Steinberg WaveLab 8.5 Software Education Edition


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.

Encoder Checker: quality assurance at its best

The new Encoder Checker feature offers a new way of comparing common encoder formats and their settings by generating a multi-stream playback preview. This includes the original, unrendered material and up to three streams each playing through a selected encoder and settings.

A real-time FFT graph allows you not only to hear but also see how encoder and parameter selection will impact the quality of your audio; switching between streams is accomplished without any clicks or perceivable latency. This new analysis tool takes the guesswork out of rendering to encoders, offering real-time A/B/C comparison of MP3 variable bitrate, such as MP3 192 kbit, MP3 128 kbit, iTunes-compatible AAC or Ogg Vorbis formats.

AAC encoder for full iTunes compatibility

Now you can encode straight to AAC formats for compatibility to Apple products, such as iTunes, iPod and iPhone. With the update to version 8.5, WaveLab supports encoding to the AAC file format common on Apple platforms and products such as iTunes and iPod. This allows music or spoken word content to be rendered directly to the AAC format (e.g. HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, HD-AAC and 3GPP) for upload to the iTunes platform. The AAC encoder is implemented in the export file dialog and can also be used in conjunction with the new Watch Folder background rendering feature as well as the Encoder Checker to ensure superior audio quality.

Multi-format rendering

With the new Multi-format Rendering feature, WaveLab 8.5 introduces another tool that speeds up file export handling. This timesaving new feature allows you to export the current audio files to a number of different file formats simultaneously using multicore technology. This means you no longer have to access the rendering dialog over and over again — once it’s set up, the export is generated in all supported formats.

Of course, the multi-format rendering task can be saved as multi-format rendering preset, complete with all required settings such as format, bit depth and sample rate, giving you immediate recall when needed. Multi-format Rendering is implemented within the existing file export dialog. This new function saves time when rendering for different “end users” of a file, such as CD, platforms or players using MP3, iTunes or email recipients of preview material.

Further improvements

The latest version of WaveLab also provides many useful improvements to make daily work just that more convenient. Use the new effects bypass function to bypass all plug-ins of a clip or track within the effects section. Also, WaveLab now imports data from XML files and supports the wavpack file format.

Steinberg WaveLab 8.5 Software Features:
  • Watch Folders:

    Drag-and-drop automated offline-processing feature, using standard folders of the operating system to process and render audio files

  • Multi-format rendering:

    Render to multiple audio file formats simultaneously and save encoding chains as presets

  • Encoder Checker:

    Compare and contrast codec quality and settings on the fly without perceivable latency and with up to three streams simultaneously, such as MP3, AAC and OGG Vorbis

  • AAC Encoder:

    Encode straight to AAC formats, such as HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, HD-AAC and 3GPP, for compatibility to Apple products, such as iTunes, iPod and iPhone