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WaveLab Pro by Steinberg is an Audio Plugin Host for macOS and Windows. It can host VST Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
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Multi-channel interleaved support

WaveLab 11 introduces extended support for multi-channel interleaved files and, for the first time, multi-channel interleaved editing in the Audio Editor. Supporting up to 22.2 surround layouts of WAV files (including Ambisonics files for pre-authoring purposes), a multi-channel file can be opened, edited and saved like any other set of mono/stereo files. Featuring comprehensive controls to make precise editing easier, it's also possible for external editors to work on selected channels only. The detailed new selection options include highly flexible frequency-domain selection in the Spectrum Editor. In the Audio Montage, automatic splitting of multi-channel audio files into mono or stereo clusters makes it fast to import a large multi-channel file. This also allows plug-ins to process channel clusters independently of one another.

Track Groups for multitrack/stems workflows

Track Groups comprise audio tracks which are routed to a group bus, before the signal continues through the Montage output and then Master sections. This provides an additional summing stage with effects plug-ins, gain and pan controls. Track Groups are especially useful for stem mastering and, alongside Track Lanes, another way to apply a common track group effect chain to stem mastering projects.

Track Groups can be created by selecting tracks from a corresponding Group Channel. Using the Track Group Editor, tracks and track groups can be named/renamed, have colors assigned and moved per drag and drop.

Track Lanes for multitrack/stems workflows

Track Lanes is a flexible new feature that can divide an audio track into eight sub lanes, each lane hosting audio clips, a facility especially useful when working with mix stems inside the Montage. As well as clip effects, track effects can be applied to all clips, providing a final processing chain for all stems on the track. Track Lanes can also be used for sound design tasks like assembling, editing and processing sound effects from layered clips. Each Track Lane features comprehensive controls for selection, solo/mute, fold/unfold, lanes can be converted to tracks, selected tracks can be merged as lanes and more.

Parameter automation with clip envelopes

You can now use clip envelopes to automate the parameters of VST 3 plug-ins. Along with the volume, pan and effect wet/dry parameters, clip envelopes are managed from the new Automation Envelope panel in the Inspector window. Envelopes can be assigned to parameters by right-clicking on the parameter, single envelope points can be text edited, envelopes can be turned on/off and their visibility is easily managed, individually or globally.

SuperVision analyzer

As well as the WaveLab analysis meter, WaveLab 11 features a new professional analysis tool, SuperVision. SuperVision is a fully customizable, multi-meter audio analyzer, with 27 different modules that can be applied in up to nine module slots for level, spectral, phase and waveform analysis. It allows the creation of a fully customized layout for a supremely accurate visual picture of any audio project. Multiple instances can be opened to monitor the audio signal at different stages.

Replacing audio in video

In WaveLab 11, part or all the audio of a video file can be replaced with the audio from another track. The original audio can also be refined and replaced with an edited version, without changing the video quality. Importing, editing and rendering are straightforward. (It is recommended that any video editing should be completed in a dedicated video application before refining the audio in WaveLab).

Podcast host service support

WaveLab 11 comes with the same podcast features as the dedicated WaveLab Cast. They include the direct upload of podcasts to five popular podcast hosts: Buzzsprout, Castro, PodBean, SoundCloud and Spreaker. For more detailed information on these features, please visit the WaveLab Cast product page.

Audio ducking

WaveLab 11 includes simplified ducking — using an audio track to control the volume of a different one. The ducking controls on an Audio Montage track allow one or more modulator tracks to control the ducked track. Straightforward parameters include Voice Threshold (triggers the Ducker), Music Attenuation (the level reduction on the ducked track), fade out/in times/profiles and how long the volume on the ducked track is reduced for.

New Clean and Enhance track inspector sections

The Track Inspector adds two new sections with specialized channel strips for real-time audio processing, radically simplifying the enhancement of audio tracks with straightforward "one knob" controls. Alongside the familiar Insert Effects and Gain and Pan sections, the new Clean and Enhance sections provide very quick and easy ways of cleaning up and improving the quality of audio recordings.

General Features:

  • Real-time processing with 32-bit Floating Point accuracy.
  • ASIO, WDM and MME driver support.
  • Support for 8-, 16-, 20-, 24-, 32-bit files with up to 192 kHz resolution.
  • Support for WAV, AIFF, AU, Ensoniq Paris 24-bit, Sound Designer II, Ulaw, MP3, MP2 (M.U.S.I.C.A.M.), WMA, AVI Audio, Sun/Java etc..
  • Support of Redbook Audio CD and DVD Audio.
  • Proprietary file format: OSQ for loss-less compression of audio files for archiving.
  • Apogee UV22 HR Dithering.
  • Save while work: simultaneous saving of multiple audio files in background.
  • Full featured recording with up to eight audio channels.
  • Master section with up to eight audio channels and support for surround plugins.
  • Professional database for audio files.
  • Audio file comparison and analysis.
  • Batch Processing with Plug-Ins.
  • MTC Synchronization.
  • Sampler support for all industry-standard samplers.
  • Programmable screen layouts.
  • Instant, unlimited Undo /Redo.
  • Specifically optimized for Pentium IV, Pentium III, Pentium II, Pentium MMX.
  • Various loop and crossfade tools.
  • Telephony applications (DTMF generator and more).

