions.
I used to consider WaveLab the best
mastering/audio editor for Mac, but I
wasn't sure if I would use something else if
I were a Windows user, considering how
Windows has many more options than
Mac OS X for mastering software. I can
now safely say that WaveLab Pro 9 would
be my go-to mastering software as a
Windows or Mac user.
No other software that I've found makes
applying CD-Text/metadata to all rendered files so simple, with minimal data
input and management by the user, and I
never have to use another app after
WaveLab Pro 9 to add more metadata.
WaveLab Pro 9 does it all, including artwork.
If you're in the market for a mastering
DAW or audio editor, I highly recommend
giving WaveLab Pro 9 a try. I know a lot
of people try to do all their mastering in
their multi-track DAW and fumble around
with other apps after that, but using
WaveLab Pro 9 to master and finalize
your projects for all the different possible
forms of distribution out there these days
will make your life easier... and help produce better end results.
Price: $579.99 (see website for upgrades
and demos)
More from: Steinberg, www.steinberg.net
Justin Perkins (perkins@recordingmag
.com) owns and operates Mystery Room
Mastering in Milwaukee. Learn more at
mysteryroommastering.com.
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