WaveLab

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WaveLab
WaveLab 8.5.jpg
Developer(s) Steinberg
Stable release
9.5.50 / March 20, 2019;11 days ago (2019-03-20)
Written in C/C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows, macOS
Available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Type Digital audio editor
License Proprietary
Website steinberg.net/en/products/wavelab

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Contents

Audio can be edited as a single file, a series of files or a multitrack "montage". It fully supports VST 2 and 3 plugins for audio processing. Cut-down versions of WaveLab are available as WaveLab Elements and WaveLab LE.

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Features and usage

In addition to recording audio from multiple sources, WaveLab can be used for post-processing of all types of audio. It is popularly used for mastering audio, but also facilitates basic usage such as editing podcasts.

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References

  1. "Steinberg Wavelab v4". Sound On Sound. May 2002. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015.