Real-time Effects and Functions:

  • Real-time analysis of audio signals: Level / Pan, Phase, 60-band Spectrum Analyzer, FFT-Meter, Wave, Bit-Meter (all with up to eight audio channels).
  • NaturalVerb.
  • Q (parametric 4 band mastering EQ).
  • Multiband Compressor.
  • Spectralizer (Enhancer), Denoiser, Declicker.
  • Voice Attenuator.
  • 192 kHz Resampler.
  • Puncher.
  • Reverb / Echo / Chorus.
  • Autopanner, Stereo Expander.
  • Externalizer (loudspeaker simulation for headphones).
  • Leveler / Peak Master.
  • Noise-gate.
  • Ducking Tool for voice-over automation.
  • VST Dynamics (Gate, Leveler, Compressor, Soft Clip, Limiter).

Audio-Montage Features:

  • Innovative, clip-oriented editing system with outstanding performance.
  • Support for any output configuration from mono to eight channels, including all standard surround formats.
  • Direct import of split and interleaved surround files into separate tracks.
  • Clips can be processed with up to 10 virtual effects.
  • Track-based effects with up to 10 virtual effects.
  • Track volume control and surround panner with automation.
  • Track level meter.
  • Any number of clips can be placed on any number of different tracks.
  • Superimposing two clips automatically generates a crossfade in real time.
  • A variety of preset fades are included: exponential / logarithmic/ sinus / square root.
  • Unique technology for intelligent overlapping and positioning of clips to avoid phase cancellation.
  • Volume and panning can be automated for each clip.
  • Smart video thumbnail track with video playback within the track – plus vide tab for larger playback view.
  • New picture and realtime text tracks.

Off-Line Effects and Functions:

  • Time Stretching, Pitch Shifting, Pitch Bend.
  • Automatic pitch recognition and pitch adjustment.
  • Autosplit function: audio files can be divided based on various criteria.
  • Harmonization, Chorus.
  • Compressor, Limiter, Gate.
  • Normalizer, Meta Normalizer, DC Remover.
  • 3D FFT.
  • WMA Pro export (incl. 5.1 and 7.1 surround).
  • Compatible with XSend/XReceive for audio file exchange with video applications.
  • Drag & Drop file support.

CD Burning:

  • Full Red-book compatible CD burning with enhanced CD burner support.
  • On-the-fly CD burning including all Plug-Ins.
  • CD Wizard enables the creation of an entire Red-book CD with just a few mouse clicks within the Audio-Montage.
  • Individual clips in the Audio-Montage can be defined as CD tracks and burnt directly to CD.
  • Label Editor to create custom labels and CD covers.
  • Backup tool: storage of projects and data on CDs or other media.
  • Audio-in-pause, CD-text support, CD Image import/export, Cue Sheet import/export.
  • Data and mixed mode CD burning, ISO image support.

DVD Audio Authoring:

  • Full DVD Audio support including high resolution stereo and surround formats (all channel modes defined in the DVD Audio specification are supported).
  • 16-bit and 24-bit resolution with up to 192 kHz sampling rate. WaveLab can create DVD-A disks up to "stereo, 24-bit, 192kHz" and "5.1, 24-bit, 48kHz", and "5.1, 16-bit, 96kHz".
  • High resolution surround support with up to 24-bit and 48 kHz for all six channels (24-bit/96 kHz 6-channel surround requires MLP encoding – currently not supported by WaveLab 5).
  • DVD Audio creation directly from Audio Montage.
  • Instant non-destructive and reversible transformation from CD project to DVD-A project.
  • Support for DVD real-time text and static text, still images, slideshows, and graphic menus.
  • Support for ISRC and UPC/EAN codes.
  • Automatic creation of menus.
  • Support for gapless playback, audio-in-pause, hidden "bonus" tracks.
  • DVD Audio grabber (for unprotected DVD-A only).
  • Support of DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM drives.
  • Ability to import and burn DVD Video content.
  • Support for additional data content.
  • Supports up to 9 Groups with up to 99 tracks each.
  • Track sub-index support.
  • User-defined down-mix coefficients from surround to stereo with direct audio preview.

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